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Welcome to the 52nd Edition of the !

It is a beautiful Sunday here in Northern California. The weather is perfect, and fall is very much on the horizon, as evidenced by the soft cool breeze upon which leaves in beautiful shades of red, gold, copper, and brown are floating onto the lawn. I hope you will get comfortable and spend some time perusing the many fine reviews included in this edition!

Fiction

Evelyn Hunter presents Uniting with Bloggers Unite for a Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why published at Writesprite’s Blog, a review of Jay Asher’s fictional work for young adults in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day. The reviewer says she attempted to “link the dramatic fiction of the literary world with the dramatic non-fiction of the real one.”

RateMeister presents 20000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne published at RateMeister.

Aloysa presents Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith published at The Kitchen Sink.

Rose City Reader presents Review of the Day: Saving Stanley published at Rose City Reader, a book that made the reviewer re-think her prejudice against short stories.

Zohar presents Book Review: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann published at Man of La Book.

Zohar presents Book Review: The Unlikely Spy by Daniel Silva published at Man of La Book.

Kerrie S. presents Review: All the Colours of Darkness by Peter Robinson published at Mysteries in Paradise. It’s crime fiction in the British tradition, set in the Yorkshire Dales. A group of children playing in the woods in the Yorkshire Dales discover a man’s body hanging from a tree. Mark Hardcastle, theatre set designer, appears to have committed suicide after killing his lover Laurence Silbert. Is that what really happened?

Jim Murdoch presents The Principle of Ultimate Indivisibility by Brent Robison published at The Truth About Lies. Jim writes, “It looks like a textbook. It sounds like a textbook. It’s actually a collection of interlinked (or perhaps overlapping) stories set in New York. Some feature Native Americans, some jazz musicians, some Mormons but no matter who’s talking they’re all trying to make sense out of their lot in life. Many of the stories are made up of several elements, vignettes, revolving around a situation or a group of characters. It’s an intelligent, well-considered work, well worth a read.”

Zohar presents Book Review and Giveaway: Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar published at Man of La Book. You have a chance to win a copy of this work of Biblical fiction if you enter by September 20, 2010.

JHS presents Book Review: Leaving Before It’s Over published at Colloquium. What truly defines a family? Can a family be forged from love by people who share a common, painful background and, at least on the surface, absolutely nothing else in common? And just because your DNA is substantially similar to someone else’s, does that mean that you must behave as though you are part of a family? Or is our true family comprised of the people we should to surround ourselves with? Author Jean Reynolds Page explores the theme in her latest work of fiction.

Zohar presents Book Review: The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver published at Man of La Book.

Katie Sorene presents Two Travel Books for Girls published at Tripbase, reviews of Emily Barr’s latest novels – travel fiction about adventurous females with complicated lives.

Kerrie S. presents Review: Unspoken by Mari Jungstedt published at Mysteries in Paradise. Two disappearances – an alcoholic and a young girl. Are they connected? Kerrie suggests that if you have never read Swedish crime fiction novels, Unspoken would be an excellent first choice.

Jason Ward presents The City and The City by China Mieville published at The Word of Ward.

Nonfiction

E. Vincent Martinez presents Changing Shoes ~ Changing Lives published at Fashionado, a review of a book about “getting older – not old – with style, humor, and grace,” by Tina Sloan, former star of Guiding Light.

Tim Leffel presents Perceptive Travel Book Reviews September 2010 published at Perceptive Travel, featuring reviews of Thirty Percent Chance of Enlightenment by Tim Brookes; Hello, It’s Me: Dispatches from a Pop Culture Junkie by Chris Epting; and Hamlet’s Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age by William Powers.

JHS presents Book Review: The Devil in Pew Number Seven published at Colloquium, the true story of how a minister and his family were terrorized by a powerful member of the community who could not tolerate the charismatic preacher’s success in his new parish. Written by the reverend’s daughter, the focus is on forgiveness. She portrays her parents as faithful martyrs who refused to leave even as their very lives — and those of their children — were repeatedly threatened. Readers will have to decide for themselves if they agree with that interpretation of her parents’ response to the unrelenting, violent attacks upon their family.

Zohar presents Book Review: Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean by Ed Kritzler published at Man of La Book.

Ben Harack presents Review of The Measure of Man published at Vision Of Earth. Ben notes that the book was published in 1954, 56 years ago, but he feels that it has relevance today. He found its premise “compelling. True to expectations, the book was astonishingly relevant to both my life today and the state of the world.”

Michael Newton presents Review: The Path to Tyranny by Michael E. Newton published at The LL Book Review.

Clark Bjorke presents Cyber War published at I’ll Never Forget the Day I Read a Book!. Former White House National Security Council member Richard Clarke warns of impending doom through internet attacks against America.

Scott presents Review: Crack Capitalism published at A Canadian Lefty in Occupied Land, a review of John Holloway’s latest book. Holloway is best known for his earlier work, Change The World Without Taking Power.

Danette M. Schott presents Aspergers on the Job published at Help! S-O-S for Parents.

It has been my pleasure to host this edition of the Book Review Blog Carnival!

Submissions are now being accepted for the October 3, 2010, edition which will be hosted at Man of La Book. To peruse past editions, visit the Carnival archive.

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