Sunday, August 29, 2010

Redesigned Page

Hello everyone! Stimulated Outlet underwent some major cosmetic surgery this morning. The style was completely redesigned, and I added some nifty new features and pages.

You can now search for books by genre or by rating using the links on the sidebar. If you look at the menu at the top of the page, you will find that there is now an explanation of my review criteria, as well as a second page that provides a concrete set of guidelines for review submissions.

I also fixed the original post dates for Not What She Seems and The Book.

Thanks for visiting! I hope that you enjoy your stay.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Alison Wonderland (Helen Smith)

Overall: 3.4
  • Plot: 3.5/5
  • Originality: 4/5
  • Language: 4/5
  • Believability: 2/5
Alison Wonderland by Helen Smith

After her husband leaves her for another woman, twentysomething Londoner Alison Temple impulsively applies for a job at the very P.I. firm she hired to trap her philandering ex. She hopes it will be the change of scene she so desperately needs to move on with her shattered life.

At the all-female Fitzgerald’s Bureau of Investigation, she spends her days tracking lost objects and her nights shadowing unfaithful husbands. But no matter what the case, none of her clients can compare to the fascinating characters in her personal life. There’s her boss, the estimable and tidy Mrs. Fitzgerald; Taron, Alison’s eccentric best friend, who claims her mother is a witch; Jeff, her love-struck, poetry-writing neighbor; and—last but not least—her psychic postman. Her relationships with them all become entangled when she joins Taron for a road trip to the seaside and stumbles into a misadventure of epic proportions!

Clever, quirky, and infused with just a hint of magic, this humorous literary novel introduces a memorable heroine struggling with the everyday complexities of modern life.
Genre: Women's Fiction
Purchase Links:
Kindle US | UK | DE
Paperback US | UK | DE
Other Links:
author website

I came across this novel in one of the forums, and the name had me sold. (Mildly narcissistic, I know. My apologies.) Final breakdown is as follows:

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Enchanted Darkly (Tarrant Smith)

Instead of sleeping early tonight, I gave into temptation and decided to read another novel prior to working up patients for six am rounds. A few hours later, I regret not opting for rest, or perhaps a designer latte in the morning.

  • Overall: 2.3 ҉
  • Plot: 3/5
  • Originality: 3/5
  • Language: 1/5
  • Believability: 2/5

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Book (M. Clifford)

Overall: 4.8
  • Plot: 5/5
  • Originality: 5/5
  • Language: 4.5/5
  • Believability: 4.5/5
The Book by M. Clifford

It begins, “Don’t read The Book.” All information, past and present, is controlled by The Book, a handheld digital reading device that exists in a paperless, sustainable, dystopian future that looks shockingly similar to our own. Among the multitude of Book lovers, we find Holden Clifford, a simple sprinkler fitter who is content with his small life. Through his favorite story, The Catcher in the Rye, Holden discovers an inconsistency between the digital version and a rare paper page, preserved in the form of “recycled” wallpaper in the bathroom of his favorite Chicago bar, The Library. His quest for answers leads him quickly beyond the page to discover a secret library of books and a man named Winston who explains the subtle, potent censorship of every story ever written.

Equipped with excerpts from unedited novels, alongside a group of like-minded readers called the Ex Libris, Holden dedicates himself to freeing the world from the grip of the Publishing House. His heroic mission draws him hastily into a dangerous scheme to overthrow the Editors of The Book and save the last remnant of printed words left on the earth. As his mission unfolds and a haunting reality about the government’s capacity to outwit the minds of the public begins to reveal itself, Holden is forced to accept that the only way to succeed may be to sacrifice himself and the one thing they love more than life – books.
Genre: Science Fiction
Purchase Links:
Kindle USUK | DE
Other Links:
author website

An afternoon intended for reading about diabetes was quickly supplanted by a book that I just could not, for the life of me, leave unfinished. Here is the final breakdown:


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