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The Master of Verona (Star-Cross'd #1)
Enjoyed it immensely. After a lifetime of reading about Norman-English knights starting with Ivanhoe/ Walter Scott/ Pyle's Illustrated Arthurian stuff ...more
Apr 02, 2008
Mar 29, 2008
The 47th Samurai (Bob Lee Swagger, #4)
Stephan Hunter has been my movie reviewer of choice for more than 30 years. First, when I lived in Baltimore and read him in the Sun, then when he fol ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 01, 2008
World Without End (The Pillars of the Earth, #2)
Finished... and it's more than a good yarn. It also tells you how to shear the sheep, weigh a sack of wool, dye the fleece, fleece the serfs, flog a w ...more
Feb 09, 2008
Jan 06, 2008
Standard of Honor (Templar Trilogy, #2)
Spends a lot of time pondering RCs vs Orthodix, Sh'ia vs Sunni ... but adds sufficient action (Crusaders vs Saracens, Richard the Lionheart's sexual p ...more
May 2008
May 27, 2008
Sam Feinstein
OK, this was a book about the work of my father's cousin, known in the family as Sam the Artist. As far as I know, I never met him. He moved away from ...more
Jul 04, 2008
Dec 02, 2008
Sovereign (Matthew Shardlake, #3)
Detective fiction Henry 8th style. So you find out what Inns of the Court and approaching the bar really mean.
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Aug 01, 2008
Generation Blend: Managing across the Technology Age Gap
Rob's been ghost writing for Bill for years. Finally gets to put his own name out there. Interesting to read it when it's finally published.

From Rob:
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Jan 12, 2008
Let's Get Well
She and Euel Gibbons were big proponents of heating healthy, nat'ul foods. Davis is best known as the author of a series of educational books publishe ...more
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Feb 02, 2008
The Book of Lies
OK, all you comics fans... Brad Meltzer is one of you. This book "investigates" the murder of Jerry Siegel's father... and how it links to the creatio ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 02, 2008
Firewall (Wallander #8)
OK, Steve... since you were hooked on Mankell, I gave it a try. At first I was put off by his Hemingwayesque, short declarative sentences. But I perse ...more
Feb 29, 2008
Mar 02, 2008
Scavenger (Frank Balenger, #2)
Scavenger hunt overlaid with virtual gaming, paranoia, death and danger, high tech stuff and some actual time capsules. Good airplane read... i.e. min ...more
Jun 16, 2008
Jun 17, 2008
People of the Book
Off to a great start... Daniel Silva's Gabriel Alon gave us an art restorer... this one starts with a book conserver... and takes off from there. Fasc ...more
Jun 17, 2008
Jun 08, 2008
Black Like Me
I'm guessing I read this book when I was at Temple U and commuted to the North Philly campus in a neighborhood where I was in the minority. For a whit ...more
Jan 1964
Feb 29, 2008
Troubled Waters (Alan Lewrie, #14)
Like most of the historical novels I prefer, this one's not an hysterical bodice-ripper. Hero's a rogue. Life aboard the 18th c man o' war doesn't sme ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 14, 2008
The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York
My wife Helen has an amazing nose. So keen, she can smell gas past... as opposed to gas passed... and when I say past, I mean, like days ago. At any r ...more
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Jun 09, 2008
The Last Plantagenets (The Plantagenets, #4)
Read these four books before we went to France the first time in 1974. With the planta genesta family history in my lizard brain, I noticed on the map ...more
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Jan 04, 2008
The Last Patriot (Scot Harvath, #7)
Damn this sort of take no prisoners, John Wayne approach to fiction just makes you want to put on a brown shirt and march, no matter how left of liber ...more
Jul 2008
Aug 01, 2008
Homo Politicus: The Strange and Barbaric Tribes of the Beltway
Kind of reminds me of the difference between a SNL skit and a full blown screenplay. Alternately, it's the stuff of high school or college essays. Wha ...more
Apr 11, 2008
Apr 07, 2008
Artichoke to Za'atar: Modern Middle Eastern Food
Organized alephbetically by ingredient, Malouf is an Aussie (Melbourne) restaurant chef who offers slightly more elegant presentations of traditional ...more
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Jan 25, 2008
Johnny Got His Gun
I read this 40 years ago, before I knew Trumbo had been blacklisted in the 50's. A scathing, shattering indictment of war. Moreimportantly, it should ...more
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Jan 10, 2008
Under Enemy Colors (Charles Hayden, #1)
Everyone wants to be master and commander of the library... especially since Patrick O'Brien is now gone. Hornblower et al are joined by the next wann ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 07, 2008
Hosts (Repairman Jack, #5)
KIND OF A FUN READ. Repairman Jack is a fixer-upper of people's lives... with an arsenal. There's a kind of do-gooder vigilante at work here and the b ...more
Aug 2008
Aug 07, 2008
The Dark Side Of Genius: The Life Of Alfred Hitchcock
Met Donald and his Danish partner Ola on our cruise from Lisbon to Barcelona. Engaging guy. Shared several fascinating dinners with them. A celebrity ...more
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Jan 31, 2008
The Forgery of Venus
For once the blurb-link delivers the goods on this fascinating novel. Discussions of art, creativity, art history, psychosis, drugs... are woven into ...more
May 2008
May 31, 2008
Spain...A Culinary Road Trip
Promotes Spanish tourism as much as cooking... cross reference to Jose Andres show/ book: Made in Spain: Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen. Cut ...more
Nov 17, 2008
Nov 17, 2008
Blasphemy (Wyman Ford #2)
THe usual cast of characters: scientists, religious fanatics, Navajo reservation spirit folks, fundamentalists, government hacks, preachers, lobbyists ...more
Feb 23, 2008
Jan 31, 2008
Made in Spain: Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen
Promotes Spanish tourism as much as cooking... cross reference to Mario Batali/ Mark Bittman/ Gwneth Paltrow's show/ book. Cut from similar cloth. Par ...more
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Nov 17, 2008
The Chase (Isaac Bell, #1)
When Cussler writes land based stuff, he's like a fish out of water. Half of the story is like reading catalogs of clothing, cars, housewares and mach ...more
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Jan 08, 2008
The Blooding of Jack Absolute
A little like reading a Hogarth print with a dash of Fenimore Cooper and a test of what you know about Canadian/ British history. Fun read. Reminds me ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 12, 2008
Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings
I read this book a thousand years ago... back when I bought Mrs Clemens' clean-up of his image. This was even before Hal Holbrooke made a career out o ...more
Jan 1968
Jan 06, 2008
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