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This Body of Death: An Inspector Lynley Novel
   This is the most recent Inspector Lynley novel (2010) and one of the ones I like best. The plot is intricate and the action is hard to anticipate, plus author Elizabeth George has introduced …
McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal
   I've read a good deal about globalization, but never realized how the same trends that underlie trade and consumption and for some, wealth generation, were also supporting a horrific, …
reviewed Big In China. March 11, 2011
Big In China
   This is a terrific memoir from a freelance journalist whose wife was transferred to Beijing to head the China bureau of the Wall Street Journal. Author Alan Paul, his wife Becky and their …
reviewed Kathleen Madigan: Gone Madigan. March 11, 2011
Kathleen Madigan: Gone Madigan
   I happened to catch Kathleen Madigan on Jay Leno and was amazed that I had never heard of a woman comic who is this funny. She made me laugh out loud. And what's really surprising is …
reviewed Ghost Country. March 11, 2011
Ghost Country
Ghost Country is the second novel in a series about a phenomenon called The Breach, which seems to be a passage or worm hole between dimensions. On one side of The Breach is Earth in the present time. …
With No One as Witness (Thomas Lynley and Barbara
   The Inspector Lynley series is one of my favorites and in this particular novel author Elizabeth George makes a major turn in direction, giving us a plot that features a serial killer (not …
Dark Road to Darjeeling (Lady Julia Grey)
This is the first novel in the Lady Julia Grey series that I've read and I quite enjoyed my new discovery. Author Deanna Raybourn sets this particular story in 19th century India during the British …
Clara and Mr. Tiffany: A Novel
I loved reading this historical novel for several reasons, not least of which is that it is set in New York City at the turn of the 20th century, a time when the city was alive with optimism and action. …
Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy Bundle: The
   Compared to past decades, strong female characters turn up rather often in popular fiction these days. Even so, it's still difficult to find a novel that presents a truly iconic female …
reviewed Best of Chess: Original Versions of S.... November 26, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Best of Chess: Original Versions of Songs in Cadillac Records
This is a great CD, with re-mastered versions of the original blues songs featured in the film, Cadillac Records. These are the real thing, blues written and performed by by Muddy Waters, Howlin' …
reviewed Best of Ten Wheel Drive. November 26, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Best of Ten Wheel Drive
   In 1970, Janis Joplin died and, while I knew there would never be another Janis, I was desperate to find a female vocalist whose voice had at least some guts and grit to it. Enter Genya Ravan …
reviewed Live In New York City. November 26, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Live In New York City
There are a lot of good female vocalists, but only a few truly great ones. These are women who I put in a league all their own: Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Genya Ravan, Tracy Chapman, Joan Armatrading …
Return on Engagement: Content, Strategy and Design Techniques for Digital Marketing
   I don't use the word 'unique' frivolously. So when I apply it in a review of Return on Engagement I am saying that this book occupies a distinct place in the flood of recent books …
reviewed Chinatown Beat. November 19, 2010
Chinatown Beat
   I have always loved visiting NYC's original Chinatown in Manhattan, so I really enjoyed reading about the Chinese-American detective Jack Yu. The son of immigrants, Jack was born and …
reviewed A Tale of Two Cities. November 16, 2010
A Tale of Two Cities
A Tale of Two Cities is Charles Dickens' master work. It explores powerful issues of class, as played out against the backdrop of the French Revolution. Certain of the Dickens' characters in this …
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
   Not only is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn a brilliant and funny story of an adolescent boy, it is the story of an adolescent nation: the United States circa 1885. It raises broad, moral …
reviewed Let The Right One In (Låt den Rätte K.... November 11, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Let The Right One In
This is not a book for the faint of heart. No sexy Edward Cullen here. No vamps who are actually nice guys and no good girl heroes either. In fact, this vampire isn't even sexual. The novel is not …
reviewed A Great Deliverance. November 11, 2010
A Great Deliverance
A Great Deliverance is the first novel in Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley series, which is one that I've come to enjoy very much. George's books tend to run long and this one is no exception. …
Careless in Red (Inspector Lynley)
It's great to see Inspector Lynley back after the death of his wife, although there are certainly better novels in this excellent series by Elizabeth George. As far as Careless in Red goes, its chief …
Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped
I saw Kati Marton interviewed on one of the Sunday morning news shows recently and later tracked down her book to learn more about her fascinating topic - how the office and the marriages of US presidents …
reviewed Gone Tomorrow. October 24, 2010
Gone Tomorrow
Gone Tomorrow is a highly entertaining book. It has a gripping plot that pulls you in right from the first scene, which takes place on a New York City subway train. The hero, Jack Reacher, hops on a train …
The Things That Keep Us Here
This novel has it all: page-turning suspense, great characters, a strong plot and themes that stick with you long after the final page. I found it hard to believe that this is Carla Buckley's first …
I, Sniper: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel
I, Sniper has a strong opening. An aging movie star is shot as she eats lunch at a trendy outside restaurant in East Hampton, New York. A couple of 1960s radicals turned college professors are murdered …
Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House
This is a very enjoyable account of the author's obsession with real estate. Such an obsession is not unusual, especially among people who live in New York, California or another of the world's …
reviewed Crashers. October 24, 2010
Crashers
Crashers is the fascinating story of a "go" team from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) that sets out to determine the cause of an airplane crash. Based on fact, this is a novel …
The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and
This is an interesting memoir from a homemaker who, through a series of coincidences, became a criminal profiler. Pat Brown rented a room in her family's home to a young man who Pat came to believe …
Under The Blue Flag: My Mission in Kosovo
Under the Blue Flag is attorney Philip Kearney's memoir of a year he spent in Kosovo prosecuting war crimes that took place during the time when Yugoslavia was breaking up. Slobodan Milosevic ruled …
reviewed The Unit. October 14, 2010
The Unit
The Unit tells the story of a near-future society that divides its people into two groups: those who are necessary and those who are "dispensable." The latter category is comprised of women …
reviewed Never Let Me Go. October 14, 2010
Never Let Me Go
WARNING: This review contains "spoilers," information that reveals key plot details.      This novel works beautifully on multiple levels, giving it a quality that kept me …
reviewed Orangutan: A Memoir. October 14, 2010
Orangutan: A Memoir
I've read quite a few memoirs of addiction and this is one of the better ones. It is a compelling and well-told story of Irish immigrant Colin Broderick, who came to the US in the late 1980s and remains …
reviewed Stash. October 13, 2010
Stash
Stash is a strange book. I say this because throughout the novel the reader, or at least this one, didn't know whether to like or dislike the main character, Gwen, and also couldn't quite figure …
reviewed 31 Bond Street. October 13, 2010
31 Bond Street
I love books that are set in old New York City and this one, based on an actual historical event, doesn't disappoint. It's the story of Emma Cunningham, a widow with two daughters who is pressed …
reviewed HP Q6000A Compatible Remanufactured B.... October 13, 2010
posted in Ubergizmo
HP Q6000A Compatible Remanufactured Black Toner Cartridge for Color LaserJet 1600, 2600 Printers HP Q6000A Compatible Remanufactured Black Toner Cartridge for Color LaserJet 1600, 2600 Printers
   This is the first time I've used remanufactured ink cartridges from HP and I am very happy with that decision. Old cartridges are recycled and refilled with ink at an HP factory, then …
Small Change: Why Business Won't Save the World
Expanding on concepts that he discussed in a previous, shorter work called Just Another Emperor, Michael Edwards calls into question the current love affair that business has with itself regarding its …
reviewed Black & Decker 14.4-Volt Cordless Cyc.... October 13, 2010
posted in Ubergizmo
Black & Decker 14.4-Volt Cordless Cyclonic HandVac, CHV1408
OK.  A hand vacuum isn't a hip, trendy gizmo, but it is a necessary item in my house because I have a cat who thinks her litter box is a working gravel pit.  And you can't imagine how …
reviewed Running Dark: A Novel. October 12, 2010
Running Dark: A Novel
This is a fast, good read with a plot that is a bit out of the ordinary for your basic thriller. It knits together Somali pirates, corporate spies, Big Pharma, narcotics, khat, love and lust, and it does …
Soccer Against the World: How the World's Most Popular Sport Starts and Fuels Revolutions and Keeps Dictators in Power
I recently became interested in soccer through watching the 2010 World Cup and seeing the sport's influence on the culture of so many different nations around the world. I was especially impressed …
reviewed The Recessionistas. October 12, 2010
The Recessionistas
This novel by Wall Street insider Alexandra Lebenthal will reinforce every stereotype anyone ever had about rich wives who marry 'masters of the universe' and live on the upper east side of New …
reviewed Eternity Road. October 12, 2010
Eternity Road
Ever since 7th grade when I read the short story, By the Waters of Babylon by Stephen Vincent Benet, I have enjoyed tales about post-apocalyptic societies. Jack McDevitt's Eternity Road is one such …
reviewed The Dark Tide. October 12, 2010
The Dark Tide
This thriller offers first-rate suspense, mostly because the plot is very well crafted and presents a mystery that is challenging to unravel. The stories of many mass market paperbacks are easily figured …
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