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"The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists!"

name of book: The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists
author: Gideon Defoe
length or # of pages: 144 pages

quick plot summary: I can't do any better than the jacket summary: "Not since Moby-Dick...No, not since Treasure Island...Actually, not since Jonah and the Whale has there been a sea saga to rival The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, featuring the greatest sea-faring hero of all time, the immortal Pirate Captain, who, although he lives for months at a time at sea, somehow manages to keep his beard silky and in good condition.

Worried that his pirates are growing bored with a life of winking at pretty native ladies and trying to stick enough jellyfish together to make a bouncy castle, the Pirate Captain decides it's high time to spearhead an adventure.

While searching for some major pirate booty, he mistakenly attacks the young Charles Darwin's Beagle and then leads his ragtag crew from the exotic Galapagos Islands to the fog-filled streets of Victorian London. There they encounter grisly murder, vanishing ladies, radioactive elephants, and the Holy Ghost himself. And that's not even the half of it."

rating: 10 out of 10!

what makes this book worth reading: Everything -- it's short and very, very sweet!

what could the author have done differently to make it better: I can't think of a think.

would you recommend it? Most definitely! Go out and buy this book or get it from Amazon.com -- it's worth the $15!
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The Contortionist's Handbook

Hey, has anyone read The Contortionist's Handbook by Craig Clevenger? If so, can you tell me if it ended with "Dear Johnny," and then just a whole bunch of blank pages? Because my mom bought the book and just finished it but she thinks her book is flawed because that's how it ended in her copy, and we're trying to see if it's a flaw or just how the book is supposed to go.

I haven't read it yet because I have two books I need to get through, but if I had read it I could tell if it was the style or a mistake, but since I haven't, I need y'alls help, lol.

So if you can help us out I would be very much obliged. Thanks!

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So I have a friend who is getting married on Saturday, and taking off with her new husband for a honeymoon in Hawaii (lucky girl!). She sent me the following email today:

"Hey, you got any "beach" reading i can borrow? anything appropriately mindless or trashy would be awesome. Will you bring a couple things to the rehearsal dinner if you have any? Thanks!"

I have a book or two that fits the description, but I wanted to stop by the bookstore and pick up a few more. She's a great friend, and as a [sort of] member of the wedding party, I want to do something nice for her.

So - anybody have any suggestions for anything I can pick up for her? Bestsellers, non-bestsellers ... just something that fits her description - an easy read, entertaining, not depressing, and appealing to most people (or at least most women). Thanks!

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Out Of iT

name of book: Out Of It
author: Simon Hattenstone
length or # of pages: 250 pgs
quick plot summary: Ok, I hope you don't mind me stealing from amazon...:S
Aged nine Simon Hattenstone one day woke up with a headache. By ten he had lost half his body weight, talked baby talk and looked retarded. The medical profession labelled him a malingerer. When he resurfaced it was to an alien environment every bit as terrifying as the one he'd just escaped from. He survive only due to his obsession with glam rock, deluded ideas that he's a world class poet and the idea of friends.
rating: I'd say about an 8 out of 10
what makes this book worth reading: I personally enjoy reading about people's personal battles and how they manage to overcome serious issues and problems and survive. The way Hattenstone writes about himself makes it seem vividly real and the reader can almost feel what he is feeling.
what could the author have done differently to make it better: The book ends with us finding out Hattenstone is being returned to mainstream school I think the book could have explained how mainstream education went and about life after the illness.
would you recommend it? Yes, anyone wanna read it, go for it!

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Riiight I'm a newie :)...just thought I'd let you all know a bit about me, and I hope you don't mind me being here. I'm Beth, I'm 17 and from England. I adore reading and work in a library *woo go me* as well as being an English Language and Literature Student
Some of my favourite writers are: Oscar Wilde, George Orwell, Willy Russell, JK Rowling, Gunter Grass, Dylan Thomas, Nick Hornby, Irvine Welsh and James Joyce...
I'll write my first little review thing soon, I promise!

OSCAR WILDE

I just got through reading "The Importance of Being Earnest" and LOVED it!!! I have also read some of "The Picture of Dorian Gray". I need to finish that one as well! I have to do a presentation on Oscar Wilde next week, and I get to be him! ;)

What other works by Oscar Wilde do y'all recommend? I'd love to hear y'alls input! THANKEE! :) *huggles*
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Without a doubt, one of the best books I have ever read.

name of book: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
author: Susanna Clarke
length or # of pages: 782 -- daunting, but well worth it!

quick plot summary: The rise and fall of England's preeminent magicians during the 1807-1817. There's no quicker way to summarize this thing -- it's about magic, yes, and honor and love and so many other things that I can't recall precisely right now. It's about a lot of things and a lot of people and you should just read it because there's no way I can summarize it all.

rating: On a 10-point scale? Cheesy as it is, this book gets an 11. It is better than anything I have read this year and better than most things I've read in recent years.

what makes this book worth reading: Everything. The prose is beautiful, the story is beautiful. It lacks nothing.

what could the author have done differently to make it better: Nothing. It is perfect.

would you recommend it? YES, YES, A THOUSAND TIMES YES.

Hi! I'm a newbie! *waves*

'ello! I am a newbie! I love SO MANY different authors! Some of my favorite authors are: Michael Crichton, Dean Koontz, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, S. E. Hinton, J.K. Rowling, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and of course Poe!

Some of my favorite books are: "The Outsiders", "The Client", "PoA", "The Door to December", and "There Eyes Were Watching God"

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