Reviews by njdsilva
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The Book Thief is a fascinating book in which death is the narrator. Zusak creates a slightly fantastical, darkly humorous tone in order to address the sober subject matter. The Book Thief is a wonderful novel about a German girl's experience in the war.
Fascinating
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This is a fascinating dystopian novel which predates such series as The Hunger Games, Matched, and Divergent. In contrast to those series, The Giver emphasizes conflict between characters and psychological drama instead of focusing on action scenes.
Brilliant
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The entire Yes, Minister series is hilarious. Derek Fowlds is an extremely droll assistant, with a literal streak, as evidenced by pointing out to Jim Hacker (Paul Eddington) that gritting the teeth and biting the bullet are impossible at the same time.
Incredible
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Mr. Elliott is a great cellist, and Ms. Montgomery's playing is superb. From traditional spirituals to the starkly modern "Five Verses," Mr. Elliott's playing is reliably in tune and thoughtfully phrased.
Yum
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John Edge traveled the country writing about delicious fried chicken for this book. He doesn't just describe the taste of the chicken, he gives recipes, background, and historical notes, too.