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December 9, 2012

When Pigs FlyWhen Pigs Fly by Bob Sanchez

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Elmore Leonard meets Carl Hiaasen in this laugh-out-loud funny novel filled with noble cops, quirky lowlifes, and a wandering pig with a passion for brussel sprouts.


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Published on December 09, 2012 01:40 • 26 views

December 5, 2012

Who I AmWho I Am by Pete Townshend

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Ol’ Pete can really write, but I quickly tired of his spoiled rock star behavior – how many boats and recording studios can one man buy/build?


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Published on December 05, 2012 18:58 • 14 views

November 5, 2012

The Second World WarThe Second World War by Antony Beevor

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Impressive single volume history of the Second World War, filled with interesting throw-away facts and peculiarities from the era.


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Published on November 05, 2012 18:48 • 12 views

October 24, 2012

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Published on October 24, 2012 18:48 • 13 views
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Published on October 24, 2012 16:41 • 17 views

August 21, 2012

Rum PunchRum Punch by Elmore Leonard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Books like this are why I love Elmore Leonard. And no, I haven’t seen Jackie Brown.


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Published on August 21, 2012 13:23 • 12 views

August 17, 2012

Everyone's Reading BastardEveryone’s Reading Bastard by Nick Hornby

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Starts with a witty Hornsbyesque situation, develops a bit, and then veers wildly — and unfinishedly — in another direction at the finish. File under “literary”, I suppose.


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Published on August 17, 2012 13:30 • 9 views

August 15, 2012

ExistenceExistence by David Brin

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


This book is a complete and utter mess. Add Brin to the list of authors who bloat their works because Editors are afraid to tell them the manuscript still needs work (and this one needs a lot). Given two stars because Brin’s ideas are still good… but who told him to start using exclamation points?


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Published on August 15, 2012 10:22 • 13 views

August 6, 2012

Grumpy Old Rockstar and Other Wonderous StoriesGrumpy Old Rockstar and Other Wonderous Stories by Rick Wakeman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Keyboard player Rick Wakeman seems to have a target painted on his back, which makes for some great stories. Lucky for us he also happens to be a great storyteller.


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Published on August 06, 2012 10:09 • 13 views

June 27, 2012

Peckinpah: A Portrait in MontagePeckinpah: A Portrait in Montage by Garner Simmons

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


As interesting as Peckinpah was, this is a disappointment – more an inventory of his work than a look at the man’s personality and creative process.


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Published on June 27, 2012 06:19 • 19 views