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Atlantis Found (A Dirk Pitt Novel)
Atlantis Found (A Dirk Pitt Novel)
by Clive Cussler
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Implausible, Feb. 24 2004
A 6000 foot (over a mile long) passenger liner that is 32 stories tall?
Need I say more?

Paper Doll
Paper Doll
by Robert B. Parker
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, Sept. 4 2003
This review is from: Paper Doll (Mass Market Paperback)
This book has very little narrative summary to support the dialogue. As a result, it reads much like a movie script. Character development is weak and inconsistent, and the prose is almost juvenile in spots. It is something I would expect to see from a freshman college student, not a well-respected, seasoned author. I haven't read Parker's other books, so perhaps they are all written in this same over-simplistic style. It apparently works for some people, but not for me.

Violin
Violin
by Anne Rice
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Yuck, Aug. 18 2003
This review is from: Violin (Paperback)
Richly adorned language that is almost musical, yet the book put me to sleep after just a few minutes. Much too abstract.

Salem's Lot
Salem's Lot
by Stephen King
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Fat, July 1 2003
There was too much fat in this book, but then, that could be said for the vast majority of King's novels. Like Dean Koontz, King needs a different editor. There was too much unnecessary information that slowed down the plot. If the book had been cut by 20%, it would have been a much more enjoyable read. As it was, I struggled to maintain interest and took a whole year to get through it. Also, I didn't really care who died and who didn't--didn't connect emotionally with any of the characters. Of course, it was only his second book, right? So I'll cut him a little slack for that and give the book a "3" instead of a "2".

Tell No One
Tell No One
by Harlan Coben
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4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly complex, June 30 2003
This book was a masterwork of plot twists and snappy dialogue. Sadly, the lesbian couple added nothing to the story except depravity. So I have to ask, "Why are they there?" Political correctness rears its vile head yet again.

Roget’s Thesaurus of Phrases
Roget’s Thesaurus of Phrases
by Barbara Kipfer
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Misguided, June 10 2003
The author states, regarding Christian fiction, "It is not sermonizing. It is not about saving lost souls ('Rarely,' she says, 'does a religious novel find an audience among the unconverted'). It best not be full of religious jargon or Bible-quoting zealots."
This is shocking, to say the least. Christ commissioned his followers to PREACH to the lost, not to go out and simply entertain ourselves. Now, if we are able to entertain ourselves while leading others into the truth, then so much the better. But the vast majority of Christian fiction on the market is watered down slush that is powerless to change lives, let alone rescue souls from eternal destruction. Fiction is a tremendous venue for speaking the truth to a lost and dying world. What a tragedy it is to waste that venue on our own fantasies and imaginations.
Reviewed by "A Bible-quoting zealot"

Martyr of the Catacombs: A Tale of Ancient Rome (A Novel)
Martyr of the Catacombs: A Tale of Ancient Rome (A Novel)
by Anonymous
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit "over the top", but a nice read, April 10 2003
Though not a literary gem, this story is an accurate depiction of life in ancient Rome. It gets too preachy at times for a novel, but is still enjoyable.

Fear Nothing
Fear Nothing
by Dean Koontz
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3.0 out of 5 stars Started great, but eventually lost its edge, March 12 2003
This book had a great main character, but his girlfriend was far too gifted to be believable. The first two thirds of the book was quite good, but the climax left me asking, "Is that it?"

News From The Edge Insanity Illinois
News From The Edge Insanity Illinois
by Mark Sumner
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Started good, but ended horribly, Feb. 7 2003
When I finished this book I wanted to heave it across the room. This author has a VERY bad habit of leaving major issues unresolved. He did it in Monster of Minnesota, and he did it in this one as well. At the end, we aren't even told what happened with the 19 year old girl who is dying! And what about the mayor? He walks in the building during the climax and we never hear from him again! His character pretty much disappears from the story shortly after he appears--and he's not a minor character! The denouement was rushed and left the reader feeling like the author simply lost interest in the story. No wonder this series in now out of print.

Let Go
Let Go
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5.0 out of 5 stars A forty-year-old gives his thoughts, Sept. 21 2002
This review is from: Let Go (Audio CD)
Believe it or not, I bought this album ... and LIKED it! It boggles my mind how so many people with zero talent can bash this girl. Are people jealous? Insecure? There are five solid singles on this album--one of the best debut pop-rock albums of all time. The girl's voice is still developing, but she already diplays an impressive vocal range, especially on "I'm With You."
The lyrics may not be deep, but what do you expect from someone who is 17 (and probably was only 16 when she wrote some of the songs)? Perhaps people should judge themselves before judging others so freely and cruelly.

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