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Friday, September 7th, 2007
6:27 pm
Madeleine L'Engle passes away at 88
I was sad to hear that she has passed away, I remember reading her books over and over as a kid. Man I loved that series. I remember thinking that they were creepy in some parts, but really interesting.

Current Mood: sad
Tuesday, April 24th, 2007
12:20 pm
Dean Koontz
Just re-read "Watchers" again, and was struck by juxtaposition of the Outsider and the serial killer, Vince. Animal and Human killers! And its interesting how you felt a bit sorry for the Outsider.

from the inside cover:
" From a top secret labratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose...... The explosive story of a man and a woman, caught in a relentless storm of mankinds darkest creation."

Current Mood: contemplative
Wednesday, February 14th, 2007
1:31 pm
If on a winters night a traveler
I have never before read such a lyrical, and somewhat confusing book.

Has anyone read this? I'm only halfway through this one, and I usually hold off on my reccomendations, but I really like this one folks. It's by Italo Calvino

"If on a winters night a traveler turns out to be not one novel but 10, each with a different plot style,ambiance, and author, and each interrrupted at a moment of suspense. Together they form a labyrinth of literatures, known and unknown, alive and extinct, through which two readers, a male and a female, pursue both the storylines that intrigue them and one another. THey are the true heroes of the novel, for what would reading be without readers?"

this also happens to be the first occasion where I was out in public with a book and someone said "good book". This probably doesn't mean anything but it affirmed my approval of the book.

Go read it!

Current Mood: impressed
Thursday, January 18th, 2007
1:26 pm
Kite Runner
Ah man Kite Runner was an awesome book!

There were some twists in there that made my jaw drop.

I saw people reading it on the Bart or Bus and whenever I would ak them how it was, the resounding reply was: It's Great, I can't put it down.

so who else from here has read it?
Thursday, December 28th, 2006
11:31 pm
ah my poor neglected community!

How are you all? Did anyone get any good books for christmas?

I got Marley and Me, The God Delusion, The worst Person in the world and 202 strong contenders

and two I haven't started are Kite runner and Secret life of bees.

see you all in the new year!
Thursday, October 26th, 2006
11:33 am
The life of PI

hi all! i just finished reading the life of pi, and i have some questions.

hope everyone enjoyed the book!
Tuesday, July 4th, 2006
11:32 am
The 5th Horseman
I have read the previous four "Women's Murder Club" books and thoroughly enjoyed each of them, but James Patterson outdoes himself in his latest one, The 5th Horseman.  It kept me guessing right up until the very last page.  Definitely worth a read.

Current Mood: satisfied
Thursday, May 18th, 2006
10:39 pm
related community
find_a_book is a community in which people post about a book they once read and can't remember the title of, and then other people help them find the book
it's kinda fun
Saturday, January 21st, 2006
11:20 am
Blue Diary - Alice Hoffman
“Blue Diary” – Alice Hoffman

Date read: 4 January 2006 – 16 January 2006

Paperback : 303 pages : £3.73
First published: 2001
Vintage Publishers 2002
ISBN: 0-09-942914-4

* Synopsis:
Ethan and Jorie, a perfect, beautiful couple, have been married for 13 years, and are still very much in love. Ethan is a pillar of the community, but 13 years ago he committed a brutal rape and murder. A young girl’s phone call exposes him, and nothing will ever be the same for any of them – as nothing could ever be the same for that other young girl who was raped all those years ago, or for her family.
Blue Diary is a powerful, disturbing novel about the dark shadows in ordinary lives, about the ripples that carry on indefinitely from a violent act. And the blue diary of the title belonged to the dead girl …

* My thoughts:
After picking this book up in 2003 and didn’t get even ¼ of the way through, I thought I’d try it again.
I normally don’t go for this kind of over-descriptive writing, but I really enjoyed the book. I found it hard to put down after the first couple of chapters (which were a little slow). I was glad I picked this one up. The penultimate chapter nearly made me cry; it brought a tear to my eye .. The final chapter made me feel lost and empty in a good way, especially when I’d finished. A wonderful read; heart-wrenching, amazing!

Current Mood: *Cheerful*
11:17 am
The Thomas Berryman Number - James Patterson
“The Thomas Berryman Number” - James Patterson
(James Patterson’s first book)

Date read: 19 December 2005 – 4 January 2006

Paperback : 272 pages : £5.00
First published: 1976
TimeWarner Book Group 1996
ISBN: 0-446-60045-8

* Synopsis:
The Thomas Berryman Number begins with three terrifying murders in the South. It ends with a relentless and unforgettable manhunt in the North. In between is the riveting story of a chilling assassin, the woman he loves, and the beloved leader he is hired to kill with extreme prejudice!

* My thoughts:
I found it very difficult to get into the book, but I persevered! About ¾ of the way through it started to get interesting. The ending was good – a little nail biting.
For a James Patterson novel, I was rather disappointed to begin with. But bearing in mind this was his first novel, and it was written in 1976, it was good!

Current Mood: *Cheerful*
11:09 am
James Patterson's books I read 2005 and beyond ..

“Along Came A Spider” - James Patterson
(Alex Cross series No. 1)

Date Read: October 2003

Paperback : 435 pages : £6.99
HarperCollins Publishers 1994
ISBN: 0-00-647615-5

* Synopsis:
He had always wanted to be famous. When he kidnapped two well-known rich kids, it was headline news. Then one of them was found - dead - and the whole nation was in uproar.
For such a high-profile case, they needed the top people - Alex Cross, a black detective with a PhD in Psychology, and Jezzie Flanagan, an ambitious and beautiful Secret Service Agent - yet even they were no match for the killer.
He had the unnerving ability to switch from blood-crazed madness to clear-eyed sanity in an instant. But was he the helpless victim of a multiple-personality disorder - or a brilliant, cold-blooded manipulator?
As he and the rest of the country watched Flanagan and Cross falling into his every trap, he knew he had made it - he was controlling the deadly game, and he still had it made his most devastating move ...

* My Thoughts:
After starting to read Violets Are Blue, then discovering there were 6 books prior to it, I was not disappointed that I put that book down to read the first in the Alex Cross series. It was a very good novel with many of the normal twists and turns. I became hooked on James Patterson after reading this book. 10/10!

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“Kiss The Girls” - James Patterson
(Alex Cross series No. 2)

Date Read: December 2003

Paperback : 451 pages : £6.99
HarperCollins Publishers 1996
ISBN: 0-00-649315-7

* Synopsis:
This time there isn’t just one killer, there are two.
One collects beautiful, intelligent women on college campuses on the east coast of the USA.
The other is terrorising Los Angeles with a series of unspeakable murders.
But the truly chilling news is that the two brilliant and elusive killers are communicating, co-operating, competing.

* My thoughts:
Another brilliant novel; by a wonderful author. James Patterson managed again to keep my interest. A page turning thriller with twists and turns that I tried to figure out, but failed. I cannot wait until the next one.

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“Jack & Jill” – James Patterson
(Alex Cross series No. 3)

Date Read: June 2004

Paperback : 432 pages : £6.99
HarperCollins Publishers 1997
ISBN: 0-00-649312-2

* Synopsis:
A pair of ice-cold killers have been picking off Washington’s rich and famous with chilling professional efficiency.
As the nation awaits the identity of the next celebrity victim, Alex Cross takes over the high-profile investigation.
With his proven ability to get inside the minds of the most dangerous killers, he has the skills and the courage to crack the case – but will he discover the truth before ‘Jack and Jill’ set their sights on Washington’s ultimate celebrity target?

* My thoughts:
Fantastic story line (again), with situations that I became nervous over. James Patterson has a fantastic way of writing; short, rapid chapters full of thrilling action.

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“Cat & Mouse” – James Patterson
(Alex Cross series No. 4)

Date Read: June 2005

Paperback : 502 pages : £6.99
Headline Book Publishing 1998
ISBN: 0-7472-5788-4

* Synopsis:
Psychopathic Gary Soneji is back – filled with hatred and obsessed with gaining revenge on detective Alex Cross.
Soneji seems determined to go down in a blaze of glory and he wants Alex Cross to be there.
Will this be the final showdown?

* My thoughts:
I loved this book so much that in some places I actually found myself crying in a couple of places!! I could not put this book down, it was a page-turning thriller that kept me up for hours each night. Fantastic.

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“Pop Goes The Weasel” – James Patterson
(Alex Cross series No. 5)

Date Read: July 2005

Paperback : 500 pages : £6.99
Headline Book Publishing 2000
ISBN: 0-7472-5790-6

* Synopsis:
“It’s all just a game, darling. I play with three other men. Their names are Famine, War and Conqueror. My name is Death. You’re a very lucky girl – I’m the best player of all”
As if to prove it, he stabbed her for the first time.
Geoffrey Shafer: a man who never loses, he is prepared to play the game of games for the highest stakes of all.
Alex Cross: senior homicide detective, he is determined, what ever the consequences, to unmask the man he was nicknamed the Weasel, the prime suspect for a spate of killings Cross has been forbidden to investigate.

* My thoughts:
Another ruthless killer, but the worst so far. A page-turning, surprise all-the-way-through, unforgettable thriller.

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“Roses Are Red” – James Patterson
(Alex Cross series No. 6)

Date Read: August 2005

Paperback : 414 pages : £6.99
Headline Book Publishing 2001
ISBN: 0-7472-6699-9

* Synopsis:
A series of meticulously planned bank robberies ends in murder, and Alex Cross must put his wits against the bizarre and sadistic mastermind behind the crimes.
Although torn between dedication to his job and commitment to his family, Cross cannot ignore the case, despite the risks he knows will come with hunting down a killer – and the heart breaking cost.

* My thoughts:
Another well written, fantastic read, with such a twist to it. I’d have never guessed the ending of this story.

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“Violets Are Blue” – James Patterson
(Alex Cross series No. 7)

Date Read: September 2005

Paperback : 445 pages : £6.99
Headline Book Publishing 2002
ISBN: 0-7472-6691-3

* Synopsis:
Around noon, I got a call on my cell phone. “Just checking in” the Mastermind said. “How is San Francisco, Alex? Lovely city. Will you leave your heart there? Do you think it’s a good place to die?”
The Mastermind of Roses Are Red is back – and he’s hot on Alex Cross’s trail. His cold, taunting threats leave Alex angry and deeply concerned for his family’s safety.
Meanwhile, Alex is drawn into his most bizarre investigation yet. Two San Francisco joggers are found dead – bitten and hung by their feet to drain the blood. Further murders in California, and then on the East coast as well, completely baffle Alex and the FBI. Is this the work of a cult, of role players, or even modern-day Vampires?
Desperate to stop the deaths, Alex teams up with Jamilla Hughes, a savvy woman detective, and the FBI’s Kyle Craig. But Alex has never been closer to defeat, or in greater danger.
In a shocking conclusion, he must survive a deadly confrontation – only to learn at last the awful secret of the Mastermind.

* My thoughts:
Just as the synopsis reads – another breath taking thriller, full of suspense and horror. A great read, again from James Patterson.

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“Four Blind Mice” – James Patterson
(Alex Cross series No. 8)

Date Read: October 2005

Paperback : 387 pages : £6.99
Headline Book Publishing 2003
ISBN: 0-7472-6692-1

* Synopsis:
Alex cross is a preparing to resign from the Washington Police Force. He’s enjoying the feeling; not least because the Mastermind is now in prison. Also, Alex has met a woman, Jamilla Hughes, and he is talking about the future.
Then John Sampson shows up at the house, desperate for Alex’s help. Three young military wives have been savagely killed during a ‘girls’ night out’ and Sampson’s friend, a master Sergeant at the army base, stands accused.
Uncovering evidence of a series of suspicious murder convictions, Alex and Sampson are determined to infiltrate the closed world of the military. But what is the army trying to hide? And do the mysterious symbols daubed on the homes of the accused mean that there are more sinister forces at work?

* My thoughts:
Another excellent novel with many twists and turns throughout the storyline, full of suspense and horror. Breath-taking. - When is his next one coming out??

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“The Big Bad Wolf” – James Patterson
(Alex Cross series No. 9)

Date Read: November 2005

Paperback : 314 pages : £6.99
Headline Book Publishing 2003
ISBN: 0-7553-0022-x

* Synopsis:
Who’s Afraid? Alex Cross battles the most ruthless and powerful killer he has ever encountered – a shadowy predator known only as The Wolf.
Alex Cross’s first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues perplexed. Across the country, men and women are kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappear completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realises. They are being bought and sold. And it seems The Wolf is the master criminal behind this terrible trade and is bringing a new reign of terror to organised crime.
You’re Afraid! Even as he admires the FBI’s vast resources, Alex grows impatient with the Bureau’s clumsiness and caution when it is time to move. Alone wolf himself, he has to go out on his own in order to track his new prey and try to rescue some of the victims while they are still alive.
As the case boils over, Alex is in hot water at home, too. His ex-fiancee, Christine Johnson, comes back into his life – and not for the reasons Alex might have hoped.

* My thoughts:
Ahhh!!!!! I loved this book; couldn’t put it down! An excellent storyline again, with twists and turns, with slight tear-jerking moments throughout.

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“London Bridges” – James Patterson
(Alex Cross series No. 10)

Date Read: December 2005

Paperback : 427 pages : £6.99
Headline Book Publishing 2005
ISBN: 0-7553-0580-9

* Synopsis:
Alex Cross is back in his most explosive adventure yet. And so is the Wolf. And so is the Weasel.
Alex Cross is on vacation when he gets the call. A town in Nevada has been annihilated and the Russian super-criminal known as the Wolf is claiming responsibility.
Major cities around the globe are threatened with total destruction and the thought of such dark genius at work makes Alex’s blood run cold.
Now are you scared? Cross is catapulted into an international chase of astonishing danger. Arriving in London, he fights his way through a torrent of false leads, impersonators and foreign agents. Then, in the most unforgettable finale, Alex Cross confronts the truth of the Wolf’s identity – a revelation that even Cross himself may be unable to survive,

* My thoughts:
Another excellent book with so many twists and turns that I even got confused!! A page-turner that took just two weeks to read. I think this one was a little too packed with action. It did slightly spoil the book; maybe JP could have spread this one out over two novels!? Nonetheless, it was a good storyline.

Current Mood: *Great*
Monday, November 7th, 2005
10:15 am
I'm really sorry but I needed to advertise so please don't be mad. So if you guys love J.D Robb (Nora Roberts other pen name) you guys should join my new community, it's called RPG in death and my name is I_am_Eve_Dallas, check it out sometime! Thanks for letting me do that. Sorry to be disruptive.
Wednesday, October 26th, 2005
8:18 am
If you want to read something funny, I suggest the Nanny Diaries or Cassandra French's finishing school for boys.

I just finished with those and now I'm reading the Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason
Friday, August 19th, 2005
7:51 am
Perdido Street Station
It's a book by China Miéville and I have finished it at last!! That sounds bad but it has taken me a while to get through this one. The book is 867 pages long. It took me 2 years of picking it up and reading a page or two here and there to get through 200pgs then the other day I turned a page and I was hooked. It took me that long because something else would always come along. However I have to say I have been rewarded. I read The Lord Of The Rings and the only bit that really hooked me was "The End" It did nothing for me but I stuck with it. This however turned out to be brilliant. I measure this by the amount of faces I pulled reading it on the bus.
It's fantasy but not medieval questy type I think I mean it's fantastical. It's not science fiction with computers - more steam and pistons (stream punk I think is the term) It's set in a world called Bas-Lag specifically in a city New Crobuzon.
I don't want to write a review as I will only end up telling you the story. However it's full of high adventure and once it grips it refuses to let go.
(I have to go to work so my timing with this post isn't the best)
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005
2:38 am
First Time Poster...
I'm a first time poster to this community so If I'm not supposed to randomly post here, forgive me and delete this...

Anyway, i dunno if this is only about posting reviews on new books or new and old alike, but I wanted to psot about my fave book of all time...

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee... I know it's a really old book, but I just love the message the book brings across, especially in the time period the book was written.

Also, another on of my favourite books is Yann Martel's Life Of Pi. I read the book this past semester at University and it was one of the first books that my English prof assigned that I actually didn't want to put down. I just kept reading and reading til I found I was at the end and I wanted to read more!
Friday, July 15th, 2005
11:21 am
Half Blood Prince!!
Alright people, about twelve hours left till HP:HBP comes out. Just a reminder to people who want to post their reactions here, to put their thoughts/reviews under a Lj cut.

*dons a robe and grabs a broom*

I'm off on vacation till next tuesday but I'll be reading it on the way down.

See ya then/happy reading!

Current Mood: excited
Friday, July 8th, 2005
4:28 pm
I'm reading The Vampire Chronicles(ann rice of course) and I'm on book 5: Memnoch the Devil, right now. yea, good book, it really makes you think.
I must say though, all of Ann Rice's work is wonderful.
I also cannot wait for the new Harry Potter book!!! So close...yet so far away.

Current Mood: amused
Sunday, June 5th, 2005
9:30 pm
Not Loving it.
I'm reading Morgan Spurlock's book "Don't Eat This Book" which is his followup for the documentary, and geeze, the stuff that happens to the nations meat supply is enough to make your stomach turn. Alot of the stuff in the book you learned in the movie, but he goes over it in a bit more detail. Facts and topics that he didn't get to cover in the movie.

Go read it! its interesting.

Current Mood: Queasy
Monday, April 25th, 2005
12:57 pm
Has anyone else read Maximum Ride?
I just finished Maximum Ride by James Patterson and found it a fantastic read.

It was so good, I had to go out and find whatever else is out there on the book. Have y'all been to the Maximum Ride blog? It's pretty cool and interesting. I wonder if James Patterson himself is writing the entries because the blog is coming from Max and Fang and Nudge (characters in the book for those who haven't read it yet). I wonder how that's going to work out.


Check it out.

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, February 5th, 2005
12:03 am
Black by Ted Dekker
ANyone else read it? I Think it's prety good so far.

if you haven't seen the new look for popculturechaos.com go check it out. its SPIFFY
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