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The Art of the Dragon by Sean McMullen
Baby Dance by Ann Taylor and Marjorie van Heerden
The Case of the Climbing Cat by Cynthia Rylant
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones by Terrance Dicks
Fruits Basket Volume 1 by Katsuki Takaya
Girl on a Bar Stool by Tim Roux
The Great American Marble Book by Fred Ferretti
A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Kampung Boy by Lat
The Lighthouse, the Cat and the Sea by Leigh W. Rutledge
Love is a Many Trousered Thing by Louise Rennison
Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars by Ellen MacGreggor
Myths, Magic and Legends of Sand Art by Suzanne Lord
On Beyond Zebra by Dr. Seuss
Outside the Lavender Closet by Martha A. Taylor
Secrets Unveiled by Sheshena Pledger
Simulacron-3 by Daniel F. Galouye
Spaceman by Mike O'Driscoll
Testimony by Anita Shreve
A Token of a Better Age by Melinda M. Snodgrass
Tom and Pippo Read a Story by Helen Oxenbury
Thump Quack Moo by Doreen Cronin
Violent Cases by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
The Water Hole by Graeme Base
Wet Cats by Mario Garza
You Are Such a One by Nancy Springer


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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
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Comments for Girl on a Bar Stool

Girl on a Bar StoolGirl on a Bar Stool: 09/27/09

Girl on a Bar Stool started as a request to write a handbook on brand marketing. It ends up being a novel about vodka, religion, politics and sacrifice.

Adam Melton, the first person narrator takes us through his rise and fall. An average career as an ad exec for a vodka distributor has the career making moment when he meets Yasemin. She ends up being the model for his latest campaign but her participation comes with a hefty price.

Yasemin is no ordinary femme fatale; she's an angel. She gives Melton a better ad campaign than he could ever dream of and pushes him into a political career, telling him he has a destiny to save the world.

Adam Melton's sudden switch to politics and his success at it reminds me most of the television miniseries of the 1990s that were inspired by the novel House of Cards by Michael Dobbs. The miniseries trilogy (for a total of twelve episodes) featured a devious character who also quickly rises to power named Francis Urquhart.

Now Urquhart's rise and fall was all self made and pure evil. Adam Melton is actually a sympathetic character for the most part. He is perhaps too trusting of his angel and too willing to play along as he rises in power.

Of the two Tim Roux novels I had the pleasure to review, Girl on a Bar Stool was by far my favorite. It's a nice mixture of social satire and metaphysics.

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