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City in the Sky: The Rise and Fall of the World Trade Center
City in the Sky: The Rise and Fall of the World Trade Center
by James Glanz
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great history of the Twin Towers and their people, March 11 2004
City in the Sky gives us a balanced and fascinating look at the conception, creation, life and destruction of the World Trade Center. The human interest inherent in the story of the construction and loss of the Twin Towers is balanced with a detailed, yet easily understandable explanation of the physics involved in both. New York Times reporters Glanz and Lipton have created a very readable book on the weightiest of subjects, acknowledging the tremendous human loss without excessive sentimentality.

The Game
The Game
by Laurie R. King
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Russell/Holmes story!, March 3 2004
This review is from: The Game (Hardcover)
Laurie King, like her character Mary Russell, not only has a mind worthy of Sherlock Holmes, but also a spirit capable of bringing out the human side of the great detective. The Game takes Russell and Holmes to northern India, and finds them dealing with an Indian prince angered by British rule, as well as a believable acquaintance between Holmes and another major literary character. Anyone who finds Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes a little too cool for comfort should be delighted by Laurie King's Russell and Holmes.

A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies: Stories
A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies: Stories
by John Murray
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous first work of fiction!, Feb. 10 2004
It might be possible to read through this book quickly, just as it might be possible to chug down a bottle of vintage wine, but I wouldn't recommend it. Murray's stories - full of subtleties and set on several continents - deserve to be savored. In particular, I loved "The Carpenter Who Looked Like A Boxer," the story of a man who has built a life for himself and his children after being abandoned by his wife. Most impressive is that, while most of the stories deal with themes of loss, abandonment and difficult decisions about life, their impact is one of beauty and hope - and I hope we'll see more from this writer!

Transfiguration Of Vincent
Transfiguration Of Vincent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, I ain't never heard anything like this before..., Feb. 8 2004
This is my favorite album of 2003, possibly my favorite album of the last ten years, maybe ever. Want to know more? M. Ward is possessed of a voice of almost unearthly beauty - sweet and raspy at the same time. His songwriting is amazing and the emotion that comes across is a breath of fresh air in the world of today's music. The album has not got a single weak track on it, but particular favorites of mine are "Vincent O'Brien" (great feedback, great singalong lyrics), "Fool Says," "A Voice At The End Of The Line" and his cover - deconstruction, really - of "Let's Dance." I found out about M. Ward in an interview with Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes and I'm traveling to Chicago to see them play together, since they aren't coming to Michigan...

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things
by Jon McGregor
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.31
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable indeed!, Feb. 8 2004
This amazing, beautifully crafted first novel chronicles one day in the life of a British neighborhood, interspersed with segments that flash forward in the life of one of its residents. McGregor builds a complex portrait out of details, and it wasn't until I finished reading that I realized we never learn most of their names! One of my favorite books of 2003.

Ghosts Of The Great Highway
Ghosts Of The Great Highway
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Kozelek is back!, Feb. 8 2004
Fans of Mark Kozelek will be thrilled by his new project, Sun Kil Moon (also featuring Red House Painters drummer Anthony Koutsos.) Ghosts of the Great Highway is gorgeously melodic from start to finish. There's no trace of self-indulgence here; "Duk Koo Kim" (named for, and partly about, a boxer who was killed in the ring) is fourteen and a half minutes long and every second counts. Great lyrics, especially on "Salvador Sanchez"/"Pancho Villa". Highly recommended!

Crofton's Fire
Crofton's Fire
by Keith Coplin
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Attention Lonesome Dove Fans..., Feb. 8 2004
This review is from: Crofton's Fire (Hardcover)
Imagine a faster-paced version of Lonesome Dove, focusing on one man instead of a group of characters, and you'll have some idea of how good Crofton's Fire is. Crofton, the narrator, has a unique, funny and thoroughly entertaining voice. There's plenty of humor, some social commentary, and several very touching scenes. I was sorry when this book ended!

Set This House In Order: A Romance of Souls
Set This House In Order: A Romance of Souls
by Matt Ruff
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book was worth waiting for!, April 7 2003
Matt Ruff's delightful new novel, Set This House In Order, has been well worth the wait. His brilliant ear for dialogue and great sense of humor carries the reader through a sometimes emotionally harrowing set of circumstances. While the book focuses on multiple personality disorder, the characters are portrayed as fully human, multi-dimensional (sorry!) individuals. Ruff beautifully captures both the humor and the pathos inherent in this sort of disorder. Beyond the characterization, the novel is wonderfully well-plotted, suspenseful and full of twists and turns as we learn more about the lives and the pasts of the main characters. Once I started it, I stayed up all night reading it. Another great work from Matt Ruff.

Blak Elvis Vs the Kings
Blak Elvis Vs the Kings
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roll Over Elvis..., Nov. 4 2002
This review is from: Blak Elvis Vs the Kings (Audio CD)
Wow! After meandering around for most of a decade, the men from Sputnik are back to what they do best - beautifully deconstructing rock'n'roll. I really didn't know what to expect from Blak Elvis and it blew me away, I've been playing it over and over. Anyone who loved the early Sputnik should waste no time in getting Blak Elvis.

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