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Darkness Take My Hand  Mm
Darkness Take My Hand Mm
by D Lehane
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars best of a great series, June 9 2004
I do not hand out many 5 star ratings. They should be reserved for books of unusual stature like TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD or FIFTH BUSINESS. But Lehane has written a dark and horrific masterpiece. He is indeed a deep and thoughtful author. Every mood and emotion is pitch perfect. Lehane has created not just memorable characters that give short term excitement, but rich compelling characters that speak to universal experiences. Lehane makes us think as we read, which is no easy task in popular fiction. Themes of honor, betrayal,fear, and vengeance are explored in an uncomfortable way. (and thats a good thing) To see how far a 'hero' will go for the greater good is indeed interesting and our hero does questionable things before he sees what the darkness will require of him. This a must read.

Shutter Island
Shutter Island
by Dennis Lehane
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars middle of the road offering, June 9 2004
Having read everything Lehane has produced,I was eager to start SHUTTER ISLAND. I 'got' the shock ending. (read Margaret Millar for the queen of endings) I understand that Lehane wanted to do an old fashioned gothic thriller. I also understand he wants to branch off into different styles. But this book is not the effort I expect from such a great writer. The book is not terrible, it is simply not worthy of Lehane. The depth of his other books reveal the shallowness of this work. The dialog is wooden and the plot is a bit simple. It is worth the time only don't expect Lehane's best.

Potshot
Potshot
by Robert B. Parker
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.54
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2.0 out of 5 stars just plain bad, June 9 2004
This review is from: Potshot (Mass Market Paperback)
How can a book that is at least 125 pages too long manage to have an abrupt and unfulfiling conclusion? Maybe if Parker would quit cranking out books like they were on an assembly line, he might produce a work that is at least entertaining.

Vagabond
Vagabond
by Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Mr. Cornwell's best, July 9 2003
This review is from: Vagabond (Hardcover)
I tried to like this book. I really enjoy the early Sharpe work that Mr. Cornwell has written and his King Arthur trilogy is one of the most stirring accomplishments of the last 50 years. BUT Thomas of Hookton is no Richard Sharpe and the Grail is no Excalibur. 'Vagabond' is uneven in places with no real sense of 'quest' about it. For all the roaming around our hero does, he seems to be jogging in place. The killing of two characters from the earlier book is pointless and does nothing to further the story except clear the way for Thomas' former lover to return. By the way, how many sieges must we read about? This book has one at the beginning and one at the end. Most redundant, considering we have already experienced a siege in 'The Archers Tale'. Wait till the paperback comes out.

Killing Time
Killing Time
by Caleb Carr
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 22.39
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1.0 out of 5 stars big mistake, July 9 2003
After reading and enjoying Mr Carr's 1st two books, I happily grabbed this book up and was ready for an entertaining evening. Sadly, this may be the worst book I have read in the last ten years. Immature, pointless, self-serving, and just plain bad. Mr. Carr shows much promise as a novelist and it is a shame he stank so bad here. Whoever Mr. Carr is trying to emulate with this dreck should try to shake some sense back into him.

Killing Time
Killing Time
by Caleb Carr
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 22.39
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1.0 out of 5 stars big mistake, July 9 2003
After reading and enjoying Mr Carr's 1st two books, I happily grabbed this book up and was ready for an entertaining evening. Sadly, this may be the worst book I have read in the last ten years. Immature, pointless, self-serving, and just plain bad. Mr. Carr shows much promise as a novelist and it is a shame he stank so bad here. Whoever Mr. Carr is trying to emulate with this dreck should try to shake some sense back into him.

The Killer Inside Me
The Killer Inside Me
by Jim Thompson
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.96
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cold and Brutal, June 29 2003
This review is from: The Killer Inside Me (Paperback)
The few people who have given this work such poor reviews most likely are looking for a book with a higher body count and a lower degree of insight. The few killings for which we are witness are indeed brutal and repulsive acts. No matter if they happen in 1952 or 2003. The look inside the killer is not frantic or eratic but is cold and harsh and probing.

Fifth Business (Penguin Classics)
Fifth Business (Penguin Classics)
by Robertson Davies
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars undeservedly unknown, June 29 2003
Merciful heavens, what a novel!! The implications of a thrown stone-loaded snowball is the basis of this book, and indeed an entire trilogy. From this simple premise comes one of the most profound and multi-layered stories that I have come across. Magically brilliant. Dunstan Ramsey is the narative voice of the book and is a nicely fleshed out character. Ramsey is moved by his unfounded guilt because of his part in the fateful snowball toss. His guilt and dedication is nicely played against the carelessness of Boy Stanton. A very thoughtful novel. Truly a great and important work.

True Grit
True Grit
by Charles Portis
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful!!!!, June 29 2003
This review is from: True Grit (Paperback)
Ah, young Mattie. What a wonderful tale you have to tell. 'True Grit'is a work of rarity. Straight forward, brash, and honest, which is a description of the narrative and the narrator. Mattie is a strong and enduring character who is the perfect foil for Rooster and all the rowdies that populate the book. The only knock on the book is a lack of emotional connection with the characters. When there is danger, we are interested but not emotionally involved. This lack of feeling comes from the way the narrative is purposely given; in an unemotional and honest way. (Try to divorce from your mind the John Wayne icon as you read this novel).

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