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reviewed A Dying Light in Corduba (Marcus Didi.... February 11, 1998
A Dying Light in Corduba (Marcus Didius Falco
The eight book of the series about Marcus Didius Falco sends the Roman informer to Spain, where some major olive oil producers are suspected of plotting a cartel to raise the praise of their highly valued …
reviewed The Oxford Companion to British History. February 10, 1998
The Oxford Companion to British History
This massive 1,000+ page guide to all things British is a solemn, sometimes irreverent dissection of the United Kingdom. More than just a reference work describing the doings of politicians and generals. …
reviewed Raising Hell: Straight Talk With Inve.... February 10, 1998
Raising Hell: Straight Talk With Investigative
"Raising Hell" is a collection of interviews with notable investigative reporters. The length of these talks give these journalists plenty of space to describe how they go about their work, which can …
reviewed The Southern Textile Basketball Tourn.... February 10, 1998
The Southern Textile Basketball Tournament : A
"The Southern League Textile Tournament" is an amazing piece of research into this South Carolina basketball tournament that has been held annually since 1921. After the 98-page summary of the tournament's …
reviewed Just Play Dead. February 10, 1998
Just Play Dead
Sun and sand seems incompatible with the nightmare vision of noir, but as Dan Gordon shows in "Just Play Dead" that passion, lust and hate retains their full power, even in Hawaii.Running a fast 227 pages, …
reviewed Oxford Family Encyclopedia: The Ultim.... February 10, 1998
Oxford Family Encyclopedia: The Ultimate
At 768 pages and crammed with colorful maps and illustrations, the Ã’Family EncyclopediaÓ offers snippets of information in more than 13,000 entires in a format that is ideal for a home office. Call it …
reviewed From Potter's Field. January 24, 1998
From Potter's Field
This is only my second Cornwell novel, and I have already been won over. From Potter's Field was even better than Body Farm, and it was nice to get to know the characters even better this time around. …
reviewed A Lesson Before Dying. January 15, 1998
A Lesson Before Dying (Oprah's Book Club)
As a voracious reader, I find that many books disappear from my memory pretty quickly. This book really touched me--it made me think...care...feel ...cry. I have passed it on to 5 of my coworkers so far, …
reviewed The Alienist. January 15, 1998
The Alienist
It's been about a year since I read The Alienist, but I couldn't help but add my review. This book gripped me and pulled me right in--it's as if I was sitting in front of the chalkboard and helping unearth …
reviewed A Calendar of Literary Facts: A Daily.... November 19, 1997
A Calendar of Literary Facts: A Daily and Yearly
This reference work gives a massive collection of facts, author birth and death dates (including writers from around the world, not just U.S./British), publication dates for major works, and lists upon …
reviewed The Resurrected Holmes: New Cases fro.... September 08, 1997
The Resurrected Holmes: New Cases from the Notes
Fans of the Sherlock Holmes stories know that his biographer and friend, Dr. John H. Watson, had placed a battered tin box full of notes about the great detective's cases in the bank vault of Cox and …
reviewed The Annotated H.P. Lovecraft. September 08, 1997
The Annotated H.P. Lovecraft
This trade paperback attempts to kindle renewed interest in H.P. Lovecraft's work by treating it with the scholarly attention paid by academics to more literary writers. S.T. Joshi makes the case that …
reviewed Roadkill (Kinky Friedman book). September 08, 1997
ROADKILL (Kinky Friedman Novels)
Read the Kirkus Review for the story summary, so I'll cut to the chase here. Kinky tells a lot of road stories about Willie Nelson, Tom T. Hall ("loved all his songs and both his melodies") and offers …
reviewed Lord of Darkness. September 08, 1997
Lord of Darkness
Written in a fashion which recalls Clavell's Shogun, this is a tale of an English sailor's adventure in deepest Africa during the early years of European colonization. Lost on the shores of Portuguese …
reviewed The Deerslayer (Bantam Classics). September 08, 1997
The Deerslayer (Bantam Classics)
Seeking to reprise his earlier success with The Last of the Mohicans, James Fenimore Cooper went on to write several other tales built around his heroic character Natty Bumppo (called "Hawkeye" in Mohicans …
reviewed The Edith Wharton Murders: A Nick Hof.... August 30, 1997
The Edith Wharton Murders: A Nick Hoffman Mystery
Professor Nick Hoffman is a very small fish swimming with the tenured and powerful sharks at the State University of Michigan, so his future in academia hangs in the balance when he is asked to pull together …
reviewed The Broken Sword (Adult fantasy). August 30, 1997
The Broken Sword (Adult fantasy)
Not the best of the saga-like fantasies, this one's nevertheless quite unique in its odd melding of fantasy & the scientific justification presented to make the tale seem real. The elves, a cold and clever …
reviewed Greenlanders. August 08, 1997
Greenlanders
Interesting how perceptions and ratings vary re: the same material. Contrary to some, I found this book to be a fine historical piece. Written in saga form (to evoke the people & times it is intended …
The Evolution Of Desire: Strategies Of Human
For the individualist, it's not easy to think of human behavior as largely a mass of strategies selected by evolution. Yet the evidence from several directions is impressive, if not entirely convincing …
reviewed The King Must Die: A Novel. July 06, 1997
The King Must Die: A Novel
When I went back to re-read this book after several years, so I could do this review, I couldn't understand why I didn't remember much about it. After finishing it for the second time, I now see why: …
Taiko: An Epic Novel of War and Glory in Feudal
This is the story of a Japanese commoner who rose from the ranks of peasant to foot soldier to chief general of the realm and, ultimately, to become the successor of his overlord after that man's assasination. …
reviewed Pathfinder. June 16, 1997
Pathfinder
For lovers of adventure, pioneer tales, westerns and Cooper's own "leatherstocking" stories, this one's not bad. Not up to the pacing, depth or vision demonstrated by Cooper in "The Last of the Mohicans", …
reviewed Firelord. June 08, 1997
A quick & satisfying portrayal of Arthur the Romanized Celt who halted, for a brief time, the inexorable Saxon advance which ultimately gave us England & Wales. Not overly steeped in the fantastic and …
reviewed The Dragon of Ishtar Gate. May 18, 1997
The Dragon of Ishtar Gate
When Xerxes, the Persian King of Kings, fearing the onset of decrepitude and old age, turns to his personal alchemist and sorcerer Ostanas, for a magical solution, the game (as Holmes used to say) is …
reviewed Hercules, My Shipmate. May 11, 1997
Hercules, My Shipmate
If you like Greek myth, adventure and the classics, you're not likely to dislike this one. Graves, a renowned poet and classicist (and rather eccentric iconoclast) here retells the myth of Jason and the …
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