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The Forgotten Garden: A Novel
The Forgotten Garden: A Novel
by Kate Morton
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.52
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What happened to the babies on the ship?????, April 9, 2016
One minute the babies are being nursed by their mother who is traveling with her children in steerage and on the next page she has been dead for 3 days and dumped overboard. Her 2 oldest are running off the ship to meet their dad who never appears and the babies are never mentioned again!! I lost sleep over this! Do not buy this amateurish waste of ink.


The Haunting of Maddy Clare
The Haunting of Maddy Clare
by Simone St. James
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.89
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Illiterate usage, May 31, 2015
I enjoyed the book but almost threw it in the trash because I was so horrified, not by the plot, but by the usage "...begs the question", an almost illiterate and very common erroneous usage when "raised the question" is meant. To beg the question is a specialized debating term in which "question" does NOT mean an inquiry. This error in a book supposedly set in the U.K. was shocking.


Eighteen Acres: A Novel
Eighteen Acres: A Novel
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Price: $11.99

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously???, March 26, 2012
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The President tells the country about her husband's affair with a reporter in a White House press release and NAMES THE REPORTER??? The SAME press release in which she reports an assassination attempt on the President??? The troops in Iraq had a "victory under their belts"???? The Republicans had been in the White House for at least 2 terms while the two current wars were being fought and there is no mention of the Great Recession??? The Vice President isn't mentioned until page 202 and you don't actually meet him until page 216? The saddest, most disingenuous technique of all is burying little razor blades in the cookie like the California pollsters' allegedly oversampling Democrats. But the biggest floater in the punch bowl is her making the Sarah Palin nutcase character a DEMOCRAT, along with the character's "wacky liberal friends" because the author just couldn't betray her own Republican ideas, even in a "fictional" work (let alone in the real world containing the real Sarah Palin, the worst recession in our history, and two wars started by a Republican president who stole two elections). I expected a sharp, savvy story by someone who had a front-row seat for the most bizarre campaign in our history and I got an expensive lesson in not buying a book just because Rachel Maddow (who IS smart and savvy) is nice to the author when she interviews her on her show. And...there were a whole lot of typos in this book, which alone will probably be enough to land it in the bargain book bin at the grocery store. Yikes, I bought BOTH of Nicolle Wallace's books...


The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
by Michael Pollan
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.46
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First-person folksy..., August 23, 2009
I really think first-person folksy should be confined to Ya-Ya Sisterhood-type books and not something as serious as human nutrition. Pollan flatters himself by thinking that everyone wants to see this topic through his sensitive yuppie eyes. I would have loved, for instance, to see a graphic illustrating his attempt to explain the layout of Joel Salatin's pastures. Is that too much to ask? No effort was made in this book to even use graphic illustration (and there were dozens of opportunities in the middle of rambling, wordy sections screaming for a picture or diagram), let alone to communicate in a scientific (horrors) manner so as to be understood as objective, interesting, or credible. I find it obvious that Mr. Pollan, being a journalism teacher and not a food scientist, found it mandatory, in writing a book about food science, to use the storyteller approach since he is not qualified to speak on this topic otherwise.

Then, there was the necessity for going back and reareading the many sentences that either were un-punctuated or that contained typos, double words, grammatical errors, or out-and-out illiterate usage. So, I'm mystified by the many laudatory comments on the author's writing. Maybe his classes at Berkeley are self-paced sessions in which no one is graded or otherwise rewarded for using the language well...
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Queen Victoria: An Eminent Illustrated Biography
Queen Victoria: An Eminent Illustrated Biography
by Lytton Strachey
Edition: Hardcover
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of money..., January 13, 2009
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...on the part of the publisher and author to get something this great in print and fail to have it professionally edited. The cost of the color plates, binding, and printing must have been enormous, and the thing reads like a 6th-grade paper that hasn't been proofed. Pity.


Testament
Testament
by David Morrell
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A huge disappointment..., January 13, 2009
This review is from: Testament (Paperback)
First of all, the antagonist characters, Fess and crew, were not developed at all in this book. They were nothing but cardboard cutouts, and there was no backstory, aside from a couple of scanty allulusions, to legitimize the first horrific scene or any of the violence that followed. Then, how believable is it for a whole family to go on the run to the "wilderness" to escape bad guys instead of availing themselves of the resources law enforcement offers? The Keystone cops in the book only showed up AFTER each new attack or massacre, and then the family skips town. How lame is that? And, most glaring, the ending is completely not credible from a psychological standpoint: no person will experience a sea change in their entire personality and their entire motivation after looking through the scope of a rifle. Ridiculous. I felt like the writer was laughing at me as I read the last word of the book, and I threw it in the trash, something I very rarely do, but I didn't want another innocent reader to waste a whole day reading this amateurish exercise in futility.


Eye of the Needle
Eye of the Needle
by Ken Follett
Edition: Paperback
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Huge Hole in the Plot, September 20, 2008
This review is from: Eye of the Needle (Paperback)
I was incredulous at the end of the book because all I could think was: When Faber went back to the shepherd's cabin alone to neutralize the shepherd, why didn't he send his radio message to Hitler then??? He was alone with a functioning radio and he could have contacted the U-boat that was there to pick him up and he could have transmitted his critical, war-winning news to the Feurer. Why did he come all the way back to the woman, then go through all the drama that followed trying to get BACK into the shepherd's cabin to send his message?? You can drive a tank through a plot hole that big!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOTHING works on excema like this..., April 12, 2007
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...wonderful product. I've been through every coal tar gel, itch cream, you name it, and NOTHING makes excema and its ugly rough rash and irritating itch disappear overnight like Dermarest lotion. It's a smooth lotion that goes on cleanly and doesn't sting. In the morning, your baby skin is BACK. You will want to order a case!
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Doris Day
Doris Day
by Eric Braun
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I never throw a book in the trash..., August 14, 2006
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...but that's where this one went. I've never read a more poorly written, sycophantic, piece of embarrassing drivel than this "biography" of Doris Day. The archaic, obseqious style is neauseating and could never have been authorized by Ms. Day, I surmise, if the sweet little octegenarian weren't a little dotty herself, making her and this "author" very compatible. If you are the least bit literate and hate wasting money, move on.


Roxanne
Roxanne
DVD ~ Rick Rossovich
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie of all time, September 4, 2003
This review is from: Roxanne (DVD)
Roxanne is so captivating that I have watched it dozens of times and if I could take one movie to a desert island, it would be this one. Steve Martin's deliciously romantic screenplay and his masterful portrayal of Fire Chief C.D. Bales, combined with breathtaking British Columbian scenery and perfect casting make this movie an experience everyone should have. C.D.'s soliloquoy under Rozanne's window is easily the sexiest, most romantic scene I've ever seen in a movie, and he set the standard for my own definition of the perfect lover. There are many "morals" about love and friendship that inform this story, but the "medicine" goes down with sparkling class and flawless humor. I fell head over heels in love with C.D. Bales, big nose, big heart and all.


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