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Book Review: The Clocks by Agatha Christie

Book Review: The Clocks by Agatha Christie

Title: The Clocks Author: Agatha Christie Series: Hercule Poirot, Book 34 Publisher: Berkley Paperback: 257 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Sheila Webb expected to find a respectable blind lady waiting for her at 19 Wilbraham Crescent—not the body of a middle-aged man sprawled across the living room floor. But when old Miss Pebmarsh denies sending for her in the first place, or of owning all the clocks that surround the body, it’s clear that they are going to need a very…

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Book Review: Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Book Review: Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Title: Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging Author: Louise Rennison Series: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, Book 1 Publisher: Harper Teen Hardcover: 247 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository There are six things very wrong with my life: 1. I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in a red way for the next two years. 2. It is on my nose 3. I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed…

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Book Review: Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope

Book Review: Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope

Title: Ralph the Heir Author: Anthony Trollope Publisher: Nonsuch Publishing Paperback: 544 pages Source: Open Source (Project Gutenberg) Summary: (taken from Goodreads) This novel tells a story of crossed inheritance. One Ralph Newton, a handsome ne’er-do-well, has the expectation of the family property. His cousin (also Ralph Newton) is a wholly worthy fellow, but a bastard and may not by law inherit what his father desperately wants to bequeath him. This situation provides Trollope with the occasion for a profound analysis of moral worth and…

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Book Review: Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Book Review: Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Title: Tess of the D’Urbervilles Author: Thomas Hardy Publisher: Penguin Paperback: 392 pages Source: Own Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Tess Durbeyfield knows what it is to work hard and expect little. But her life is about to veer from the path trod by her mother and grandmother. When her ne’er-do-well father learns that his family is the last of a long noble line, the d’Urbervilles, he sends Tess on a journey to meet her supposed kin- a journey that will see her victimized by lust, poverty,…

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Book Review: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Book Review: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Title: Oliver Twist Author: Charles Dickens Publisher: Penguin Classics Paperback: 608 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens’s tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters — the arch-villain Fagin, the artful Dodger, the menacing Bill Sikes and the prostitute…

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Book Review: Invincible Summer by Alice Adams

Book Review: Invincible Summer by Alice Adams

Title: Invincible Summer Author: Alice Adams Publisher: Little, Brown Hardcover: 308 pages Source: BEA 2016 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository Four friends. Twenty years. One unexpected journey. Inseparable throughout college, Eva, Benedict, Sylvie, and Lucien graduate in 1997, into an exhilarating world on the brink of a new millennium. Hopelessly in love with playboy Lucien and eager to shrug off the socialist politics of her upbringing, Eva breaks away to work for a big bank. Benedict, a budding scientist who’s…

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Book Review: Ann Veronica by HG Wells

Book Review: Ann Veronica by HG Wells

Title: Ann Veronica Author: HG Wells Publisher: Penguin Books Limited Paperback: 352 pages Source: Own Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Twenty-one, passionate and headstrong, Ann Veronica Stanley is determined to live her own life. When her father forbids her attending a fashionable ball, she decides she has no choice but to leave her family home and make a fresh start in London. There, she finds a world of intellectuals, socialists and suffragettes — a place where, as a student in biology at Imperial College, she can…

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Book Review: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Book Review: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Title: The Hound of the Baskervilles Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Publisher: Signet Paperback: 160 pages Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Holmes and Watson are faced with their most terrifying case yet. The legend of the devil-beast that haunts the moors around the Baskerville families home warns the descendants of that ancient clan never to venture out in those dark hours when the power of evil is exalted. Now, the most recent Baskerville, Sir Charles, is dead and the footprints of…

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Book Review: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Book Review: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Title: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Author: Susanna Clarke Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Paperback: 1006 pages Summary: (taken from Goodreads) At the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very different magicians emerge to change England’s history. In the year 1806, with the Napoleonic Wars raging on land and sea, most people believe magic to be long dead in England–until the reclusive Mr. Norrell reveals his powers, and becomes a celebrity overnight. Soon, another practicing magician comes forth: the young, handsome, and daring Jonathan Strange….

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Audiobook Review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Audiobook Review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Title: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Author: Douglas Adams Series: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Book 1 Narrator: Stephen Fry Publisher: Books on Tape Edition: Unabridged Duration: 5 hours, 51 minutes Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Don’t leave earth without this story of the end of the world and the happy-go-lucky days that follow. The writing of New York Times Best-selling author, Douglas Adams, has been brilliantly successful on both sides of the Atlantic in radio, television, theatre and spoken…

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