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The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World TradeThe Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade by Pietra Rivoli

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


There is a prologue and a lengthy prologue to the prologue, before we get into the details of Texas cotton farming and being thoroughly educated on the history of cotton farming in the US. That is followed by a very brief chapter about China that focuses on sweatshops, giving the impression that there is nothing else there. Then follows an over-detailed and way too long chapter on trade policies, quotas and politics. At that point I nearly tossed the book, because it was not only painfully boring, but also extremely out-dated. The only part of the book that had some life to it and kept my interest, was the last chapter about the African trade in second hand clothing.

Too long, too much about cotton farming and politics in the US, very little on world trade, too many details and statistics, too many anecdotes about people that I didn't connect with. Very, very out-dated. The book could have done with an update, a revision or even a lengthy additional chapter showing the developments after the actual end of the quota system. A lot has happened since 2005.


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Hit ListHit List by Laurell K. Hamilton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Another Anita. They are hit-and-miss. I liked this one, although Hamilton had a sever attack of Talking Heads towards the end. The suspense was mounting, the tension climbing, the bad guys were getting closer and all of a sudden the main characters stand around and talk and talk and talk...
I was getting frustrating and close to skipping forward. I stuck with it out of pure stubbornness. Sometimes I do not need several pages of explanations to get what is going on, action is good!
But, still, I enjoyed myself and I will get the next one as well.

Oh, one missed plot bunny: The psychic showed up, was discussed and then totally disappeared. Or did I miss her amidst all the additional talking?



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Kitty's Greatest HitsKitty's Greatest Hits by Carrie Vaughn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Short stories set in the Kitty Norville universe. You could still read them, if you never heard of Kitty Norville before, but this is definitely a great addition if you are a fan.

I did not do a proper count, but I think of the 14 stories maybe only two do not contain a character from the series. Kitty is nicely snarky and sarcastic, as always.

My favourites were the stories centered around Cormac though. You get a look at his early life, when he meets Ben for the first time and the last story of the book chronicles his life in prison. That one is the longest story at about 60 pages and fleshes out his character in a really nice way.

Good fun. It reminded me why I like Kitty Norville so much!

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Embrace the Night (Cassandra Palmer, #3)Embrace the Night by Karen Chance

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


In another review I read, the main complaint was that this is chicklit. It made me laugh, because I consider a large amount of Urban Fantasy books to be chicklit with fangs. I am often conflicted if I should class them as fantasy or as romance. Just the fact that the main characters are mostly female and have issues with dark, mysterious strangers that they first hate, but then fall madly in love with should be a major tip-off!

Coming across Urban Fantasy with a good, solid plot and a heroine with brains can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. Very often the plot takes a backseat to romance and steamy sex. Not that I mind the steamy sex, it's a nice bonus. But I prefer my books plot driven with some suspense, lots of action and well fleshed out characters.

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Here is my Books Read List for safekeeping, so I have it somewhere else besides my PC. Lost it before, when my computer died on me. I used to have it on BC, but lost it there for a while as well, when the website was redone.

I'm behind with my reading challenge for this year, but I have now read one book more than in the total of 2010, so it's not bad. I would be a lot further along, if I didn't read so much fanfic in between. But it's too much fun not to.

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The Summer Without MenThe Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


35% into my Kindle edition. Underwhelmed. After reading the sample chapter, I had expected a more plot-driven book with an actual narrative. I did expect some introspective soul-searching as well, but not quite as much.

Don't get me wrong, it is very well written and occasionally I enjoy myself thoroughly, but all in all it's just not grabbing me. Honestly, can't wait to finish this book to get to something more entertaining.

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The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World TradeThe Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade by Pietra Rivoli

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


65 pages in. Small print, lots of info crammed onto one page. This is going to take me forever.

There is a prologue and a lengthy prologue to the prologue, before we get into the details of Texas cotton farming and being thoroughly educated on the history of cotton farming in the US in general. Being told that the US is the biggest cotton producing country in the world and that its cotton gets exported everywhere, even to China, I just went "Huh?" The graphs and statistics look nice and might even be accurate and the statement might be true, but after working for 17 years in the clothing industry and spending a not smallish amount of that time working in Asia and Egypt, I have to tell you -- never, ever have I come across any factory predominately working with cotton fabrics, that imports the cotton from the US. Just saying.

The book is still interesting though.


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Half Share (Solar Clipper Trader Tales)Half Share by Nathan Lowell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I liked it, but not as much as the first one. There was a little non-graphic sex thrown in, but other than that the book was remarkably similar to the first one. That made it not exactly boring, but a little uneventful.

The only new major character, Sarah, could have been explored more. Her story was hinted at, but around mid-book she just drifted into the background and all but disappeared.

I still enjoyed the book and chances are high that in a few books along my TBR pile I will get the next book in the series. The characters are all very likeable and I would like to find out what becomes of them.

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The Summer Without MenThe Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt
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Midnight Sun Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

25% into the book, tossing it. Edward's inner monologue is excruciatingly boring. I hope when I am 80 my inner landscape is going to be more evolved than that!

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Claimed By Shadow (Cassandra Palmer, #2)Claimed By Shadow by Karen Chance

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I liked it, although I lost my drive a little in the second half of the book. The first half had a lot of action and humour and I could not put it down. There were some quirky ideas that I really liked. I'm not sure why the second half of the book did not draw me in as much. It just didn't seem as suspenseful anymore, although there was still plenty of action. I was definitely struggling a little with the last 100 pages.

My favourite parts of the book are the ones were she shifts into the past. Playing with the timeline has always interested me.

Someone else commented that this was a sex-driven plot and while it is true that she does what she does to get rid of her magical attachment to someone else, there is not a lot of sex in this book and I have read others that were a lot more graphic.


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Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, #1)Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay



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