Jo's Bookshelf

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Site Description: Dishing up reviews to spare you from literary lemons
Date Joined: Mar 27, 2009

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Son Of A Witch
on Jul 26, 2010 in 2001-2005 Fantasy Fiction adult fantasy Chistery Dorothy dragons Elphaba green Gregory Maguire Liir Lion magic maunts Oz Scarecrow sequel to Wicked Tin Man twisted fairy tales Wicked Witch of the West witch Wizard of Oz Wicked is Gregory Maguire’s marvelous interpretation of the Wizard of Oz story.   A few years ago,  I was entranced by his  rather cynical and realistic  “behind-the-scenes”  notion of this tale.   Who could have thought of t...

She May Not Leave
on Jul 17, 2010 in 2006 - 2010 Fiction General Fiction Humor / Comedy / Satire women au pair maid nanny househelp scheme domesticity drudge feminism While rummaging through a sale bin, this particular book caught my eye.  Not many books talk about household help so I picked it out as something different.  The story revolves around an au pair which, in Philippine society, is equivalent to an all...

Vampirates : Demons of the Ocean (Book 1)
on Jul 3, 2010 in 2006 - 2010 Adventure Fantasy Fiction YA blood gold treasure vampires swords pirates high seas captain galleon donor swordfight skirmish Pressed for reading time?  Grab a young adult book.  YA is always my answer to a need for  light, easy- to- read but fun book.  Vampirates just fits the bill… Author :  Justin Somper Publication Date :  October 4, 2006  (Hardcover) Publi...

Hanging My Head
on Jun 23, 2010 in Challenge Challenges / Memes / Greetings Once Upon A Time IV reading challenges Spring Reading Thing 2010 June 20, the last day of my two challenges has come and gone.  I hang my head in failure of completing Once Upon A Time IV and Spring Reading Thing 2010.    Shame, shame as only a half read book stands in the way of a satisfying finish.   Morta...

The Book Of Fate
on Jun 20, 2010 in 2006 - 2010 Crime Thriller Fiction Suspense / Thriller thriller crime murder masons CIA conspiracy freemasons symbols symbolism crossword puzzles White House President First Lady FBI Secret Service rosary paranoia Thomas Jefferson assassin Still having barely enough reading time this June, I reached for an easy to read book,  more like an airport read… Author :  Brad Meltzer Date of First Publication :   September 5, 2006 (Hardcover) Publisher of First Edition : Grand Central Publ...

on Jun 8, 2010 in 1995 - 2000 Fantasy Fiction Romance love love story religion priest confession chocolate truffles cocoa village french confection confectionery magic realism Author :  Joanne Harris Publication (First Edition) :   February 1, 1999 Publisher (First Edition) :  Viking Adult This Edition’s Publication Date :   November 7, 2000 Publisher :  Penguin ISBN-10: 014100018X ISBN-13: 978-0141000183 No.

Pirate Latitudes
on May 28, 2010 in 2006 - 2010 Adventure Fantasy Fiction Spain thriller England gold treasure pirates scoundrels high seas Jamaica colonization gold dubloons Spanish galleon privateer treasure hunter hanging Port Royal Mantanceros swashbuckling action novel after death of Michael Crichton I’ve not been a very active blogger this month.  With a myriad things that came my way plus being in the midst of preparing for a life presentation for my grandmother who turned 100 years old  yesterday,  my hands were just too full for post...

The Trudeau Vector
on May 8, 2010 in 2001-2005 Crime Thriller Fiction Science Fiction Suspense / Thriller Techno-Thriller ice crime murder virus epidemic Russia algae bacteria Arctic station global warming epidemiology disease hostile environment freezing cold winter polar suit Arctic circle Arctic Ocean Arctic North Pole Cold War submarine missiles Canada Trudeau biothriller post cold War politics Inuit Eskimo A respite from the fantasy-like quality of reading imposed by my two challenges.  So on to science fiction in the realm of epidemiology for a little more reality hashed into the fiction. Author :  Juris Jurjevics First Publication Date :  August 1...

Anansi Boys
on Apr 30, 2010 in 2006 - 2010 Fantasy Fiction Anansi Carribean myth gods legend myths Neil Gaiman spider spider god tales tiger West African myth I’m well on my way toward completing my two challenges way ahead of schedule :  Spring Reading Thing 2010 and Once Upon A Time IV.    Anansi Boys is my fourth book in a list of five. Author :  Neil Gaiman First Edition’s Publication...

The Secret Ingredient
on Apr 23, 2010 in 2006 - 2010 Chick Lit Fantasy Fiction Humor / Comedy / Satire Romance Beverly Hills comedy contemporary fiction contemporary romance dissatisfied wife hotel field specialist hotel rating magic magic potion From a serious book on ancient warrioresses to a quirky one on a dissatisfied wife with a magic potion…. I figured I needed a light, no-brainer for another sleepless night.  Plus, it is in my challenge lists from  Once Upon A Time IV and Spri...

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