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The Good Guy
it was amazing
Dean Koontz has a distinctive style in the thriller genre, and I have always liked it. I haven’t read a book by him in a while, and realized that it’s ...more
Jun 06, 2010
May 24, 2012
Murder in Murray Hill (Gaslight Mystery, #16)
really liked it
This is another solid installment in the wonderful Gaslight Mystery series -- which is now my all-time favorite series of mystery books. The only thin ...more
Apr 25, 2017
May 18, 2014
America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great
liked it
Dr. Ben Carson is a neurosurgeon who has also been politically active for quite some time (at least since the Clinton Administration). His book outlin ...more
Mar 23, 2013
Mar 13, 2013
Murder in Chelsea (Gaslight Mystery, #15)
really liked it
This 15th volume in Victoria Thompson's charming and enjoyable Gaslight Mystery series is one of the best. At long last, after 15 books and about as m ...more
Apr 28, 2016
May 26, 2013
Murder on Lenox Hill
it was amazing
Out of the first seven Gaslight Mystery novels, this one is by far my favorite. The setting is once again the 1890s, shortly after the election of Pre ...more
Aug 10, 2010
May 23, 2012
The Dark Design (Riverworld, #3)
liked it
This is the third book in the Riverworld saga. In the first book, we followed 19th century explorer Richard Burton and his band. In the second book, w ...more
Jun 23, 2014
Dec 18, 2013
The Martian
really liked it
The Martian is a thoroughly satisfying science-fiction novel about a lone astronaut stranded on the surface of Mars. Writer Andy Weir did his homework ...more
Sep 07, 2015
Sep 03, 2015
Shaolin Kung Fu: Forms & Fundamentals
liked it
This is an interesting book that describes the history and philosophy of Kung Fu. The first half of the book is about the history. Martin-Smith attemp ...more
Jul 29, 2014
Jul 27, 2014
Mid-Size Track Plans for Realistic Layouts
really liked it
This book is perhaps the best model train layout book that I have read. Kempinski has the rare ability to combine "prototypical" (real world) details ...more
Aug 17, 2012
Jul 09, 2012
Plot Versus Character: A Balanced Approach to Writing Great Fiction
really liked it
This is a fairly well-written book about how to write fiction. The author, Jeff Gerke, provides good advice about two different areas -- how to create ...more
Nov 27, 2014
Nov 25, 2014
Hell Is Empty (Walt Longmire, #7)
it was ok
This installment of the Walt Longmire mystery series was rather disappointing, mainly because there isn't really a mystery for Walt to solve. Instead, ...more
Jul 04, 2013
Nov 28, 2012
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
really liked it
This is an above average fantasy novel that serves as the 2nd part in the Kingkiller Chronicles. In the first novel, we followed Kvothe's story from c ...more
Jun 16, 2015
Dec 15, 2014
Death in Hyde Park (Kathryn Ardleigh, #10)
it was ok
This is the tenth book in the Victorian/Edwardian mystery series starring Kate and Charles Sheridan. I generally enjoy these books and I like both mai ...more
Dec 31, 2014
Nov 02, 2013
Murder in Little Italy
really liked it
This novel is the 8th installment in the Gaslight mystery series. The Gaslight series is set in New York in the mid-1890s, and they are all excellent ...more
Aug 14, 2010
May 23, 2012
Murder on Amsterdam Avenue (Gaslight Mystery, #17)
really liked it
This is another enjoyable installment of the Gaslight Mystery series. In this novel, now former midwife Sarah Brandt is engaged to be married to forme ...more
May 14, 2017
Mar 19, 2015
Invisible Ink: A Practical Guide to Building Stories That Resonate
it was ok
In my ongoing quest to learn more about story structure and character design as I work on my own fiction writing, I chose this book as the next instru ...more
Jun 14, 2014
Jun 14, 2014
Murder on Mulberry Bend (Gaslight Mystery, #5)
really liked it
Victoria Thompson does it again with another strong installment from her Gaslight series. Her two main characters -- Sarah Brandt the midwife and Fran ...more
Aug 05, 2010
May 23, 2012
The Magic Labyrinth
did not like it
This is the fourth and most disappointing novel of the Riverworld series. Although the first three had some problems, they remained interesting. What ...more
Jul 18, 2014
Dec 18, 2013
Track Planning for Realistic Operation: Prototype Railroad Concepts for Your Model Railroad
it was ok
This book is designed to help model railroaders learn the operation techniques and rules of real railroads and to incorporate them into their layouts ...more
Jul 17, 2011
May 25, 2012
Modeling the '50s: The Glory Years of Rail
liked it
My model train layout is set in the 1950s in the Southeastern U.S. Now, one of the reasons I chose this time period was because it was transitional — ...more
Mar 18, 2011
May 25, 2012
The Model Railroader's Guide to Industries Along the Tracks (Model Railroader Books)
liked it
Because I wanted to create a couple of small industry spurs for my small layout, and because I don’t know much about rail industries at all, I thought ...more
Sep 11, 2010
May 25, 2012
Basic Model Railroading: Getting Started in the Hobby (Model Railroader Books)
liked it
I actually bought this book by mistake. I was looking at three different books in the hobby shop, and kept changing my mind which one was of more inte ...more
Aug 13, 2010
May 25, 2012
How to Build Realistic Model Railroad Scenery
it was amazing
Laying tracks and getting the trains operating is the first step to having a satisfying model railroad layout, but it’s just the beginning. After that ...more
Sep 29, 2010
May 25, 2012
Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules
really liked it
This is a very interesting book on novel writing that takes a very different approach than most other books I have read. Other books will tell you to ...more
Dec 05, 2014
Dec 02, 2014
Southern Pacific in California
liked it
This book presents a pictorial history of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Many rare and wonderful black-and-white photographs are shown, and one gets a ...more
Jan 05, 2013
Jan 03, 2013
101 More Track Plans For Model Railroaders
really liked it
This book is billed as a 'sequel' to Linn Westcott's original classic, '101 Track Plans,' and it definitely lives up to the name. Veteran Model Railro ...more
Apr 21, 2013
Apr 18, 2013
The Object-Oriented Thought Process
really liked it
This is a good, basic text on how to think in terms of object-oriented programming. Coming from a structured or "functional" programming background, w ...more
May 26, 2013
May 23, 2013
The Book of the Dun Cow
it was amazing
The Book of the Dun Cow is one of my all-time favorite novels. Since it came out over 30 years ago, I have probably read it about half a dozen times. ...more
Sep 24, 2012
Sep 21, 2012
Learning UML 2.0
really liked it
This book does a good job of introducing the reader to the object-oriented design structures of Unified Modeling Language. UML is not a programming la ...more
May 16, 2013
May 12, 2013
Writing with Emotion, Tension, and Conflict: Techniques for Crafting an Expressive and Compelling Novel
it was ok
This is a book about how to write stories that will evoke emotion in the reader and be memorable for that reason. Author Cheryl St. John, who has appa ...more
Mar 13, 2015
Mar 08, 2015
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