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Dec. 28th, 2007 11:44 am
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46) Andre Leon Talley- ALT. His experiences growing up in Durham, NC. Not a wildly exciting book, but sweet.

47) David Weber- In Fury Born. An expanded reissue of his Path of the Fury. It was interesting to get some more background, but not really worthy of another book. It's really more novella material.

48) Don Lattin. Following our bliss : how the spiritual ideals of the sixties shape our lives today. A well-written look at what the 60's did in terms of religion in the US. He focuses mainly on alternate movements- the Moonies, Hare Krishnas, etc, with a briefer look at how Christianity has changed. Judaism is mentioned, but there's not much there. I'd recommend this one.

49)Kay Guthrie. Selling Alaska : the white-collar adventures of an advertising pioneer. The term "slight" was invented to cover this book. Oh, sir, what you could have said! And should have. How could you make ALASKA dull?

50) wongvipa devahastin na ayudhya- Modern Asian living. This was a colorful look at interior design in Asia. I want the Shanghai section transplanted to my room, please. Very 1930's opium den.

51) Charles Higham- Marlene. Great bio of Dietrich. Written while she was still alive, so some of the more scandalous stuff isn't mentioned. Still, the author does a great job of evoking 1920's-30's Berlin.

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Dec. 27th, 2007 02:41 pm
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32-36) Laurell K. Hamilton- A Kiss of Shadows, A Caress of Twilight, Seduced By Moonlight, A Stroke of Midnight, Mistral's Kiss- These are all from her Merry Gentry Series. There is a reason this series got referred to as "Boinking her way to the Throne." With very boring sex, I might add. The first book sets up an interesting world and then it just becomes sex with Skittles. All in all, I can find better porn free on the web.

37) Laurell K. Hamilton- Strange Candy. This was an interesting collection- there were some good stories here. Shame she dispensed with her editor, becaus the Gentry ones stank like dead fish. I was happy to reread Geese, from a S&S collection which I'd really liked.

38) Jackson Katz- The Macho Paradox, Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help. It's useful to read something written from a man's perspective on DV issues, especially when he's this aware and articulate.

39) Stella Dong- Shanghai 1842-1949: The Rise and Fall of a Decadent City. This was a lively read about a city I'd never really thought about. Basically, she's dealing with what happened when the West arrived in China.

40-42) Peter O'Donnell- Modesty Blaise, Pieces of Modesty, The Xanadu Talisman. More Modesty Blaise. All good.

43-44) Jim Butcher- Fool Moon, Grave Peril. These are from his Harry Dresden series. I'm kind of meh on it- interesting premise, but when I can start the book and put it down for a week, that's not a good sign.

44) Yasmine Galenorn- Changeling. This is the second of her Otherworld series. Not a love, but a like. Lots of fairies and shapechangers and witches oh my!
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16-18) William Stevenson- Spymistress, A Man Called Intrepid, Intrepid's Last Case I went on a WWII espionage kick recently and these are three of the best. Spymistress is the story of Vera Atkins, a Romanian Jew who helped run the SOE during the war. She was a fascinating woman and the biography does justice to her. A Man Called Intrepid/Intrepid's Last Case are the stories of Sir William Stephenson, the Canadian millionaire who ran British intelligence for the western hemisphere during the war. The first is a very good biography, the second was his last wartime case involving the first major Soviet intelligence defector of the new atomic age. This one was not as interesting.

19) Donovan of OSS by Corey Ford. An excellent scholarly biography of Major General William Joseph Donovan, head of the OSS during the war. It's written by someone who knew and respected him, but is not overly fawning. It's also very literary. Highly recommended.

20) Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir. Her first novel, Weir is well-known for her biographies and historical writing of Tudor England. This book is set around the life of Jane Grey, the Nine Day Queen. It's a bit choppy in spots, but well written.

21) The Complete Idiot's Guide to Ultimate Fighting by Rich "Ace" Franklin. The former middleweight champion of the UFC has written a handy introduction to the sport. While there are some minor typos, he does a good job of explaining the what and why of the fights.

22) Opal: A Life of Enchantment, Mystery, and Madness by Katherine Beck. Beck takes on the alleged "nature diary" of Opal Whitely, which was supposedly written in her childhood and was hailed at it's publication in the 1920's as a masterpiece of childish mysticism. Beck is clearly unsympathetic to her subject and did far too much editorializing for my taste. Not recommended.

23) The World is Flat, A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century , version 3.0 by Thomas Friedman. He does a good job of explaining the complex issues of globalization in this follow-up to The Lexus and The Olive Tree, which I'd also recommend to anyone who hates the radical change that's occurred in the last ten years, loves it or wants to hide in the sand. He discusses how technology has changed our world and where it may be going. Highly recommended.

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