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Monday, October 03, 2005

March 2005 Books

OMG, did I read a lot this month.
  1. *****Rogue Warrior: Seal Force Alpha by Richard Marcinko & John Weisman. If you like Brockmann's seals, this is the real thing. But don't expect ANY romance. AT ALL.
  2. *** The Beast Master by Andre Norton.
  3. **** Time Pressure by Spider Robinson.
  4. *** Father and Child by Rebecca York.
  5. ***** Song of the Beast by Carol Berg. She's got a real thing for tortured heroes.
  6. *** Sweet Nemesis by Lynn Erickson.
  7. *** Rafe, the Maverick by Kay Hooper.
  8. **** Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women, ed. by Jayne Ann Krentz. By romance authors about romance novels. It's a little dated (written in 1992), but there are a lot of thought-provoking essays.
  9. ****½ It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
  10. *** Mistaken Identity by Lisa Scottoline.
  11. **** After Sundown by Amanda Ashley.
  12. ***** Holding the Dream by Nora Roberts.
  13. **** The Dumont Bride by Terri Brisbin.
  14. **** Ashes of Dreams by Ruth Ryan Langan.
  15. **** Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke.
  16. ***** Judgment in Death by J. D. Robb.
  17. *** Dawn on a Distant Shore by Sara Donati. I loved the first book, but this one just didn't grab me. Don't think I'll look for more of hers.
  18. **** Prince Charming by Gaelen Foley.
  19. ***** Dhampir by Barb & J. C. Hendee. Vampire hunter con artists turn out to be the real thing.
  20. **** Sweet Love, Survive by Susan Johnson. Don't let the totally cheesy cover & title fool you--this was actually pretty good, set in the Russian revolution.
  21. *** A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin.
  22. *** Spike is Missing by Elda Minger.
  23. **** Bride by Arrangement by Mary Jo Putney, Merline Lovelace, & Gayle Wilson.
  24. ****½ Nowhere Manby Rebecca York. Like a comic book hero.
  25. **** The Night Inside by Nancy Baker. Different sort of vampire book.
  26. ***** Total Rush by Deirdre Martin. Firefighter this time instead of hockey player. she writes SUCH good stories. Not unlike Jennifer Crusie's books.
  27. ** Renegade Lover by Barbara Bretton.
  28. **** Finding the Dream by Nora Roberts.
  29. ** The Marriage of Sticks by Jonathan Carroll.
  30. **** A Knight Like No Other by Jocelyn Kelley. REALLY good debut historical romance, with a unique and interesting premise. Check out the thread on the NAL board.
  31. **** Midnight Louie's Pet Detectives, ed. by Carole Nelson Douglas.
  32. **** Bubbles A Broad by Sarah Strohmeyer.
  33. **** The Only One by Christine Feehan, Susan Grant, & Susan Squires.
  34. ****½ Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die by Nancy Martin.
  35. **** A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  36. *** Dare Me by Cherry Adair, Jill Shalvis, & Julie Elizabeth Leto. I gave Adair's story 4 stars, but the other two stories really weren't up to par.
  37. *** One Sure Thing by Celeste O. Norfleet. I should have mentioned this one when I was talking about books with minority characters -- it's from BET books, and the STORY was worth 4 stars, but the editing was so bad it kept getting in the way.
  38. **** Abigail's Story by Ann Burton. Now this was DIFFERENT. Fictionalized account of Abigail from the Bible. Very well done.
  39. ** For Pete's Sake by Geri Buckley. One of those romantic comedies that tried too hard, but I read it in an ARC, so maybe some of the problems got fixed -- they certainly seemed to like it on Amazon.
  40. ***** The Pillars of the World by Anne Bishop.
  41. ***** Betrayal in Death by J. D. Robb.
  42. ***** Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Remember back when they had those "best author" polls on freevote.com? I was prepared to dislike this one because his fans were SO persistent (unlike us, of course--LOL) but I see their point now.
  43. *** The Perfect Family by Carla Cassidy.
  44. **** Yesterday's Spy by Len Deighton.
  45. ** Love Me, Love My Bed by Rita Clay Estrada.
  46. *** Shadow Leader by Tara K. Harper.
  47. ****½ That Familiar Touch by Dara Joy. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is that it was so short. I miss Dara Joy. I've preordered her next book, though.
  48. ***** Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase. Very reminiscent of Elizabeth Peters's Amelia Peabody books, & the hero should be Mr. Irresistible, not Mr. Impossible.
  49. ***** Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey. This started off slow, & the gratuitous use of italics nearly made me stop reading, but after the first chapter, I was totally hooked.

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