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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
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
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
reviewed Thor: The Dark World. November 10, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
reviewed Thor: The Dark World. November 10, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
reviewed Thor: The Dark World. November 10, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
reviewed Thor: The Dark World. November 10, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
reviewed Thor: The Dark World. November 10, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
reviewed Thor: The Dark World. November 10, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
reviewed Thor: The Dark World. November 10, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
reviewed Thor: The Dark World. November 10, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
reviewed Thor: The Dark World. November 10, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
reviewed Thor: the Dark World. November 09, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
Thor: the Dark World
Movies based on Marvel comics have been such an easy way to make a quick buck for filmmakers. The recent splash of the Marvel comic book adaptations in recent years have been more or less based on the Ultimate line of comic books with some alterations to fit the original 616 universe. True, those who follow my reviews know my dissatisfaction with most of the movie franchises, but I cannot deny the …
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