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What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved
What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved
by John Mullan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative with fun facts, 2 Oct 2012
I liked "what matters in Jane Austen", it had fun questions with detailed examples.
Though I would recommend that you have read all Jane Austen novels recently before reading this book: I started skipping certain passages because it was too long ago since I had read Emma or Mansfield Park and had forgotten how it went exaclty and who was who... So I'm going to reread those book and then reread those passages I skipped this time.

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Indistinguishable from Magic
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Indistinguishable from Magic
by David A. McIntee
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 5.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better..., 23 April 2012
When I read the back of the book I thought: this sounds great !
But it was a bit of a disappointment. The plot started out ok, but became a bit unbelievable in the end.
And the characters... they threw a lot of them together from all over the series, in itself a bit unbelievable, especially with Reg and Nog.
And the so called romance between Geordi and Leah... The mention some feelings from Geordi and before you know it, it's in the bag ? I actually thought I forgot to read a chapter or something because I had the distinct feeling I had missed something...
Basically the book starts with a good idea but it seems the writer didn't know what to do with it, which is a real pity.
Like some of the other reviewers say: a good editor could have made a world of difference !

The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials): 2/3
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials): 2/3
by Philip Pullman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good middle book, 26 Sep 2007
I loved it... It's different from the first one though. The first book concentrates mainly on Lyra, her strange world, her feelings, the things she has to go through.
The second book starts of with a new character, Will, who lives in our world and escapes to an other world, the one where Lyra also finds herself. Both start out with a different quest, but help eachother along the way.
It's the middle book in a trilogy, so you get a lot more questions then you get answers to new and old questions.
It's true that some of the wonder that was in the first book is not in this one, maybe because one of the worlds it's set in is our onw world and we thus know it already. New characters are introduced, old ones reappear, some are not mentioned again but will reappear in the third novel.
Some parts are maybe a bit difficult for children to understand and they certainly won't get all the links to history, but thiw makes them really enjoyable for adults.
All in all I really liked the book and can't wait to finish the third one !

Bitten: Number 1 in series (Otherworld)
Bitten: Number 1 in series (Otherworld)
by Kelley Armstrong
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic: a book with some bite in it, 22 Aug 2007
Loved it, from the first page to the last !!!
I've read other books featuring werewolves (Hamilton, Harris, King), but none remotely like this... Other books talk about the change and how it's painfull but that's about it... This one describes how it is like to actually be a werewolve, how it's like to run, to smell everything, to live with al these urges... How it's like to play with your pack members in wolf-from...

Bitten tells the story of Elena. She had a really difficult childhood and is just starting to come to terms with it all when she's bitten and becomes a werewolve...
10 years later she's left her pack and moved to the city where she lives with her boyfriend. Things aren't easy, living with a human and in the city, but she's managing.
Then her former pack leader calls her: there's an emergency "back home", so she goes back to her pack members and Clay, the man she loves with whole her heart, or hate with whole her heart, depending on which minute of the day it is...

Undead And Unwed: Number 1 in series (Undead/Queen Betsy)
Undead And Unwed: Number 1 in series (Undead/Queen Betsy)
by MaryJanice Davidson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.71

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny vampires ? This one will kill you..., 22 Aug 2007
Undead and unwed tackles the vampire genre from a different angle - a funny one.

It takes all the vampire clichés and creates a super vamp who laughs at them all: sunlight ? garlic ? crosses ? who cares ? This super vamp is Elisabeth (please, call me Betsy) Taylor, a secretary who just lost her job on her brithday, had the most awfull day and to top it all off: dies at the end of it ! But: she wakes up, a little later, as a vampire !

Its light reading and really funny (I laughed out loud a lot reading this book, and caught a lot of looks doing so on the train). Betsy has some really witty dialogue with her best friend, stepmother, lover-to-be,... The story is not earth-shattering original, but it's interesting and keeps you reading.

I really liked this book and started with high expectations on number two, but found that one a bit dissapointing, maybe I just expected too much...

Stolen: Number 2 in series (Otherworld)
Stolen: Number 2 in series (Otherworld)
by Kelley Armstrong
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different, but great !, 22 Aug 2007
This is the second book written by Kelley Armstrong. The first book (Bitten) featured only werewolves and was really fantastic.

In the second book she makes her world bigger: if there are werewolves, you also have to have other magical and preternatural creatures, right ? Like whiches, sorcerers, deamons, half-demons, vampires...
And what if you take people with loads of money and no new challenges who find out that these other races excist ? You get what they had on Buffy. Quote Elena: "Boring. I slept through half the episodes." But not quite so boring when she's the one who gets kidnapped...

Of course, her captureres didn't take in acount her Pack (Clay in particular) and of course, Elena herself, who will not go down without one heck of a fight...

This book is a bit different from the first one. Not so many inner thought from Elena or finding her place in the world. This deals about what you're willing to do to make sure you get out alive... So it's different, but it's still great !

The Jane Austen Book Club
The Jane Austen Book Club
by Karen Joy Fowler
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it !, 22 Aug 2007
An absolutely fantastic book ! If you're an Austen fan, you'll love this one !
It tells the story of 6 people, who form the Jane Austen Book Club: Jocelyne, Sylvia, her daughter Allegra, Grigg, Bernadette and Prudie, each representing a different Austen novel. All of them like Jane Austen for different reasons, love different characters (although they decided they all love Charlotte Lucas, whom Allegra suspected was gay).

In each chapter a different book is discussed and we learn more about the person that is hosting that meeting. Karen Joy Fowler does this in a rather unique way, written from a plural form, it's never really clear whom she is representing...

Also, it's not a necessary to have read all Jane Austen's books to be able to follow this one, the book focusses on the present characters, not the Austen books.

This was the first book of Karen Joy Fowler that I've read (lured by the title and an Amazon recommendation) and I absolutely adored it ! I'm going to look for her other books straight away !

Cursed (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Cursed (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
by Mel Odom
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Angel/Spike fun !, 22 Aug 2007
This book is the best Buffy/Angel cross-over that I've read so far ! Buffy plays no active roll, but in Spikes' mind and memories she plays an important roll in the book.

After Buffy's rejection when she discovers he bought those demon-eggs in season 5 and discovering that there's a price on his head, Spike joins 3 demons for a well-paid burglary in L.A. ($ 50.000, enough to pay off his debts and give some to Buffy for her debts).

Meanwhile in L.A., Angel is hunting down a mystical object (Giles asked him to) and having some trouble finding and getting it: turnes out a lot of people are looking for these objects (there are 7 of them), including 2 different groups of Gypsies - and we all know how well Angel gets along with Gypsies !!!

The book is set in an alternate storyline: Buffy season 5 and Angel season 3. Which is technically impossible, but Mel Odom tells you in the beginning and I guess it's the writers' privilege to change these things.

Although Angel plays a big part of the story, most of the new thing I learned were about Spike. We learn how he fell in love (really bad) with a Gypsy woman at the end of the 19th century and learn a lot more about his romantic side -- because beneath all that though-guy exterior, Spike is a hard-core romantic deep down in his cold, unbeating heart.

The book is really good, especially if you want to learn more about Spike and what makes him (and more specifically his heart) tick !

Haunted: Number 5 in series (Otherworld)
Haunted: Number 5 in series (Otherworld)
by Kelley Armstrong
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great one from Armstrong !, 22 Aug 2007
Kelley Armstrong is one of my favourite writers: she writes about strong preternatural women and though they're set in an fantasy world, they are completely believable. And unlike most writers, she has the guts to change her main character and thus avoiding the way most series end up: going downhill, because how much can you make one person do and keep it still believable ? So she takes a character she introduced in another books and makes that her main character.

In book 5, Eve Levine is that main character. In the first two books we had a werewolve, in books 3 and 4 a witch, now we have a witch/half-demon/ghost.
Her being a ghost, a big part of the book is set in the afterlife. Eve was not a "good" person like Paige, but she was a good mother and loved her daughter above everything else. So much, that she can't let go of her after she died: Eve spends most of her afterlife checking up in Savannah, though there is nothing she can do if anything would happen to Savannah. So she tries to find a way to get involved in the real world.

But then the Fates give her a job: a Nix they caught a few 100 years ago, escaped about a hundred years ago, and they've had a lot of trouble a) finding her and b) catching her. The Nix has been found three times, but escaped three times, with great damage to those they send after her. So now they send Eve "where angels fear to thread" as another review said it. And they were quit right ! Because, to catch the Nix, they need someone who can think like she does but is still a decent person. (The Fates had tried sending a serial-killer after her, but that didn't go too well).

Catching a Nix is already a full job, but Eve needs to find time to check up on Savannah and there is also Kristof, Savannah's father. And the only thing he regrets about his life is letting Eve and Savannah go, so he's not about to give her up, now that he found Eve in the afterlife !

So, if you want to know if Eve finds a way to contact Savannah, catch the Nix and avoid Kristof, you better read the book !

Incubus Dreams (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter)
Incubus Dreams (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter)
by Laurell K. Hamilton
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars A big dissapointment..., 22 Aug 2007
I'm a great Laurell K Hamilton, I have all her books. I abslolutely LOVED her first 9 books + the first Merry Gentry book.
But after that ? Merry Gentry nr 2 and 3 were all just about the sex, and Anita was headded in the same direction, but at least there was still a story in there, somewhere, between all those gorgeous sexy, naked men...

But this one ? I didn't even like it enough to finish it !!! I got until page 100 or so, and then I just gave up, I couldn't stand it anymore.

That's the problem with a supernatural series where the big bad has to be bigger and badder with every book. Once she got to the top of that, Hamilton introduced sex in her books, and made that bigger, frequentlier and with a lot more men every book. Until that is all that you have... Maybe I'm just being nave, but I like to read books for the stories, not for the sex.

Laurell K Hamilton can write good vampire murder mysteries, I'm sorry to see that she had abandoned it, so she can write about sex.

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