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October 9th, 2007


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12:54 pm - on the finished pile
Hawkman's Heart & The Defiant Hero by Suzanne Brockmann

Apparently I've turned into that dreaded entity, the 40-ish single female reader of romances. Since I get them from the library, it's a cheaper mid-life crisis than a red sports car, at least. I comfort myself with the sop that they are romantic suspense, and have plots and character development -- and ten years ago I'd still have looked down my nose at myself. Eh, there you go. On the other hand, i think this post might be related to the article she talks about reading when she decided to make Navy SEALs the heros in many of the books. Pretty damn intense.

A Shadow In Summer by Daniel Abraham

jaylake was raving about this a while back, and George R.R. Martin was also on record as impressed, so I picked this up and really enjoyed it. After finishing it, I can't say the jacket copy was wrong, but it failed to grab me and if I hadn't had trusted recommendations I probably would have passed it by. Which would have been really sad - it's an intricately drawn world and a finely told story. It's the first of at least four; I've just started the second volume today.

Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger's, Depression, and Other Disorders
Author(s): James T. Webb, Ph.D., ABPP-Cl, Edward R. Amend, Psy.D., Nadia E. Webb, Psy.D., Jean Goerss, M.D., Paul Beljan, Psy.D., ABPdN, F. Richard Olenchak, Ph.D.

I am a little disappointed in this, but only because it is aimed at parents of gifted children, and in spite of the title very little is said concerning adult issues. Also I was surprised they omitted substance abuse issues entirely, until I thought about it - this is really aimed at parents of young gifted children, not adolescents even. On the other hand, it is a fantastic book if you ARE the parent of a possibly gifted child in terms of how to tell boredom from ADHD, and especially the sort of issues to be wary of if you've got the "dual diagnosis" whammy of a gifted child who also suffers from one of the mentioned disorders. So, great resource, just not for what I need.

I think that's it for the nonce, although there might have been another Brockmann or two in there as well.
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