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The Phantom Ship

by Frederick Marryat

If you like stories where things turn out well in the end, if you need a little lift in your life, give this one a pass.

I found it a rather depressing, meaningless quest which turned out poorly for everyone involved. The description of the Inquisition near the end was the best part of this depressing concoction.

Reviewed on 2011.09.10

The House of a Thousand Candles

by Meredith Nicholson

This was so good that I downloaded the rest of the author's books. Modern readers will find the emphasis on honoring one's word unusual, if not quaint. It's not a sermon, it's a very good tale of mystery, adventure and romance set in an interesting time.

Reviewed on 2011.08.11

The Book of Mormon

by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Since when was the truth not in need of defense in any context? I add my appreciation for a book that has fundamentally changed my life in simple and profound ways. It is a book that gets better with every read.

Reviewed on 2011.06.08

The Stinging Tree

by Luke King

A good story, but incomplete. I don't know if it was intentional, but I was definitely left with a desire to find out what happens next. This is short, only 22 pages, so perhaps the author wants you to purchase other books? I would have rated it at 4 stars, but the writing style was awkward. The short, choppy sentences were distracting. I also wanted more explanations. The author tends to hit you with Brad doing something and then two paragraphs later, come back to it to explain that thought or occurrence. It was very disruptive to the flow. Again, very choppy. The ideas were there, but not the style. Plus, the inconclusive ending.

Reviewed on 2011.03.27

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