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Welcome to the 59th Edition of the Book Review !


Heather reviews Amy Inspired at Proud Book Nerd.

Zohar reviews Room by Emma Donoghue at Man of la Book.

Kerrie also reviews Room by Emma Donoghue at Mysteries in Paradise. Kerrie recommends it, noting that it was shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker prize, as well as the 2010 Governor General’s Awards in Canada, and won both the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Irish Book Award 2010.

Ankur Kapoor reviews The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown at Ultimate Novel Reviews. His review comes with a guarantee: It includes ratings and a synopsis, but “no spoilers whatsoever!”

Maggie reviews Mockingjay at Free Market Mommy.

Zohar reviews Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag at Man of la Book. Until December 27, 2010, readers can enter to win two books: Deeper than the Dead and Secrets to the Grave.

Melody Song reviews City of Ember at BookGirl Review.

Ankur Kapoor reviews Desperation by Stephen King at Ultimate Novel Reviews.

Rebecca Glenn reviews The Tangent Objective by Lawrence Sanders at The Book Frog. Sanders tackles revolution and blood oil in 1970’s Africa, a topic Rebecca finds “as timely today as it was thirty years ago.”

Jeanne reviews Zombies vs. Unicorns at Necromancy Never Pays. The short stories included in the volume were, according to Jeanne, “collected after the internet fight between young adult fiction authors over which was better: zombies or unicorns.”

JHS reviews The Remains by Vincent Zandri here at Colloquium, “easily one of the scariest books I have ever read.”

SenoraG also reviews The Remains by Vincent Zandri at Reading, Reading & Life, concluding that is it “one heck of a good chiller.”

SenoraG reviews The Ascent by Ronald Malfi at Reading, Reading & Life. It’s a “thrilling, edge-of-your-seat ride that should not be missed, SenoraG writes. “Don’t let the title fool you. It is less about a mountain and more about life in general. If you love thrillers that keep you guessing, this book is a must-read.”

SenoraG reviews Murder on the Down Low by Pamela Samuels Young at Reading, Reading & Life. “Move over, Grisham!” SenoraG gushes.

JHS reviews From the Dead here at Colloquium. Visit Colloquium to read a fascinating interview with author John Herrick about his journey to being a published author for the first time and enter to win an autographed copy of From the Dead.


Clark Bjorke reviews The Autobiography of Mark Twain at I’ll Never Forget the Day I Read a Book! Clark insists that he “read every word. Honest injun!”

Rick Sincere reviews Wisenheimer: A Childhood Subject to Debate at Book Reviews by Rick Sincere, Mark Oppenheimerโ€™s recently published memoir. Oppenheimer got his intellectual start as a junior high and high school debater and, according to Rick, shares “his story of how a loquacious, argumentative kid channeled his love of words in a productive direction.”

Children’s Literature

Read Aloud Dad reviews The New York Review Children’s Collection Set at Read Aloud Dad. He reveals that he “splashed out” $433.98 to Amazon for the collection that includes books for children of all ages, with picture books for preschoolers through chapter novels for older kids.


RateMeister reviews Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki at RateMeister.

Tim Leffel reviews A Moveable Feast: Life-Changing Food Adventures Around the World, New Orleans: What Canโ€™t Be Lost, and In Many Wars, By Many War Correspondents, three notable recent travel and food anthologies, at Perceptive Travel.

Rick Sincere reviews Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right, American on Purpose: The Improbably Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot, and Sugarless, the four best books that he has read in the past year, at Book Reviews by Rick Sincere.

Dave Lucas reviews The Typewriter Is Holy at Dave Lucas.

Dave Lucas reviews Dark Night of the Soul, a treatise examining the poem with the same title, at Dave Lucas.

Zohar reviews Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas by Ace Collins at Man of la Book.

MW (aka The Dividist) reviews Game Change at Divided We Stand United We Fall. The Dividist is unsure whether the book belongs in the fiction or nonfiction category, describing is as “a novelization of the 2008 Presidential campaign” which he found “more akin to a novel ‘based on a true story’ than a nonfiction report” of the campaign.

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    • JHS

      @Rick: Fortunately, no winter snows here in the Central Valley, just 35 miles south of Sacramento. We had some good rain, but it cleared up in time for Christmas. I hear there is another storm coming in for the New Year. That should thoroughly complicate the travel plans of folks heading to Lake Tahoe or Reno to celebrate and ski. We usually watch them on the news . . . waiting for the snow plows to get the highways back open, pulling over to put their chains put on, etc. Then we watch the ball drop in Times Square at 9 p.m. California time. All from the comfort of the family room before a blazing fire. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. This one is full of interesting titles! I just now got internet access after my holiday travels, so I’ll be checking them out over the next day or two.

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