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THE DESERT SERIES
THE DESERT SERIES
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and mysterious with a sense of humor, June 30, 2016
This review is from: THE DESERT SERIES (Kindle Edition)
The Desert Series consists of three books (Mystical High, Desert Star, Drawn Apart), which deal with the coming-of-age and rites of passages of a group of young people, confronted by the challenges of school and family, bullying, racism, sexual orientation and much more. Add to that the intrusion of both benign and threatening supernatural elements and you get a vivid and fascinating picture of life in a California desert community.

In MYSTICAL HIGH, we meet Jessie and Jinxsy, high school students and best friends, Jessie’s brother River, their teachers and parents. The youngsters’ families are in turmoil and on top of it, strange and threatening things are happening in the community. Their friendship and the support of caring adults help them in their struggle with their own feelings and the adversities they face at home and in school.

In DESERT STAR, the elements of racism and sexual orientation play an important role. Larsen Davis, a very talented gay African American student, struggles with prejudices from his piers and, what’s even more painful, his alcoholic mother refuses to accept his sexual orientation. Fortunately, he finds love and compassion among his friends and a caring woman who takes him in.

In the last book of the series, DRAWN APART, the young people have to deal with a new challenge, the accident and serious illness of a close friend and the uncertainty if she will survive or not. Death and what it means bring heartache but also hope to the community.

The stories are beautifully told, heart-wrenching at times, but also heartwarming. The young people share the typical teen slang, but each one has his or her own personality and idiosyncrasies. What I also enjoyed is the way the supernatural elements are so well woven into the stories that they appear “natural.” Whether you believe in ghosts and the afterlife or not, in these stories you are ready to submit to a “willing suspension of disbelief.” Great books by a talented author.


The Jennifer Project
The Jennifer Project
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Jennifer Project - a fascinating futuristic story about present-day reality, June 10, 2016
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Dr. Deever MacClendon, a brilliant scientist, who speaks and acts like a hippy, develops together with the help of his best friend/sometime-lover, Dr. Jennifer Crane, a close-to-human, highly intelligent “machine” he names “Jennifer.” His ultimate goal is to use it to create a better world where people don’t have the power to hurt one another. The powers that be (corporations, the government) want to use his invention to achieve—what else?—power and money. MacClendon, a good, kind-hearted guy sees himself forced to deceive and manipulate in order to keep his invention from getting into the wrong hands. Jennifer—his invention—supports him and Dr. Crane “wholeheartedly.” Will MacClendon succeed or will his invention cause the destruction of the world? Will he be able to save his human friend and lover, Dr. Crane? Who is really in charge here? MacClendon? The Corporations? The Resistance (those who fight the government)? Jennifer, the invention? Well, you have to read the book to find out.

This is a fascinating novel, full of “groovy” sixties-like language and humorous situations. But it is also a serious book that portrays the human evils—cruelty, greed, egomania—as well as the power of love and compassion. Lots of scientific research must have gone into this story. Since I am scientifically handicapped, I have no idea how much of it is real, but it sounded authentic!

As in the other of Larry Enright’s books, the colorful, quirky, flawed but lovable, very funny characters keep you entertained from beginning to end. Perfect! I loved it!


The Seamless Web Full Edition: A Legal Comedy
The Seamless Web Full Edition: A Legal Comedy
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Seamless Web - fun and thought-provoking, November 9, 2015
No matter what your opinion about lawyers, whether you think of them as saviors of the unjustly accused or as greedy, manipulative liars, who rob you blind if they get a chance, you will greatly enjoy this rambunctious, funny, and thought-provoking comedy.

Pete Roselli, a young lawyer fresh out of law school, wants to do things right. He believes in the law and wants to stick to it. This honest attitude, however, gets him into trouble with his law firm and his ugly, demanding, and ill-tempered boss. Not the law is important but the satisfaction of the client. The client has to win no matter what. Desperately searching for a solution in order to keep his job, Pete stumbles upon a tool that solves his problem and makes him one of the most sought after lawyers. However, in the process he gets trapped in a web of lies and manipulations that threatens both his professional and personal life.

A hilarious and insightful book in four parts by an author with plenty of experience in the legal field. A page-turner with colorful, quirky characters. Definitely worth reading!
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The Blacker Death: A Bam Matthews Thriller
The Blacker Death: A Bam Matthews Thriller
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding!, August 19, 2015
The Blacker Death is the kind of page turner and psychologically profound story with unexpected twists and memorable characters I have come to expect and love from this author. I also enjoyed listening to the audio version of the book. Great fun and fascinating!


The Attic Room: A psychological thriller
The Attic Room: A psychological thriller
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting!, August 5, 2015
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When Nina’s mother dies after a horrible car accident, the small family consisting of three generations: Claire, her mother, Nina, and Naomi, Nina’s daughter, is ripped apart. Nina buries herself in her work and the care of her daughter, trying to go on with her life. A phone call from a man who claims to be the lawyer of her father throws her existence into even more turmoil. Nina’s father had died when Nina was three years old; at least that is what Claire, her mother, had told her. The man who claims to be her father, however, is still alive and lives in a retirement home. So who is he? Was it a misunderstanding? Was he an uncle, some other relative? Was he an impostor? After the mysterious relative dies unexpectedly and she is named in his will, Nina leaves her peaceful island and flies to Bedfordshire to find an answer to this unsettling matter. When she gets there, she is forced to unravel a deeply troubling and highly dangerous family secret that throws her completely off kilter. One nightmare follows another to the point where even Naomi’s life is in danger.

THE ATTIC ROOM is fascinating story and a real page-turner. I couldn’t put it down. It deals with difficult issues, but there is enough love and hope to counter the darkness of this family’s history.


High Tea & Flip-Flops
High Tea & Flip-Flops
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and poignant!, July 14, 2015
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Chelsea is a young woman from California, an ex-surfer, intelligent but insecure, beautiful but more than a bit clumsy (when it comes to physical as well as social skills). Jeremy is British, highbrow (nicknamed Mr. High Tea by Chelsea) and gorgeously handsome. The two are neighbors and their encounters range from the snarky to the snooty to physical (though unintentional) confrontations. There seems to be no common ground and yet Chelsea and Jeremy are thrown together and forced to deal with each other. Add an interfering albeit loving mother and best friend, a distant, even cruel, father to the mix and we watch the two romp and stomp from one fateful encounter to the other. HIGH TEA & FLIP-FLOPS is a lighthearted romantic comedy with a serious undertone. It is both funny and at times poignant. The author created two flawed, genuine, and memorable characters. This romantic comedy is a delight to read and if you want to have a good laugh (many good laughs, actually), this is the book for you.


Genuine Leather Backpack Handbag Purse Sling Shoulder Bag Medium Size Black
Genuine Leather Backpack Handbag Purse Sling Shoulder Bag Medium Size Black
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just the backpack I was looking for, June 27, 2015
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This purse/backpack is able to hold all the stuff I need to take with me. The backpack has three zippered main pockets. The main compartment has pockets for a smartphone and other essentials. I only got it a few weeks ago, but it feels sturdy enough to last for a long time. I love the feel and texture of the leather.


Clear Skies, Deep Water: A Chautauqua Memoir
Clear Skies, Deep Water: A Chautauqua Memoir
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey Home, June 27, 2015
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After devastating losses and heart-aches, the author and her husband find solace in nature and among a community of friends. Thrown off kilter and stumbling, they slowly, one step at a time, put their lives back together. This beautifully written memoir is both a story of personal loss and restoration as well as a vivid picture of a beautiful place among blue skies and deep waters. This story makes me want to visit Chautauqua and read more books by this talented author.


Transcriber
Transcriber
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of creation and a fascinating mystery, June 21, 2015
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In The Transcriber we follow the journey of a young college graduate and aspiring writer, Doud Benton, who is hired by the blind, demanding, and embittered author, Jonas White, to transcribe the author’s last work, and, at the same time, write his own story.

In the process of their working together, their personal life story becomes part of a larger, universal tale that reaches back to ancient times, to writers, musicians, philosophers, and painters of the past. As we follow Doud and Jonas’s creative journey, we come to realize that all art, all acts of creation are transcriptions of the original Creation. While each work of literature, each painting, each piece of music is both unique and new, it is also old as time, the expression of basic universal truths: every act of creation grows out of an act of destruction, where there is love there is hate, and in order for light to exist, there has to be darkness.

While the young and the old man struggle to create Jonas’s last work, fantasy and reality merge and the relationship between the two as well as their connection to their friends, helpers, lovers, enemies culminate in a fascinating, stunning, and surprise ending. The Transcriber is the kind of intriguing and intelligent work I have come to expect from Larry Enright and a story worth reading more than once!


New Sun Rising: Ten Stories
New Sun Rising: Ten Stories
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Sun Rising – where the magical and the real meet, May 29, 2015
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New Sun Rising is a collection of ten stories about a utopian town, called Stillwater, in the year 2199 (roughly). The name of the town is perfect, then Stillwater is a small and quiet community along a beautiful lake. It hasn’t always been that peaceful and quiet, though. This small town has a vivid history, has been invaded, destroyed, and has risen up again. No wonder the older inhabitants cherish their now perfect and yes, boring, community. Boring isn’t bad, the people think. Be quiet, don’t rock the boat, conform. But this is about to change when sixteen-year old Kedzi Greer, an intelligent, restless, and definitely non-conformist young girl starts to stir up things. She wants to break loose of her idyllic but somewhat stilting environment. She wants to be independent and explore life outside of her tiny community. In the “real world,” however, she has to learn that many people are powerless and have no voice and for them conforming means staying alive. And when she joins those who speak out against injustice, she not only endangers her own life but that of the people linked to her. This is her dilemma, and, ultimately, the dilemma anybody faces who dares to challenge injustice and stand up for what is right.

As in her other stories, Lindsay Edmund was again able to blend fantasy and realism in such a perfect way that the fantastic becomes real to us. It is always a pleasure to read her work. And I truly hope, we’ll be able to read more about Kedzi, her parents, Stillwater, Cel, the computer who has risen to consciousness (one of my favorites). Excellent work!


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