Pandora’s Box

The Pandora’s Box feature was discontinued in July, 2006.

Those of you familiar with the myth surrounding Pandora’s Box know that the contents of the box are unexpected. However, unlike the mythic box, we hope not to unleash chaos here!

We instituted a number of changes to Pandora’s Box in April 2006 based on a user survey conducted earlier in the year. Linda Hurst is now being joined by a different AAR reviewer each month, the books being discussed in PB are not [also] reviewed, and PB books are now receiving grades. We are working on a database improvement to accomodate the need for two grades per book, but until then, the two PB columnist’s grades will be averaged together in the grade field of the database, with the individual grades being listed at the start of the column.

Pandora’s Box debuted in late 1999 as a collaboration between Linda Hurst and Carol Irvin – it was a rousing success. About a year later Blythe Barnhill became PB’s co-columnist, and she and Linda worked together on this feature through February of 2006.

While in the past this point-counterpoint column occasionally contained spoiler information, because PB books now are receiving grades, they are considered reviews. As such, there will no longer be the possibility of spoilers.

Kathleen GivensOn a Highland Shore07/21/06
Anne GracieThe Perfect Stranger06/17/06
Jennifer Crusie & Bob MayerDon’t Look Down05/13/06
Susan SquiresThe Burning04/13/06
Brenda JoyceDeadly Kisses02/16/06
Judith McNaughtEvery Breath You Take01/09/06
Anthology: (Metger, Layton, Pickens, Buck)Regency Christmas Courtship12/08/05
Jennifer St. GilesHis Dark Desires11/15/05
Celeste BradleySurrender To a Wicked Spy10/16/05
Leanne BanksFeet First09/08/05
Catherine CoulterLyon’s Gate08/07/05
Lauren Baratz -LogstedA Little Change of Face07/08/05
Diana PalmerThe Hart Brothers: Simon and Callaghan06/08/05
Amanda ScottLord of the Isles05/09/05
Susan DonovanHe Loves Lucy04/08/05
Tina St. JohnHeart of the Flame03/08/05
Elizabeth BoyleSomething About Emmaline02/12/05
Anthology: (Alexander, Hill, Joy, McFather)The Night Before Christmas12/08/04
Alison KentThe Shaughnessey Accord & The Samms Agenda11/17/04
Connie BrockwayMy Pleasure10/08/04
Kasey MichaelsThe Butler Did It09/08/04
Leslie KellyKilling Time08/08/04
Justine Davis & Carla CassidyProof & Get Blondie07/08/04
Julie KennerThe Spy Who Loves Me06/08/04
Kate BridgesThe Engagement05/08/04
Diane FarrUnder a Lucky Star04/08/04
Loretta ChaseMiss Wonderful03/08/04
Anthology: (Bujold, Putney, Asaro, Stover, Beverley, Roberson)Irresistible Forces02/08/04
Beverly BartonThe Last to Die01/08/04
Jennifer GreeneWhere Is He Now?12/08/03
Julia JustissWicked Wager11/08/03
Jennifer AshleyThe Pirate Next Door10/08/03
Anthology: (Kleypas, MacGregor, Quinn)Where’s My Hero?09/08/03
Kelsey ColeCaptain of All Pleasures08/08/03
Suzanne BrockmannGone Too Far07/15/03
Janet ChapmanLoving the Highlander05/08/03
Georgette HeyerArabella04/08/03
Teresa HillBed of Lies03/08/03
Susan SquiresDanelaw02/08/03
Heather CullmanScandal01/08/03
Laura Lee GuhrkeNot So Innocent12/08/02
Adele AshworthWhen It’s Perfect11/08/02
Michele AlbertGetting Her Man10/09/02
Stef Ann HolmGirls Night09/08/02
Julie Elizabeth Leto & Susan KearneyDouble the Pleasure & Double the Thrill08/08/02
Liz CarlyleNo True Gentleman07/08/02
Lisa CachGeorge and the Virgin06/08/02
Kat MartinHot Rain05/08/02
Rachel GibsonLola Carlyle Reveals All04/10/02
Gaelen FoleyLord of Fire & Lord of Ice03/10/02
Susan AndersenHead Over Heels01/08/02
Carla KellyOne Good Turn12/08/01
Susan GrantThe Star Prince11/08/01
Lorraine HeathThe Outlaw and the Lady10/08/01
Julie GarwoodMercy09/09/01
Mary BaloghNo Man’s Mistress08/13/01
Millie CriswellWhat to do About Annie?07/08/01
Nora RobertsDance Upon the Air06/08/01
Susan MallerySweet Success05/08/01
Jeanette BakerSpellbound04/12/01
Karen RobardsScandalous03/08/01
Suzanne BrockmannThe Defiant Hero02/27/01
Madeline HunterBy Design01/08/01
Julia QuinnThe Viscount Who Loved Me12/08/00
Susan GrantThe Star King11/08/00
Christina DoddRules of Engagement10/08/00
Tracy FobesDaughter of Destiny09/08/00
Dara JoyHigh Intensity08/19/00
Virginia Kantra & Jamie DentonThe Temptation of Sean MacNeill & Rules of Engagement08/09/00
Pamela MorsiHere Comes the Bride07/09/00
Adele AshworthWinter Garden06/22/00
Mary Jo PutneyThe Burning Point05/23/00
Robin SchoneThe Lover04/20/00
Jo BeverleyDevilish03/22/00
Mary SpencerDevil’s Wager02/22/00
Jayne Ann KrentzSoft Focus01/22/00
Catherine AsaroThe Veiled Web12/22/99
Susan JohnsonTo Please a Lady