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Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football's Greatest Quarterback
The Debate is Over: Tom Brady is the Greatest Quarterback in NFL History Sean Glennon has written a well-organized, cogent argument why Tom Brady is the best quarterback in NFL History.  He does …
reviewed The Last Policeman: A Novel. September 23, 2012
The Last Policeman: A Novel
The Last Policeman is a terrific novel with a unique plot.  An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth and will destroy the planet in six months.  There are no grand scientific geniuses with a way …
Philips O'Neill SHO9565BK/28 THE STRETCH Headband
Before I wrote this review I had to give these headphones another chance. All I can say unless I received a defective pair these are really, really poor headphones. I have much less expensive headphones …
reviewed Pruven PP-14 21 by 23-Inch Super Abso.... July 03, 2012
posted in Life with Dogs
Pruven PP-14 21 by 23-Inch Super Absorbent
My dog is trained during the day to go on potty pads because she just never was one to be able to hold it for a long time. These pads are sufficient but a bit small in space and not quite as absorbent …
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Behind the Beautiful Forevers is narrative of several family's lives in a Mumbai slum. The author takes and ethnographic approach to the research and as weaved as story that is harrowing and starkly …
Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton
Jeff Pearlman has written a real biography of Walter Payton. This is not some glam filled, highlight reel of the best of Walter Payton. It's a real biography that tells about the real bitter sweet …
reviewed Calico Joe. May 19, 2012
Calico Joe
**Review Contains What Could Be Considered Spoilers**      Calico Joe is a fantastic novel.      When Joe Castle comes up to the big leagues he has an unbelievable …
House Made of Dawn (P.S.)
I always find it interesting that authors who write such opaque prose are lauded as great writers. Isn't the point of great writing to make it easier for the reader to live in the world the author …
Play Like You Mean It: Passion, Laughs, and Leadership in the World's Most Beautiful Game
Rex Ryan is an obnoxious, undisciplined, loud mouth jerk just like his father. When I saw he "wrote" a book, I could help myself. I had to read it.      I still believe Rex …
Vitamin Squeeze Energy Drink, Fruit Punch,
I don't quite understand the proliferation of these squeeze bottle water additives when there are already so many energy and sports drinks on the market. Trying to find the right mix that tastes right …
Guilty as Sin (Jaywalker Case)
   Guilty as Sin is another superb addition the Joseph Teller’s Jaywalker series.  This courtroom drama has all the elements to make it a very enjoyable read.  It has a client …
reviewed Time Travelers Never Die. March 05, 2012
Time Travelers Never Die
I like time travel stories and this one is mildly entertaining but not particularly fulfilling.  Call it time travel light.      The plot centers around Adrian Shelburne and …
The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel
   I approach Sherlock Holmes pastiches with a great deal of trepidation.  Being a lover of the original cannon, I have read too many lousy mimics.  In fact, I had quit reading them …
reviewed Chantea Aloe Vera Green Tea, Passion .... February 27, 2012
Chantea Aloe Vera Green Tea, Passion Fruit,
   My first slug of this tea threw me off because it has fruit (or Aloe Vera) bits in it and it stunned me a little bit.  And it seems awfully sweet for a “health” drink, although …
reviewed Shaq Uncut: My Story. February 11, 2012
Shaq Uncut: My Story
   When I told someone I was reading Shaquille O'Neal's new autobiography they laughed and said: "Why? His life has been an open book." I had to chuckle. While it is true there …
reviewed Embassytown. January 27, 2012
Embassytown
   China Mieville is a mixed bag for me and Embassytown just didn’t do it for me.  It has an overly complicated plot, bloated pretentious writing style, shallow characters, and clumsy …
reviewed Rachael Ray Dinnerware Little Hoot Di.... January 27, 2012
Rachael Ray Dinnerware Little Hoot Dinnerware Set, 16-Piece
   This owl themed dinner set is excellent for everyday use.  The design and colors are very attractive.  The pictures don’t do them justice.      The dinner …
Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam
   In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence. – Laurence J. Peter in The Peter Principle, 1969.      If there is a theme to this biography …
reviewed Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die. January 20, 2012
posted in Life with Dogs
Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die
   I hate to give a negative review to such a well-intentioned book but I must.       There are two underlying themes to the book, which are certainly good ones.  …
reviewed YAHTZEE for Amazon Kindle. January 04, 2012
YAHTZEE for Amazon Kindle
Some of the games on Kindle that are usually played with another person just aren't the same playing it electronically.  Yatezee, however, is addicting and very fun on Kindle and a great pastime …
reviewed Zoe Treat Sticks. January 01, 2012
posted in Life with Dogs
Zoe Treat Sticks
   I tried out these treat sticks for my dog and she quite liked them. They are somewhat chewer and take longer to get through that similar chew sticks so they keep the little beast occupied …
reviewed Cloud Star King Voltaire, Natural Dog.... December 31, 2011
posted in Life with Dogs
Cloud Star King Voltaire, Natural Dog Treat,
   Cloud Star has made some treats my dog really enjoys and she definitely enjoys these.  They are thin and crispy and don’t seem to contain too many bad ingredients.    …
reviewed Smead Lockit Folder, Letter Size, Two.... December 30, 2011
Smead Lockit Folder, Letter Size, Two-Pocket,
   I was really looking forward to using these folders since they have pockets for a variety of items, including discs.  Unfortunately, the folders are very, very flimsy and not at all …
reviewed Nina Ottosson's Interactive Dog Toy. August 05, 2011
posted in Life with Dogs
Nina Ottosson's Interactive Dog Toy
   Maybe my little ugly beast is smarter than I thought she was. She figured this toy out very fast and it isn't that challenging for her. You put the treats in and do all the things the …
Gain Original Scent Powder Detergent 80 Loads,
   I have always felt powder laundry detergent was harsher on clothes.  This detergent does a great job of cleaning clothes and doesn’t seem to leave any residue after washing.  …
BIC Velocity Bold Ball Pen, 1.6mm, Black, 2ct
   This is a great ballpoint pen. The grip is soft and easy to hold, unlike a typical plastic based ballpoint pen.  The writing instrument itself is very smooth and almost silky the …
reviewed FunBites Skin and Coat Congos 5-Inche.... July 30, 2011
posted in Life with Dogs
FunBites Skin and Coat Congos 5-Inches, 4-Count
   My dog really loves these rawhide covered treats.  She loves to chew on anything and she gets occupied trying to get the rawhide off the tasty lamb treat inside.  It’s quite …
Newman's Own Organics Pomegranate Licorice Twists,
   These Pomegranate licorice twists are excellent.  They have a nice light flavor and a good chewy texture for those who like this type of candy.  They are a bit chewier and tastier …
reviewed Fodor's Essential India, 1st Edition:.... July 25, 2011
posted in India Club
Fodor's Essential India, 1st Edition: with Delhi,
   Only to give background on my perspective of this book, I have been to India several times over the past decade since I married my Indian wife and have traveled as tourist there extensively.  …
Biography - Pat Tillman (2008)
   Anyone reading this review probably knows who Pat Tillman is.  Pat Tillman was a unique, free spirited professional football player who walked away from a multimillion dollar contract …
Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from
Ice-T, born Tracy Marrow in northern New Jersey, has certainly lead an unconventional life. From the telling his parents were emotionally detached and they both died at a young age, then he was shipped …
I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to The Blind
Michael Oher has had so many other people tell his story that he must have felt he finally had to tell his own story in his own words.      Michael Oher may be the most well known …
Papa Bear : The Life and Legacy of George Halas
   This is not a particularly well written or well organized book. But it is about an icon and provides good detail of the life of George Halas.      As any avid professional …
When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed
Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. These two will go down in the annuals of not just basketball history, but sports history, tied hand in hand. They revitalized the National Basketball …
Moving the Chains: Tom Brady and the Pursuit of
   This is undoubtedly one of the oddest biographies I have ever read.  And one of the most intriguing.      Author Charles Pierce tries to uncover what makes Tom Brady …
Badasses: The Legend of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death, and
   Love them or hate them, the 1970s Oakland Raiders under John Madden were certainly an entertaining cast of misfits in the guise of one the best professional football teams of their era.  …
reviewed Worth Dying For. March 27, 2011
   I really like the Jack Reacher character that Lee Child has created but his plotlines are starting to become a bit inane and annoying.      In this novel Jack Reacher …
reviewed Jamba Juice Energy Drink, Strawberry .... March 27, 2011
Jamba Juice Energy Drink, Strawberry Banana,
This Jamba Juice is not a bad tasting energy drink.  Unlike some of the cola based energy drinks, this concoction is a fruity flavored, somewhat sweet tasting energy drink that certainly does put …
Bigger Than the Game: Bo, Boz, the Punky QB, and
   Bigger than the Game is an outstanding treatise on the self-aggrandizement of the modern athlete. The author chose the year 1986 as somewhat of a watershed year. 1986 saw: Bo Jackson play …
reviewed The Night Season. March 13, 2011
The Night Season
   In The Night Season Chelsea Cain’s continues her promising series of thrillers featuring detective Archie Sheridan and a fascinating cast of characters, with the free spirited reporter …
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