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Recent content by Diane D.

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    Review: King Alfred's Jewel by David Hamilton

    You'd think that, being a published poet (chapbooks, decades ago) I would naturally have poetry as my primary read of choice; but in actuality there are so many substandard works on the market these days, that I have moved away from the genre in favor of sci-fi and other reads. So it's a...
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    I read a number of David Earle's books back to back - and found them all different and inspiring. Is Iron Mask a self-help book? A collection of poetry? An autobiography? Or is it an instructional on facing down the aging process, interacting with family, and taking wing? Some books are neither...
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    Gilligan's Notes: Simple Communication for Complicated People offers a tool of connection for those who find safe haven in blaming others for an incomprehensible life. David W. Earle identifies the real culprit as the source of miscommunication and alienation, and Gilligan's Notes is designed to...
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    Shirley A. Weis's Playing to Win in Business presents something different in the world of both business books and women's self-help titles. It's rare to see a business book from a woman who moved into corporate circles from the lower rungs of the ladder and built a successful career; much less...
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    Stephen Thomas Graf's Swiss Army Knife for the Soul begins with a mysterious Call, which informs the answerer/protagonist that he is, indeed, a wanted man - and things evolve from there, as a rollicking adventure transpires based on the spiritual journeys of one Thomas Stephens (aka Tommy Boy)...
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    Convergence: A Voyage Through French Polynesia by Sally-Christine Rodgers (from Paradise Cay Publishing) is a fine adventure and cultural exploration whether you're an armchair reader or a cruiser planning a voyage: a a multi-faceted book that has the rare ability to reach well beyond a sailing...
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    Michael Guillebeau's A Study in Detail represents an unusual genre blend of romance, murder mystery and comedy - and it's the latter piece that sets this apart from most other genre crossover titles and lends it a special atmosphere, recommended for romance and mystery readers seeking something...
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    Susan Pashman's Upper West Side Story began over Thanksgiving dinner when a relative expressed glee over the prospect of some black 'disadvantaged' children being admitted to his children's school, providing them with an opportunity to better know 'the other side of the tracks'. The author...
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    Fans of time travel stories and mysteries are in for a treat with Ann Goldfarb's The Time Stealer; but it's not a new treat for seasoned author Ann I. Goldfarb: The Time Stealer is actually the fifth book in her blossoming series. That said, no prior familiarity with the others is required to...
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    Jack L. Roberts' Unsung Heroes: The Story of the Secret Service is a history of the Secret Service and its members with an important difference that schools will find intriguing: it's published with Common Core English/language arts objectives for reading informational text (grades 3-8) in mind...
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    Deborah Davitt's The Goddess Denied represents Book Two of 'The Saga of Edda-Earth', and is just as multifaceted as its introductory predecessor The Valkyrie; so if it's casual fantasy and quickly-drawn worlds that are sought, move on. Unlike many a fantasy world, the story's time line is long...
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    In Betta Ferrendelli's third book documentation of the sleuthing prowess of one Samantha Church, DEAD WRONG, there's a surprise: the local mortuary may be involved in the sinister crime of harvesting dead body parts, dismembering corpses to sell body parts on the black market - in itself a...
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    Michele Lynn Seigfried's COMMUNITY AFFAIRS holds just what I like in a good mystery read: a healthy dose of the unexpected, to keep it from becoming another genre formula production. Murder and amateur sleuthing is a mainstay of the mystery genre; but less common is the inclusion of humor, a...
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    I absolutely loved Jeff Folschinsky's first Tales from Little Lump - Alien Season; so it was a delight to see his next, Tales from Little Lump: Night of the Undead Snow Monkeys - every bit as hilarious and unexpected as the first. If there were a 6-star review, I'd make it so! It must be said...
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    Diane D's Reviews

    Donelle Dreese's Deep River Burning isn't a hasty novel read: to enjoy it best, you have to sit down with a cup of tea and read slowly, following an author who truly takes time to build her characters and story - a refreshing change from the hectic pace of so many. The first thing to know about...
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