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Monday, April 20, 2009

The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. Lee

The Piano Teacher is complicated, eloquent, haunting and thought provoking.   Not one of the characters is particularly sympathetic, never mind likable.  The story jumps between decades with wild abandon.  The plot is violent and explores the highly disturbing, damaging nature of war and its aftermath.  It is the story of love and ultimate betrayal.

If that sounds negative, than consider my other observations. Janice Lee's portrayal of Hong Kong are so vivid you can almost smell and hear the market place. The description of life in Colonies is pitch perfect; the gossip, the intrigue and the boredom. The language is eloquent.  The plot is carefully constructed. The character development is extraordinary.

The story presents two snapshots of life in Hong Kong.  The snapshots are ten years apart. Life before the war life is circumscribed by social status and ritual.  The Europeans, especially the English have created their own alternative universe right on the top of Victoria Peak.

Once the war is over the survivors (of both the war and the occupation) are deeply scarred.  They emerge forever changed by the circumstances of incarceration. starvation and torture.  And yet, apparently nothing much has changed.  Life has more or less picked up exactly where it left off.  The colony is back in business and the rigid social structures and rituals have survived. 

Claire Pendleton, the piano teacher, provides a stark contrast between the cynicism of the old and the naivety of the new.  In the end, she effectively provides a focus and a rather harrowing catharsis.

This book is a real hybrid; part historical fiction, part romance and part mystery.  I suspect you will either love or hate it.  I, personally, loved it.

In the sweeping tradition of The English Patient, a gripping tale of love and betrayal set in war-torn Hong Kong

In 1942, Will Truesdale, an Englishman newly arrived in Hong Kong, falls headlong into a passionate relationship with Trudy Liang, a beautiful Eurasian socialite. But their love affair is soon threatened by the invasion of the Japanese as World War II overwhelms their part of the world. Will is sent to an internment camp, where he and other foreigners struggle daily for survival. Meanwhile, Trudy remains outside, forced to form dangerous alliances with the Japanese in particular, the malevolent head of the gendarmerie, whose desperate attempts to locate a priceless collection of Chinese art lead to a chain of terrible betrayals.

Ten years later, Claire Pendleton comes to Hong Kong and is hired by the wealthy Chen family as their daughter's piano teacher. A provincial English newlywed, Claire is seduced by the heady social life of the expatriate community. At one of its elegant cocktail parties, she meets Will, to whom she is instantly attracted¿but as their affair intensifies, Claire discovers that Will's enigmatic persona hides a devastating past. As she begins to understand the true nature of the world she has entered, and long-buried secrets start to emerge, Claire learns that sometimes the price of survival is love.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Great Bestsellers


'Nineteen Minutes' by Jodi Picoult. Ms. Picoult writes with an air of suspense: she doesn't reveal all of her cards right away, and little bits about Peter's actions and motive emerge as the page count grows. At times this tactic becomes repetitive and leaves you wishing she would just spill the truth earlier, but when it finally does come, it is worth the wait. I am a big fan of Jodi Picoult and have loved many of her earlier works, especially My Sister's Keeper and Plain Truth. This novel is well written and fast paced enough to keep somone turning from page to page. The only issues I have with the novel is some unsolved mysteries and the last chapter could have been a bit more filled out. All in all though it is a solid book that is a good read.

'REMEMBER ME' by Sophie Kinsella. This eBook is about a woman who loses her memory and has no recollection of the last 3 years. She has to struggle with learning who she has become in the last 3 years. This is a fun and quick read. However, in my opinion it is not the best from the author. Having read all of her other books this one is my least favorite, and I feel the most forgettable. But, if you are looking for something fun to take to the beach or read on an weekend. This book is for you. Use the Coupon Code below for a additional Discount on either or both of these eBook Titles.

Nineteen Minutes: eBook edition Novel by Picoult, Jodi,
In nineteen minutes, you can mow the front lawn, color your hair, watch a third of a hockey game. In nineteen minutes, you can bake scones or get a tooth filled by a dentist; you can fold laundry for a family of five....In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world, or you can just jump off it.
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REMEMBER ME eBook edition by Kinsella, Sophie
How long have I been awake? Is it morning yet? I feel so rough. What happened last night? God, my head hurts. Okay, I'm never drinking again, ever. I feel so woozy I can't even think, let alone . . .
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Monday, February 4, 2008

HOT Authors Of Our Time Do It Again...


'Duma Key' by Stephen King. I have fallen in love all over again. When I read "Memory" I knew I wanted more. When I got this eBook last week, I was so ready for it. I have not been disappointed in the least. The very first "adult" book I read was Misery by Stephen King. Since then, I've not only read everything he's written, I have recently revisited many of his works and found that they still captivate and enthrall me. Duma Key will leave a lasting impression based on the friendship between Fremantle and Wireman. Its gracious, loving and ultimately a realistic depiction of love and caring, things that are not at first associated with Stephen King's writing.

'The 6th Target' by James Patterson. Love James Patterson. Love the fact that he writes so much; I don't have to wait 2 years for his novels to be published. I started this book last night and could not stop until I turned the last page. It was 3:15 a.m. and now I am paying for it. The four ladies of the woman's murder club are back in action. A series of kidnappings have the city of San Francisco twisted in knots, and it is up to Lindsey Boxer and her new partner to figure out what is going on. Reading this book is like running all the red lights. You know you have to stop but can't; you know you have questions but don't ask them. Is it fun? Hell yes. It is literature? No but who cares? Read it for a quick satisfying romp. Use the Coupon Code below for a Discount on these two eBook Titles.

Duma Key eBook edition by King, Stephen
No more than a dark pencil line on a blank page. A horizon line, maybe. But also a slot for blackness to pour through... A terrible construction site accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation.
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The 6th Target eBook edition by Patterson, James
When a horrifying attack leaves one of the four members of the Women's Murder Club struggling for her life, the others fight to keep a madman behind bars before anyone else is hurt. And Lindsay Boxer and her new partner in the San Francisco police department run flat-out to stop a series of kidnappings that has electrified the city: children are being plucked off the streets together with their nannies.
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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Not Too Many Good Reviews, But I Loved Them!


'Shadow Dance' by Julie Garwood. I was afraid to read this book after Julie's last book, Slow Burn. I just didn't see how she could get any better...but she did! Shadow Dance entertained me, made me laugh, kept me in suspense, had great sexual tension and two of her most dynamic stand-out characters as well as quirky secondary characters. In other words, this book has it all!

'Darkest Evening Of The Year' by Dean Koontz. After reading several negative reviews, I was hesitant to read this book even though I am an avid Dean Koontz fan, and I enjoy even his lowest rated books by readers. This eBook is a nice, quick read starts a bit slow. It is evident from the beginning that this is not classic Koontz. If you a lover of suspense and thrillers but if you are loved by or give your love to a dog, then this is the book for you. With the loss of his Golden Retriever, Trixie, it seemed necessary to pay a tribute to her. Koontz true fans loved Trixie and her reviews of his books, as much as they love his books. Although this is not his normal suspense type writing, it is a meaningful story. Check below for the Coupon Code to use at checkout to receive a Discount on either of these two titles.

SHADOW DANCE by Garwood, Julie
This wedding was no small affair.There were seven bridesmaids, seven groomsmen, three ushers, two altar boys, three lectors, and enough firepower inside the church to wipe out half the congregation.All but two of the groomsmen were armed.
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With each of his #1 New York Times bestsellers, Dean Koontz has displayed an unparalleled ability to entertain and enlighten readers with novels that capture the essence of our times even as they bring us to the edge of our seats.
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Monday, December 10, 2007

One Good, One Not So Good (To Me...)


'Four Blind Mice' by James Patterson. The actual plot is not of much interest, nor is how the criminals were caught. What sells the Patterson books is the violence, the sadism, the sex--and short chapters for those with short attention spans. Moreover, because of this, I suspect the Patterson books will not be long remembered. Readers still read Sherlock Holmes, Philo Vance, etc., and they will be doing so when the Cross books are in the dustbin.

'Home to Holly Springs' by Jan Karon. I cannot explain why, but Jan Karon reminds me of one of my other favorite writers: Pearl Buck. I think it is because both of them show--through their writing--a deep sense of love for humanity. Home to Holly Springs is a great read--a book you will want to read again. Like of lot of Karon's writing, there is a bit of mystery to it, there is gentle humor, and a satisfying conclusion. I cannot wait for the next Father Tim book. Check below for the Coupon Code to receive a Discount on either of these two eBook Titles.

Four Blind Mice eBook edition by Patterson, James
Alex Cross returns in the most harrowing case of his career-one that risks the life of his closest friend and partner, John Sampson. Alex Cross is on his way to resign from the Washington Police Force when his partner and oldest friend, John Sampson, knocks on the door, desperate.
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Home to Holly Springs eBook edition by Karon, Jan
Readers of the nine bestselling Mitford novels have been captivated by Jan Karon's "gift for illuminating the struggles that creep into everyday lives-along with a vividly imagined world" (People). They learned quickly that "after you've spent time in Mitford, you'll want to come back" (Chicago Tribune).
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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

T is For Trespass (eBook Edition)

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T is for Trespass eBook Edition
by: Grafton, Sue
In what may be her most unsettling novel to date, Sue Grafton's T is for Trespass is also her most direct confrontation with the forces of evil. Beginning slowly with the day-to-day life of a private eye, Grafton suddenly shifts from the voice of Kinsey Millhone to that of Solana Rojas, introducing readers to a chilling sociopath.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Familiar and Maybe Not so Familiar, but good...


'Double Cross' by James Patterson. James Patterson does it again with the Cross series. This eBook has all the suspense that his books normally have but even more! Fans of the series will like this addition to the series. Over the years, Alex, Nana Mama, Sampson, Damon, Janie and Little Alex have become like family. This book does not disappoint. Buy this eBook. You won't be disappointed. Alex Cross at his best!

'Puff' by Bob Flaherty. Cheech and Chong of the literary world! I read this eBook in about 2 days and laughed through most of it. The portrayal of these two Catholic Boston boys was so funny and light-hearted even when faced with the death of their father and mother. This book is not going to win many awards or get much press beyond word of mouth (which, by the way, is how I found out about it), but it is worth picking up. Don't forget to use the Coupon Code Below to receive a Discount on either of these eBook Titles.

Double Cross by Patterson, James
Just when Alex thought his life was calming down into a routine of patients and therapy sessions, he finds himself back in the game--this time to catch a criminal mastermind like no other. A spate of elaborate murders in Washington D.C. have the whole East Coast on edge. They are like nothing Alex Cross and his new girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, have ever seen. With each murder, the case becomes increasingly complex.
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Puff eBook edition by Flaherty, Bob
Meet John Gullivan, age thirteen, obsessed with the moles that dot most of his body. Meet his brother Gully, who can't stop laughing at them. Now meet the brothers ten years later, in the middle of the most ferocious blizzard anyone can remember
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