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My Lord and Spymaster , by Joanna Bourne
Genre: Romance

Jess Whitby grew up on the streets before becoming an heiress. Now her father is arrested for treason and Jess must face the past for her father's sake. Sebastian Kennett, an earl's bastard, owns the rival shipping company and secretly works for the British Intelligence. These two come together in find the truth.
The story plot is really good. Although this is a romance book, the story line is plausible and GOOD! The suspense between Sebastian and Jess is enjoyable but never really steamy. Its nice to have a romance novel with an original plot and deliverance. Great book!

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Reviewed by a customer, from Octavia Fields on Mon. Oct 25, 2010

The Master Butchers Singing Club, by Louise Erdrich
Genre: Fiction

German-born Fidelis travels to America in search of a better life. He's been a sniper in World War I, has married his dead buddy's wife, and makes his way to North Dakota where he builds a successful meat butchering business. While Fidelis is a main character, the majority of the book is about Delphine, who comes to work at Fidelis's shop and becomes best friends with Eva, Fidelis's wife. The novel ends in 1954 and contains lovely prose, nice character development and several interesting plot lines. I enjoyed this book and plan to read more by this author.

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Reviewed by Linda S., from Cy-Fair on Sat. Oct 9, 2010

Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks, by Ethan Gilsdorf
Genre: Non-Fiction

Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks is an in-depth look into the "escapism" culture surrounding many popular, and popular amongst only those who are aware of them, gaming subcultures. The author starts with an exploration into his paper-based D&D game past before delving into the world of online games, reenactment cultures that dress in period costumes and, in some cases, take retreats into the woods to "game" as their character with like-minded individuals. He talks about fan-based cultures like those surrounding Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter before and still has time to talk about the social aspects of gaming and pretending to be another character. At various points in the book the author returns to, and examines, whether or not "fantasy freaks" and "gaming geeks" are truly living a life of escapism before coming to conclusions, both personal and professional, that were slightly surprising. This book is a great read for anyone that considers themselves a fantasy freak, gaming geek or just a casual escape artist.

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Reviewed by AnJuli, from Barbara Bush on Thu. Oct 7, 2010

Ape House, by Sara Gruen
Genre: Fiction

Isabel Duncan is a scientist and caretaker of a group of Bonobo apes who has a close bond with the apes and communicates with them using sign language. John Thigpen, a reporter who interviews Isabel and the apes, is also a main character. I learned a lot about Bonobo apes and I like Gruen's style. This book is not as multi-layered as her other novel, "Water for Elephants," but overall I enjoyed it.

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Reviewed by Linda S., from Cy-Fair on Sat. Sep 25, 2010

Led Astray By A Rake, by Sara Bennett
Genre: Romance

Olivia Monteith is determined to marry Lord Dominic Lacey, known as Wicked Nic. Olivia pressured by her parents to marry proper, young Garsed but there is more to the story then what Olivia believes. Romantic passionate scenes, but the witty situations that Bennett creates are unique. The story was well played - from first meeting the characters to after marriage. This story has different aspects throughout and each are well written. Very good book!

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Reviewed by Jones, from Octavia Fields on Fri. Sep 24, 2010

Best Friends Forever, by Jennifer Weiner
Genre: Fiction

Best Friends Forever is one of Weiner's best. A story of two friends who were extremely close all through high school despite their difference and drifted apart after graduation. After a wacky encounter at their class reunion they discover their friendship is just as close as it ever was. There are a few different perspectives throughout the story and Weiner's characters are so personal yet again. Great read.

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Reviewed by a customer, on Thu. Sep 16, 2010

Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese
Genre: Fiction

Beginning in 1954 and lasting 50 years, this is the story of twins Marion and Shiva born in Ethiopia and quickly becoming orphans. Raised by doctors, Ghosh and Hema who lovingly guide and nurtue them, Marion and Shiva have a close bond but are also quite different. This is a wonderful story narrated by Marion who learns life lessons about betrayal, loss, compassion, and forgiveness. Well written and one of the best books I've read in a long time.

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Reviewed by Linda S., from Cy-Fair on Wed. Aug 4, 2010

The Spy, by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott

The Spy is an espionage story based on a true event of the Great White Fleet and the newly designed dreadnought battleship. The time frame is right before World War I with the Van Dorn Detective Agency leading the search for the spies destroying the latest advances in shipbuilding. The CD version is terrific!

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Reviewed by Candi K., from Maud Marks on Thu. Jul 1, 2010

Plum Pudding Murder, by Joanne Fluke
Genre: Mystery

Plum Pudding Murder is not one of Fluke's best efforts. The dialogue in her books is always a little corny and a couple of the "regular" minor characters often come across immature and annoying. However, her heroine, Hannah, is usually likeable. Unfortunately, Hannah comes across as a bit of a space cadet in this mystery. Aside from the recipes, this is not a Hannah Swensen Mystery I'd recommend.

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Reviewed by L.M. Powell, on Fri. Jun 18, 2010

Beguiled, by Deeanne Gist
Genre: Fiction

I enjoyed this book. The plot was okay, but I didn't like it as much as Gist's other books, and that might be because this one was co-written with another writer. I was bored with it a couple of times.

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Reviewed by Lauren P., from Barbara Bush on Wed. Jun 2, 2010

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