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reviewed The Grene Berets. October 09, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
The Grene Berets
  "The Green Berets" is a 1968 film based on the book of the same title, written by Robin Moore.      Moore trained with the Green Berets prior to writing his novel …
reviewed Riders on the Purple Sage. September 17, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Riders on the Purple Sage
The movie begins with a young man being beaten because he befriends Jane Withersteen, an heiress with valuable land and animals.      As members of a sect are about to whip the man, …
reviewed Tragic Ground. September 04, 2012
Tragic Ground
Dusting off the top of  "Tragic Ground" I found a novel that was interesting to re-read.      "Tragic Ground" is an example of the naturalistic style of American …
reviewed Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. August 29, 2012
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
In 1866, there are a number of sightings of an unexplained object in the ocean. Some of these sightings are far apart from one another. When no other explanation is given, some think that this …
reviewed The Brothers Karamazov (book). August 27, 2012
The Brothers Karamazov
   Early on in this wandering Russian sprawl of a novel, a family acquaintance and later antagonist boils down the "Karamazov problem" to "sensualists, money-grubbers, and saintly …
reviewed Mille Bornes Collectors Edition. April 05, 2012
Mille Bornes Collectors Edition
While walking through a toy store which I can't remember it's name, I saw this card game named Mille Bornes. I took out the instructions, read them and was immediately blown away. Since I had …
reviewed Duck Soup. February 05, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Duck Soup
**** out of ****    If the Marx Brothers can't make you laugh, then I don't know who - or what - can. Since the beginning of time, comedy cinema has been dominated by the purely physical …
reviewed She. December 02, 2011
I have been under the weather the past week nursing a really bad cold.   I have spent a lot of time under the comforter watching old movies on Netflix.   I have been watching some …
reviewed Samurai Rebellion. August 18, 2011
Criterion collection
Don't come to Samurai Rebellion expecting a strutting, slashing, melodramatic sword flick. Joichi is a movie that deals with major issues -- love, honor, duty, injustice and, above all, self-respect …
reviewed So Big. August 02, 2011
So Big
"So Big" won the Pulitzer Prize in 1924 and is considered by many to be Edna Ferber's best novel.      The story follows Selina Peake DeJong whose father was a gambler …
reviewed Samurai Rebellion. May 24, 2011
posted in ASIANatomy
Criterion collection
First off I'm not a big black and white movie fan nor am I a big fan of some modern Japanese films but damn were these old school Japanese movies amazingly brilliant. I think Toshiro Mifune is becoming …
reviewed Lay's Classic Potato Chips. May 11, 2011
Lay's Potato Chips, Classic, 11.5 oz
Whenever we want to watch a movie at home, we are always looking for a snack to have during the show. Lays makes this classic chip with just the right amount of seasoning and this is one  of my favorite …
posted a Quick Tip about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. April 12, 2011
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
One of Mark Twain's greatest books and an extremely enjoyable read. It is a very humorous and great adventure story.
posted a Quick Tip about To Kill a Mockingbird (book). April 12, 2011
To Kill a Mockingbird
While a bit on the plodding side, an important and inspiring read about one man's fight against racism.
reviewed Pride and Prejudice (book). March 26, 2011
Barnes and Noble books
The marriage, property and inheritance laws of the late 18th and early 19th century, by today's standards, can be considered cruelly misogynistic.      The Bennett family estate …
reviewed To Kill a Mockingbird (book). March 09, 2011
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee's masterpiece To Kill a Mockingbird revolves around the childhood of Scout and Jem Finch. Scout recalls the most important events of her life in those years: the quiet dignity of her father …
reviewed The Gods Themselves. February 26, 2011
posted in SF Signal
The Gods Themselves
The soft ones are one of the coolest alien species I have read of in over 30 years of science fiction reading. They are truly alien, and the nature of the existence and civilation is a well written mystery. …
posted a Quick Tip about The Gods Themselves. February 24, 2011
posted in SF Signal
The Gods Themselves
Perhaps one of Asimov's best; his aliens living in a different dimensional world than our own are truly novel. Been quite a while since I re-read this one.
reviewed The Gods Themselves. February 22, 2011
The Gods Themselves
It's rough to take the position that an award winning novel by one of the most respected science fiction authors is tough to read because of its slow pace, but that is how I would describe The Gods Themselves. …
posted a Quick Tip about The Gods Themselves. February 20, 2011
The Gods Themselves
Asimov has expertly blended visionary and imaginative yet credible hard science with a softer side of science fiction that includes an exciting story line, both human and alien characters that are so …
reviewed The Gods Themselves. February 20, 2011
The Gods Themselves
To elevate a work of science fiction from mere novel to literary masterwork is an achievement to which few authors can lay claim. Asimov is one of those authors and "The Gods Themselves" is …
posted a Quick Tip about The Dead Secret (Oxford World's Class.... February 13, 2011
The Dead Secret (Oxford World's Classics)
"The Dead Secret", the last of the so-called apprentice novels that Collins wrote before he vaulted to fame as an acknowledged master of English literature with the publication of "The Woman in White" …
The Dead Secret (Oxford World's Classics)
Mrs Treverton, who is not expected to live through the night, summons her lady's maid, Sarah Leeson, to her side. Their hushed conversation reveals that, many years ago, Sarah and Mrs Treverton conspired …
posted a Quick Tip about Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilo.... January 12, 2011
Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy, Book One)
I didn't get hooked on this series till I read the last one, but now I love them all.
posted a Quick Tip about To Kill a Mockingbird (book). December 29, 2010
To Kill a Mockingbird
Written a scant three years before Martin Luther King awed the world with his magnificent "I have a dream" speech, Harper Lee also stunned the world with this poignant story centered on the unconscionable …
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