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A Dog's Journey by W. Bruce Cameron

What a wonderful journey it is. Do you have a furry friend? Very touching story. Sometimes sad and sometimes laugh out loud. Easy read. Remember "dog" spelled backwards is "god".

Submitted by: Mary Ann O'Donnell

Crystal Gardens by Amanda Quick

I actually HEARD this book rather than reading it (don't get me started on how many audiobooks I have (but it's over 300)).

I am a regular "reader" of audiobooks, and my take is that it can actually enhance the reading experience, because you must go only as fast as your narrator is speaking (which gives the mind more time to savor the text (a book that is 16 hours in narration I can generally read in three hours flat - and sometimes it's hard to catch all the nuances that way)).

But on to the Crystal Gardens. As most of the readers of Amanda Quick may already know, she mostly writes Psi-Romance with enough Suspense to make it interesting. If you are following the way she interweaves her stories between her other pen names you will know that Amanda Quick is Historical; Jayne Ann Krenz is Contemporary; and Jayne Castle is Futuristic Psi/Romance-Suspense.

In this book, our heroine wakes in the night only to crawl out a window with a killer in pusuit -- running straight to Crystal Gardens in hope of sanctuary, which she gets. The (new) owner of the Gardens is trying to cope with the plants his uncle let get WAY out of hand -- think Audry in Little Shop of Horrors out of hand -- but he's never too busy to help out a Psi-Gifted female in distress, particularly since he is A) Psi-Gifted himself, and B) intrigued by her since he first laid eyes on her. A VERY entertaining time is had by everyone but the bad guy(s).

Submitted by: Susan L. Rock

Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse by Lucas Klauss

Phillip Flowers is a somewhat nerdy High School boy with an obsession for the apocalypse. He meets an "unconventionally hot" Christian girl named Rebekah, daughter of a missionary, and converts for her love. The book explores Phillip's mother's death, his fractured best friendship with 2 other boys, and faith.

Submitted by: D'Arcy Mies

The Complete Phantom of the Opera by George Perry

Ok, I admit it; I had more than one motive for picking up this book. It's true I'm a big fan of Andrew Lloyd Weber's Phantom. But I had just seen the PBS broadcast of Love Never Dies -- which is Weber's sequel to Phantom Of The Opera -- and I wanted to check a few parts of the Libretto for continuity between the two works.

You see, in Love Never Dies, Christine shows up 10 years later with a child who has NONE of Raoul's characteristics. I also remember this line in the finale where Eric (The Phantom) implies that he is "incapable". Typical male line, obviously -- right up there with "the check is in the mail".

Anyway, this book not only gives the history of the story in all it's various incarnations, but also a history of the Paris Opera House that inspired it -- and yes, those waterways under the building really DO exist (in fact, they have to be drained on a regular basis so that the structural engineers can check the status of the foundations by boat).

Submitted by: Susan L. Rock

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