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Jun. 28th, 2005 | 05:39 pm
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71.) Title: Galilee
Author: Clive Barker
Marcia's Grade: B. This is the first adult novel I've read by Clive Barker, and I have to say I didn't enjoy it anywhere near as much as Abarat. The concept (a family of gods and demi-gods and the way they interact with a powerful political American family) was interesting, but the most interesting characters were the ones focused on the least, and the book was at least 200 pages too long. I have the second Abarat book in my to-read pile, so I think I'll stick to the YA and children's Barker books for the time being at least.

72.) Title: He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys
Authors: Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo
Marcia's Grade: B-. Decent self-help book. A lot of my friends had read it before me, and were gushing about it, so I read it. While some of the stuff is good (like if a guy's just having sex with you but doesn't want to spend time with you or call you he's not worth it) but some of it is a little close to ridiculous. You're supposed to let the guy make all the first moves, because if he's showing the effort that means that he's "into you" but I don't know, maybe I'm just not jaded enough by dating yet, but I think it's okay to call a guy and to even make the first move. This book goes by the basis that "You're all dating the same guy," and allows no room for gray areas. But the thing is, I've know a lot of shy guys, who aren't going to call the girl first because they're afraid of rejection. I don't know. Like I said, maybe this book would be more appealing if I was 30 instead of 20, still single and totally fed up with dating.

73.) Title: Southern Fried Divorce: A Woman Unleashes Her Hound and His Dog in the Big Easy
Author: Judy Conner
Marcia's Grade: A. Hilarious, laugh-out loud book that's also quite touching in portraying a relationship that's still loving after the divorce.

74.) Title: Mystic and Rider (A Novel of the Twelve Houses)
Author: Sharon Shinn
Marcia's Grade: B-. First thing I've read by this author, who's supposed to be good. Pretty typical, predictable fantasy. I wasn't very invested in it.

75.) Title: Food for the Dead: On the Trail of New England's Vampires
Author: Michael E. Bell
Marcia's Grade: A. Fascinating, well-researched study of "real" vampires in 18th-and-19th-century Rhode Island. The ties between tuberculosis and "vampires" were really interesting. Good book, especially if you're interested in vampires, New England, American history, folklore, or diseases.

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