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text 2019-04-16 02:00
Beautiful Ruins: A Novel - Jess Walter

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

 

A friend recommended this one to me ages ago, and as much as I enjoy urban fantasy, it will be a pleasant change to read something that doesn't have assorted supernatural beings trying to kill each other.

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review 2019-04-11 13:28
A Beautiful Mind
A Beautiful Mind - Sylvia Nasar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are expecting to read about the tragic story that has been shown in the Motion Picture that has won millions of people's hearts, I've got to start by telling you that this is not a Movie Tie-In of any kind, for the real life of John Nash was immensely different from the life of John Nash that has been shown in the Motion Picture. John Nash was indeed a Mathematician, A Nobel-Prize Winner, and a Madman, but he was nothing like the character the actor has portrayed in the Motion Picture. So don't expect to read about many things that have been seen in the Motion Picture, for some of them have never been part of the real John Nash's life. What you can expect to read about though, is some of the most complex concepts in the world of Math Theory and Game theory, and many other things from the real John Nash's life. Got to warn you though, that some of the things mentioned in this book are far from pretty.    

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review 2019-03-13 00:36
A Beautiful Corpse
A Beautiful Corpse - Christi Daugherty

This second Harper McClain novel starts with a bang and doesn't let up. There's a lot going on in this one with some of it being new and some trickling over from the first book. Harper's determination shines through in spite of her less than stellar relationship with the police department, and her suspect this time doesn't do anything to repair that relationship. While we do get a satisfactory conclusion, there are still some unanswered questions to watch for in the next addition to the series. I would recommend reading the books in order to get Harper's backstory along with everything that led to her problems with the police department. All in all, this one is a solid addition to the series and the genre. 

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text 2019-03-09 02:07
Reading progress update: I've read 4%.
One-Eyed Royals - Cordelia Kingsbridge

Dominic was his bashert, his soul mate. Without him, Levi felt like he’d been gut-shot and it was taking months to bleed out.

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review 2019-02-28 10:58
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Beautiful To Me (End of Ever After #3) by E.L. Tenenbaum
Beautiful To Me (End of Ever After #3) - E. L. Tenenbaum

Beautiful to Me is the third book in the End of Ever After series, although they can be read in any order. For me, this was the saddest book so far, although once again, excellently written. You find out about the Little Mermaid, through the eyes of one of them. That's right, there were two, but you really need to read this for yourself to get any more information!

 

I loved how E.L. Tenenbaum was able to change this story into something more enriched with emotion, simpler and yet more complex. The descriptions of both land and sea are breathtaking, and will fill you with longing.

 

Excellently written, with a smooth and flowing pace, this book held my attention from beginning to the end. I went through every emotion as I read it, and yet I was still surprised at how the story unfolded. I loved/hated the ending, simply because I can't imagine going through what 'she' goes through. 

 

Absolutely stunning, and highly recommended by me. I now want to return and read the other two again. Simply superb.

 

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

 

Merissa

Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

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