Thursday, January 20, 2011

10 Under 100: Random Books for Your Consideration

10 Under 100 is a monthly feature here on 100 Stars or Less.

Are you looking for something different than the current bestseller?

Just want to see what else is out there?

Here’s a list of 10 random books taken from the GoodReads.com database with less than 100 ratings.



Today we take a look at 10 random MIXED books (fiction/nonfiction).
I seem to have come up with a very eclectic mix of genres this time. I hope some of these will be of interest to you.



 Reckless Liasons
by Kayleigh Jamison
3 Ratings, 4.67 Average Rating


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Summary points:
When Julia Deveraux awakens in the Duke's rose garden, the memories flood back. A betrothal she detests. The great black horse stolen from her father. Her near escape ... Now under Sebastian's care, she sees the rumors of his disfigurement are far from true. But will her secret connection to his sworn enemy tear them apart before love brings them together?


 Saffron Dreams 
by Shaila M. Abdullah
78 Ratings, 3.68 Average Rating


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Summary points:
After her husband's death in the collapse of the World Trade Center, the discovery of his manuscript marks Arissa's reconnection to life. Her unborn son and the unfinished novel fuse in her mind into one life-defining project that becomes, at once, the struggle for her emotional survival and the redemption of her race.



 The Center of the Universe: A Memoir
by Nancy Bachrach
98 Ratings, 3.38 Average Rating


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Summary points:
Aching and tender, unflinching and wry, The Center of the Universe is a multi generational mother-daughter story—a splendid, funny, lyrical book about family, truth, memory, and the resilience of love.




 The Kings of Innocence
by Michael Burns
21 Ratings, 3.24 Average Rating


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Summary points:
Set in a small Massachusetts town, THE KINGS OF INNOCENCE details the frequent follies, but memorable triumphs of three twentysomethings who see their past and present collide during a tumultuous two-week reunion. 



 The Sirens of Space: A Novel
by Jeffrey Caminsky
2 Ratings, 4.0 Average Rating


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Summary points:
Commander Cook, a gifted young officer, is promoted to captain and given command of his starship. But, military contractors having changed little over the years, his ship causes him nothing but grief-and it's all he can do to keep everyone's mind focused on getting their ship ready to sail. 


 The Tragedy of Macbeth Part II
by Noah Lukeman
13 Ratings, 3.77 Average Rating


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Summary points:
Ten years dead, Macbeth may lie in an uneasy grave, but the three witches who led the ill-fated thane to his tragic destiny still hover in Scotland's eerily medieval "fog and filthy air." Still, too, their cauldron boils with toil and trouble.



 My Friend the Fanatic: Travels With a Radical Islamist
by Sadanand Dhume
29 Ratings, 3.76 Average Rating


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Summary points:
My Friend the Fanatic is a portrait of the world’s most populous Muslim country, Indonesia, a land once synonymous with tolerance that finds itself in the midst of a profound shift toward radical Islam. This portrait is painted through the travels of a pair of unlikely protagonists. Sadanand Dhume, the author, is a foreign correspondent, an Indian atheist with a fondness for literary fiction and an interest in economic development. His companion, Herry Nurdi, is a young Islamist who hero-worships Osama bin Laden.



Son of the Great River
by Elijah Meeks
19 Ratings, 3.42 Average Rating


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Summary points:
When a stranger from the south dies in Saffu's arms, it forces him to leave his tribe and Naganawae—his love—to travel to the land of cities and kings. In the east, Samhail finds he can no longer hunt and ends up a mercenary, and then a member of the court of an ancient king. Along the way, he rescues the indomitable and brilliant Rheem from her family. Together, they take part in a tale of princesses, witchcraft, war, glory, and corruption....An coming of age story set in the early Bronze Age.


 Water Witch
by Deborah LeBlanc
73 Ratings, 3.34 Average Rating

Summary points:
People are disappearing in the mysterious bayous of Louisiana and it's up to a "water witch", a woman with powers of divination, to try to find them before more people disappear.


 Ark of Fire
by G. M. Palov
23 Ratings, 3.35 Average Rating


Summary points:
Photographer Edie Miller witnesses a murder and the theft of an ancient Hebrew relic. Fearing authorities are complicit, she turns to a historian for help. Neither realizes the breadth of the crime, its ties to a government conspiracy, or its connection to the most valuable relic in history-until they are both marked for execution.







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