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Book dump: January 2008

These are the books I read in January:

From Sawdust to Stardust: The Biography of DeForest Kelley, Star Trek's Dr. McCoy by Terry Lee Rioux
Interesting guy, DeForest Kelley. Much more so than I expected, frankly.
 
Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake by Frank Abagnale with Stan Redding
Very entertaining, and different enough from the movie that it didn't feel like I was reading something I already knew.
 
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger
Junger does an effective job recreating the last minutes of the Andrea Gail, but I never really felt any particular connection or sympathy for the victims.
 
Abduction by Robin Cook
I'd never read any of Cook's novels, but I knew he wrote medical thrillers. Abduction, however, is not a medical thriller at all. It's a strange science fiction novel about an advanced undersea society. Not bad, but definitely not what I expected.
 
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
Very good, but then it's Anne Tyler, so you'd expect that, wouldn't you? I said last month that I didn't much care for the character of Pearl Tull, but by the end of the novel I'd come around. That's some good writing.
 
Killjoy by Julie Garwood
Boy, I didn't like this at all. This was my first "romantic thriller," and I can't say I'm much inclined to read another one.
 
No Second Chance by Harlen Coben
Much better than the last Harlen Coben book I read, back in October 2007. Good thriller, and I especially liked the idea of a former child star turned hired killer.
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