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reviewed Time Warner Cable. March 11, 2009
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I've had two separate experiences with Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles, and neither of them have been pleasant. The second, however, has been much more unpleasant, as I have not lived in SoCal for nearly …
reviewed Anonymous (book). March 08, 2009
Everyone has a story; however, just like the characters in the novel "Anonymous," not all stories are worth telling or are even well-constructed.      "Anonymous" begins with an intriguing …
reviewed Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. February 07, 2009
Blue Shield
Disclaimers:   I've just acquired insurance with them and have yet to actually visit a doctor, so I cannot comment on claims processing, finding a doctor, or the countless other aspects of health …
reviewed The Time Traveler's Wife. February 06, 2009
The Time Traveler's Wife
Although it sounds bizarre, this book is truly amazing and is easily one of the best I've ever read.      Niffenegger gives us a whole different perspective on time travel with her …
reviewed Haunted: A Novel. February 06, 2009
Haunted: A Novel
Incredibly grotesque and fantastic, Palahniuk's story really goes deep into his characters to pick out the darkest parts of them and then weaves all that bleakness and blackness into a novel that actually …
reviewed The Kite Runner. February 06, 2009
The Kite Runner
Heartbreaking in both sad and happy ways, there were a lot of parts where it literally made my breath catch in my throat. Stripped of any kind of sappy or overt stylization, it's so real that it feels …
reviewed Snow Crash. February 06, 2009
Snow Crash
The best words I can think of to describe this is a science fiction novel with attitude. Like if a Sex Pistols fan majored in computer engineering and then wrote about LA in the future.      As …
reviewed Ali Rap. February 06, 2009
Ali Rap
This is a fun, quick read that is, more than anything else, a collection of memories created by one of Ali's closest friends. By that I mean it feels very much like a scrapbook put together by a loved …
reviewed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows .... February 06, 2009
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
A fitting conclusion to an amazing series, it had me up at all hours trying to finish and see what happened. As with many final installment books, once you hit the halfway point, it's practically all …
reviewed More Sex Is Safer Sex: The Unconventi.... February 06, 2009
More Sex Is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics
I, like most people, was drawn to this book by it's title alone. After finding out it was supposed to be similar in style to Freakonomics, I thought I would take a look. I was amused at first but then …
reviewed Into the Wild. February 06, 2009
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Having recently completed Jon Krakauer's arguably most famous book, "Into Thin Air," about the Everest disaster, I was very eager to read more from this journalist-cum-book writer. I'm very glad to say …
reviewed USB Soundwave 7.1 Rohs. February 06, 2009
USB Soundwave 7.1 Rohs
I use a laptop for mostly home computing, and I watch a lot of TV and movies on my laptop with a nice set of Klipsch speakers, Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker System (Black). When …
reviewed Dog Mania. February 06, 2009
Dog Mania
Easily the most difficult puzzle I've ever had to put together, Dogmania took me several weeks of working for on average a couple hours a day, but I'm happy to say in the end I was able to finish it. …
reviewed Atonement. February 06, 2009
Atonement: A Novel
Having seen the film first, this book afforded no real surprises in terms of plot. The language was dense and difficult to enter into for quite some time, and I had to force myself to keep reading for …
reviewed A Thousand Splendid Suns. February 06, 2009
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Like "Kite Runner," this novel deals with love and hope in the face of fear, desperation, sadness and loss. Hosseini crafts characters which are genuine and complex behind a facade of simplicity, and …
reviewed Slam. February 06, 2009
What could be worse than accidentally knocking up your teenage girlfriend? How about the fact that you often talk to a poster of famed skater (aka skateboarder) Tony Hawk... and you hear him talking back? …
reviewed West of Jesus: Surfing, Science, and .... February 06, 2009
I didn't know what this was about, but seeing the word "Jesus" in the title above a flying surfboard grabbed me enough to check it out. Turns out, Kotler has put together a pretty interesting project …
reviewed The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. February 06, 2009
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
To put first things first, Stephen Covey's treatise on principle-centered self-improvement is still engaging and worthwhile almost 20 years after it was originally published.      In …
reviewed Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Ru.... February 06, 2009
Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the
Frankly, I'm surprised that a book about how rude people have become is only 200 pages.      After her hilarious book about punctuation, Lynne Truss has assembled all of her crotchety …
reviewed Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey. February 06, 2009
Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey
Combining snake bite-induced erections with car crash-induced time travel and a whole host of other bizarre and almost realistic events, Chuck Palahniuk has created another character in his universe of …
reviewed Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Por.... February 06, 2009
Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon
Okay, so it doesn't start off with a story about some kind of crazy sextravaganza out in middle America like his other nonfiction, "Stranger Than Fiction," but Chuck Palahniuk's "Fugitives and Refugees" …
reviewed Bait and Switch : The. February 06, 2009
Bait and Switch : The
Having mixed feelings about her previous book, "Nickel and Dimed," but also having been engaged enough by it to read it through very quickly, I thought I would try the new Ehrenreich study, "Bait and …
reviewed Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the A.... February 06, 2009
Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing
So many of the inventions mentioned in this book sound like products from the Sharper Image or the SkyMall catalogs, and that's good and bad. It's good because almost everything I see in those catalogs …
reviewed What Is the What. February 06, 2009
What Is the What
Beginning with a naively trusting man being robbed and beaten by criminals who were invited in after pleading to use the phone, "What Is The What" grabs you from the get-go, both by the plot and by the …
reviewed The Island Of Dr. Moreau. February 06, 2009
The Island Of Dr. Moreau
After reading The War of the Worlds a couple years back, I was very turned off to H.G. Wells. I mean, what an awful ending to that story. I remember feeling like all of the events and various moving parts …
reviewed The World Is Flat 3.0: A Brief Histor.... February 06, 2009
World is Flat Thomas Friedman
This book was paradigm-shifting and worldview-changing. And I considered myself generally "with it" as far as technology and globalization is concerned.      Friedman is fantastic …
reviewed The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Mo.... February 06, 2009
The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
Having heard about the good word of the Flying Spaghetti Monster from www.venganza.org, in my mind I had little choice but to learn more. In fact, you could say I was "called." At any rate, this book …
reviewed Boomsday. February 06, 2009
Will the financial security of the US government depend on a large chunk of its citizenry killing themselves?      My only experience with Buckley before this was seeing the film "Thank …
reviewed Blink: The Power of Thinking Without .... February 06, 2009
A fascinating study of how the mind works and the effects our gut reactions can have on our decisions, "Blink" hammered Gladwell's point into me in an engaging and entertaining read. The writing is easy …
reviewed Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curi.... February 06, 2009
The most entertaining interviews I've read, Klosterman's short pieces on everyone from Britney Spears to Val Kilmer to Steve Nash work on so many levels. Some of them make me actually wonder if I haven't …
reviewed Thirteen Reasons Why. February 06, 2009
Thirteen Reasons Why
I saw Jay Asher speak at UCLA's Festival of Books a few months back, and when he read part of the book it sounded so intriguing that I immediately put it on my list. Now that I've finally got around to …
reviewed Fight Club (book). February 06, 2009
Fight Club: A Novel
I saw the movie "Fight Club" a couple years before I heard who Chuck Palahniuk was, and the film was a fantastic guy movie, and a pretty phenomenal flick all around. After I learned who Palahniuk was …
reviewed Island of the Sequined Love Nun. February 06, 2009
Island of the Sequined Love Nun
A sex- and alcohol-soaked pilot gets crashes a plane, gets a job on a remote island working for a secretive and bizarre group, and makes friends with a cannibal, a tranny hooker and a talking fruit bat …
reviewed The Year of Magical Thinking. February 06, 2009
Year of Magical Thinking
This whole book describes events and stories throughout the lives of Joan Didion and her family, and it serves as a way for her to express her grief and try to come to terms with the death of her husband …
reviewed Welcome to the Monkey House. February 06, 2009
Welcome to the Monkey House
Vonnegut's vision of the future in the story "Harrison Bergeron" has haunted me since I first read it in 5th grade. So it's surprising to me that I hadn't read anything else by him until this year. Luckily, …
reviewed In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash. February 06, 2009
In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash
"You'll shoot your eye out!" That single sentence evokes so many emotions, all stemming from the 1984 film "A Christmas Story." It captured the trials and tribulations, wonders and amusements of childhood …
reviewed Twilight (book). February 06, 2009
Honestly, one can only read through so many descriptions of one person's "intense, scorching eyes" before it becomes ridiculous and invokes laughter. And that's one of just a few problems with Stephenie …
reviewed Moon Palace. February 06, 2009
Moon Palace
The ultra-long, very wordy paragraphs made it difficult to get into at first, but after toughing it out through the first 50 or so pages, they take on a rhythmic quality and I started to appreciate the …
reviewed A Lesson Before Dying. February 06, 2009
A Lesson Before Dying (Oprah's Book Club)
There's a quote from a review by the Independent on the cover of my copy of "A Lesson Before Dying," and it says "Like the best country songs, straight and true." Since I saw and read that quote every …
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