July 09, 2012

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Hopefully you saw last week's post about our Adult Summer Reading Program success so far.  Previous posts featuring public reviews have gotten a fair number of hits, so we'll keep them coming.  Today's reviews are all 5 stars!

The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy.  5 stars!  "This saga follows a new-money family in London from the 1880s to the early 20th Century.  A Rich collection of characters deal with life, marriage, money and war, each in their own way."

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.  5 stars!  "Easy read, takes place in Seattle.  Good reviews.  What happens in Seattle with the Japanese."

The Wrecker by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott.  5 stars!  "Someone ('the Wrecker') kept sabotaging the Southern Pacific Railroad in order to create panic and bankrupt the railroad.  Isaac Bell of the van Dorn Detective Agency is hired to stop him resulting in a cat and mouse chase throughout the whole book.  Some of the authors that Clive Cussler has teamed with aren't very good, but Justin Scott does a great job-- I'll have to see if he wrote any books on his own."

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly.  5 stars!  "Great book about history and a young girl's struggle.  I ended up learning a lot about music and the French Revolution."

Cybele's Secret by Juliet Marillier.  5 stars!  "This was great!  It doesn't quite have the break neck pace of Wildwood Dancing, but I still couldn't put it down.  A mystery and fairy tale quest all in one, with a smart and resourceful heroine.  Good fun!"

Your God is Too Small by J. B. Phillips.  5 stars!  "This is an incredible book!  Phillips Biblically and logically explored who God is (and who He is not) while freely admitting that the 124 pages of his book just barely began to describe some of the attributes of God.  In the book Phillips dealt firmly (but, I believe, respectfully) with many common but inaccurate views of God.  I found his style compelling, clear, and for the most part, fast-paced."

Murder at Mansfield Park by Lynn Shepherd.  5 stars!  "I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It is a murder mystery set in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park with the same characters.  I had a little trouble getting involved in the book at first because it is written as a story from the 19th-Century would be, with all the flowery language.  I think that if this book were written the way people speak today instead of the 19th Century way of speaking, the author would only have filled 200 pages instead of the 363 that she did write.  She did a beautiful job of recapturing the way people spoke and thought back then, and I would never have known it was written in the 21st Century if I hadn't looked at the copywrite [sic] date.  The story itself was very satisfying with the murderer racking up quite a body count.  I was very surprised who was the culprit, and it's not often that happens."

Once again, great reviews!  I've just recently finished going through all of this year's Adult Summer Reading Program entries so far, and many of the reviewers here are submitters again this year.  It's great to have so many return patrons!  More reviews, served hot next week.

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