From a Buick 8

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1.5 Stars

Oh, Stephen! You dissappoint me. You usually give me gripping tales of terror, or thoughtful insights into your methods, but this…no. I couldn’t stand this. I mean, it was no The Eight, but it’s not far off. I don’t even know how to describe it…Ok, imagine a good, scary book, then fill it with pages and pages and pages of super boring bits, and a badly formed scary bit, and you have this book. Oh, and take away the good part. Yep, that about sums it up.

So the story is basically this: a small town police station finds a Buick 8 which has a portal to an evil land in its trunk. The man who finds this car gets killed in surefire Stephen King fashion (I believe the words “skin peeled off” were used somewhere during the pages of description) , and his son joins the force to follow in his father’s footsteps. Each has an unfathomable interest in the Buick–which involves pages and pages of unreadable stories about dissecting aliens in dank bathrooms. It took me several tries to get through this book, and I finally just had to get the book on CD and listen while I was filling out evaluations for hours on end.

Overall, I didn’t like this book at all. Bleh bleh bleh bleh bleh. Yep, that is my final assesment.

–Adrienne

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Published in: on March 1, 2008 at 9:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Fourth Bear

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5/5

Very clever, and especially fun if you know a lot about nursery rhymes.  This is the crime story version of what really happened to Goldilocks.

There is a town where nursery rhyme characters live and interactive with normal people.  Given the unique problems and issues this segment of the population deals with, a division of the police force is put in charge of solving crimes relating to this minority group.  Some of the police in this division are nursery rhyme characters themselves, allowing them to really understand the culture.

In this story you get to know Goldilocks, the Gingerbread Man, and a host of other minor nursery rhyme characters.  Detective Jack Spratt, mired in bureaucracy, takes a missing persons case and attempts to find Goldilocks while dodging murder attempts from the Gingerbread Man, someone Spratt had previously put away.  In addition, he tries to figure out the mystery behind the story Goldilocks was working on when she disappeared.  It is about the world of giant pickle growing, which I bet you didn’t know was a competitive sport!

This book would be suitable for any child old enough to understand the language its written in.  It is written as a true crime story, but with a tongue-in-cheek feel to it that will keep you amused.  It is a sequel to The Big Over Easy, which I also recommend.

-TC

Published in: on August 13, 2007 at 4:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Firethorn

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4 Stars

I think this falls into the historical fantasy genre. This is about a red headed woman who lives in the forest for a year after her mistress dies, and comes out to fall in love with a soldier on his way to war. She joins him as his lover on the trail and ends up becoming a natural healer. Very dramatic at times, you learn to love most of the characters and hate the villains. Lots of sex in this book.

–Adrienne

Published in: on July 18, 2007 at 5:52 am  Leave a Comment  

Free Love

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3 1/2 Stars

This is one of those girly mysteries. The heroin is a modern woman in an old-fashioned, 1920’s New York. She’s a writer who moonlights as an actor in a local theater. Her detective skills are put to the test when a woman who could be her twin (creepy) and who was last seen with the woman’s most arduous suitor (creepier) and is found dead outside the woman’s local pub (creepiest). Can you imagine finding yourself dead in a puddle outside your favorite hangout? I liked the characters in this story, and the mystery was actually mysterious–that’s always a nice touch in a mystery book.

–Adrienne

Published in: on July 18, 2007 at 5:46 am  Leave a Comment  

Flashpoint

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2 1/2 Stars

A rather short story, Flashpoint is about a series of murders involving young women and their newborns. Mystery ensues. The nice thing about the book is the story has some nice twists and turns, and the ending isn’t obvious. The bad thing about this book, is it’s the same formula as every other silly-little-mystery out there, and is pretty easily forgotten.

–Adrienne

Published in: on July 17, 2007 at 9:11 pm  Leave a Comment