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reviewed Death in Salem: The Private Lives beh.... November 10, 2013
Death in Salem: The Private Lives behind the 1692 Witch Hunt
If one has never read anything before on the Salem witch trials, Death in Salem would be a good book to start off with, because it is not an academic book, per se, with a plethora of narrowly focused …
reviewed St. Maria Goretti: In Garments All Red. November 10, 2013
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Fr. Poage's short biography on the life and times of St. Maria Goretti is a remarkably in-depth work, maybe even more so, because the book does not even comprise 100 pages. It is written in a clear …
reviewed Room: A Novel. October 16, 2013
Room: A Novel
  I finished reading Emma Donoghue's Room a few days ago and I've been puzzling about it ever since.       The novel, which according to Donoghue's website …
reviewed The Great Hunt: Book Two of the Wheel.... October 12, 2013
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First of all, forgive me if I spell the names of characters or places wrong for this review. If you notice that I’ve done this, please just leave a comment pointing it out so I can correct it instead …
reviewed King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon (P.... October 08, 2013
Like so many red-blooded fans of Conan, I originally came to know the tales of the Cimmerian in my youth – I was introduced to the tales written by Robert E. Howard in early high school when, of …
reviewed March: A Novel. September 30, 2013
March
    Ask me what book influenced my life the most, and I'll answer unhesitatingly: Lousia May Alcott's Little Women.  I got it for Christmas when I was in Grade Two, and began reading …
reviewed American Notes: A Journey. September 23, 2013
American Notes: A Journey
In the introduction he wrote but wasn't included in the original edition of the journal of his first American visit, Dickens admits to being disappointed by the country and people he saw there.  …
posted a Quick Tip about Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search f.... September 19, 2013
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romantic, sweet, meaningful, let's know what is love, emotion and how to be with the one to make happier life
reviewed Francis Parkman : The Oregon Trail / .... September 13, 2013
Francis Parkman : The Oregon Trail / The Conspiracy of Pontiac (The Library of America)
For a book about roads I'm working on, I picked up American historian Francis Parkman's The Oregon Trail this week.  Myexperience this summer in what was the Oregon Territory started me …
reviewed Panic a Leopold Blake Thriller. September 03, 2013
Panic a Leopold Blake Thriller
This review is based on a reviewer copy received from the author but is my own honest opinion.      This book was very difficult to review as the writing is very "unpolished" …
reviewed The Demon Left Behind. August 31, 2013
The Demon Left Behind
Melusine is a female demon. No, she doesn't have horns and carry a pitchfork. She is an otherworldly being who lives on a different plane of existence. As leader of a group of demons who have come …
reviewed How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fa.... August 29, 2013
How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times by Roy Peter Clark
To communicate with power and a few words is a valuable skill. Journalist and writing instructor Roy Peter Clark has served the writing community with HOW TO WRITE SHORT. I enjoyed this book and believe …
reviewed Black Mountain a book. August 27, 2013
Black Mountain a book
Alex Hunter (aka the Aracadian) the scientifically enhaced HAWC was presumed dead and is still under the custody of the Mossad in Israel.  He has recovered from the virus (see the prior book This …
reviewed Unleashed a book. August 06, 2013
Unleashed a book
I have read every Rosenfelt Andy Carpenter tale and the author never seems to run out of fresh ideas and intrigue to keep wisecracking Andy busy.  This book is no exception.  Andy is getting …
reviewed The Voyage of the Beagle: Charles Dar.... August 05, 2013
The Voyage of the Beagle: Charles Darwin's Journal
We're going to take  a little vacation, and along with getting house-sitters lined up, I've been thinking about what to take to read.  Don't know yet, but I keep coming back to the …
reviewed Outliers: The Story of Success. August 03, 2013
Outliers: The Story of Success
Malcolm Gladwell will have a new book out this fall, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.     Here's the bumph from his publisher Little, Brown. "Malcolm …
reviewed This Green Hell a book. July 31, 2013
This Green Hell a book
This is the third installment I have read in the Alex Hunter (Arcadian) series and it is by far the weakest of the three!  Hunter is a special forces soldier (HAWC) who took a bullet to the head …
The Karate Dojo: Traditions and Tales of a Martial
The Karate Dojo is an important primer on the protocols of Goju Karate whose founder is Shogun Miyagi. The idea behind the discipline is to live a virtuous life by developing a sound body perfected  …
reviewed The Dollmaker. July 22, 2013
The Dollmaker
    It took me a couple of days after the announcement of Detroit's very close brush with complete bankruptcy to remember Harriette Arnow's novel about life in Motor City during the …
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The way Skloot blends all three of these elements in this account are what makes this an immensely readable account.  The bare facts of the science, while interesting, are not news, but Skloot does …
reviewed The Sound of Things Falling a Novel. July 16, 2013
The Sound of Things Falling a Novel
Antonio Yammara, a law professor meets Ricardo Laverde, who he plays pool with. The time is 1996 and the place is Bogota, Colombia. Yammara knows very little about Laverde except that he may have spent …
reviewed Stillwell a Haunting on Long Island. July 09, 2013
Stillwell a Haunting on Long Island
My review is based on a reviewer copy received from the author.  This was a fairly quick and pleasant read.  But unlike a truly scary tale like Richard Matheson's Hellhouse or King's …
reviewed A Tap On The Window a Book. June 29, 2013
A Tap On The Window a Book
Cal Weaver is a private investigator whose son Scott had died falling off a roof.  Thinking that is was due to drugs, Weaver was doing his own investigation trying to find who gave Scott the drugs.  …
reviewed World War Z (2013 film). June 24, 2013
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World War Z (2013 film)
The summer of 2013 has not been a good one for movies. Again and again I’ve been treated to mediocre blockbusters from the dreadful Iron Man 3, to the disappointing Star Trek: Into Darkness, and …
reviewed World War Z (2013 film). June 22, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
World War Z (2013 film)
The zombie virus have already attacked the world in an unstoppable force with one wave after the other. Well, not in the manner that one may think. The zombie plague have attacked the annals of pop culture; …
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