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Review - Bittersweet Crude Bittersweet Crude by Jay Bern
Carolyn has kindly sent in a review for Bittersweet Crude by Jay Berngives, a novel which gives hitherto seldom exposed insight of the inner workings of a fictitious international oil company and of forces which dictate its leaders to make business decisions, whether liked or not. The human element in such an organization often ranks secondary in the grand scheme of things, but conditions and circumstances beyond control play an important role in the story
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Carolyn Howard-Johnson 12th December 2006 [9/10]
Review - Memoirs of a Virus ProgrammerMemoirs of a Virus Programmer by Pete Flies
Paul has sent in a review for Memoirs of a Virus Programmer by Pete Flies. Johnny Pepper dedicates his memoirs to his former girlfriend, Katya, to explain what drove him to become a virus programmer. As a software engineer at the illustrious Beamer Corporation, he begins his career with a naive disposition, assuming life will be nearly perfect. Eager to escape childhood poverty and to experience comfort, he forges his way into the office world with a blind and maddening optimism. The real world singes him time and again as he finds his world view impossible.His only solace is in his girlfriend's love, and when he drives her away, he becomes consumed by his programming... more»»
Paul Lappen
30th November 2006 [9/10]
Review - Playing it Cool Playing it Cool by Joaquin Dorfman
Molly has kindly sent in a review for Playing it Cool by Joaquin Dorfman. “I always know what I'm doing.” So says 18-year-old Sebastian Montero, who is famous around town as a problem solver of the subtlest kind. Want a date with the girl of your dreams? Bastian can make it happen. Have a friend threatening suicide? Baz can talk him off the ledge. But as popular as Sebastian is, no one really knows him. Thanks to his intricate network of favours and debts Sebastian controls the world, manipulates it - and hides from it. It isn't until his best friend asks him to track down his long-missing father that Sebastian is forced to face the most challenging problem of all, the solution to which will change his life forever...
Molly Martin 30th November 2006 [8/10]
Review - Jade Dragon Jade Dragon by Andy Phillips
Nigel has reviewed Jade Dragon by Andy Phillips. A new breed of psychopath terrorises San Francisco: a woman who is seductive, manipulative, and lethally proficient in martial arts. First to die is Toshigi Tasoto - a prominent videogame developer whose company created Jade Dragon, the female ninja character imitated by the real life murderess. Investigations lead to Tasoto's daughter Nicole, a games designer as brilliant as she is beautiful. Her past is the key to the mystery. But is she a potential victim or a killer playing a murderous game… more»»

Nigel 30th November 2006 [7/10]
Review - Paradigm Paradigm by Robert Taylor
Hugh has sent in a review for Paradigm by Robert Taylor. When a mysterious granite and cypress Egyptian box is found hidden away in a secret room in the palatial Biltmore Estate, twin scientists Alex and Nicholas Shepard work to unlock the secret of its intricate dials, gauges, crystals, and carvings. What they discover has the potential to make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. But it could also collapse financial markets, bankrupt corporations around the globe, and destroy many of the world's most powerful families. As the twins quickly find out, people will not only kill to make money, but will kill to keep it... more»»

Hugh 8th November 2006 [9/10]
Review - Dead Witch Walking Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
Chrissi has done a review for Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison. Sexy bounty hunter and witch Rachel Morgan prowls the dark streets of Cincinnati, keeping tabs on the vampires and other creatures of the supernatural who prey on the city's innocent and vulnerable inhabitants. Marked for death, Rachel is a dead witch walking unless she can appease her former employers and pay off her contract by exposing the city's most prominent citizen as a drug lord… more»»
Chrissi 31st October 2006 [9/10]
Review - The No.1 Ladies' Detective AgencyThe No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Nadine has sent in a review for Alexander McCall Smith's novel The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. The first in the series it introduces the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to "help people with problems in their lives." Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors...
Nadine 31st October 2006 [7/10]
Review - The Lies of Locke LamoraThe Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Nadine has sent in a review for The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he's part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumour. And they are wrong on every count. Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich - they're the only ones worth stealing from but the poor can go steal for themselves. What Locke cons, wheedles and tricks into his possession is strictly for him and his band of fellow con-artists and thieves...
Nadine 21st October 2006 [9/10]
Review - White Teeth White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Claire has kindly sent in a review for White Teeth by Zadie Smith. One of the most talked about fictional débuts of recent years, White Teeth is a funny, generous, big-hearted novel, adored by critics and readers alike. Dealing - among many other things - with friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations, one brown mouse, and the tricky way the past has of coming back and biting you on the ankle, it is a life-affirming, riotous must-read of a book... more»»

Claire Mapletoft 9th October 2006 [7/10]
Review - Marco's Pendulum Marco's Pendulum by Thom Madley
Chrissi has done a review for Marco's Pendulum by Thom Madley. When Marco is dumped in Glastonbury to stay with his weird hippy grandparents for the summer, he's sure he's going to hate it. But he soon starts to recognise the magic of the place - the magic that a development company is planning to exploit and, his grandparents are sure, destroy the process. With his mysterious new found talent for dowsing, Marco is quickly drawn into the dangerous struggle to protect the ancient mysticism of Glastonbury… more»»
Chrissi 30th September 2006 [8/10]
Review - Smoked Smoked by Patrick Quinlan
Nigel has reviewed Smoked by Patrick Quinlan. Smoke Dugan has made a living from handling explosives for a criminal organisation. But no one has ever been hurt by his actions, and when one of his bombs is used to take down a plane with innocent women and children on board, something snaps inside him. He takes his revenge by killing his criminal boss, taking his money and going on the run. Now, a year later, Smoke is hiding out in a picturesque seaside city in Maine… more»»

Nigel 30th September 2006 [8/10]
Review - The WaveThe Wave by Walter Mosley
Paul has sent in a review for the Science Fiction novel The Wave by Walter Mosley. Errol Porter is awakened by a strange prank caller, one who asks for him by name and claims to be his father. But Errol's father has been dead for years. Late one night, curious and a little unnerved, Errol sneaks into the graveyard where his father is buried. The man he finds there will change his life... more»»
Paul Lappen
30th September 2006 [9/10]
Review - Confederate WomenConfederate Women by Bell Irvin Wiley
Molly has kindly sent in a review for Confederate Women by Bell Irvin Wiley. Southern women of the 1860's, as here revealed with the help of their own letters and diaries, were decidedly not the clinging vines described in romantic writings of later years. In a very real sense, the tragic Civil War was, for the Confederates, a women's war. Women were ardent in advocating secession. Women were indefatigable in running farms and families and infirmaries while their men fought. Throughout the hopeless war, the women conducted themselves in ways that earned the solid respect of their men...
Molly Martin 30th September 2006 [9/10]
Review - The New Oxford Book of Literary Anecdotes The New Oxford Book of Literary Anecdotes by John Gross (Editor)
Carolyn has kindly sent in a review for The New Oxford Book of Literary Anecdotes by John Gross (Editor). The dictionary defines an anecdote as 'a short account of an entertaining or interesting incident', and the anecdotes in this collection more than live up to that description. Many of them are funny, often explosively so. Others are touching, outrageous, sinister, inspiring, or downright weird. They show writers in the English-speaking world from Chaucer to the present acting both unpredictably, and deeply in character
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Carolyn Howard-Johnson 30th September 2006 [9/10]
Review - The Queen of Cups The Queen of Cups by Collette Yvonne
Cheryl Lynne Bradley has kindly sent in a review for The Queen of Cups by Collette Yvonne. Rushing is difficult while wearing a Chloe pencil skirt and my new wedges but today's All-Staff requires polish and begins fifteen minutes ago. As I go by, the workers on the street corner start whistling, shouting and waving. Ignorant jerks. Averting my eyes, I speed up my pace. How aggravating. Despite the progress of women and everything, men continue to exhibit vile and oppressive behaviours. One ape's even hollering, 'Hey, Lady, come back!' I won't look back. With stony indignance written over my face, I march straight ahead, ankle deep, into freshly poured cement... more»»

Cheryl Lynne Bradley 25th September 2006 [9/10]
Review - Tracings Tracings by Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Judith Woolcock Colombo has kindly sent in a review for Tracings by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a Chapbook of Poetry. These are ordinary days, and ordinary recollections, made extraordinary by the power of Howard-Johnson's observation and the tension between sensation and hindsight. Peppered with imagery that is heady and evocative, this is poetry both historical and psychological... more»»
Judith Woolcock Colombo 25th September 2006 [9/10]
Review - Forest Mage Forest Mage by Robin Hobb
Chrissi has done a review for Forest Mage by Robin Hobb, the second instalment in The Soldier Son trilogy. The King's Cavalla Academy has been ravaged by the Speck plague. The disease has decimated the ranks of both cadets and instructors, and even the survivors remain sickly. Many have been forced to relinquish their military ambitions and return to their families to face lives of dependency and disappointment… more»»
Chrissi 18th September 2006 [7/10]
Review - Shaman’s Crossing Shaman's Crossing by Robin Hobb
Chrissi has done a review for Shaman's Crossing by Robin Hobb, the first book in The Soldier Son trilogy. Young Nevare Burvelle is the second son of a second son. Traditionally in Gernia, the firstborn son is heir to the family fortunes, the second son bears a sword and the third son is consecrated to the priesthood. Nevare will follow his father - newly made a lord by the King - into the cavalry; to the frontier and thence to an advantageous marriage, to carry on the Burvelle name… more»»
Chrissi 18th September 2006 [8/10]
Review - My Sister’s a Pop Star My Sister's a Pop Star by Kimberly Greene
Sofia has kindly sent in a review for My Sister's a Pop Star by Kimberly Greene. Sent to BookLore by the publisher this title is due out on the 29th September 2006. Sam can't wait for her big sister Danni to come home from touring so their family can get back to normal. Having a singing sensation for a sister is just too weird. But it seems things are only going to get weirder, as Danni's been given her own reality TV series - and they're all going to be filmed... more»»

Sofia (Aged 12) 12th September 2006 [8/10]
Review - Stealing MagicStealing Magic by Tanya Huff
Paul has sent in a review for the Fantasy double Stealing Magic by Tanya Huff. Between the covers of this 'double-faced flipover' book, you'll find two complete collections of Tanya Huff's comical short stories featuring Magdelene (the world's most powerful and laziest wizard) and Terazin (a top-notch thief). Stealing Magic is both appealing and amusing, and belongs in everyone's fantasy collection... more»»
Paul Lappen
31st August 2006 [9/10]
Review - The Silence Before DawnThe Silence Before Dawn by Henry Martin
Molly has kindly sent in a review for The Silence Before Dawn by Henry Martin, an avant-garde collection of 54 poems, compiled within four categories. Relationships - Poems reflecting upon love, fragile feelings and the pain that comes with loving. Thoughts - Poems offering a deep look into the poet's soul where anything goes. Confessions - deepest desires or simple imaginations, mainly the product of the poet's twisted mind. Surreal - poems on the border of reality, personal outlook at things that surround us...
Molly Martin 31st August 2006 [8/10]
Review - That Ridiculous Blue Sky That Ridiculous Blue Sky by Monica B. Morris
Carolyn has kindly sent in a review for That Ridiculous Blue Sky by Monica B. Morris. Three very different women, Marsha, Helen, and Janet, meet at a promotional event for “Magdalena”, the Mediterranean Matchmaker. Their lives are transformed - but not at all as they envisaged
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Carolyn Howard-Johnson 31st August 2006 [9/10]
Review - Snow Flower and the Secret FanSnow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Nadine has sent in a review for Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. Lily is the daughter of a humble farmer in Yongming County, and to her family is just another mouth to feed until she can be married off. But when she is six years old she is brought before the ambitious local matchmaker who delivers some startling news: Lily is no ordinary girl. If they are bound properly, her feet will be flawless. In nineteenth-century China, where a woman's eligibility is judged by the shape and size of her feet, this is extraordinary good luck. Lily now has the power to make a good marriage and change the fortunes of her family....
Nadine 23rd August 2006 [8/10]
Review - Young British Slacker Young British Slacker by Andrew Osmond
Terence has kindly sent in a review for Young British Slacker by Andrew Osmond. You kneel down and crawl underneath your desk. Wires and plugs entwine like serpents on the floor of a dark electronic jungle. You know which square of carpet tile is loose and you have the section prized up already, revealing the hard, plastic grill beneath. The cover comes away silently, revealing a surprisingly large cavity directly below. Without looking back, you ease yourself feet first into the empty space and, pulling the grill in place behind you, disappear into the void... more»»

Terence 23rd August 2006 [9/10]
Review - The Renegade Writer The Renegade Writer by Linda Formichelli & Diana Burrell
Andrea has kindly sent in a review for The Renegade Writer by Linda Formichelli & Diana Burrell. When they began freelancing they read all the freelance writing books, followed all the silly rules and struggled to get by. Eventually, they realized that certain 'rules' didn't really benefit them. One by one those rules dissolved and were replaced with clever ways to get assignments, get paid more for them, and finish them more effectively... more»»

Andrea 18th August 2006 [9/10]
Review - Brick Lane Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Claire has kindly sent in a review for Brick Lane by Monica Ali. At the tender age of eighteen, Nazneen's life is turned upside down. After an arranged marriage to a man twenty years her elder she exchanges her Bangladeshi village for a block of flats in London's East End. In this new world, where poor people can be fat and even dogs go on diets, she struggles to make sense of her existence - and to do her duty to her husband. A man of inflated ideas (and stomach), he sorely tests her compliance... more»»

Claire Mapletoft 8th August 2006 [6/10]
Review - Lifecycles Lifecycles. Reincarnation and the Web of Life by Christopher M. Bache
Alex has kindly sent in a review for Lifecycles. Reincarnation and the Web of Life by Christopher M. Bache. This book combines scientific testimonies about reincarnation with philosophical arguments about its implications. It draws upon the esoteric and classic literature of the world's religions, as well as contemporary sources, from consciousness to near-death studies... more»»

Alex 31st July 2006 [10/10]
Review - Metal SkyMetal Sky by Jay Caselberg
Paul has sent in a review for Metal Sky by Jay Caselberg. Jack is a professional P.I. on a case to track down a missing artifact-a tablet made of a metal that cannot be identified. But when the woman he's working for disappears and his lead suspect turns up dead, Jack's investigation will lead him into the clutches of a shadowy political organization that knows the secret of the tablet... more»»
Paul Lappen
31st July 2006 [8/10]
Review - Cactus IslandCactus Island by William Manchee
Molly has sent in a review for Cactus Island by William Manchee. Stan is called out to Possum Kingdom Lake in Central Texas where a boy scout has been killed in a tragic Jeep accident. At first glance it appears to be just a typical case of reckless teenage driving, but when the teenager, Steven Caldwell, is charged with negligent homicide he insists the accident wasn't his fault. He claims he was distracted by an alien spacecraft that suddenly appeared overhead...
Molly Martin 31st July 2006 [9/10]
Review - Sagarmatha Sagarmatha By Nina Osier
Carolyn has kindly sent in a review for the Science Fiction EBook Sagarmatha by Nina Osier. Some ancient legends have far too much reality behind them... Maryama "Scorch" Stackpole knows that coming home to her native colony won't be easy, after 25 years in the Navy. Still, she wasn't planning to land smack-dab in the middle of a planet-wide civil war
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Carolyn Howard-Johnson 31st July 2006 [9/10]
Review - The King Was In His Counting House The King Was in His Counting House by Douglas Lindsay
Nigel completed this review in 2004 and for some reason it never got posted... it is only now with a new instalment due to be published in August, The Last Fish Supper, that we have realised. So, without further ado, the much anticipated review for The King Was in His Counting House by Douglas Lindsay. The door opened and a young woman walked in, carrying a tray of breakfast materials. She smiled, her teeth were extraordinarily white, and she was dressed in dark blue. Neatly cut trousers and a top with a high, Chinese buttoned neckline. The outfit was edged with very fine red and gold, and had a beautiful presence of its own, of uniformity and of lavish, unnecessary expense. ‘Nice to see you're awake, Mr Thomson… more»»

Nigel 25th July 2006 [9/10]
Review - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J K Rowling
And finally we have Nadine's review for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban which she has scored an impressive 10/10. Harry Potter, along with his friends, Ron and Hermion, is about to start his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry can't wait to get back to school after the summer holidays. (Who wouldn't if they lived with the horrible Dursleys?) But when Harry gets to Hogwarts, the atmosphere is tense. There's an escaped mass murderer on the the loose, and the sinister prison guards of Azkaban have been called in to guard the school.... more»»
Nadine 23rd July 2006 [10/10]
Review - Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling
Nadine has aslo sent in her review for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second installment in the ever popular series. Harry Potter is a wizard. He is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Little does he know that this year will be just as eventful as the last... more»»
Nadine 23rd July 2006 [9/10]
Review - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneHarry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J K Rowling
Nadine has added her review for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy - until he is rescued by an owl, taken to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The Reason: Harry Potter is a Wizard... more»»
Nadine 23rd July 2006 [8/10]
Review - Boy Band Blues Boy Band Blues (Totally Lucy) by Kelly McKain
Sofia has kindly sent in a review for Boy Band Blues by Kelly McKain. A fun and funky new series charting the hopes, dreams and schemes of the lively, loveable Lucy - wannabe fashion designer and Stand Up Babe. Girls everywhere will identify with her bra-size embarrassment, parent troubles, best-friend dilemmas and secret crush crises... more»»

Sofia (Aged 11) 19th July 2006 [8/10]
Review - I Am Legend I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
Craig has kindly sent in a review for I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, one of the excellent SF Masterworks Series. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth... but he is not alone. Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day he is the hunter, stalking the sleeping undead through the abandoned ruins of civilization. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn. How long can one man survive... more»»

Craig Washington 16th July 2006 [7/10]
Review - Armed MadhouseArmed Madhouse by Greg Palast
Paul has sent in a review for Armed Madhouse by Greg Palast. Palast's old-style gum-shoe detective work to dig out the info on the War on Terror, greed- dripping schemes to seize little nations with lots of oil, the hidden program to steal the 2008 election, and the media biases that keep it unreported are the meat and bones of this BBC television reporter's new book. Armed Madhouse is illustrated with dozens of documents marked “secret” and “confidential” that have walked out of filing cabinets and fallen into Palast's hands.y... more»»
Paul Lappen
13th July 2006 [10/10]
Review - Creatures of the NightCreatures of the Night by Stephen J. Brooks
Molly has sent in a review for Creatures of the Night by Stephen J. Brooks, a delightful tale of the world of nocturnal creatures. Inspired by his daughter's incessant questions regarding nightly noises, Steve Brooks decided to write about the creatures that come out to play when we lay our heads down to sleep...
Molly Martin 13th July 2006 [9/10]
Review - Water Water by Jasper Joffe
Francis has kindly sent in a review for Water by Jasper Joffe. Nathaniel Water is a doodling, neurotic, self-obsessed young British artist. His career is on the up, but his love life has taken a nosedive. Bored, he proposes marriage to his beautiful Slovak girlfriend, Jelena, with whom he fights constantly. But then he meets Harriet, a curator from Berlin... Can Water find happiness? Or is he caught in a downward spiral of nihilism and endless art openings? Delve in to this barking tale of love, family foibles and fame to find out... more»»

Francis 28th June 2006 [8/10]
Review - Die Buddenbrooks Die Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
Alex has kindly sent in a review for Die Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann (English Tilte:- Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family). It is the epic story of the decline of a merchant family in the North-German town of Lübeck in the 19th century. Opening in 1835 with a banquet celebrating the move of the family to the biggest and most glamorous house in town, the reader is thrown right away in the mentality of the time and social class... more»»

Alex 31st May 2006 [10/10]
Review - For SarahFor Sarah by Annie Harmon
Paul has sent in a review for For Sarah by Annie Harmon. With one sister dead, and the justice system failing them, all six surviving Welsh sisters had to fight to survive. One by one they decided to run away from an abusive home life, gaining freedom, but losing each other. When Ashlee Welsh finds a letter amongst her friend's belongings, she becomes both curious and jealous, and decides to write to this mysterious "Sarah". In these letters, Ashlee shares the secret lives of her sisters and herself... more»»
Paul Lappen
31st May 2006 [8/10]
Review - An Honest HeartAn Honest Heart by Richard M Siddoway
Molly has sent in a review for An Honest Heart by popular author Richard M. Siddoway. It tells the story of a young woman who learns to accept responsibility for her actions. As Jennica travels the road to repentance, she experiences both the difficulty of making amends and the joy of being forgiven. She also experiences the peace that comes from having an honest heart...
Molly Martin 31st May 2006 [8/10]
Review - Grammar Snobs Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies by June Casagrande
Carolyn has kindly sent in a review for Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies by June Casagrande. Here's some good news for everyone who's ever been bullied into believing they can't speak their own language: The grammar snobs are bluffing. Half the “rules” they use to humiliate others aren't rules at all but judgment calls. The other half are things they don't even understand themselves. This series of essays, anecdotes, and flat-out assaults on the grammar powers that be will have you reading just for fun, with a grammar lesson served on the side
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Carolyn Howard-Johnson 31st May 2006 [9/10]
Review - A Month of Sundays A Month of Sundays: Searching for the Spirit and My Sister by Julie Mars
Connie has kindly sent in a review for A Month of Sundays: Searching for the Spirit and My Sister by Julie Mars. After learning that her beloved sister Shirley had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, writer Julie Mars knew exactly what she needed to do: pack up, leave the life she loved in New Mexico, and head directly to her sister, in upstate New York. Mars spent seven months at her sister's side, in the mysterious borderland between life and death - a time of intense sadness and unexpected beauty, great pain and even greater happiness... more»»

Connie 31st May 2006 [9/10]
Review - Circle Dancing Circle Dancing: Celebrating the Sacred in Dance by June Watts
Caroline has kindly sent in a review for Circle Dancing: Celebrating the Sacred in Dance by June Watts. All over the world people are awakening to the sacred power of dance. This is the first book to explore the link between the modern sacred dance movement and its historic heritage. It is full of the knowledge, observations and experiences amassed by the author over the 20 years she has been working with Sacred Circle Dance... more»»

Caroline 31st May 2006 [9/10]
Review - Red FlashRed Flash by Kiva Wolfe
Paul has also sent in a review for Red Flash by Kiva Wolfe. In the conflicted worlds of gemstones and diamonds, no one is who they seem to be... When a dashing former triathlete learns the Russian Mafia killed his nephew, he stumbles upon a gem smuggling scheme involving his older brother, the Red Mafia, and a powerful Brazilian organization. From Denver's historic Capitol Hill to the far reaches of the Amazon, mayhem and double-crosses abound in this smart, sexy and suspenseful adventure... more»»
Paul Lappen
31st May 2006 [9/10]
Review - Mr TouchdownMr Touchdown by Lyda Phillips
Molly has also sent in a review for Mr Touchdown by Lyda Phillips. In 1965, the South remained defiantly segregated. Eddie Russell, a star football player, and his timid sister, Lakeesha, are told they will be helping to desegregate an all-white high school. Their father tells them they will be fighting for a righteous cause, but they aren't buying it - because they have no choice in the matter. From the first day of school, the wall of hostility Eddie and Lakeesha face at Forrest High School seems unbreakable, until they meet cheerleader Nancy Martin...
Molly Martin 31st May 2006 [8/10]
Review - Everfree Everfree by Nick Sagan
BookLore has been lucky enough to receive a proof copy of Nick Sagan's next novel Everfree. A small group of ‘posthumans' has survived the apocalyptic epidemic called Black Ep, a disease that ravaged the world and left them alone on Earth. Their conflicting ideas about how a new, much less populated planet ought to be governed, however, are a source of terrible strife. The early ‘posthumans' believed in The Doctrine: The post-plague world is collective. We're all in this together. Let's look out for each other, share the dirty work, give the needy what they need… more»»

Nigel 24th March 2006 [9/10]
Review - Gideon the Cutpurse Gideon the Cutpurse by Linda Buckley-Archer
Chrissi has done a review for Gideon the Cutpurse by Linda Buckley-Archer. An encounter with an anti-gravity machine catapults Peter Schock and Kate Dyer back to the 18th century and sets in motion a calamitous chain of events. While a massive police hunt gets underway to find the missing children in the 21st century - in 1763, a hardened criminal, the Tar Man, steals the anti-gravity machine and disappears into the London underworld… more»»
Chrissi 24th March 2006 [8/10]
Review - A Matter of Life and DeathA Matter of Death and Life by Andrey Kurkov
Ray has sent in a review for A Matter of Death and Life by Andrey Kurkov. Marital troubles? Sick of life? Suicide the answer? Why not get yourself a contract killer? Nothing easier, provided you communicate only by phone and box number. You give him your photograph, specify when and in which cafe to find you, then sit back and prepare to die. Our perpetually glum hero meticulously plans his own demise, expect for one detail: if he suddenly decides he wants to live, what then...
Ray 24th March 2006 [7/10]
Review - HolesHoles by Louis Sachar
Nadine has sent in a review for Holes by Louis Sachar, one of those books picked up chabce that turn out to be brilliant. Stanley Yelnat's family has a history of bad luck going back generations, so he is not too surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre. Nor is he surprised when he is told that his daily labour is to dig a hole and report all he finds therein...
Nadine 28th February 2006 [9/10]
Review - I, Robot: The Illustrated ScreenplayI, Robot: The Illustrated Screenplay by Harlan Ellison and Isaac Asimov
Paul has sent in a review for I, Robot: The Illustrated Screenplay by Harlan Ellison and Isaac Asimov. Numerous attempts have been made to adapt Isaac Asimov's classic story-cycle, I, Robot, to the motion picture medium. All efforts failed. In 1977, producers approached multiple award winning Harlan Ellison to take a crack at this 'impossible' project. He accepted, and produced an astonishing screenplay... more»»
Paul Lappen
28th February 2006 [9/10]
Review - The Time Has Come : The Book of GraceThe Time Has Come : The Book of Grace by Barbara Oleynick
Molly has sent in a review for The Time Has Come : The Book of Grace by Barbara Oleynick. the first book of a mystical trilogy that begins with the birth of Grace in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Born then abandoned by 13-year-old Rachel. Grace is the last of those chosen by the Creator to fulfil the true plan for all. She came to lead humanity through the tumultuous and frightening changes on earth into an era of peace...
Molly Martin 28th February 2006 [8/10]
Review - Lucky Lucky by Alice Sebold
Claire has kindly sent in a review for Lucky by Alice Sebold. In a memoir hailed for its searing candour and wit, Alice Sebold reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an eighteen-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. What propels this chronicle of her recovery is Sebold's indomitable spirit - as she struggles for understanding... more»»

Claire Mapletoft 28th February 2006 [8/10]
Review - Nobble Hospital of the Aegean Nobble Hospital of the Aegean by Paul Judges
Gayle has kindly sent in a review for Nobble Hospital of the Aegean by Paul Judges. A man travels to the Greek island of Syros, where an unexpected event causes him to reflect on life so far. The story combines humour, pain, joy and love, on a unique journey into a meaningful way of being. Explore Greece and beyond, in an original and moving novel... more»»

Gayle 28th February 2006 [9/10]
Review - Temeraire Temeraire by Naomi Novik
Chrissi has done a review for the excellent debut novel Temeraire by Naomi Novik. As Napoleon's tenacious infantry rampages across Europe and his armada lies in wait for Nelson's smaller fleet, the war does not rage on land and water alone. Squadrons of aviators swarm the skies – a deadly shield for the cumbersome canon-firing vessels. Raining fire and acid upon their enemies, they engage in a swift, violent combat with flying tooth and claw… for these aviators ride dragons… more»»
Chrissi 10th February 2006 [9/10]
Review - Velocity Velocity by Dean Koontz
Nigel has reviewed Velocity by Dean Koontz. William Wiles is an easygoing thirty-something, a bartender who lives a quiet life alone until a serial killer singles him out – not to kill him, but to force him to decide who the next victim will be. On his SUV Billy finds the first note: 'If you don't take this note to the police and get them involved, I will kill a lovely blonde schoolteacher. If you do take this note to the police, I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity work. You have four hours to decide. The choice is yours.'… more»»

Nigel 10th February 2006 [8/10]
Review - The World According to ClarksonThe World According to Clarkson by Jeremy Clarkson
Ray has sent in a review for The World According to Clarkson by Jeremy Clarkson The world is an exciting and confusing place for Jeremy Clarkson - a man who can find the overgrown schoolboy in us all. The World According to Clarkson, one of the country's funniest comic writers has free reign to expose absurdity, celebrate eccentricity and entertain richly in the process. And the net is cast wide: from the chronic unsuitability of men to look after children for long periods or as operators of 'white goods'...
Ray 10th February 2006 [8/10]
Review - Imperial Spy Imperial Spy by Mark Robson
BookLore was lucky enough to receive a proof copy of the soon to be released Children's fantasy story Imperial Spy by Mark Robson, which Chrissi immediately snaffled. When Femke is entrusted with a vital foreign mission for the Emperor, the resourceful young spy assumes it will be a straightforward task. But nothing is simple when your enemies are one step ahead of you. Framed for two murders and with the authorities hunting her, Shalidar, her arch-enemy, is closing in for his revenge… more»»
Chrissi 31st January 2006 [8/10]
Review - The Survival Game The Survival Game by Tim Wynne-Jones
Chrissi has also done a review for
The Survival Game by Tim Wynne-Jones sent to BookLore by the publisher Usborne. After a fight with his father, Burl runs away into the frozen Canadian wilderness, where he stumbles across the lonely camp of an eccentric composer, who offers him a place to stay. But Burl's father is after him and soon Burl is dragged back into his dangerous games... more»»
Chrissi 31st January 2006 [7/10]
Review - One Door Away from HeavenOne Door Away from Heaven by Dean Koontz
Nigel has reviewed One Door Away from Heaven by Dean Koontz. Leilani Maddoc's tenth birthday is nine months away. Micky Bellsong is convinced that in nine months and one day, the girl will be dead. And no one seems to care but Micky herself. She has a history of making wrong choices and living only for her own desires, but her decision to save the child's life – and pit herself against an adversary as fearsome as he is cunning – takes her on a journey of incredible peril and stunning discoveries. Watch out for a review of Dean Koontz's latest, Velocity, next time… more»»

Nigel 31st January 2006 [9/10]
Review - Perdido Street StationPerdido Street Station by China Mieville
Paul has sent in a review for the excellent Science Fiction novel Perdido Street Station by China Mieville. In the Sprawling gothic city of New Crobuzon, a stranger has come to request the services of Isaac, an overweight and slightly eccentric scientist. But it is an impossible request - that of flight - and in the end Isaac's attempts will only succeed in unleashing a dark force upon the city ... more»»
Paul Lappen
31st January 2006 [9/10]
Review - Shadow of an Indian StarShadow of an Indian Star by Bill Paul and Cindy Paul
Molly has kindly sent in a review for the partly fictional and partly biographical novel Shadow of an Indian Star by Bill Paul and Cindy Paul. The novel chronicles three generations of a brawling pioneer family, their friends and enemies, and the women who helped battle tragedy, corruption, and their own inner demons to save themselves and the Chickasaw Nation from annihilation...
Molly Martin 31st January 2006 [9/10]
Review - The Tale of the Body Thief The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice
Helen has kindly sent in a review for The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice. Returning to Lestat as the main character, the fourth in the Vampire Chronicles finds Lestat impulsive and careless in the pursuit of what he wants: a serial killer in Southern Florida. Lestat is surrounded by mortals in this tale, and a new worthy counterpoint character to Lestat is introduced, Raglan James, a vampire hunter, and a formidable adversary for Lestat... more»»

Helen 31st January 2006 [8/10]
Review - The LochThe Loch by Steve Alten
Nadine has sent in our second review for The Loch by Steve Alten. Loch Ness holds secrets, ancient and deadly. Does a monster inhabit its depths, or is it just myth? Why, after thousands of reported sightings and dozens of expeditions, is there still no hard evidence? Marine biologist Zachery Wallace knows, but the shock of his near-drowning as a child on Loch Ness have buried all memories of the incident. Now, a near-death experience suffered while on expedition in the Sargasso Sea has caused these long-forgotten memories to re-surface...
Nadine 31st January 2006 [4/10]
Review - NirvanaNirvana by Kevin Marley
Paul has reviewed Nirvana by Kevin Marley. Nirvana is the fictional biographical account of a person, nay, a Soul that incarnates in modern day America, and struggles to find himself, before, at last, attaining enlightenment in his old age. The novel begins with Ray Sawol, the main character, sitting on a cumulous cloud overlooking Philadelphia, The City of Brotherly Love, gazing at his parents-to-be making love, and obviously, upset that he's the next luminous Soul to incarnate on earth... more»»
Paul Lappen
31st January 2006 [9/10]
Review - Black MondayBlack Monday by William Manchee
Molly has kindly sent in a review for Black Monday by William Manchee. The latest Stan Turner thriller begins on the infamous Black Monday, October 19, 1987. As the stock market is taking a nosedive and the nation's banking system falls into crisis, Stan is asked by the CIA to help an operative unravel an IRS garnishment and ends up caught in a fire-fight between the CIA and the FBI...
Molly Martin 31st January 2006 [9/10]
Review - Sabriel Sabriel by Garth Nix
Chrissi has done a review for
Sabriel by Garth Nix. Sabriel is the daughter of the Mage Abhorsen. Ever since she was a tiny child, she has lived outside the Wall of the Old Kingdom – far away from the uncontrolled power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father is missing and Sabriel is called upon to cross back into that world to find him... more»»
Chrissi 12th January 2006 [9/10]
Review - Tracings Tracings by Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Magdalena Ball has kindly sent in a review for Tracings by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a Chapbook of Poetry. These are ordinary days, and ordinary recollections, made extraordinary by the power of Howard-Johnson's observation and the tension between sensation and hindsight. Peppered with imagery that is heady and evocative, this is poetry both historical and psychological... more»»
Magdalena Ball 12th January 2006 [9/10]
McGan's Meditations
Michael McGan, the author of Fleeting Thoughts and The Hamster Never Sleeps, ponders time travel... and gets his trousers in a twist*

Exploring Time Travel
Travelling into the future would be cool, right? It could probably be done, we are told by scientists, if we could attain the speed of light. One hundred and eighty six thousand miles per second. So what's the big deal? Let's pretend that you could run a hundred meters in ten seconds. Where would that get you? One hundred meters down the road, ten seconds into what was the future, and now you're limping. What you need is a space ship, one that can travel at the speed of light.

Once at the speed of light time stands still for you. But back on Earth, your kids have joined senior groups, the IRS is looking for you and your back taxes, and lastly, NASA closes down due to budget cuts so landing could be a problem. But hey, you are into the future, man! You want to go back. But how?

Scientists tell us that the only way to go backward in time is through a worm hole. Not the ones out in your backyard, so don't go greasing yourself up or anything, unless you're into that sort of thing. Whatever. These worm holes are hypothetical shortcuts that connect two distant points in the universe. (Are there any hypothetical rest stops where you could maybe get a burger and let your dog take a wiz?) A corridor where we could travel hundreds of light years in a matter of seconds. This would make it pretty tricky getting back to the exact time you left..

Back into the past. You would have to be really careful because anything you would say or do could change the course of history for everyone. Say your grandfather was a shoe salesman. You decide to drop into his shop, and you're wearing your space boots. He is amazed by them and asks to try them on. He starts jumping around and trips, stumbling out the door and knocking down a very attractive woman, who is not your grandmother. He apologizes, she accepts, and they make a dinner date. Now look what you've done. You've got to nip this in the bud before something comes of it or you might not exist! What do you do now? You've got to get the sidewalk babe out of town. Maybe a telegram:

You have inherited a million dollars from your uncle Preston in Philadelphia. But in order to be eligible for this inheritance, you must not be involved with a man. Also, you must come at once. Get a room at the Holiday Inn and wait until we contact you. Barnes, Barnes, and Burns

So you get that all straightened out and you're walking down the street, when suddenly, you're run over by a milk wagon and killed. Now you're pretty much dead all the way around until your mother has you again, or for the first time actually. I don't know... Do you have a headache yet? I do..

*Trousers[1] of Time... it's another theory altogether, but one with great pockets :)
Michael McGan 12th December 2006
[1] Pants to Americans.
Robin Hobb Competition
The Robin Hobb Competition closed 31st October 2006 and we are pleased to announce the winner of the signed hardback copy of Forest Mage, as well as the paperback copy of Shaman's Crossing, is Hilary from Lincoln. Thanks to everyone who entered. Hopefully we will be running more competitions in the near future.

Admin 6th November 2006
The ‘September' update
September has been another good month for BookLore with contributions from Authors, Publishers and Reviewers. We have ten new reviews, including My Sister's a Pop Star by
Kimberly Greene to coincide with the exclusive BookLore author interview. As normal we have updated the Publication Dates page with new releases due out in December, along with the latest Top Ten. Michael has added a new meditation and Chrissi has updated her reviewer page... and finally, don't forget the Robin Hobb Competition runs until 31st October. Hopefully more competitions are to follow, including the possibility of winning a signed copy of Mark Haddon's new novel A Spot of Bother.
Admin 30th September 2006
McGan's Meditations
Michael McGan, the author of Fleeting Thoughts and The Hamster Never Sleeps, looks a potential life changing purchases that no one should be without...

Someone recently gave me a New Age* type magazine to read because they want to open my mind to certain things. They think that I'm too rigid in my spiritual beliefs, which basically means that I won't dismiss the bible and start hanging crystals from my rear-view mirror. I haven't yet gotten to any of the articles in this magazine, which I'm sure are interesting in a ‘Weekly Star' sort of way that makes sane people giggle, due to the fact that the ads throughout the magazine are so attractive.

There is a ‘Wishing Machine' that amplifies brain waves and makes your wishes come true. I wish I knew about this about thirty years ago. It has apparently been "proven effective in lab tests". Labs are easy, try it on a Pug. I can buy the device ready to use for close to two hundred dollars, or for $25.00 I can buy the plans and put it together myself. Like that's gonna happen. Listen, I wouldn't so much as bring unassembled patio furniture home and be forced to deal with the crippling stress of all those nuts, bolts and instructions that might as well be curious primitive cave drawings for all the chance that I'm going to understand them, let alone the complexities of a ‘Wish Machine'. I would rather pay someone handy to assemble it for me. Sometimes it's just worth it.

There is also a ‘Hyperdimensional Resonator', ready to use for about four hundred smackers. It causes an out-of-body experience or astral projection, whichever comes first apparently. This device will allow you to travel in time and space to any location.

The way I see it, out of the two, I'd buy the cheaper ‘Wishing Machine' and just wish my way through time and space to any location I chose. With the money I save, I could also buy the ‘Immortality Kit' which claims to allow you to live for well over two hundred years, which is not in fact forever, and still have plenty left over for a couple of pints and a cheeseburger at the location of my choice. It's a no-brainer. I was all set to pull out my credit card and purchase these fine products, when my mind opened up and told my hands to close the magazine. It was an open and shut case.

Although Cheryl's review for The Queen of Cups and Michael's Meditation have a common theme it is pure coincidence that they came in at the same time… honest. Scary really when you think about it.
Michael McGan 25th September 2006
* This is a humorous piece. Please do not send in emails taking one side or the other… there are no sides.
Robin Hobb Competition
Win a copy of Shaman's Crossing and Forest Mage.
We have a paperback copy of Shaman's Crossing as well as a signed hardback copy of Forest Mage to give away thanks to the kind people at Voyager. To win both books all you have to do is send in an email answering a simple multiple choice question. See our Robin Hobb Competition Quiz Page for more details. Competition closes midnight 31st October 2006. Good luck...

Admin 18th September 2006
Author Special - Kimberly Greene
Sofia has been very busy this month with not only a review for
My Sister's a Pop Star, due for release later this month, but also an exclusive Kimberly Greene Interview to discuss her debut tween novel and the inspiration behind it, as well as a few more trivial questions in true BookLore style... and finally, to end this special update, we have all the information you ever wanted to know about the author on the Kimberly Greene Author Page.
Admin 12th September 2006
The ‘August' update
The summer has come and gone, the reviewers are weary of travel and are all ready for the coming months of hard graft. All this, however, has meant a lean month for updates. With only seven new reviews and some new Publication Dates for November, it is a lamentable state of affairs. No fear… the coming months will bring, with refreshed vigour, more stuff than you can shake a damp stick at. To wet your appetite we have very soon, thanks to the kind people at Voyager, a signed copy of Robin Hobb's latest instalment in The Soldier Son Trilogy, Forest Mage, to give away… watch this space for a chance to win this very collectable tome, not to mention a great read. We have also been talking to Kimberly Greene about her debut novel for the tween reader, My Sister's a Pop Star… look out for Sofia's review and interview next month.

Admin 31st August 2006
The ‘July' update
July has been an exceedingly good month for BookLore with no less than twelve new reviews, making the yearly total to date greater than the whole of last year! We have also rearranged the Main page to incorporate the Guardian Unlimited Books RSS news feed… now you can keep up-to-date with the latest book related news from around the world. We have added details about the
Nestlé Aero Book Club, where Amanda Holden will be recommending her Aero Book of the Month. We have also updated the Publication Dates page for September and October releases, added some interesting new Links, revised author pages for Jeffrey Deaver and Douglas Lindsay and finally a new Top Ten that does not include The Da Vinci Code… gasps from the audience.
Admin 31st July 2006

The Nestlé Aero Book Club
Two of our favourite things... Books and Chocolate. Amanda Holden has teamed up with Nestlé to promote the Aero Book Club, the perfect way to relax. For more information go to the Nestlé Aero Book Club page where you can find out more about Amanda Holden, six of her Favourite Books and forthcoming titles, as well as details for entering the New Woman competitions to win the reviewed books and a month's supply of Aero… you could even get the chance to have your own short story published in New Woman. For more information on The Aero Book Club go to the website, which basically takes you to the New Woman Book Club page at Hopefully we will add more details as the months progress.
Admin 16th July 2006

McGan's Meditations
Michael McGan, the author of Fleeting Thoughts and The Hamster Never Sleeps, considers larger fruits as the sensible way to go...

Watermelons Could Add Years To Your Life...

Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor. Was he a saint or a sinner? A hero or a criminal? But more importantly, how good was he at archery? Could he shoot an apple off of someone's head, like William Tell did? (If you ever find yourself in the awkward situation of agreeing to support the target with your head, demand a much larger fruit!) You would not only have to trust the archer completely, but somehow achieve a zen-like state of non-movement yourself. Hopefully your tights wouldn't be bunching up at that crucial moment. I don't know, I think there might be a few casualties in Sherwood Forest. Here is what might run in the obits afterward:

“Fidgeting James, 38, died suddenly yesterday as a result of a target shooting accident. Born in Swankshire, Terrington Bristall, Noughtenton, Langford Eshirly, Willmingshire, England, he later moved to Sherwood Forest where things were much simpler and addressing letters didn't give him writer's cramp. He was a longtime resident in the forest. Fidgeting James worked as a blacksmith before joining Robin Hood's band of merry men, where he was fond of swilling ale, throwing horseshoes, and basically fidgeting about. Contributions should be sent to the ‘Fidgeting James Memorial Foundation for The Restless' at Sherwood Forest.”

...if anyone asks you if they can put a fruit on your head and fire pointy sticks at you our advice is just say 'No'. However big the fruit this is not a good idea.
Michael McGan 28th June 2006
The ‘Long Weight' update*
After the great start to the year normal service has been resumed and we are late as usual… I blame global warming myself as it sure isn't our fault :). A 'few' weeks since the last update so we have doubled up to compensate (not with laughter I hasten to add as we all take our work very very seriously). A real mix of reviews for you this time, from thrillers to grammar guides to dancing, as well as a book in another language... vielen dank Alex :). We also have the usual suspects with Publication Dates being added for June and July, the latest Top Ten (or The Da Vinci Code plus 9 others that wish they hadn't bothered really as it is only their life's work, nothing that important, honest…) and some other boring background stuff - if anyone can spot the changes let us know… and finally, happy reading.

Admin 31st May 2006
* if this needs explaining please send an email and we will be happy to elucidate.
McGan's Meditations
Michael McGan, the author of Fleeting Thoughts and The Hamster Never Sleeps, takes a look at rap music...

As much as my parents did not "get" rock music, at this stage of my life, I don't "get" rap music. I feel like a parent in the sixties, trying to figure out what they are really saying in Louie Louie. I can sometimes decipher a word or phrase in a rap song, which isn't bad for a middle-aged white guy who still thinks a "rap session" would be where you sit down and have a deep discussion about serious topics, like the state of today's music industry, and how the big radio stations refuse to play any song by an artist that questions the direction in which the world is headed, and is not a song filled with mindless drivel about getting drunk, high, or having sex. It's all about distracting the masses from the big picture while they all cash in, man.

I am seriously considering trying to cash in myself. Take this rap deal, for instance. I think that I could fake my way through this. Get me some of that "bling - bling." Is that hyphenated? Anyway, I'll get one of those little keyboards with the built-in drum beats, hit a few random notes, repeat it throughout the entire song, and spew out a string of nasty, barely decipherable words that may rhyme, or may not, depending on my mood.

For my music video, I'll wait until I'm a bit cranky and maybe even irregular. Nothing like a touch of constipation to give you that edgy, dangerous look. I'll scowl into the camera, wave my hands around making all kinds of interesting configurations with my fingers, fold my arms and stand in such a way as to give off some serious attitude. Yeeah, yeeah, yeeah! Then, I might need a nap.

...or should that be a listen :)
Michael McGan 24th March 2006
The ‘February' update
BookLore has managed to continue last months great start to the year with several more reviews this month... there is no way this can continue :) Also we have details of new books being released in May on the updated Publication Dates page as well as the latest Top Ten hardback and paperback charts. We have also decided to keep the Big Read pages for posterity, updated for the past tense. You never know, we may actually have reviews for all the great books one day :). We hope your New Year is off to a good start as well... enjoy.
Admin 28th February 2006
The ‘Welcome to 2006' update
Breaking new ground BookLore has gotten off to a fairly decent start for 2006 with lots of interesting updates. Firstly we have eleven new reviews from no less than seven different reviewers this month, as well as adding details for reviewer Alex, a German and English Literature and Linguistics graduate... wilkommen. (About time we had someone qualified about the place. Ed.:) Also updated is the J K Rowling author page which was a little behind the times to say the least. The Links page has been updated for the great site
Read It Swap It as well as an Article about the site and what it has to offer. If you want to trade books for the price of postage look no further. Also updated is the usual Publication Dates page. We hope your New Year is off to a good start as well... enjoy.
Admin 31st January 2006
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