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Percival's Planet: A Novel
"Percival's Planet" centers on the 1930 discovery of the elusive "Planet X," a planet long suspected to exist, but one very difficult to photograph using the technology of the day. "Planet X" would come …
Beatrice and Virgil: A Novel
The first thing you need to know about "Beatrice and Virgil" is that it is not for everyone. Many will find it to be moving and unforgettable; probably an equal number will be bored with it, even to the …
The Peep Diaries: How We're Learning to Love
Hal Niedzviecki's "The Peep Diaries" explores how and why popular culture has evolved into one in which so many people suffer from the TMI (Too Much Information) syndrome. Not only are millions of exhibitionists …
reviewed Serif PagePlus Essentials. August 12, 2010
Serif PagePlus Essentials
Serif PagePlus Essentials is capable of producing quality greeting cards, banners, calendars, flyers, and the like, but it is likely to be a time-consuming process for the beginning user of this type …
reviewed Home, Away. August 10, 2010
Home, Away
Baseball fans, do I have a book for you! Jeff Gillenkirk's Home, Away is one of the best baseball novels I have ever read - and I have read a bunch of them. (I enjoyed this book so much that I actually …
reviewed Composed: A Memoir. August 10, 2010
Composed: A Memoir
Acclaimed songwriter and recording star Rosanne Cash, is a reluctant celebrity at best. She never wanted a public life, always preferring to maintain her privacy rather than to share the details of her …
The White Garden: A Novel of Virginia Woolf
Everyone knows that, one day in 1941, famed British author Virginia Woolf filled her coat pockets with heavy rocks before stepping into the cold waters of the river Ouse. Perhaps because of the extra …
reviewed Sangean WFR-20 WiFi Internet Radio & .... August 04, 2010
Sangean WFR-20 WiFi Internet Radio & Media Player
I have been using the Sangean WFR-20 WiFi Internet Radio for the better part of a year now and it continues to work as advertised. I have the radio configured to my local wireless network router (an AT&T …
reviewed The Fabulous Clipjoint. August 04, 2010
The Fabulous Clipjoint
"The Fabulous Clipjoint" is one of those books I would have missed out on if not for the relative ease with which copyright-expired (and, usually, out-of-print) books can be downloaded from the internet …
reviewed My Book Studio LX 2 TB FireWire 800 D.... August 02, 2010
My Book Studio LX 2 TB FireWire 800 Desktop
I am a new iMac user, having purchased and set up my first Mac just a few days ago. Consequently, the My Book LX (2TB) is the very first piece of hardware I have installed on the system, and I approached …
reviewed Perfect Reader: A Novel. August 02, 2010
Perfect Reader: A Novel
Maggie Pouncey's debut novel, "Perfect Reader," tells a strong character-driven story about ordinary people who unexpectedly find themselves sharing the same life crisis:     Flora …
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the
To start, I have to admit that the judgment I made of what "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" would be like prior to reading it was totally wrong. The whole concept of morphing a Jane Austen novel into …
That's No Angry Mob, That's My Mom: Team Obama's
In the interest of full disclosure, and before I begin discussing "That's No Angry Mob, That's My Mom," I want to acknowledge that I am the veteran of two Houston tea-parties. I attended the first event …
Shadow of the Swords: An Epic Novel of the
Few will argue the old cliché that there are "two sides to every story," or that truth requires consideration of both sides, especially when it comes to the study of written history. The tendency of history …
reviewed Blockade Billy. July 21, 2010
Blockade Billy
No one can read Stephen King's new novella, "Blockade Billy," and doubt the man's passion for the game of baseball. The story is set in the spring of 1957, when most professional ballplayers still made …
reviewed WAR. July 19, 2010
WAR [Hardcover]
For a long time, I have been fascinated by the breed of reporter/writer so willing to put everything on the line in order to experience warfare alongside American soldiers. It is only from these brave …
reviewed Syncables 360 Premium. July 17, 2010
Syncables 360 Premium
More than two hours after I began installation of Syncables 360 Premium, I find myself back to square one - but a whole lot more frustrated than I was when I began the process. I'm going to simply list …
reviewed Me of Little Faith. July 16, 2010
Me of Little Faith
In "Me of Little Faith," comedian and social critic Lewis Black searches for humor in organized religion - and he finds plenty. Black is an equal opportunity offender and by the end of the book he has …
reviewed Running Dark: A Novel. July 14, 2010
Running Dark: A Novel
One would expect that when ultramarathoner Emma Caldridge is blown off her feet by a car bomb near the halfway point of South Africa's Comrades race, she would call it a day. Emma, feeling the ill effects …
Careless in Red (Inspector Lynley)
"Careless in Red" opens with the still-grieving Thomas Lynley making his way along the coast of Cornwall on foot. Lynley has been walking so long, in fact, that he could more easily pass for a vagrant …
reviewed Summertown Road. July 11, 2010
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Summertown Road
When it comes to bluegrass music, or any kind of country music, for that matter, I admit to being a big stick in the mud. I like my music to clearly reflect its roots and, the more traditional it sounds, …
reviewed Taroko Gorge. July 08, 2010
Taroko Gorge
Jacob Ritari's debut novel, "Taroko Gorge," offers a new take on the classic whodunit mystery. In the classic manner, Ritari has placed his murder victims and their likely killer in a self-contained setting, …
reviewed Whiter Than Snow. July 06, 2010
Whiter Than Snow
In "Whiter Than Snow," Sandra Dallas offers another look at life in Colorado's gold mining towns during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a time when the hardiest, most adventurous (or, …
A Bad Day for Pretty: A Crime Novel
Avenging angel, Stella Hardesty, is at it again. Stella was introduced to readers in Sophie Littlefield's debut novel, "A Bad Day for Sorry," a novel that Stella barely survived. Now, in "A Bad Day for …
Logitech Wireless Mouse M310 (Red Tendrills)
The new Logitech Wireless Mouse M310 (with its classy red top) gave me what was probably the easiest installation of a new piece of hardware I've ever experienced. It truly was "plug and play," and that's …
reviewed Far Cry. June 28, 2010
Far Cry
It is often said there is no greater pain than that stemming from the loss of a child. When such a loss is compounded by the uncertainty of that child's fate, the emotional pain suffered by those left …
Unfinished Business: One Man's Extraordinary Year
We have all been there. Sometimes life has a habit of getting in the way of our best intentions. Lee Kravitz, a self-admitted workaholic from a long line of workaholics, was perhaps even guiltier than …
The Devil Amongst the Lawyers: A Ballad Novel
"The Devil Amongst the Lawyers" marks Sharyn McCrumb's return to her popular Appalachian Ballad series, the books featuring Nora Bonesteel, one of several members of the Bonesteel familygifted with "the …
The Poacher's Son (Mike Bowditch Mysteries)
This is a review of the 7-CD audio book version of "The Poacher's Son," as read by John Bedford Lloyd.    Maine game warden Mike Bowditch is not in a happy place. He believes that …
reviewed The Third Rail. June 15, 2010
The Third Rail
"The Third Rail" is Michael Harvey's third Michael Kelly novel but my own first experience with the author and his series hero. Kelly is a Chicago ex-cop, a man who still has contacts within the department …
Mexico City Noir (Akashic Noir)
"Mexico City Noir" is a collection of 12 crime-related short stories with settings in the various neighborhoods of Mexico City, from its richest to its poorest and most dangerous ones. The most intriguing …
reviewed Horns (book). June 10, 2010
Horns: A Novel
Ig Parrish did something terribly wrong last night. The problem is that, with the exception of one of two rather vague details, he cannot remember exactly what he did to earn the devil's horns that have …
reviewed Mr. Peanut. June 09, 2010
Mr. Peanut (Borzoi Books)
Alice Pepin was well aware of her allergy to peanuts and she knew that eating even one or two of them would very likely kill her. Yet emergency responders found her dead on the floor of her kitchen with …
Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare
The English language, perhaps the most flexible languages there is, continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Some believe this evolution to be a horror, the destruction of a once proud language; others believe …
Plus Corporation ID Guard Stamp, Small White, 1
This little gadget is not perfect - but it doesn't claim to be. It will not do the job on slick or glossy paper; I cannot imagine that any inker would be able to do that. That's a given and it is clearly …
Republic: A Novel of America's Future
"In Republic: A Novel of America's Future," Charles Sheehan-Miles offers a look at where America might be headed if the politicians in Washington continue to ignore the will of the people of this country. …
reviewed The Secret Speech. June 01, 2010
The Secret Speech
"The Secret Speech" is the second book in Tom Rob Smith's proposed Russian thriller trilogy featuring Leo Demidov. I suspect there will be many readers like me, however, that will be getting their introduction …
Not So Perfect: Stories
When it comes to reputation and popularity, modern day short story writers seem to get the short end of the stick. Novels are more popular than shorter works; there is no doubt about that. Readers seem …
reviewed Johnny Porno. May 24, 2010
Johnny Porno
Frankly, I do not usually pay much attention to book blurbs because of how writers generally trade them among themselves, their special way of exchanging rather painless favors. But to Charlie Stella's …
reviewed A Week in December. May 20, 2010
A Week in December
John Veals and Hassan al-Rashid, two of the main characters from the new Sebastian Faulks novel, "A Week in December," have more in common than either man would care to admit. Veals is the stereotypical …
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