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reviewed Kim. Friday
Kim
I had never Kipled before now (punch line to the old joke that starts "Do you like Kipling?") and picked this up at a used book sale as a bolster to my library of reading and thought on the period between the American Civil War and World War I which I have long considered the most fertile period in recent history.  I am of course familiar with the criticism of Kipling as a defender …
reviewed Goodreads. December 09
Goodreads
This is a book cataloging site that helps me to be organized and to discuss the books I've read.      One fun aspect of this site is in the groups it provides so many  choices to become involved with.   For instance, I am in the club read with a goal of 100 books in a year. There are also groups for giveaways, historical mysteries and many more.   …
reviewed Shelfari. December 06
Shelfari
      I am a devoted member of Shelfari and enjoy their website.      I've found it easy to post reviews and to see and comment on the reviews of other reviewers.   One nice touch is the manner in which the website displays a reader's books. The usual manner is to display the most recent fifteen books by their book covers.   There …
reviewed The Cold Dish: A Novel. December 06
The Cold Dish: A Novel
Four white high school students lure a female American Indian high schooler to a meeting and rape her in a cruel and brutal manner. The woman, Melissa Little Bird, suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome and her reasoning powers are impaired.      The trial ends with a ridiculous sentence of two years suspended and then probation. The Indian community is incensed with the light sentence.   …
reviewed The Invention of Air. December 05
The Invention of Air
After reading Johnson's latest, How we got to now,  I found this book from 2008 on the shelf in my excellent local public library, and discovered that it contains a tightly argued statement of Johnson's cultural ecosystem approach to science and history.  How....now applies the approach to six key innovations, but The Invention of air gives the approach a solid logical foundation.  …
reviewed A Laodicean (Penguin Classics). November 12
A Laodicean (Penguin Classics)
In a retrospective edition of his collected works near the end of his life Hardy classed A Laodicean as one of his "Novels of Ingenuity" and not one of the "Novels of Character and Environment."  Without condemning Laodicean too harshly, Hardy certainly categorized it correctly for it is precisely in the areas of character and environment that this effort falls short of his …
posted a Quick Tip about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. November 05
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millenium
I really enjoyed this one as it reminded me of the intrigue of the Collins family in the old Dark Shadows series.  The two follow-ups, though necessary, were not nearly as good.
posted a Quick Tip about The Fifties. October 02
The Fifties
My favorite time and the best rock and roll music. Elvis, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, need I say more?
reviewed The Fifties. September 24
The Fifties
My title for this review works both ways.         Halberstam writes in classic narrative history style when tackling a subject as a broad as a decade.  He doesn't limit his topics to politics, wars, economics or "great people" biographies, but tells the history of the decade in stories about television (then reshaping marketing. news and entertainment …
posted a Quick Tip about Swan Peak, James Lee Burke. September 01
Swan Peak, James Lee Burke
Not only excellent suspense but well developed characters and vivid descriptions.
reviewed The Captain's Peril. August 19
The Captain's Peril
To be perfectly honest, I didn’t expect much going into William Shatner’s CAPTAIN’S PERIL, but it might not be for the obvious reason.  Bill gets a lot of negative press about how (A) his books are vanity projects so they can’t be all that good and (B) he doesn’t even write them (it’s been disclosed that they’re heavily ghostwritten by Judith and Gar …
reviewed Wicked Prey. July 16
Wicked Prey
I'm a fan of John Sanford and am always entertained with his stories. "Wicked Prey," continues the enjoyment I've had from his books.      The 2008 Republican National Convention arrives in Minneapolis Minnesota. It brings a group of robbers who have already murdered two armored car guards in New York. To complicate matters, a crazed man in a wheelchair arrives …
Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years
MacCulloch's massive one volume history of the religion based on the man and the mission of Jesus Christ is imaginative, insightful, and mostly maintains interest beginning to end.  The interest starts with the intriguing subtitle, as MacCulloch begins by examining the roots of Christianity in the Jewish, Greek, and Roman worlds that the man Jesus bridged.  The collective human and spiritual …
Far from the Madding Crowd
Not with any other author, even the inimitable Dickens, have I ever seen the linear progression in maturity and strength of writing as in Thomas Hardy's from his debut through Madding Crowd.  This is his first What a Classic rating from my reviews as I read through his bookshelf in chronological order, earned by his powerful and appealing characters and his unflinching approach to moral issues …
Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1
If you search any book buying site you will find editions of Mark Twain s autobiography.   You will also learn that Mark Twain's will called for his autobiography to be sealed for 100 years after his death because of named names and his blunt assessments of fools, knaves, relatives, friends, and politicians.  And you should never believe everything you read on the internet.   …
reviewed The Demolished Man. February 12
The Demolished Man
As I’ve opined before, I don’t read a lot of science fiction, but I’d sure like to have more time to do so.  Like most of you, I’m a dreamer with big plans, and one of those plans is to read more books.  I’ve got stacks and stacks of them upstairs, downstairs, in my den, on top of the bureau, etc.  Like Ben Reich – our main character in Alfred Bester’s …
reviewed The Martian Chronicles (The Grand Mas.... January 29
The Martian Chronicles (The Grand Master Editions)
I don’t often re-read books.  Like most of you, I probably have thousands I’d like to read, and rarely do I see the value in perusing something I’ve already perused again.  It isn’t as if the lessons I learned from it might change or that the characters will suddenly become something else … but I’ve always had a deep respect for THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES …
reviewed The Hunt For Red October. November 17, 2013
The Hunt For Red October
Like "The DaVinci Code" or any of a score of Clive Cussler novels, after watching hundreds of (mostly) men carrying paperback copies of them through airports, I decided it was time to read "The Hunt for Red October".  I don't choose what I read by what's popular, but sometimes the intense popularity of a book or author suggest that I should find out what all the fuss …
The Skinny on Networking: Maximizing the Power of
The Skinny On Networking: Maximizing the Power of Numbers, Jim Randel, 2010, ISBN 9780984441815      This is another in a series of simple, but not simplistic, books that teach a "large" subject very painlessly. This one is all about networking.      Billy is a high school history teacher. He would like to be a college music teacher, but such vacancies …
reviewed Thor: The Dark World. November 10, 2013
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Thor: The Dark World
There is no doubt that this newest Thor movie is superior to the 2011 movie that focused far too much on S.H.I.E.L.D. and building the Marvel universe that it left it's title character and his world threadbare.  Having said that while this newest adventure corrects that deficency, it leaves others still needing attention.      Thor: The Dark World begins by telling the …
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