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Beauty
Beauty
by Robin Mckinley
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 15.87
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book made me love Robin McKinley, July 22 2000
Ce commentaire est de: Beauty (Hardcover)
I read this book eight years ago; I was in the fifth grade. It was a beautiful story, and I was quickly drawn in by it. I've read this book over and over, and it has never lost its totally unique magic.
The descriptions are beautiful and always effective; I fell in love with the enchanted castle. I wanted to BE Beauty, strong and smart and slef-sufficient. And the Beast was much more than a prince cast down from his lofty height. This is one of my favorite books.

An Acceptable Time
An Acceptable Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 What is it with this family and time travel?, July 7 2000
I've read this book three times: twice when I was twelve (six years ago) and once in the past year. I must admit I enjoyed it much more back then, but it holds up decently. A time travel novel much like A Swiftly Tilting Planet, this one follows Polly O'Keefe as she flits between the present and 3000 years ago. As her uncle Charles Wallace discovered, it is up to her to figure out why she keeps entering a different time-- and how she is supposed to affect it.
To this day, at odd moments, I picture Louise slithering around purposefully, saving lives and scaring madmen. Ahh. Trust L'Engle for memorable characters.

Ender's Game
Ender's Game
by Orson Scott Card
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 9.49
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A classic of science fiction, with good reason, July 7 2000
Ce commentaire est de: Ender's Game (Mass Market Paperback)
I picked up this book having read previously only one other Orson Scott Card novel, Enchantment. Needless to say I didn't know what to expect. Ender's Game is a classic, recommended or at least faintly praised by most science fiction fans that I know. I can easily see why. The concept is good food for thought: what if children were trained to fight our wars for us? Card explores this idea skill to a large extent, though perhaps not completely. Ender is a convincing character, and I do plan on following his adventures in Speaker.
I have heard that Ender's Game was originally a novella. I can see very easily how it would have been a more effective book if shortened-- by the time the climax comes, it's just not as exciting as the events leading up to it would warrant.

Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great work by one of my favorite authors, July 7 2000
I loved One Hundred Years of Solitude; the first time I read it I immediately started over from the beginning. Having just read Chronicle of a Death Foretold, though, I must admit I like this novel even better. (Now I'm reading Love In the Time of Cholera-- woo-hoo!)
Though a rather short novel, the scope of Chronicle of a Death Foretold is amazing. It describes the last three days before the death of Santiago Nasar, a young bachelor of an unnamed small village in South America. When Bayardo San Roman discovers that Angela Vicario, his bride, is not a virgin on their wedding night, she is returned to her family's home in disgrace. Her brothers demand to know who her seducer was, and when she reveals that it was Santiago Nasar, they vow to avenge the dishonor. For three days, the brothers Pedro and Pablo march around town, ostentatiously sharpening their knives and announcing their intention of killing Nasar. While every villager is aware of this, out of cowardice, malice, or misunderstanding, not one tells him until it is too late.
With his characteristic hidden irony and unflinching frankness, Garcia Marquez explores the bystander effect, the rigidity of tradition and small town mores, and of course the inevitability (?) of fate.

Confederacy of Dunces
Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Hysterical bit of absurdity, July 1 2000
Ce commentaire est de: Confederacy of Dunces (Hardcover)
I mean, absurd the way Three Men In a Boat is absurd. Both are outright parodies, just of a different time and place, and I don't think I've ever read a book quite like the two of them.
Ignatius is hysterical and eerily like some of my old high school classmates. Jones is one cool cat, and the only character with any inkling of how freakin' weird their world is. Mrs. Reilly is a riot, and ends up very nearly a figure of female empowerment. Best of all is Mancuso, the pathetic undercover cop whose various costumes are the delight of the French Quarter.
Read this book. It's certainly fun, and you probably won't ever forget it.

The Tesseract
The Tesseract
by Alex Garland
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 13.36
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Lots of adrenaline throughout, July 1 2000
Ce commentaire est de: The Tesseract (Paperback)
The book isn't very long, and the pace is surprisingly quick. I found myself racing through it pretty quickly. It's a good read, really, though I haven't read The Beach and can't compare.
Garland is very good at creating atmosphere, such as the thick heat of Manila, or the isolation of Barrio Sarap. Each of his characters are compelling-- I especially wanted to know more about Rosa. The crash/burn ending wasn't exactly unexpected, but it had a resonance that was surprising for such a short work.

Stranger at the Wedding
Stranger at the Wedding
by Barbara Hambly
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fun, if lightweight, July 1 2000
This was one of my first forays into fantasy several years ago. I enjoyed it then, and upon rereading it, I find it holds up rather well.
Hambly excels at describing, in a matter-of-fact manner, surroundings that may be fantastic, unreal. Kyra is bold, even fierce, and in Spens we find a surprising equal. The magic in the book is fun, the plot engrossing, and the ending is perfect.

Juniper, Gentian, And Rosemary
Juniper, Gentian, And Rosemary
by Pamela Dean
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 I wanted to like it., July 1 2000
I really did want to enjoy this book, but I didn't. It had all the flaws of Tam Lin, but less plot and humor. Oh, and yes, it was boring.
Yes, I found this book to be lacking in humor. An occasional wry remark or giggle from one of Gentian's friends does not a good book make. I do not mean that I expected some kind of comedy, but all the characters take themselves too seriously. And, of course, they're all one-dimensional. Gentian seems to dislike her sister Juniper immensely, but has no qualms about regularly sneaking and reading her diary. Who is in the wrong there? Also, doesn't anyone notice that Dominic can't seem to speak but in quotes? Sure, a certain amount of quoting is all well and good, but when a person just can't seem to speak any other way, don't you begin to wonder if he is some kind of freak? Gentian also somehow is convinced that he is somehow obsessed by her, but every time he meets one of her friends, he spends most of the time checking that friend out. I did not find Gentian to be a particularly strong, self-reliant heroine. She's as superficial as any of the other people she loves to sneer at. There's a lot of throwaway stuff too-- just what is the point of Dominic being touchy about Alma's race? And that Ouija board episode? That kind of thing did nothing for the characterization or the plot, though I guess it did its job of adding pages to the book. Grrr.
Dean is more than a little inconsistent with her quoting. If she expects her readers to have a good deal of familiarity with various writers and poets such as Heinlein Pope and Keats, then why does she basically recap the entire plot of two of Shakespeare's plays-- Julius Caesar and Twelfth Night? It's as if she wanted to give us her own opinion about various characters such as Anthony and Malvolio without actually writing an essay about them. What was the point? Please, tell me.

As You Like It
As You Like It
by William Shakespeare
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An incredible comedy-- try to see it performed if possible, May 2 2000
As You Like It boasts one of Shakespeare's most vivid, romantic, and just plain fun heroines, Rosalind. She breaks all the rules and then makes up her own; she fools her true love into wooing her while he is absolutely unaware of who she is.
Then there's Jaques. Melancholy, cynical, yet hysterical in his own way; pay special attention to his "All the world's a stage" speech at the end of Act III. And don't forget Touchstone, the fool...
I don't want to give the plot away. There are so many surprises, so many unexpected twists-- this is one of Shakespeare's more complicated (if not deeper) plays. If at all possible, try to see at least one performance of it. The one I most recently saw had the entire audience in stitches from the first act to the final, multiple weddings and all.

Changeover: A Supernatural Romance
Changeover: A Supernatural Romance
by Margaret Mahy
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Divorce, adolescence, and witchcraft...., April 29 2000
This is the best young adult book I have ever read. Laura and Sorry are unforgettable. Their shared scenes crackle with electricity (remember the munching thunderclouds?) and never has a male witch been so...appealing.
Laura Chant is a sensitive, a girl with supernatural inclinations, with certain glimpses into the future. One day she looks into the mirror and sees herself changed. She is aware that her world is going to change, but doesn't know what to do about it. Then her beloved brother Jacko starts to sicken from what she knows is not a natural cause. She's recognized the school prefect Sorenson Carlisle as a witch, and goes to him for help. He tells her that in order to save Jacko she can be changed over, that is become a witch, but the transformation is irrevocable. She will forever be separate from most others.
Mahy is an incredible writer. She makes the strange seem like home, and also makes the familiar worth another look. Read this book!

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