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reviewed Wrecked. Saturday
Wrecked
The series that began with the award winning, The Territory, and continued in Scratchgravel Road, continues in the recently released Wrecked. While this novel could be read as a standalone, because of the numerous references to the two prior books scattered throughout this novel, readers who have read the earlier works will appreciate this one more. Some of those references are clear spoilers for …
Stuffed: The Ultimate Comfort Food Book-- Taking Your Favorite Foods And Stuffing Them To Make New, Different And Delicious Meals
Have you ever thought about combining two different foods into one super food? Like putting a cheeseburger inside a ravioli? “Cheeseburger Ravioli Burger” looks really good and the recipe is here on pages 84-85. Or, maybe you have a craving for something like “Lobster Stuffed Fried Mac and Cheese Balls” (pages 94-95) or a “Mac and Cheese Stuffed Burger” (pages …
Overcoming Obstacles In Cooking by Matthew W. Miller
I have cerebral palsy like the author in this book.  I have problems with fine motor skills like cutting and peeling.  I would have a hard time cooking anything that involves heat too. With assistance from someone, I can try to make some of the recipes that Matthew Miller includes in this book.  I believe that any new experience is an obstacle at first.  I also believe that each …
reviewed Auditory Viewpoint. Last Thursday
Auditory Viewpoint
This review is based on a reviewer copy received from the publishing agent but reflects my own opinion.      Gloria Rank is a radio talk show host. On the day she has an information security expert on her show talking about combating identity thieves, her sister Anna becomes a victim herself. Armed with "knowledge" from her radio guest, Gloria suggests that Anna's …
reviewed A Pair of Blue Eyes. April 16
A Pair of Blue Eyes
The third book published in his slowly accelerating career brings Hardy to. the style and moral principles that will finally bring him fame and acclaim as a writer.  Desperate Remedies was a derivative genre novel, Under the Greenwood Tree was a picturesque but slight prose painting.  In A Pair of Blue Eyes Hardy starts to speak in his own voice and establish his fictional Wessex as his …
reviewed The Farm. April 14
This book is based on a reviewer copy received directly from the author but reflects my own views. This book came in a package with the author's next two books with the disclaimer that they are three separate stories but are best read in order to keep continuity. The author did tell me some things about the next two books which already gave me "spoilers" for this one but I did not let …
reviewed The Contractors. April 13
The Contractors
Anyone who has read the Lee Henry Oswald series by Harry Hunsicker knows that the author does not write the Dallas Chamber of Commerce ad copy type of books. The Dallas streets in his books are not of glitter and not necessarily always mean. Instead, these streets are broken dreams, cracked asphalt and the five dollar whore on the corner who might be turning tricks to feed the child she will soon …
reviewed How to Fight Presidents. April 10
How to Fight Presidents
Did you know that a number of former American Presidents would fit in quite well in a Bruce Willis or Arnold Schwarzenegger action film? Imagine that they now want to beat you to a pulp. What do you do?      Thomas Jefferson designed his own tombstone (among many other things). He intentionally left out any mention of his time as President, because he didn't think it was that …
reviewed A Reader's Book Of Days. April 10
A Reader's Book Of Days
“November in the anti-April: gray and dreary, the beginning of the end of things rather than rebirth. It’s the month you hunker down- that is if you don't give up entirely.” (Page 343)   The above comes from the introduction to the month that also happens to be the month of my birth. I looked this up following the pattern of many readers according to the author, Tom Nissley …
The Obstacle Is The Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Adversity Into Advantage by Ryan Holiday
This book will help me approach the obstacles and present situation with more clarity and confidence. I recently applied for a job that I did not get. I originally perceived this as a negative experience, which it is. I will try to apply the three phases of overcoming obstacles that Ryan Holiday writes about this book. The three steps are to change my perception of my situation, take the proper course …
Lion Plays Rough: A Leo Maxwell Mystery
Teddy Maxwell had been the best criminal defense lawyer in town though he certainly wasn’t the most ethical. A gunshot to the head took him down and pretty much stopped his legal career. These days while he does show up at the office, he has a hard time with memory issues and various cognitive problems. It’s been two and a half years since that day and Leo Maxwell still hopes that someday …
The Kibbutz Alternative For Workers by Dr.Joseph S Maresca
The modern kibbutz incorporates the cooperative efforts of multiple generations.The founders were motivated by core values.They created a society with a unique community.Their progeny were born into the kibbutz way of life.They worked hard to consolidate its economic, societal, and organizational dynamics.The present generation is applying its knowledge to meet the challenges of the 21st century …
reviewed V Wars. April 08
V Wars
I’ve read a book by Jonathan Maberry.  I don’t remember being all that thrilled with it, but I certainly enjoyed it enough to stick the name in my brain with a tickler in case I came across anything else he’d penned whilst browsing my local bookstore.  As I’m usually fascinated with monster stories, I came across the anthology of his – V-WARS – with some …
reviewed Captain America: The Winter Soldier. April 07
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
I'll be honest with you, I wasn't all that excited for this movie when I saw the first trailer. The first Captain America was a dud, my vote for the worst Marvel movie leading up to The Avengers. In the second wave we've been treated to a God awful Iron Man 3, one of my picks for worst movies of 2013, and a Thor that, while pretty cool, didn't wow me in the same way as some of Marvel's …
Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1
If you search any book buying site you will find editions of Mark Twain s autobiography.   You will also learn that Mark Twain's will called for his autobiography to be sealed for 100 years after his death because of named names and his blunt assessments of fools, knaves, relatives, friends, and politicians.  And you should never believe everything you read on the internet.   …
Sergeant Stubby is the true story about the relationship[ between a soldier and his bull terrier in France.  during World War One.  Stubby captured a German prisoner. For this courageous action, he earned the prestigious German Iron Cross.  Using his keen sense of smell, Stubby also warned soldiers of gas attacks.  This enabled soldiers to escape in time.  Stubby and his …
reviewed Hollow City. March 31
Fuelled by an interest in its notability for being a novel developed by examining a series of old photographs, Ransom Riggs' MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN became a literary sensation during the summer of 2011. The photographs were amazing and Riggs did a remarkable job of bringing those pictures together and telling an entertaining and exciting story connected by those photos. …
reviewed I Am That Fool a book. March 31
I Am That Fool a book
This review is based on an advanced reader copy received from the author but still reflects my own opinion. This book shows how the legal system can be skewed toward the prosecution's way and hints that those without money for representation will fall victim to the system.  Ryan Browne is a top defense attorney who has just gotten a not guilty plea for his client.  The prosecuter is …
reviewed The Skin map. March 31
Lawhead has made a career writing series of books updating and reinterpreting legends that may have some roots in the early mists of history, most notably Robin Hood and King Arthur.  I have read both of those series and found them entertaining if sometimes written more by a template in his word processor than by his research, imagination and writing skills.     Thinking that …
reviewed A Man from Rio. March 31
A Man from Rio
Those who’ve had the courtesy to follow even a small measure of items I give my most favorable scores to know (and probably appreciate) my love of hard-boiled prose.  As I’ve mentioned before, I grew up on old-time radio serials and the ‘dime novels’ of Mickey Spillane, and I’ve rarely encountered a classic tough-guy movie that I didn’t like, maybe even love.  …
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