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To Be Read Challenge Book Reviews

This page contains an archive of book reviews submitted by participants of the To Be Read Challenge.

The Curse of Chalion

By Lois McMaster Bujold

Having read all of this author’s Vorkosigan novels, I’ve been eager to read this one as well. While a fantasy novel and not science fiction, I still find out the book quite enjoyable. Bujold’s gift is world building and I’m pleased that this is the first in a series of three books. I’d highly recommend […]

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The Long Earth

By Terry Pratchett

The first in a series of four novels, this book revolves around the discovery of a simple machine that allows people to “step” into countless alternate universes. Each step away from the “Datum Earth” represents a different possibility of what could be. While I enjoyed the character development and the plot, what I really loved […]

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Jolie Blon’s Bounce

By James Lee Bounce

Standard James Lee Burke– Louisiana, music, (Jolie Blon’s Bounce is the name of the accused killer’s composition.) alcoholism, violence, abuse of the downtrodden, evil vs attempt to maintain normalcy. What elevates any Burke novel is the tone, power of language and thought. Well worth the time and effort. But if you’ve never read any Burke, […]

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By Julie Powell

I particularly liked: 1)That the book is a biography with an “Author’s Note” that acknowleges the author’s memory of events may differ from the other peoples perspective. 2)Illustrations. 3)Recipes are included in chapter that relate to butcher skills or tasks to the events occurring; for instance “Fajite Heartbreak”connects processing strip steak to her breakup with […]

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I Capture The Castle

By Dodie Smith

This novel is about a seventeen year old girl, Cassandra Mortmain,, living in a extremely dilapidated but beautiful castle with her quirky family. She is just starting to agree with her beautiful older sister Rose, that their lives will go nowhere, when the heirs to the castle arrive and everything changes. The Cottons, a wealthy […]

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The Rose of Sevastopol

By Katherine McMahone

Just like the rose in nature, this book has a beautiful cover and promo material to entice one to sit and enjoy; however there are thorns. The book is written in first person which I expect to follow chronological order unless the narrator references a past event. But the author switches between 1840, 1844, 1854 […]

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A World Waiting to be Born

By M. Scott Peck

I’ve read five other books by Scott Peck and wanted to give this a try. I almost abandoned the book, as the first section was a little too technical for me with its psychological terms and theory. The second and third sections were more of what I remember Peck for – fascinating case histories with […]

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