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Book Reviews:
Blake's Therapy by Ariel Dorfman
Bleach 8 by Tite Kubo
The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Death's Acre by Bill Bass and John Jefferson
Click, Clack, Splish, Splash by Doreen Cronin
The Eight Nights of Hanukkah by Judy Nayer
Opposites by Eric Carle
Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler
A Little Twist of Texas by Linda Raven Moore
Mad About Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
Olivia... And the Missing Toy by Ian Falconer
Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer
On the First Night of Chanukah by Cecily Kaiser
Pat of Silver Bush by L. M. Montgomery
Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire by Rafe Esquith
Tom Sawyer, Detective by Mark Twain
Tommy's Tale by Alan Cumming
Velocity by Dean Koontz
Women of the Ukiyo-e by Ming-Ju Sun

FSF Reviews:
Balancing Accounts James L. Cambias
Bread and Circus by Steven Popkes
It's a Wonderful Life by Michaela Roessen
Mars: A Traveler's Guide by Ruth Nestvold
Memoirs of the Witch Queen by Ron Goulart
Mystery Hill by Wendy Walker
Petri Parousia by Matthew Hughes
Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel
The Quest for Creeping Charlie by James Powell
Retrospect by Ann Miller

Miscellaneous:
641 Reviews
Boys and Girls
Caligula
Sand Therapy

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for Velocity

VelocityVelocity: 01/15/08

Velocity starts with death by garden gnome and gets weirder from there.

The back of the book has the message: "If you don't take this note to the police and get them involved, I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher. If you do take this note to the police, I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity work. You have four hours to decide. The choice is yours." Going on that piece of information alone, one might think that Velocity will be a typical "ticking time bomb" type thriller; it isn't.

Bill Wile is more of an antihero than protagonist. He wants nothing to do with this secret person taunting him and framing him for murders. Because of his own shady past he doesn't feel comfortable going to the police even though he wants to.

For observant readers, Koontz leaves lots of clues. They are hidden in plain sight. This is not a connect the dots mystery but one a second reading, the clues are there, popping out from the most unexpected places.

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Comment #1: Wednesday, January, 16, 2008 at 22:52:44

Lara

I used to read alot of Koontz, but haven't recently. I think I'll have to pick one up! My TBR pile is just overwhelming!!"



Comment #2: Thursday, January, 17, 2008 at 11:08:11

ebony

I've tried reading several Dean Koontz books, but they just don't grab me. I always feel like they weren't as good as they could have been. The premise of the book sounds exciting, but they just leave me expecting more."



Comment #3: January, 17, 2008 at 11:28:23

Darla

This one's in my TBR pile--I'm looking forward to it even more now. Thanks!"



Comment #4: Friday, January, 18, 2008 at 01:07:23

Laura

I read a couple by Koontz but didn't really like them. The garden gnome thing is perking my curiousity. I will have a look for the book next time I get to the bookstore."