November 11th, 2009

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Looking for a book I read about six years ago . . .

I cannot remember the title or author of this book. It was about a girl--I think she was fourteen--who began babysitting for her new neighbors. Then the father of the kids she was watching started hitting on her. There are two scenes I remember: one where the main character is asking her cousin what 'popping a cherry' means and the other where the mother of the kids she babysat is attacking the main character. I think she scratches the girl.

I haven't come across this book since so it might be really obscure. Out of luck, though, does anyone know what it could be?
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Names written in the back of WW2 books?

Hi all, I hope this is an appropriate question for the comm - it's certainly about books, anyway!

I've recently been reading a lot of books, non-fiction historical accounts, memoirs and biographies about World War 2, particularly books about the Jewish experience in Eastern Europe.

All of them have been from the public library, and I've noticed something a bit weird - in a lot (almost all) of the books, people have written their names and a date - presumably of their reading - in the very back of the book. I have never seen this is any other book, fact or fiction, and it's got me really curious...

Does anyone have any insight into this for me? I'm curious whether this is a common act in books like this, a sign of acknowledgment and respect, or is it something culturally specific to Judaism? Or something specific to those who have some kind of personal connection in some way to that story?

It strikes me as quite a lovely idea, it's nice to see a list of people who have read the same book - particularly some of the sadder or more traumatizing tales, it's quite a comforting sense of connection to others who have been effected, an act of witnessing. I haven't written my name in any of the books, and I won't unless someone can give me some insight - especially if there is some kind of cultural/community significance, but it's certainly piqued my curiosity!

Help Finding This Book about Dancing Cats?!

Hi fellow booksters!

This is my first post here and it's a question (sorry! I'll do a review soon!!) about a book whose title I've been desperately trying to remember:

The book was actually (as far as I can remember) part of a short YA series. It was about a little black cat who moved into a new neighborhood who starts making friends and having adventures with all her new cat friends. Some fun parts of the book were that the black cat was really skilled at dancing "The Sailor's Hornpipe," another cat played a diamond "nose flute" and there were a pair of twin cats named "Romulus" and "Remus."

Does this sound familiar to anyone? I remember really loving those books as a kid and was trying to figure out how to get my paws (hahaha...*cough* ahem...) on that series.

Thanks in advance for you help! :)
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--"Graceling" by Kristin Cashore
(5/5): This is now my 2nd favorite book of all time! Katsa is a strong woman who stands by what she believe and learns to make her own choices and not be a subject in society. This is a heart-wrenching tale of power and love that will leave you breathless. I would recommend this book to EVERYONE! It is so beautifully written. Props on it being her DEBUT novel as well!!
--"Fire" by Kristin Cashore
(4.5/5): Another job well done. It's two different women in two different places all in the same world. This is her second novel, but it takes place 30 years before 'Graceling'. Fire is a woman of a different kind and the only one of her kind. She doesn't quite fit and she learns to embrace it. This is another truly beautiful story. From the moment I started reading, I never wanted it to end. SERIOUSLY, read these books!! You will not be dissappointed!

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Ooka Shohei's Fires on the Plain

Author: Ooka Shohei (大岡昇平)
Title: Fires on the Plain
Original Japanese title: Nobi (野火)
First line: "My squad leader slapped me in the face."
Genre: historical fiction
Pages: 246
Recommended for those interested in: World War II (from the side of the Japanese), introversion, postwar Japanese authors.
Blurb from the book:
This haunting novel explores the complete degradation and isolation of a man by war. The book is set on the island of Leyte in the Philippines during World War II, where the Japanese army is disintegrating under the hammer blows of the American landings. Within this larger disintegration is another, that of a single human being, Private Tamura. The war destroys each of his ties to society, one by one, until Tamura, a sensitive and intelligent man, becomes an outcast...

Tamura is never less than human, even when driven to the ultimate sin against humanity. Shocking as the outward events are, the greatness of the novel lies in its uplifting vision during a time of crushing horror.

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Young adult fantasy...

Hello! I'm an author and when I posted here a while ago about my young adult fantasy novel, Basajaun. Some of the people who commented asked me to give a heads up when the book was more widely available, so I wanted to let you guys know that you can now buy Basajaun on, here:

"Basajaun is a beautiful book, written by a masterful wordsmith!" --T. A. Barron (The Lost Years Of Merlin, Merlin's Dragon, The Great Tree Of Avalon)

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"an unusual, intriguing young adult fantasy" --Lansing State Journal newspaper

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Shakespeare's Landlord (Lily Bard Mysteries, Book 1) Charlene Harris

Shakespeare's Landlord (Lily Bard Mysteries, Book 1) Charlene Harris
Lily is the main character in the book series. In the first book she finds someone placing a dead body near her house when she is out on her nightly, comforting walks. She doesnt want to bring attention to herself so she anonymously makes a call to the cheif of police who lives close by. Throughout this novel she finds herself trying to figure out who the murderer is while cleaning her many clients homes.She chose this job to keep to herself. She cant put her finger on the case but knows it must be solved for her to ever feel comfortable in her small town again. Of course a book like this needs some romance. She finds herself involved with her instructor. Lily has learned how to protect herself because of her unforgetful past. She cant seem to put it behind her. Someone in her small town is letting her know they know about her past as well by trying to spook her. Through out the book Lily is trying to understand her liking of Marshall, find the town killer, and make sure her past remains hidden.

I was impressed with this book after I was about 75% through it. (Not sure about page number due to reading it on the kindle.) I had started it and was a little down about the plot but then it started getting better. I would have probably given the book a 3 if it hadnt taken me so long to get to a part I really enjoyed. Once I did though, I was on edge. I have already read 2 more books of this series and am on my fourth. I will post another review tomorrow on book 2.

#89 Death’s Daughter by Amber Benson

Death’s Daughter starts off like your typical chick lit book. We meet Calliope Reaper-Jones, a twenty-something that hates her job, loves shopping, and has just been set up on a blind date by her best friend. That is until the memory charm she cast on herself four years ago breaks, and she remembers who she really is, the immortal daughter of the grim reaper. Callie, who wants nothing more than to live a normal life, is livid at this turn of events until she discovers that her father (death) has been kidnapped along with her older sister. In order to save her family’s immortality, she must complete three tasks and become death herself. Unfortunately, she’s not the only one interested in the job.

I really wanted to like this book, and there were some things I did enjoy. If there’s one thing Benson did do well here, it’s her world building. I enjoyed the mix of old and new religions that created the world of the afterlife. Also, I found that Benson’s writing flows quite well, making the book quite easy to read. What brought everything down was its protagonist. Despite being the same age as the Calliope, I had difficulty connecting with her throughout the book. I didn’t relate at all to the spacey city girl who whined about not being able to goof off more at work, nor did I connect with the hapless “heroine” who kept on stumbling into trouble and having to be rescued. Possessing the maturity of a bratty teenager, Callie seems to spend most of her time crying, getting into danger, and lusting after every age appropriate male. Whenever I began to enjoy the book, Callie would open her mouth and say something that made me want to slap her. I also found that I also had some issues with the logic of the plot. I don’t want to give too much away, but I didn’t understand why people did certain things. Such as why did Callie put a memory charm on herself to forget about her family when she’s immortal? Wouldn’t she notice not aging and dying after a while? There were several times during this book when I had to stop and ask myself similar questions.

As I said before, I really wanted to like this book. Benson is a talented actress and from my memories of meeting her at a Common Rotation concert, one of those rare, genuinely nice people. Unfortunately, as much as I tried over the past four days, I just couldn’t understand why Callie was the way she was and did the things she did. As a result, I never connected with the story. By the time we got to the big twist at the end I found that I didn’t even care. I will not be continuing this series.

Rating: two stars
Length: 359 pages
Source: paperbackswap
Similar Books: For similar paranormal reads try Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan Series (beginning with Dead Witch Walking), Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files (beginning with Storm Front), or Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampires Mysteries (beginning with Dead until Dark).
Other books I've read by this author: this is my first

Now I'm going to go feel like a big meanie for writing such a negative review...

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61. Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey

61. Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey - 816 pages (7.5/10)

Firstly, I must say I absolutely hate these covers. Her mark looks like a giant tramp stamp. It doesn't even look like a real tattoo--it looks like a peel on sticker you'd get from a machine for a quarter, honestly.

Secondly, I re-read this for the first time since I was 15. All I can say is: wow, I can't believe I read this kinky stuff when I was so young! This novel tells the story of Phedre no'Delaunay, a girl sold off as a whore from a young, tender age to the god (of love) Naamah's service. Luckily, she is fostered first by the Night Court and then by a handsome and mysterious man alongside a fair boy and becomes a learned and multi-talented courtesan, among other things.

Phedre has been marked from birth with both an unlucky name and an unlucky scarlet mote in her eye. The scarlet mote represents Kushiel's Dart, meaning she's been struck by the god to be very kinky, horny, and submissive. This makes her a one-of-a-kind commodity among the rich sadists of Terre D'Ange (Land of Angels), a near-medieval France.

The setting was quite interesting. There is the nearly French Terre D'ange, the Nordic Skaldi, the Scottish Alba, the Roman Tiberius, among others. The reader ends up seeing several of these lands throughout the course of the novel. The varying religions and politics were engaging enough to keep me interested.

In general, the writing is fairly good, but the prose can be much wordier than it need me. Over and over Phedre says things like "although how this happened, I cannot say" or "I did not learn it then, but I learned of it later." Just explain at the beginning that this is your "memory" and it's imperfect, and leave it at that! Phedre also weeps frequently and usually has sex with most of the men she meets.

Overall, it's an entertaining enough novel and worth reading if erotic fantasy is your cup of tea.

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So I am looking for a book that I read, oh probably about 6 years ago now. I can't remember the title or the author but I remember that I loved it when I read it. It was a funny, adult take on some fairy tales.

The main character's name was Prince Charming and he goes to rescue Sleeping Beauty and on the way to this rescue you also see Snow White and Cinderella (I think that the evil Stepmother from Cinderella may even try to seduce him?).

I'm really sorry that this is so horribly vague but that is all I can remember and I'm hoping that someone has a clue as to what I'm talking about.

Thank you!