Book Reviews Part Three

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July 10, 2016 by jacklovelace

Boys in the Trees: A Memoir
Boys in the Trees: A Memoir
by Carly Simon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.28
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simon shares her story clearly, January 12, 2016
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She is not afraid to put herself in a less than favorable light. She gets points for that.
The books builds to the James Taylor days and they are juicy and interesting.
I was always curious about her stage fright and she is brutally frank about it, and willing to share her problems.
The book also reminded me that it was not all that long ago that women were treated
in an automatic sexist way, and not taken seriously often. Simon, again to her credit,
shares with us the things she did to feed this wrongness.
It’s a good read and when she shares her life after James Taylor, I’ll read that too.

Abandon
Abandon
Price: $5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many false turns, January 3, 2016
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One of those parallel stories, past and present. The past isn’t good enough and just distracts.
The present has endless fake climaxes and unbelievable physical endurance. I was beginning to
wonder if everyone would almost die to the bitter end.
I actually did like the very ending of the present story, but not nearly enough to recommend this book.

The Paris Architect: A Novel
The Paris Architect: A Novel
Price: $8.81

4.0 out of 5 stars This book is really good, January 1, 2016
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This was good. The setup on hiding places from Nazis is interesting. The architect is a real,
flawed character. The scenes of Nazi brutality are tough to read.
This book began strong and kept pace throught. I was hooked and satisfied at the ending.
Good stuff.

I, Ripper: A Novel
I, Ripper: A Novel
by Stephen Hunter
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $22.95
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3.0 out of 5 stars Payoff can be seen for miles and miles, January 1, 2016
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This review is from: I, Ripper: A Novel (Hardcover)
To go inside the mind of Jack The Ripper is always an interesting setup.
The reporter who tracks him is also interesting.
The story isn’t a knock your eyes out thriller, but it is an interesting setup.
You can see the payoff coming from miles away, so it falls among Hunter’s more
average books. But not bad.

Saturn Run
Saturn Run
by John Sandford
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.62
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4.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful read, January 1, 2016
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Mixed feelings about this book. It is elegant science fiction, with great ideas and a story flow that
is believable. It has more science detail than I care for, which made for some restless moments.
But, I found the story to be strong to the end. The characters are not as interesting as the story itself, but I would recommend this
for a thoughtful read.

Day Four: A Novel
Day Four: A Novel
by Sarah Lotz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.51
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1.0 out of 5 stars Really bad book, January 1, 2016
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What can I say? By the time I suffered through to the final section I didn’t care what happened to the people
on this ship trapped in a nightmare. Wretched book.

Pretend You're In A War: The Who & the Sixties
Pretend You’re In A War: The Who & the Sixties
by Mark Blake
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $29.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars What made them tick, November 30, 2015
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This book is good. It focuses narrowly on what made The Who an angry young band. He provides the answers
and offers a lot of fascinating insights with it. Don’t expect a story of band, but if you are interested in what made them tick, this book delivers.

The Three: A Novel
The Three: A Novel
by Sarah Lotz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $26.00
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1.0 out of 5 stars The only thing it has going for it is a good plot idea, November 30, 2015
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What a dreadful book. The only thing it has going for it is a good plot idea. The execution is
wordy and the format for the storytelling is painfully bad. Don’t waste your time.

The Opium-Eater: A Thomas De Quincey Story (Kindle Single)
The Opium-Eater: A Thomas De Quincey Story (Kindle Single)
Offered by Hachette Book Group
Price: $1.99

3.0 out of 5 stars A fun short story that has a lot of fill and …, November 30, 2015
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A fun short story that has a lot of fill and ends on an somewhat flat note. It was worth the Kindle Single
price, but not by much.

Dylan: Disc by Disc
Dylan: Disc by Disc
Price: $14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Riding along on the Dylan Arc, November 30, 2015
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One the fascinating things about this book is the enjoyment mirrors the arc of Dylan’s career.
The setup, two people from different but knowledgeable backgrounds, commenting on the albums
in chronological order from earliest to latest, works.
And the first half of Dylan’s albums recreate the incredible spark he brought with his genius.
As he becomes, let’s say nicely, less popular, the reviewers strain to point out the bright spots.
It is amazing to have recounted all the songs he did that didn’t have legs.
But the masterpieces are fun to revisit. I really enjoyed this book.

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