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  1. “(S)he sat in the darkest corner of the waiting room...” ... is the first line of a book I read in about 1973. This book is a real mystery to me, as I have a very vivid memory of it being called "Captives of the Web", yet I can find no trace of such a title, or anything similar, Like "Prisoners of the Web". So, I guess, memory fail! It’s about a criminal mastermind who runs a drug network, and was set in contemporary (late 1960s/early 1970s) London. The cover was dark, with a shadowy figure on the left and a brighter tunnel opening on the right. At least, that's what my memory insists! Any help very gratefully received Many thanks Mike
  2. Oscar and Meg are best friends. Their houses are right beside each other and they can chat from their rooms windows. But then Meg has to move to New Zealand with her parents for half a year, and the friends come apart for a bit. Then suddenly Meg gets informed that Oscar has vanished and is presumed dead, a suicide case. She moves back home with her parents prematurely and tries to figure out where Oscar has gone to and what has happened to the formerly happy, popular boy. I have to admit, I did not like the book much. I felt both main charaters did not act as teenagers. You could has easily called them students or young adults and probably would not have noticed anything amiss. Only in their written communication you get some small glimses of teenage slang. As a contrast you get a villain so stereotypical high-school mean girl she's basically just a cut out, not an actual person with likes and dislikes, strength and weaknesses. She's just all bad. Also, the book throws in some magical, fairy-tail like elements in the beginning, but then kinda denies they exist and arguments them away. It has to do with Oscars habbit of baking apple tarts and giving them to people how are having a hard time and feeling down. It makes them instantly feel a lot better. They even mention he can smell their despair and delivers his tarts to people he doesn't even know. But then they do a backflip and just explain it away with logical means. It's a bit strange, since it kinda changes the overall tone of the book in diferent places. All in all, I found I missed some kind of meaning in it. There is a lot of talk about love and friendship, popularity and mobbing, secrets and lies, but nothing seemed to be meaningfull, personal or deep. Oscar is very distant throughout the whole book, Meg is a little better, but she hasn't anything relevant to say either. The autor uses a lot of flowering, sweeping language to talk about emotions and revelations, but they just seems meaningfull and deep until you looked at the actual content of the words and found that there's nothing there. It's just nice words and platitudes made to sound important. And that's sad, because I could see it as a pretty good book, if they just stuck to the magical realism, the fairy tail elements and actually found something emotional to say about it all. As it is I give it a 2 out of 5.
  3. I recently finished reading The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen Year Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida. This book is one of the most excellent works of non-fiction I have ever read. It is very short, definitely no more than two hundred pages, and incredibly compelling. I read the entire book in a little over an hour. It is written primarily in Q&A style, with Naoki answering questions about living with autism. This is augmented by several beautifully written, fictional stories by Naoki, with one longer story at the end. Naoki, the author, who was only thirteen at the time he wrote the book, is so articulate for his age it is mindblowing. I would definitely recommend!
  4. I've never really gotten into YA literature, even when I was in high school, but I've found that some can be pretty nice, even insightful, light reading. Some I've enjoyed include: The Distance Between Lost and Found - Kathryn Holmes Every Day - David Levithan An Abundance of Katherines - John Green Someone Named Eva - Joan M. Wolf The Hunger Games trilogy & Ellen Hopkins for sure! What are some that you all have enjoyed?
  5. Hi!

    Hi! My name is Amira and I love books a whole lot. I recently started a blog so I could spill my thoughts about the books I read in the form of reviews. I only started recently, but I try write at least an article a day. c: But I'm a little lost on what kind of book-related posts to write besides reviews (which I enjoy a great deal), upcoming releases and 'to be read' posts. What kind of book-related things would you guys like to read about on a book blog? Also, should I add a rating system? I've already figured one out but I personally don't know if people actually find this helpful. Anyway, I'm always open for a chat!
  6. James Frey offers $500,000 in gold

    I thought this was kind of cool: From Asia One.com, edited by me, for more see: http://news.asiaone.com/news/world/solve-puzzle-book-win-640000 The American writer is offering US$500,000 in solid gold to the first reader to solve the complex puzzle in Endgame: The Calling, out on shelves today. The book, co-written with fantasy writer Nils Johnson-Shelton and published by Harper Collins, has 12 young adults from India to America decoding their own sets of puzzles on a worldwide scavenger hunt to find hidden objects and save the Earth from total destruction by alien forces. Readers of the book do almost the same: Sentences, number strings, patterns and even links to online websites are scattered in the text, meant to lead readers towards the location of a hidden "key" that will "unlock" a case of gold coins in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. Tied in is a massive online multi-player game - the mobile app designed by Google will be out within the next two months - that allows players/readers to "fight" one another for more clues to the location of the key. "Anybody in the world can win it," says Frey, 45, in a telephone interview from Connecticut, where he lives with his family and runs his production company Full Fathom Five. "We will know when somebody has solved the puzzle and we will make sure he is in a position to get to Caesars Palace."