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The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5)
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5)
by Rick Riordan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.66
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read and a good ending, May 24, 2009
I have to say, first, that Robert Stanek is my favorite author of all time, and I started reading Riordan only because I was waiting for his next books. This book, The Last Olympian, is the fifth and final book in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series.

I have to say, second, I'm glad I only recently started reading this series. I'm not sure I would have liked the long wait between books four and five. Overall, the series is pretty good. Riordan brings the Greek myths to life and gives them a modern twist. Like Stanek's The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches books, there's a great deal of action and mystery to keep you turning the pages. It ties up the loose ends nicely and has a satisfying ending.

Once again, Percy battles the forces of Lord Kronos and brings along his friends from past adventures. Percy and Beckendorf must stop Princess Andromeda from reaching her destination. As Blackjack approaches the headquarters of the titan lord, evil beings patrol the upperdecks, but the heroes slip past to the lowest deck. Afterward, Blackjack retreats and Beckendorf takes the lead in he and Percy work together to disable the ship and that's just the start of the adventure!

Some of the creatures are reminescent of those that populate Stanek's Ruin Mist. There are dog creatures, some half-human/half-animal, and of course the titans. In Stanek's Ruin Mist, though, Amir, son of Ky'el and king of the titans, is working together with the forces of good. It is only in the ancient past when titans ruled over all with iron fists.

As much as I enjoyed it, Percy and his friends seem to get by everything a little too easily. He's faced difficulties, and people die along the way, but it seems like more people would die if an army of Titans and monsters were out to get you.

On the plus side, loose ends from The Titan's Curse and The Battle of the Labyrinth are tied up and you know this is truly The End. I recommend it to anyone looking for a good book with action and adventure.
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Perfectly Clear
Perfectly Clear
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A turn toward country, a look back to her roots, November 17, 2008
This review is from: Perfectly Clear (Audio CD)
Jewel is at her best when she's singing pop folk. She is a fantastic singers and an accomplished songwriter. Perfectly Clear though, takes Jewel out of her groove and back to her roots. Her father is a cowboy singer-songwriter, so it makes sense she'd try her hand in country music.

Jewel's seventh album is not her best, however. You really have to be into country music to like/love this one. As someone who enjoys country music, I enjoyed this, but I'm not sure mainstream Jewel fans will love this one. The good: the album is well produced and not overly done. Jewel's voice is clear and strong.

Recommended for Jewel fans who don't mind a little country.


Duma Key: A Novel
Duma Key: A Novel
by Stephen King
Edition: Hardcover
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116 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars King at his best!, January 24, 2008
This review is from: Duma Key: A Novel (Hardcover)
Scary, long, fun, and more than just another Stephen King book. I've read Stephen King for years and I am always amazed at his story lines. His style made me feel as if I was 'in the story,' truly a treat. From Carrie to Duma Key it has been a good ride and I hope it continues for years to come.

In Duma Key, Edgar Freemantle had proven that the American dream works. As a building contractor in the Twin Cities in Minnesota, he made a lot of money and received plenty of acclaim. He and his beloved wife Pam were worth at least forty million by the time he turned 50. They had two children. The end of his "Golden Age" began when he experienced a basic law of physics that being a pickup truck has no chance against a twelve-story crane.

Edgar came out of that crash with a cracked skull, and a fractured left side with broken ribs, a broken right hip and loss vision and his right arm was lost. He was fortunate to have survived. Twenty-five years of marriage ended when a constantly raging Edgar became verbally abusive to Pam who visited everyday as he recuperated. Edgar also suddenly displayed a talent as an artist.

Needing to leave behind people, he flees to Duma Key, Florida where only two other trauma survivors reside. Edgar finds out his new artistic skills enables him to see and change the future life and death of others even as he investigates the tragic history of his new island home.

Readers will sense the rage inside Edgar even as he calmly tells his tale. This is Stephen King at his best as he uses the theme of a person feeling isolated ready to strike out at others even loved ones.
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Lisey's Story: A Novel
Lisey's Story: A Novel
by Stephen King
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $8.99
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of King book, January 24, 2008
I just finished reading Lisey's story a few days back and have to say I was pleased with this book in the end. Unlike some of the other readers, I wasn't leary of buying Lisey's story because this was a love story or a romantic novel. I enjoy romance as much as suspense or fantasy so I was ready for any of the above as can and often does happen in King's novels.

Sure there was the strong love connection between Lisey and her late husband Scott but saying this is a love story is like saying the Shinning is a story about a family going on a vacation to watch over an abandoned hotel It is, but there's a little more to the story than that.

Lisey's Story is an intriguing tale filled with the elements of horror and the supernatural. Some of Kings ideas are a little 'Out there' but that is why I enjoy Stephen King. He can spark our imagination and bring a chill to our spine. If you are a King fan or not, I think you will enjoy this book as much as I did.


Anne McCaffrey: A Life with Dragons
Anne McCaffrey: A Life with Dragons
by Robin Roberts
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $25.20
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For fans, January 23, 2008
Anne Mccaffrey: A Life With Dragons is meant for fans of the author's Pern books. For a true fan like me, this is an interesting read, though it doesn't always focus on the aspects I would have liked to know more about. I would have liked to know more about Anne herself and less about interpretation of her books or background about her perceived roles in changing fantasy. An important note is this is not an "authorized biography" though Robin Roberts was able to speak with Anne and get papers and such. Anne led an interesting life and it makes for interesting reading in the end.


Juno: Music From the Motion Picture
Juno: Music From the Motion Picture
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Juno - the sound track, January 9, 2008
I love indies and Juno was a very funny indie movie about a girl who gets pregnant and takes matters into her own hands. The music in the movie made the perfect accompaniment. As sound tracks go, it is also pretty good listening. There are 19 tracks and they're all pretty sweet.


Four Decades of Folk Rock
Four Decades of Folk Rock
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 Decades of Folk Rock, January 6, 2008
4 Decades of Folk Rock contains 4 CDs packed with music. You'll find 71 tracks in all with songs from some of the greatest folk singers of the last 40 years.

1st Disc has 18 tracks
1. LIKE A ROLLING STONE - Bob Dylan
2. EVE OF DESTRUCTION - Barry McGuire
3. IT AIN'T ME BABE - The Turtles
4. YOU WERE ON MY MIND - We Five
5. DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC - The Lovin' Spoonful
6. TURN! TURN! TURN! (To Everything There Is a Season) - The Byrds
7. GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO - The Mamas & the Papas
8. DON'T MAKE PROMISES - Tim Hardin
9. SEASON OF THE WITCH - Donovan
10. THAT'S THE BAG I'M IN - Fred Neil
11. GET TOGETHER - The Youngbloods
12. TODAY - Jefferson Airplane
13. FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH - Buffalo Springfield
14. I NEVER ASKED TO BE YOUR MOUNTAIN - Tim Buckley
15. MORNING DEW - Tim Rose
16. DIFFERENT DRUM - The Stone Poneys
17. I SHALL BE RELEASED - The Band
18. EVERYBODY'S TALKIN' - Nilsson

2nd disc has 17 tracks
1. WOODEN SHIPS - Crosby, Stills & Nash
2. FOTHERINGAY - Fairport Convention
3. COMING INTO LOS ANGELES - Arlo Guthrie
4. ANYWHERE LIKE HEAVEN - James Taylor
5. JOHN BARLEYCORN - Traffic
6. BOX OF RAIN - Grateful Dead
7. ONE OF THESE THINGS FIRST - Nick Drake
8. REASON TO BELIEVE - Rod Stewart
9. AMERICAN PIE - Don McLean
10. PEOPLE ON THE HIGHWAY -Pentangle
11. ROCK ME ON THE WATER - Jackson
12. BIRDS - Linda Ronstadt
13. WHISKEY IN THE JAR - Thin Lizzy
14. LOVE HAS NO PRIDE - Bonnie
15. DIAMONDS AND RUST - Joan Baez
16. ALL AROUND MY HAT - Steeleye Span
17. GOLD DUST WOMAN - Fleetwood Mac

3rd disc has 18 tracks
1. WALL OF DEATH - Richard & Linda Thompson
2. COME ON EILEEN - Dexys Midnight Runners
3. TALK ABOUT THE PASSION - R.E.M.
4. WHAT'S SHE DONE TO YOUR MIND - The Rain
5. PASS IT ON - Lone
6. A PAIR OF BROWN EYES - The Pogues
7. LOVE RADIATES AROUND - The Roches
8. SOMEDAY - Steve Earle
9. LUKA - Suzanne
10. FOURTH OF JULY - Dave Alvin
11. SEE HOW WE ARE - X
12. LET IT RAIN - The Dream Syndicate
13. DON'T TALK - 10,000 Maniacs
14. FISHERMAN'S BLUES - The Waterboys
15. HAZY SHADE OF WINTER - Bangles
16. FIVE CUPS OF COFFEE - The Jayhawks
17. PASSIONATE KISSES - Lucinda Williams
18. PUT DOWN THE GUN - Peter Case

4th disc has 18 tracks
1. CAROLYN - Steve Wynn
2. DRAWN TO THE RHYTHM - Sarah McLachlan
3. ANGELS - Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey
4. STILL BE AROUND - Uncle Tupelo
5. GALILEO - Indigo Girls
6. FADE INTO YOU - Mazzy Star
7. BOX FULL OF LETTERS - Wilco
8. WHERE I GO - Natalie Merchant
9. LOOSE STRING - Son Volt
10. LOVE TO LOVE YOU - The Corrs
11. SHREDDING THE DOCUMENT - John Hiatt
12. SUNNY CAME HOME - Shawn Colvin
13. SHE CAME ALONG TO ME - Billy Bragg & Wilco
14. WE HAVE FORGOTTEN - Sixpence None the Richer
15. BABYLON - David Gray
16. CHIEF - Patty Griffin
17. STUPID - Anne McCue
18. RAIN COME DOWN - East Mountain South

Somewhat pricey at $50 plus but such a terrific collection. Recommended listening.


Dragon's Fire (The Dragonriders of Pern)
Dragon's Fire (The Dragonriders of Pern)
by Anne McCaffrey
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.19
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dragon's fire, December 29, 2007
"Dragon's Fire" is a collaboration between Anne McCaffrey and her son Todd McCaffrey and at times, it is rough going though thankfully the collaboration improves as time goes by. In "Dragon's Fire", the settlers have been on Pern for almost 500 Turns and memories of Old Earth are starting to fade. The mining operations for firestone continue and Pern prepares for the return of the deadly Red Star and its annihilating Thread. Only three things can stop Threads: water, solid rock, and the fire of the great, genetically engineered dragons of Pern. The Shunned are also important parts of the story. There is the Shunned girl Halla and the journeyman harper Moran who was supposed to be on a secret mission to learn more about the Shunned, but mysteriously vanishes. Pellar joins Masterharper Zist in a search for Moran, a missing Journeyman Harper and this leads to a remarkable discovery.


Dragon's Kin (The Dragonriders of Pern)
Dragon's Kin (The Dragonriders of Pern)
by Anne McCaffrey
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.19
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings, December 29, 2007
I've read every Pern book written ever since I discovered Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon years and years ago. While I've enjoyed every one of them, I've liked some of them less than others and this is the case with Dragon's Kin. As compared to some of her earliest and best work, like The White Dragon, this isn't so good but it is an enjoyable story. Thankfully, the collaboration between Anne McCaffrey and her son Todd McCaffrey gets better in the later books.

In "Dragon's Kin", we are introduced to the coal miners living in Camp Natalon near Crom. In this story, Kindan, who is important in the later books, is an orphaned miner boy, and we learn about the early days of Pern. Coal has been getting harder to find close to the surface. We also learn important details about the watch-whers which are comfortable only in dark places like mines.


Dragon Harper (The Dragonriders of Pern)
Dragon Harper (The Dragonriders of Pern)
by Anne McCaffrey
Edition: Hardcover
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8 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent return to Pern!, December 27, 2007
I've been reading fantasy for many, many years and I've read every Pern book Anne Mccaffrey has written ever since I discovered Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon years ago. I've loved every one of them, some more or less than others, I've always wanted to return to Pern again. One of her earliest, The White Dragon, has always been one of my favorites. The collaboration between Anne McCaffrey and her son Todd McCaffrey has been interesting.

In "Dragon's Kin", we were introduced to the coal miners living in Camp Natalon near Crom. In this story, Kindan is an orphaned miner boy. and we learned that coal has been getting harder to find close to the surface, and important details about the watch-whers which are comfortable only in dark places like mines.

In "Dragon's Fire", the settlers have been on Pern for almost 500 Turns and memories of Old Earth are starting to fade. The mining operations for firestone continue and Pern prepares for the return of the deadly Red Star and its annihilating Thread. Only three things can stop Threads: water, solid rock, and the fire of the great, genetically engineered dragons of Pern. Pellar joins Masterharper Zist in a search for Moran, a missing Journeyman Harper and this leads to a remarkable discovery.

In "Dragon Harper" apprentice Harper Kindan is trying to impressone of the eggs containing baby dragons on the hatching grounds of High Reaches Weyr, but fails. When he returns to Harper Hall, he has difficulties with Vaxoram, a senior apprentice, and this leads to a duel that Kindan wins. Vaxoram then becomes Kindan's to guide. Kindan finally impresses a young fire lizard and also falls in love with the Lord Holder's daughter. However, as a super flu starts spreading from hold to hold, these concerns a swept aside to try to save the holds from epidemic before the thread returns.


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