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reviewed The Suicide Effect. December 31, 2012
The Suicide Effect
I picked up The Suicide Effect by L. J. Sellers from Amazon as a free Kindle book the other day. The premise sounded interesting (pharmaceutical company hiding information about their blockbuster drug …
Federal Prison: A Comprehensive Survival Guide
While I have no plans to use this information (and I hope I never need to), the subject intrigued me... Federal Prison: A Comprehensive Survival Guide by Jonathan Richards. Written by someone who went …
SHOCK WAVE: A Virgil Flowers Novel
   While I've grown a little cold on the John Sandford novels that feature Lucas Davenport, I'm finding I like the Virgil Flowers novels a lot.  Shock Wave has Flowers tracking …
Pineapple Grenade: A Novel
I love reading Tim Dorsey novels, but I really struggle to review them. How do you describe a story where a murder victim is found with no internal organs, fishermen are wandering around Miami with a …
Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life
   To do lists... Getting Things Done... Time Management... Usually they're all focused on complex methodologies or the amount of things you can accomplish in a given timeframe (usually …
reviewed The Information Diet. February 20, 2012
   The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption by Clay A. Johnson is one of those books I'd like to give to a number of people I know, and then sit down and make sure they read …
reviewed 11/22/63: A Novel. February 13, 2012
11/22/63 a book by Stephen King
   While I end up liking most of the books that I read by Stephen King, he isn't an author that I salivate over when something new comes out. I'm not sure why, as I like the genre and …
Curse of The Narrows: The Halifax Disaster of 1917
I'm always amazed when I run across a major event or disaster that I've never heard about before. That happened last year when I was on a cruise that had a stop in Halifax. It was there that I …
1,000 Mitzvahs: How Small Acts of Kindness Can Heal, Inspire, and Change Your Life by Linda Cohen
One of my goals/resolutions for 2012 is to incorporate intentional acts of kindness as a regular part of my daily life. About the same time I committed to that, I ran across this title that became available …
reviewed Micro: A Novel. January 02, 2012
Micro: A Novel
It's been a while since I've picked up a novel by Michael Crichton. When our library put Micro by Crichton and Richard Preston into circulation, I grabbed a copy in order to try and catch up a …
The Wettest County in the World: A Novel Based on
The stereotype of the hillbilly making moonshine is one that runs deep in American culture. But with all stereotypes, you need to separate fiction from fact to truly understand reality. Matt Bondurant …
When Cancer Hits: Your Complete Guide To Taking Care of YOU Through Treatment
I was approached by the publicist for When Cancer Hits: Your Complete Guide To Taking Care of YOU Through Treatment by Britta Aragon recently. While I haven't been a direct caregiver for anyone undergoing …
reviewed The End of the Computer. December 26, 2011
The End of the Computer
This was a unique ride, to say the least... The End of the Computer by Andre Mikhailovich Solonitsyn. Normally, anything deemed "green" lowers my interest and expectations a couple notches right …
How's That Underling Thing Working Out for You? (Dilbert)
There's really not a whole lot you can say about a Dilbert compilation. The latest installment, How's That Underling Thing Working Out for You? by Scott Adams covers the comic strips from May …
For some reason, going back in time in aviation history fascinates me. It used to be that air travel was an adventure, one where you were expected to dress and behave with class.  Planes came with …
Throwaway Players by Gay Culverhouse
   If you watch sports (the National Football League in particular), you know there's been a greater focus of late on concussions and how players should be treated if a concussion is suspected.  …
Get Off Your
Another one of the personal improvement books I just finished was one I got at the library... Get Off Your "But": How to End Self-Sabotage and Stand Up for Yourself by Sean Stephenson. I had …
I was contacted by Oli Hille, asking if I'd be interested in reading and reviewing his ebook Creating the Perfect Lifestyle. I'm always open to learning and exploring ways to improve the life …
Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab
With shows such as CSI and novels by Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs, it's hard to remember that forensic analysis of dead bodies used to be non-existent. No one was able to look at a decomposed …
18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done by Peter Bregman
   All too often, we seem to live our days on auto-pilot.  The hours, days, and months fly by, and we look back and wonder what we accomplished.  Worse, we might be living our days …
reviewed Executive: A Novel. November 24, 2011
Executive: A Novel
You own a high-tech company and you want to retire. Nearly all your work is for the Defense Department, and the company is worth a fortune. But every time a selling window opens up, it seems like a news …
reviewed We Are All Weird. November 20, 2011
We Are All Weird
I recently had the chance to read Seth Godin's latest work We Are All Weird, a small book on his view that mass marketing and mass production is dead. The replacement is "markets of one", …
The Power of foursquare: 7 Innovative Ways to Get
Most of the books and information I've read about the phenomenon that is foursquare centers on how and why people should use it. What I haven't seen much on is how and why a business should use …
reviewed Heat Wave (Nikki Heat). November 14, 2011
Heat Wave (Nikki Heat)
After reading Naked Heat, the novel tie-in for the TV series Castle, I found that whoever writes them does a pretty good job. To pick up the thread from the start, I got a copy of Heat Wave from the library. …
New York to Dallas (In Death)
Happy days once again! Nora Roberts delivers another J. D. Robb novel in the In Death series. New York to Dallas may be a slight deviation from the normal titles that contain the phrase "In Death", …
Those wacky lodge brothers!      Fraternal lodges are no longer a prevalent part of American society, but around the turn of the century they used to be a normal fixture in communities. …
reviewed NAKED HEAT. October 30, 2011
NAKED HEAT
   Yeah, I'm a fan of the TV show Castle.  I love the characters and the story lines, and I think the actors have a great rapport with each other.  Having said that, I'm still …
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Plain & Simple: Learn
This would be the book I'd love to see in the hands of all our employees at work... Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Plain & Simple: Learn the simplest ways to get things done with Microsoft SharePoint …
Normally, a new Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child has me counting the days before it comes in at the library. That was the case with his latest novel, The Affair, but unfortunately this one didn't click …
reviewed The Undertaker. October 23, 2011
The Undertaker
This one was a lot of fun to read... The Undertaker by William Brown. I hated when I had to recharge my iPad before going further. Brown wrote a fast-paced thriller that pits a ordinary systems engineer …
reviewed I Am Maru. October 13, 2011
I Am Maru
As a cat lover (and a heavy Internet user), I think I've watched every Maru YouTube video out there. I love his "catitude", and rarely do I fail to laugh or smile when watching his fascination …
The Unseen Chronicles of Amelia Black
There's a reason I stray outside of my normal reading genres on occasion. By doing so, I find gems like The Unseen Chronicles of Amelia Black by A. G. R. Moore. This book was brought to my attention …
reviewed The Detachment (John Rain). October 09, 2011
The Detachment (John Rain)
Whenever a new Barry Eisler novel comes out, I'm chomping at the bit to get my hands on it as soon as possible at the library a block away from where I live. His latest novel, The Detachment, changed …
reviewed The Buried Sky. October 09, 2011
The Buried Sky
   Book Review - The Buried Sky by Keith Hartman       I normally don't do young adult novels, but on occasion I'll take up the offer from an author if the topic …
What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
I first ran across What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell while killing time in a bookstore. The one chapter I read there convinced me I needed to read the whole book. Gladwell does …
reviewed Metasploit. September 19, 2011
Metasploit
   It's nice when a book not only delivers on its stated objective, but it also opens my eyes to a better understanding of a related subject.  Metasploit: The Penetration Tester's …
reviewed Lake Charles. September 18, 2011
Lake Charles
Every time I read an Ed Lynskey novel, I end up using the word "gritty" in my review. Lake Charles is no exception to that trend. The back cover describes this as "Tennessee noir", …
reviewed Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin.... September 17, 2011
Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error
   I recently caught a TEDx talk by Kathryn Schulz on the reasons why we need to get over our fear of being wrong.  That's an interesting mindset, and usually not one that people readily …
Nuclear Power: A Very Short Introduction (Very
With the recent spate of nuclear power plant problems, I thought it might help to go beyond the mass media news and learn a bit more about nuclear power in general. Oxford University Press has a series …
The Technology Salesperson's Handbook: 114 World
I first met Ken Wax a number of years ago when he spoke at Lotusphere, a conference for IBM/Lotus technology professionals. I didn't have anything I needed to see during a particular time slot, so …
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