Monday, October 25, 2010

Review - The Exile by Diana Gabaldon

The Exile: An Outlander Graphic NovelThe Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel

The Outlander saga has captured the hearts and minds of many readers over the years. Now, in her first-ever graphic novel, Gabaldon gives readers a fresh look at the events of the original Outlander - Jamie Fraser’s side of the story, rendered by artist Hoang Nguyen.

An interesting concept to be sure, but one, which in my opinion, did not live up to expectations at all.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Review - Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie

Maybe This TimeJennifer Crusie is one of my fave authors for romantic comedies with a core of reality. Maybe This Time (St. Martin's Press, 352p, Isbn-0312303785) is a bit different as in there is a strong ghostly element to the story and there are 2 children who are central to the storyline, in addition to the protagonists. And in her own inimitable style, Crusie crafts a spooky tale that's certain to hold readers spellbound.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Review - Dying for Mercy by Mary Jane Clark

400p, Avon Reprint Edition, Isbn-0061286125

Synopsis - The recently renovated Pentimento, located in New York's exclusive moneyed enclave of Tuxedo Park, is no ordinary estate. Strange secrets have been ingeniously built into its fountains, frescoes, statues, and architecture—clues to a bizarre mystery that is first brought to light when the owner commits suicide during a lavish gala.

Eliza Blake, co-anchor of the popular morning television show KEY to America, is present when the party is cut short by the host's sudden, macabre death—and she's the first to discover that Pentimento is a giant "puzzle house." But each piece is leading Eliza and her KEY News colleagues—producer Annabelle Murphy, cameraman B. J. D'Elia, and psychiatrist Margo Gonzalez—deeper into darkness, toward a killer who believes that some puzzles must never be solved. And it soon becomes shockingly clear that no amount of wealth or privilege can keep the residents of Tuxedo Park safe . . . and alive.

My thoughts - Honestly, I was disappointed. I went into it with high expectations, having read quite a few rave reviews for this book. And the beginning quite justified the hype. There is this unbelievably rich man who has built a gigantic puzzle in the form of his over-the-top mansion and here is a beautiful TV personality on the spot to put it all together - what could be better? Everything, as it ultimately turned out.