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Where did we come from?

Posted on: October 25th, 2017

Origin (Robert Langdon, #5)Origin by Dan Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I rather enjoyed the even handedness of the Brown book. Oh, there was potential evil, but the evil was potential. It was a challenge he htre out to the reader; Technology, religion, political power, not inherently evil, but easily corruptible.

Langdon connects with a former student, a genius, who is about to expose a great revelation that will destroy religion as we know it when he is assassinated on camera.Towards the end, it became predictable.

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Beauty and the Beast revisited

Posted on: October 13th, 2017

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A wonderful retelling of Beauty and the Beast, with a strong and independent female protagonist.. Feyre is taken captive into the court of the high faerie. She is repulsed by him, even though she is treated well and her family cared for. Through twists and turns she finds why she is really there and her feelings change.

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Magic Happens

Posted on: October 13th, 2017

Practical MagicPractical Magic by Alice Hoffman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just reread Practical Magic.
I love how Alice Hoffman makes magic seem so possible and a quirky part of the ordinary.

Two sisters, raised by two aunts, Sally has two daughters. They go in an out of bad choices, fall in love, resist magic and accept it. In the end, it may be Magic is only one explanation of the idiosyncrasies of their lives.

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Beware the Mist

Posted on: October 13th, 2017

The MistThe Mist by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Michael takes his obnoxious neighbor to the grocery story for supplies after a violent storm just as a mysterious mist is rolling in. They become trapped in the store+++++ by the mist which hides people-eating creatures. It is a readable stephen King. What surprised me is that he left all kinds of unresolved threads but still I was satisfied with the ending. He kept my attention for 5 hours in an airport!

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traveling by bus II

Posted on: September 25th, 2017

Last Bus to WisdomLast Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Donal travels from Montana to Wisconsin by bus when his grandma has surgery and then back again when his aunt is unhospitable. His aunts husband leaves with him and together they travel back to Montana, having many adventures along the way. They build a relationship along the way learning each others secrets. A very fine Doig adventure.

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traveling by bus

Posted on: September 25th, 2017

GreyhoundGreyhound by Steffan Piper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A good story and well written. This summer I read Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig. Oddly this is another young-boy-traveling-cross-country on-a-bus story. Sebastian is taken under the wing by a black man recently released from prison. I enjoyed it.

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A strong woman

Posted on: September 18th, 2017

The Girl with All the GiftsThe Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yes,a zombie, coming-of-age novel. Interesting concept. Melanie doesn’t know she is a zombie and as she slowly becomes aware of who she is, she doesn’t want to hurt her friends, but they are traveling through a zombie world.

A very good read, maybe not a 5 star generalnovel, but definitely a 5 star zombie novel.

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He’s dead; she’s a widow.

Posted on: May 3rd, 2016

The WidowThe Widow by Fiona Barton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Her husband dies, falls under a bus and slowly a story of silence and crime unravels. Very suspenseful but not scary.

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father and son

Posted on: March 13th, 2016

The Perfect SonThe Perfect Son by Barbara Claypole White
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A family where the son has Tourettes Syndrome faces the mother’s health crisis. The son and his father must find a way to live and grow together. A tender father son book!

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Angel food delight

Posted on: March 13th, 2016

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)Angelfall by Susan Ee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is trouble when the angels take over the earth. Penryn, 17, battles the angels to find where they have taken her little sister. She partners with an angel whose wings have been cut off and makes him her to the Aerie when she hopes to find her sister. She finds much more.
a new look at angels. At one point Raffe, the angel confesses that his major problem is that he is an agnostic. not sure of the existence of God and has never communicated with God……
In general, an interesting fantasy read.

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