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37, Linda's Books
Posted by Linda Adams, Sun Jan-03-10 06:45 AM
I'll go ahead and add my list here. No particular goal, since I read a lot to start with.
40, 1. Winter Study by Nevada Barr
Posted by Linda Adams, Sun Jan-03-10 12:11 PM
Anna Pigeon on a winter study of wolves, with murder in iceberg land. Oddly, one of those books that was difficult to finish.
74, RE: 1. Winter Study by Nevada Barr
Posted by KindaChang, Tue Jan-05-10 10:41 PM
What about it made it difficult to finish?
81, RE: 1. Winter Study by Nevada Barr
Posted by Linda Adams, Wed Jan-06-10 05:25 AM
That's the weird part--I don't know. It was well-written, a good story, and yet, something seemed to be missing that would normally pull me back to the story.
61, 2. The Zookeeper by Alex MacLennan
Posted by Linda Adams, Mon Jan-04-10 03:58 PM
Not a lot to do with zookeeping--it's a book about a gay romance and a woman whose mother gets Alzheimer's. Gets a "Meh" from me. Pretty unmemorable.
71, 3. The Summer King by O.R. Melling
Posted by Linda Adams, Tue Jan-05-10 04:35 PM
Girl must save faerie. Seen it done before, much better.
92, 4. The Heart of Soldier by CAPT Kate Blaise
Posted by Linda Adams, Thu Jan-07-10 04:02 PM
Non-fiction book written by a woman veteran from the current war. It's been 19 years since I was in the Persian Gulf, and this was still a hard read.
101, 5. The King and Dr. Nick by George Nichopoulos, MD
Posted by Linda Adams, Fri Jan-08-10 03:29 PM
The story of Elvis' death told from the perspective of his personal physician. The most shocking--and yet not surprising--thing was how the media played up the death as being drugs because it made a better story than natural causes.

This is a publisher's ARC, so I'll be posting a review on my blog in the next few days.
106, 6. Pursuit of Honor by Vince Flynn
Posted by Linda Adams, Sat Jan-09-10 05:56 PM
Like the last book, the story seemed thrown together and not really solid. It may be that the series has started to run out of steam.
139, 7. Wi'tch Fire by James Clemens
Posted by Linda Adams, Tue Jan-12-10 06:35 PM
This was the first eBook I read (currently being offered for free as a promotion), though I read it when it originally came out. I liked the Elena storyline, but kept get annoyed by B and C stories that kept going on and on ...
144, 8. Unquiet Dreams by Mark Del Franco
Posted by Linda Adams, Thu Jan-14-10 04:16 PM
A refreshing change from the typical urban fantasy--a male character who isn't all tatooed up and no vamps!
149, 9. One Lonely Night by Mickey Spillane
Posted by Linda Adams, Fri Jan-15-10 03:29 PM
Another eBook, part of a bundle of three. Published quite some time ago, since it deals with Communists and you could still buy a pack of gum for a dime!
152, 10. Stranded with Spy by Merline Lovelace
Posted by Linda Adams, Sat Jan-16-10 06:58 AM
A romantic suspense--I was hoping to get a little more of the spy stuff, but the the spy stuff was missing in action and the agent was kind of dumb to be a spy. Some great descriptions of France, though! And the author did better with the politics of Washington, DC then I expected.
153, 11. Aurora: The Mysterious Northern Lights by Candace Savage
Posted by Linda Adams, Sat Jan-16-10 02:51 PM
This one is research for my WIP. A fascinating discussion into auroras, with some beautiful photos. It gives a lot of information on how people viewed the aurora over history, and in different areas, plus all the scientific theories that were proposed.
161, 12. Impact by Douglas Preston
Posted by Linda Adams, Mon Jan-18-10 08:46 AM
A story revolving around meteors sounded cool, but it was never very clear who exactly the main character of the story was and the ending was a big disappointment.
163, 13. Ark of Fire by C.M. Palov
Posted by Linda Adams, Mon Jan-18-10 03:32 PM
At last! An action novel that doesn't have a confusing story or is bogged down by a romance--just a lot of action and a good story.
181, 14. Brand Busters by Chris Werthwein
Posted by Linda Adams, Thu Jan-21-10 04:27 PM
An interesting book on marketing mistakes. I didn't realize quality is an empty word (what does "It's high quality" mean?). The one thing that really stood out was a comment on costs of items--if the item excels in what it needs to do, it can be high-priced. If it doesn't, any price is too much.
189, 15. Acorna by Anne McCaffrey and Margaret Ball
Posted by Linda Adams, Fri Jan-22-10 04:49 PM
This was a book I passed for years because of the awful title. It was okay in the beginning but fell apart once they got into the slave children part of the story.
200, 16: Organizing for Your Brain Type by Lanna Nakone
Posted by Linda Adams, Sun Jan-24-10 08:14 AM
Wow! I found this book by accident, but it really hit the point of the places where I've struggled with organization (I'm "Innovating Style," which is the one type with the biggest challenges).
218, RE: 16: Organizing for Your Brain Type by Lanna Nakone
Posted by Stavechurch, Tue Jan-26-10 05:50 PM
That sounds interesting! I've always struggled with being organized. I might check this one out.
233, 17. Hide in Plain Sight
Posted by Linda Adams, Fri Jan-29-10 04:49 PM
Problems with pacing in this story. The danger flatlined out through most of the book, then suddenly everything happened in the last 50 pages. Not sure why the Amish were in the story. Didn't seem to have a reason for being there.
234, 18. The Big Kill by Mickey Spillane
Posted by Linda Adams, Fri Jan-29-10 04:50 PM
Mickey Spillane is the best at first person I've seen.
235, 19, Idea Mapping by Jamie Nash
Posted by Linda Adams, Fri Jan-29-10 04:52 PM
This books shows a different way of thinking using keywords and creativity instead of the more traditional write sentences down. Might consider it for my next book, since I can't outline.
268, 20, Schneier on Security by Bruce Schneier
Posted by Linda Adams, Tue Feb-02-10 06:52 PM
This was actually a reprint of all his articles published in book format. An interesting look at how we we react to security problems--often an overreaction to things that are uncommon (shoe bombers). It has an interesting discussion on why so many weapons get missed at the airport screenings, too.
271, 21. Kris Longknife: Undaunted by Mike Shepherd
Posted by Linda Adams, Wed Feb-03-10 07:26 PM
Okay, now I have to get all the previous books in the series. This one was really good!
288, 22. Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping
Posted by Linda Adams, Fri Feb-05-10 04:09 PM
Got this one for research for a potential non-fiction project. However, the book ended up not being what I was expecting.
289, 23. Buried Alive by Roy Hallums
Posted by Linda Adams, Fri Feb-05-10 04:10 PM
The story of one of the contractors that was kidnapped by terrorists--and survived. Hard book to read in the beginning. A lot of in depth detail into a difficult topic without much of a break.

Will be posting a review on my blog for it.
316, 24. Kris Longknife: Mutineer by Mike Shepherd
Posted by Linda Adams, Mon Feb-08-10 07:13 PM
This was in eBook format--handy since I'm snowed in, my parking lot is iced over, and the library is closed. Just purchase it online, and zap! it's here.

Great military science fiction book with great political subplots. Lots of action! Definitely going to be reading this entire series.
333, 25: Kris Longknife: Deserter
Posted by Linda Adams, Fri Feb-12-10 05:14 AM
The title seemed in inappropriate, but it was a good story where the anthill turns into a monster, and Kris turns it into a war.
334, 26. Kris Longknife: Resolute by Mike Shepherd
Posted by Linda Adams, Fri Feb-12-10 05:16 AM
A bit of a miss in the series--it seems to lose focus halfway through the story and doesn't have the "Wow" kind of battle at the end that's been the showpiece of the other stories.
353, 27. Kris Longknife: Audacious
Posted by Linda Adams, Sun Feb-14-10 07:04 PM
Great story--lots of action. The only miss is that it gets really old with the number of repetitions of references to being a Longknife. .
358, 28. Secret Societies by Sylvia Browne
Posted by Linda Adams, Mon Feb-15-10 02:00 PM
Research material for my next project--a fascinating book. I had no idea how many of the secret societies are made up of powerful politicians!
378, 29. Kris Longknife: Defiant by Mike Shepherd
Posted by Linda Adams, Sun Feb-21-10 06:37 AM
I read this one of order because it, oddly, was the only one not available in eBook format (who publishes a full set of a series and skips a middle book). Like the one that comes before it, the plot's unfocused and hard to follow. It doesn't quite seem like he knew what to do with the story except that there was a big battle at the end.
379, 30. Cooking Without a Book
Posted by Linda Adams, Sun Feb-21-10 06:46 AM
I've been having so much difficulty cooking for one with existing family-sized recipes that I thought I would try this to see if it gives me something different. While there are some recipes, they're more for ideas rather than an actual recipe book. Instead, the book focuses on learning cooking techniques. For example, we get a basic recipe for soup (i.e., 1 pound meat, 1 pound vegetables, etc.). From there, it describes cooking techniques for preparing meat and vegetables for soup.
382, 31. Turquoise Girl by Aimee and David Thurlo
Posted by Linda Adams, Mon Feb-22-10 05:35 PM
This is part of a mystery series about a Navajo woman police officer who has to walk the line between traditions and solving crimes. I like the stories because they have a good balance bringing the two cultures together without being insulting or preaching (another similar series did both of those). Here, a man who goes overboard on religion starts killing off the women and the children he fathered to purge his sins.
413, 32. Swashbuckling Fantasy by Holly Black
Posted by Linda Adams, Fri Feb-26-10 03:57 PM
This started with a nice idea. It's a free eBook with the intent to introduce readers to samples from new YA Fantasy books coming out. There's one in there that I would like to read that I probably would have never seen.

Where it falls flat:

1. The samples of the various books didn't come across as swashbuckling to me. It just seemed to be the latest YA fantasy releases.

2. But the bigger issue is that most of the samples provided were chapters from the middle of the book. I had a really hard time getting into those chapters because I couldn't figure out what was going on.

Would have been nice to see all first chapters.
414, 33. Full Blooded Fantasy by Nancy Farmer
Posted by Linda Adams, Fri Feb-26-10 03:58 PM
Like #32, this is a free ebook with samples of chapters from upcoming fantasy books. Like the other book, they drew samples from the middle of the book, making it hard to get involved.

It's a nice idea, but first chapters please!
415, 34. Manage the Media: Don't Let it Manage You by William Holstein
Posted by Linda Adams, Fri Feb-26-10 04:02 PM
The title's a little misleading. This is a book written for CEOs, to show them how to deal with media. Many CEOs are really bad at it and end up causing more problems than they need.
427, 35, I'm Still Standing by Shoshanna Johnson
Posted by Linda Adams, Mon Mar-01-10 06:24 PM
This is a new release of the story of POW Shoshanna Johnson. Very well written. It gives us a feel of what it was like without veering into hard to read. We also get to see the other side of the story--like how the press wanted the disability issue to be about race and jealousy of fellow soldier Jessica Lynch because that made for a better headline (the army doesn't deal well with disabled soldiers, and it comes through in the inconsistencies in the policies and how the paperwork is reviewed).

Well worth the read.
449, 36. Secrets of the Tomb by Alexandra Robbins
Posted by Linda Adams, Sat Mar-06-10 09:20 AM
This is a book that delves into the history of the Skull and Bones secret organization that many of our politicians belong to. Very interesting story.
450, 37. Lies the Government Told You by Andrew P. Napolitano
Posted by Linda Adams, Sat Mar-06-10 09:28 AM
I'm doing this one for a book review for Thomas Nelson (that'll be posted in my blog this week).

If you're a dedicated Republication or Democrat, you won't like this book. Judge Napolitano goes after issues that are near and dear to every politician's heart and doesn't cover them with spin to make them sound better. Very well documented with court cases. One of the ones that stuck with me was how a man was arrested for having a lot of money (an indication he must be dealing in drugs), and they confiscated his expensive car. Though he was proven innocent of the accusations, the car was given as spoils to a DA. The judge had to get it back to the owner, and later the DA's wife whined about how the judge had taken away her husband's car!

Not a book that can be read in one sitting, though.
451, 38. People of the Raven by the Gears
Posted by Linda Adams, Sat Mar-06-10 07:50 PM
Felt like a bit of a historical novel. This is one was set in the Pacific Northwest, based loosely on a Caucasian being the first American. This is story is high on action, political intrigue, and magic as a war is about to break out between the tribes.

If this book interests you, the publisher is selling it and the other older books in the series for $4.99. But the books are formula--don't read one after another or you'll be able to predict how it comes out.
479, 39. The Surfing Corpse by Paul Zindel
Posted by Linda Adams, Sun Mar-14-10 05:02 PM
This is one that, if I'd had another book handy, I'd have put it down after the first chapter. I found the voice annoying, and events in the book seemed to happen because the author needed to happen, not because they made sense. Meh!
480, 40. The Real Truth About Success by Garrison Wynn
Posted by Linda Adams, Sun Mar-14-10 05:07 PM
This is a nice book analyzing what traits successful CEOs have that makes them different. It's a great segue into thinking about how to apply this to books. What was particularly striking was that many of the successful people didn't know and had to think about it.

By the way, I remember one writer who complained that she had Aspergers and thought she would never get anywhere as a writer. The writer of this book has ADD, which he mentions throughout.
481, 41. Kitty's House of Horrors by Carrie Vaughn
Posted by Linda Adams, Sun Mar-14-10 05:08 PM
Short summary: Ten Little Indians with vampires and werewolves. Pretty good story, and much better than the last two she wrote.
490, 42. Shadow Blade by Seressia Glass
Posted by Linda Adams, Tue Mar-16-10 05:39 PM
Ancient Egyptian chapters, action--a great story except for the ending. I'm not like the trend of pushing character arcs into impossible to happen scenarios.
494, 43. The SImpsons: by John Ortved
Posted by Linda Adams, Fri Mar-19-10 05:17 AM
A fascinating look at the TV series The Simpsons, which recently became the longest run TV show of all time, beating out Gunsmoke. One of the things I found most interesting is the creative process of how the early scripts came together. It made me want to see the older episodes again to compare what I read in the book.
498, 44. Innovate the Pixar Way
Posted by Linda Adams, Fri Mar-19-10 08:19 PM
This book has powerful concepts. Pixar's unique corporate environment allows creativity to flourish. Many corporate cultures penalize mistakes, but Pixar uses mistakes made over the course of the project as a tool for making a better product. This was such a powerful message that I had to a list of five things I would do differently on the next book and what I would gladly repeat on my blog. http://garridon.wordpress.com/2010/03/19/learning-from-mistakes-and-progress/
516, 45. The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs
Posted by Linda Adams, Wed Mar-24-10 07:26 PM
Admittedly, this drew my attention because I signed up for pitch sessions with agents. One of the most interesting points was being able to describe your idea on a cocktail napkin. Think about that in context for an elevator pitch. I'll be pondering this book for a bit.
546, 46. The Woman Who Can't Forget by Jill Price
Posted by Linda Adams, Wed Mar-31-10 04:36 PM
A non-fiction book about a woman with a unique type of memory--name a name, and she can tell you what she was doing on that day and any events that she knew of that happened on that day.
547, 47. Kris Longknife: Intrepid
Posted by Linda Adams, Wed Mar-31-10 04:52 PM
When I looked up reviews for the series, I keep seeing people say the Honor Harrington series was better, so I checked a couple out. I think this series is better, at least for me, because it has lots of action but isn't violent and is just plain fun. That last is very important for me in a book.
548, 48. The Mind Map Book by Tony Buzan
Posted by Linda Adams, Wed Mar-31-10 05:05 PM
A really interesting book on the concept of mind mapping. The book is full color with many illustrations of different kinds of mind maps. It also describes different applications, like using them in school or in a meeting.

I'm using one for my submission list.