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Reading is my way of eavesdropping on a thousand conversations, meeting hundreds of new and fascinating people, and discovering what it is about the world I enjoy most. Only after a while, I lose track of what I read. So I write these reviews to help me remember. Maybe they'll help you discover something you want to read, too.

Reviews
The Chronicles of Conan, Vol. 13: Whispering
With its lush jungle vistas and busy cityscapes, Chronicles Of Conan Vol. 13 is a feast for the eyes, especially for fans of lead illustrator John Buscema. Story-wise, it's a nice return to Conan's …
reviewed Herzog. November 18, 2010
Herzog
Moses Herzog's sour contemplation of his overthought, underlived life makes for a curiously frustrating reading experience. Frustrating by design, perhaps, but no more worthwhile for that.   …
reviewed Gorky Park. November 18, 2010
Gorky Park
A key problem with genre fiction is its demands for pacing, fast action, and formulaic convention often hamper an author's attempt at distinctive writing. Many successful genre writers solve this …
reviewed Henry IV Part 2. November 18, 2010
Henry IV Part 2
In the previous installment of Shakespeare's "Henriad", "Henry IV Part 1", we waited to see if Prince Hal would shake the corrupting influence of Falstaff and prove worthy of the …
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Before Tom Brokaw became one of America's most famous anchormen, he was a kid with white bucks and a ducktail trying to make his mark in the hardscrabble world of South Dakota, circa 1950. "A …
reviewed Lord of the Flies. November 17, 2010
Lord of the Flies
"The Lord Of The Flies" is an exciting adventure yarn that memorably delves into the problem of free will versus social order. Unlike most such literary explorations, we learn here that free …
reviewed The Powers That Be. November 17, 2010
The Powers That Be
Four mass-media giants - CBS, Time Magazine, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times - get the deep-dish David Halberstam treatment in this mammoth 1979 study.      For Halberstam …
reviewed The Chronicles of Conan, Vol. 12: The.... November 17, 2010
The Chronicles of Conan, Vol. 12: The Beast King
Was Conan more a loner or a misfit? You will get an argument from many over this, but Volume 12 of the Chronicles Of Conan puts him firmly in the latter camp.      For the past three-plus …
reviewed Henry IV, Part 1. November 17, 2010
Henry IV, Part 1
"Henry IV Pt. 1" was one of Shakespeare's greatest successes in his lifetime, and has remained pre-eminently popular to this day. But each century has had its own version of what it is about. …
reviewed How the Irish Saved Civilization (Hin.... November 17, 2010
How the Irish Saved Civilization (Hinges of History)
Since its publication in 1995, Thomas Cahill's "How The Irish Saved Civilization" has become the page-turning equivalent of a green tie or "I Brake For Leprechauns" bumper sticker: …
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August 19, 2010
Hi Bill, welcome to Lunch! I'm a Brand Ambassador here and just wanted to stop by and welcome you. I'm definitely enjoying your reviews thus far! Thought you might also be interested in checking out the Music Matters and Movie Hype community as well. Also, feel free to put up a profile photo of yourself when you have a chance, so that we can all get to know you better:) Have fun exploring and let me know if you have questions! 
August 22, 2010
Thanks, Bethany! Much appreciated. I don't think I can come up with a photo as nice as yours, but I will get one up soon I hope.
 
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