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Paris in the Twentieth Century
Paris in the Twentieth Century
by Jules Verne
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 12.99
29 used & new from CDN$ 6.28

3.0 étoiles sur 5 Another Classic by Jules Verne, June 24 2004
It's amazing to think that Jules Verne wrote these creative thoughts way back in the late 1800s. He was one heck of a genius. I think he wrote this for his son. The main character was named MICHAEL (like his only son). I truly enjoyed the book--but it doesn't work as well in the 21st Century. Time may have surpassed him; however, his cleverness for a well-written novel shines.

The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown
Edition: Audio CD
Prix : CDN$ 67.95
17 used & new from CDN$ 0.74

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Everyone Seems to be Reading This One..., June 24 2004
This review is from: The Da Vinci Code (Audio CD)
I jumped right on the bandwagon and decided to enjoy this book. My boyfriend and I did a road trip to Vermont and experienced it via the audio-book (for a change of pace). It was rather suspenseful and it certainly reads like a movie. The actor who reads the audio version is AMAZING..."I MUST SAY". They should give him an Academy Award for 'book reading'!
Now I want to see the movie; however, the book is simply a run around, chase 'em down thriller with a lot of surprise boxes and scavenger hunts for final answers. In the end...you're still puzzled as to what other answers could be rummaged up.
A very creatively thought out drama...Now, let's see the movie (especially since I hear that HUGH JACKMAN will have a key role--I hope he is playing the lead.)!

New Diary: How to Use a Journal for Self-guidance and Expanded Creativity
New Diary: How to Use a Journal for Self-guidance and Expanded Creativity
by Tristine Rainer
Edition: Paperback
9 used & new from CDN$ 0.39

4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Nice Way to Light One's Fuse for Writing...'anything', June 24 2004
I loved this book. I found it on sale for $5.00 at a local Santa Monica bookstore. It was on the sidewalk of a cart of 'on sale' books. Tristine really offers some great ideas for formulating new spice to ones diary or journal. It's so true that ideas can truly come from the stories we write in our diary. The every day happenings...and thoughts...and emotions...and lists that we write down are key to our memoirs.
I'd HIGHLY recommend reading this one in combination with the reading of another novel. It's quite INSPIRATIONAL! Now...finding this book is another story. With the amazon.com used books for sale vendors...you might get lucky. It's NECESSARY for every reader, writer (& especially for those who keep a diary or are planning to start a diary).

The Mirror
The Mirror
by Lynn Freed
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Nice Escape, June 24 2004
This review is from: The Mirror (Paperback)
This is a very well-rounded story that takes you back in time.
It's another time & place in South Africa with a young girl trying to 'find herself'. This young girl becomes a woman and sees the mirror of herself in her own daughter. History clearly repeats. Growth and renewal comes out of this story of relationships. It is a lovely story and a quick read. There are some wonderful lines...very well written...a nice escape as any reader will recognize people and thoughts (in our current every day lives).

As It is: The Open Secret to Living an Awakened Life
As It is: The Open Secret to Living an Awakened Life
by Tony Parsons
Edition: Paperback
13 used & new from CDN$ 16.65

4.0 étoiles sur 5 This book "might" Offer A Wake Up Call..., April 2 2004
We all feel down and out at times. This is a far reaching book into the depths of our observatory nature. What is meant by awakening or enlightenment? It's not always really clear when the author keeps reiterating the fact that 'nothing matters'. However, 'in the end' what matters is that we search for the positive aspects of living Life. There are some very significant lines in this book that I will certainly take away with me, too. For instance:
When the bird has flown, the essence of its song is often mislaid, and then all we are left with is an empty cage.
By letting go our fascination with the extraordinary and spectacular, we can allow ourselves to recognize the simple wonder that lies within the ordinary.
We are hardly ever at home.
When I look back at my life as openly as possible, I see how I have attracted to me the people, the events, and teh pattens that have been perfectly appropriate to the kinds of influences and images that my particular belief systems have been expressing.
And yes...there IS more because that's the way it "is".

Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain
by Annie Proulx
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Wonderful Short Story, April 2 2004
This review is from: Brokeback Mountain (Paperback)
This is a lovely, touching, remarkable short story on a very taboo subject. It's a reminder to us all that many seek 'balance in LOVE'. It's about two rough & tough cowboys who find themselves alone one starry night. They move on with their lives but can never lose thought of the hold they have for one another. The story was originially written by Annie Proulx as a magazine article in THE NEW YORKER in Oct. 1997. I couldn't help but think of Matthew Shepard, the gay hate crime victim, knowing that the author lives in Wyoming herself. I read an article that Ang Lee had signed to do a feature film on this story; whereby, I searched Amazon & found the short paperback available in England somewhere. I was happy to read it during a flight to Napa Valley, CA. Now I've learned via movies.com that the lead characters will be played by actors Jake Gyllenhaal & Heath Ledger (which should make for some major 'steamy' scenes as well as newfound FANS for them).

Jesus' Son: Stories by
Jesus' Son: Stories by
by Denis Johnson
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 14.95
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Lost in A Drug-like World, Dec 18 2003
This review is from: Jesus' Son: Stories by (Paperback)
This was seen on a recommended list by a somewhat famous author. I was sadly disappointed. The book had a number of short stories of which NONE inspired me. One of the stories mentions how one can't just sit on the bus as 'you've got to have a destination'. It's too bad the author of this book had no true destination. I was simply lost in nonsense. Don't give this your time--it's a waste of time. I felt the same way the author did on the last page of the book when he wrote 'Sometimes I heard voices muttering in my head, and a lot of the time the world seemed to smolder around its edges'. That's for sure...what a shame.

Was
Was
by Geoff Ryman
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Epic Journey, Dec 18 2003
This review is from: Was (Paperback)
This book takes you back to a "what if" imaginative look at another side of THE WIZARD OF OZ &/or the Broadway Musical, WICKED. I was a little skeptical about this book. However, I had to read it as friends (Antonio Convit & Tim McGraw) gifted the book to me on my birthday: 5/26/2003). Then I was swept away during a flight from Los Angeles to Miami to Barbados as I completed the book. I really thought the author gave sound advice in terms of living life in a happier way. "Perhaps when you are a bit older, you will also learn to be wiser" is in fact a line in the book. I loved the surprise connections and heartfelt sad moments...I can't tell anymore because it could ruin a new readers journey. I highly recommend this one.

Aquamarine
Aquamarine
by Carol Anshaw
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 14.20
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Another author recommended this one, however..., Oct. 10 2003
This review is from: Aquamarine (Paperback)
Michael Cunningham (who wrote the fabulous book THE HOURS) recommended this book. I can see how he liked the stance of a woman who is a champion swimmer and takes a dive into three different scenarios of how her life could have been. I suppose it's up to the reader to decide which is the TRUE story (if one wants to go that route). Alas, the book didn't flow as well as I would have liked. There were some memorable lines though: "I don't want you to think I'm after your secrets. I'm not. I'm just looking for a way in." I would have rather it been ONE FULL STORY with her psychological feelings all wrapped together. I guess its just another author trying to be creative. The writer wrote: THE NEXT MINUTE IS AN AQUAMARINE BLUR. I find that amusing now because most of the book will ultimately be a blur. I wouldn't strongly recommend this as it's easy to put down and NOT pick up again. It took some strain for me to finish. I like a book that I can't wait to read...try MEMOIRS OF HECATE COUNTY by Edmund Wilson instead--quite a literary find!

Motherless Brooklyn: A Novel
Motherless Brooklyn: A Novel
by Jonathan Lethem
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 13.68
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 ...about an outcast, finding himself..., Oct. 10 2003
I felt a little sorry for one of the main characters in this book. It's a clear reminder that the friendships we choose are the foundation of our progress. It is also an interesting NYC area (Brooklyn) psychological character study. The plot did not really capture me like other books I have read that have won Book Awards. It did make for some good reading and some very well-written & unforgettable lines. A recent college graduate raved about the book which made me curious. His excitement was a bit overdone as far as I was concerned because the story sort of fell flat with me. The book did succeed in keeping me awake (through a plane ride). One line I took away was, "Don't tug my boat!"

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