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Book 109: "Dearly Devoted Dexter" By Jeff Lindsay

(Sorry, this one is rather brief)

Title: Dearly Devoted Dexter (Dexter Series 2)
Author: Jeff Lindsay
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Read In: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books

The second Dexter book was still very good. Lindsay maintains the dark, sarcastic humor without and the reader grows to love Dexter even more. In a stroke of genius, Lindsay uses the growth of Dexter's personal life, aka, his disguise, to help him grow as a character and keep him relatable to the reader.

Once again, this book does not disappoint. It is very easy and fun... in a very dark way. I enjoy them and look forward to the rest of the series!

Book 108: "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" by Jeff Lindsay

Title: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author: Jeff Lindsay
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Read In: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Once again, I waited far too long to read this series. Darkly Dreaming Dexter is the first book of the Dexter series by Lindsay. If you are unaware, the TV Series on Showtime is based off of these books. If you like the tv show... read the books. They're far better (as usual). I loved reading this book. It is dark and twisted, but in a very humorous way. Dexter is an anti-hero, basically a bad guy as protagonist, and a very good one. He may be a serial killer, but he is a serial killer that hunts down guilty people. The people that deserve it. The book is dripping with sarcasm and alliteration. Amazing. It's an easy, entertaining read for anyone that loves that dark humor on a grim topic. This book contains perhaps my new sentance ever, "Deadly Dexter dating debutante doxies?" Fantastic. I can't get it out of my head and am ea…

Book 107: "The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell

Title: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Read In: Trade Paperback
Genre: Business, Sociology
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company

I have heard a lot about this book since its release in 2002; mostly rave reviews. As I'm sure you're aware by now, this is not the type of book I usually read. I generally stick to fiction. That said, I found the book interesting. The stories, observations, and data were well relayed. This made it very interesting from a sociological perspective. However, as a business strategy, I found the book rather pointless. Gladwell makes it very clear that the types of people responsible for making the "tipping point" possible for any epidemic, are people that have to be naturally born to be that type of person. In fact, Gladwell makes it clear that it can't be learned and must be completely natural or it won't work.

The most interesting thing and perhaps the only useful piece of informati…

Book 106: "Stray" by Rachel Vincent

Title: Stray (Shifters Series #1)
Author: Rachel Vincent
Read In: Nook ePub
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Fiction
Publisher: Harlequin

Surprisingly, I enjoyed this book. I did not expect to really like it. In fact, I expected it to be one of those books that I would pick apart with how poorly it was written. It surprised me. Was it the best book ever? No. But it was a fast, easy, enjoyable read. The book was well written, very few errors or gaping plot holes. The biggest downfall is that the plot was simple and easily predicted. In fact, there wasn't a twist that I didn't see coming long before it happened; too predictable, for me anyway. So, why did I like it so much? I really enjoy the main character. FINALLY, we have a female protagonist that is not only smart, but perfectly capable of taking care of herself and she does.

Faythe is a werecat. She is the only daughter of the most powerful pride in the United States. However, she does not want pride life; she wants independence. This, o…

Book 105: "The Angel's Game" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Title: The Angel's Game
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Read In: Nook ePub
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Magical Realism
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
This is the second book in the series Cemetery of Forgotten Books by Zafon. Though the books each have their own contained stories, they overlap characters, locations, and (of course) the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. The first of the series (though they can be read in any order) is The Shadow of the Wind, perhaps one of the best novels I've read in the last few years. 
The Angel's Game was very enjoyable. Zafon once again manages to transport the reader to Barcelona in the early part of the 20th century. He creates a dark and mysterious world that is full of intrigue, the supernatural, and wonderful characters. This sequel is much darker than the first, but it serves the book well. Zafon and his translator manage to maintain the beautiful style of writing that made me fall in love with The Shadow of the Wind. My only problem w…