Thursday, June 18, 2009

Mudville by Kurtis Scaletta

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Welcome to Moundville, where it’s been raining for longer than Roy McGuire has been alive. Most people say the town is cursed—right in the middle of their big baseball game against rival town Sinister Bend, black clouds crept across the sky and it started to rain. That was 22 years ago . . . and it’s still pouring.
A great YA baseball book - terrific!

Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century by Edward Dolnick

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Wow - fascinating story of forgery. The author, an Edgar award winner, does a terrific job relating the history of some amazing swindles, as well as giving lots of background and details of art forgery.

Star Trek (Movie Tie-In) by Alan Dean Foster

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A nice adaption by Foster, the king of movie (and more) adaptions. A little rough in the editing (the word manual in one sentence is spelled manuel in the next). Adds backstory to explain things (especially the young Jimmy Kirk joyride in the beginning) and is a nice replay of a fun movie.

Les Miserables (4 cassettes) by Victor Hugo

, Lee Fahnestock (Translator), Norman MacAfee (Translator), Mark McKerracher

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I've been aware of this for years - read some of it, seen the musical and listened to the music. Now I feel I have a better (if abridged) understanding of the story - a nice adaption I picked up on audiocassette at my local library.

Star Trek: Enterprise: The First Adventure by Vonda N. McIntyre,

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I had to re-read this after seeing the new movie (which IS great!). This holds up well - actually paralleling the movie, in the bad start to Spock and Kirk's friendship.