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Book Report (23)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool). 'R' means it's a re-read. Brackets mean it's an ARC or e-galley. I'm linking to Tattered Cover's pages for the ARCs.

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* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

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Supervolcano: Eruption, by Harry Turtledove ****+ I definitely enjoyed this. It's funny, after reading YA almost exclusively, how different an adult book feels. This one meandered along, not even reaching the eruption till close to midway through the book. Still, I liked the feel of the vignette approach (what I'd call it). I liked the descriptions of life after, though I could have used more of that. In fact, that was probably the main reason I wouldn't give this five stars -- it ended too quickly. I wanted to know more about how the people would make it around the country and even the world. The story: Colin is still reeling from his ex-wife's desertion (and affair with a younger man), and goes to Yellowstone to get away. While there, he experiences a slight earthquake and starts up a conversation with a woman who turns out to be a geologist. Months later, they're dating, and she's told him all about the supervolcano building beneath Yellowstone -- a volcano she and her colleagues believe is close to erupting. Colin tells his three grown kids about it (they all pretty much ignore him), and his ex-wife. Life goes on -- until it does erupt, and Colin, his girlfriend, his kids, and his ex-wife all have to find new ways to live (Colin is in CA, one kid is in Denver, one in Maine). (Adult SciFi, released 12/11, publisher: Roc)
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