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Book Review: White Noise

September 18, 2020 Leave a comment
 
I tried, but I just couldn’t finish this.  I got a hundred pages in, but I guess I missed the “brilliant satire of mass culture and the numbing effects of technology.” Maybe the Hitler Studies professor was funnier in the last millennium.  (Unrated)
 

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Book Review: Dead Wood

August 21, 2020 Leave a comment
Dead Wood (A Hardboiled Private Investigator Mystery Series): John Rockne Mysteries 1 by [Dan Ames]
 
Private Eye John Rochne has got a snarky enough noir attitude about him (“The perfect lunch spot for two guys who thought arugula was an island somewhere near the Caribbean”) that sucked me in big time. His investigation into the murder of a local Grosse Point guitar maker hooked me in as well. Some of the situations pressed the willing suspension of my disbelief, but it was a good mystery read. (4 of 5 Stars)
 

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Book Review: Open Season

August 14, 2020 Leave a comment
Open Season (A Joe Pickett Novel Book 1) by [C. J. Box]
 
The most important thing is that Joe Pickett is a likable guy. He’s a bit careless with his pistol, but that’s probably just to make him a bit more of a regular guy. The endangered species thing works well with his Game Warden role and inevitably leads to murderous mayhem. C.J. Box lays out a good start for this Longmire-type series. (4 of 5 Stars)
 

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Book Review: Scottish Alliance

August 7, 2020 Leave a comment
Scottish Alliance by [Jennifer Sheppard]
 
Not really a Vampire/Werewolf kind of reader…but it has a compelling opening, a strong female character in Tara, and good descriptions, especially of New York. Scottish Alliance is a tease of a short story that sets the stage for a full length novel.  (4 of 5 Stars)
 

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Book Review: Steve Jobs

July 17, 2020 Leave a comment
 
Man, it seems like there was a lot of screaming and crying going on in the Apple Offices. And then the weird bromance with John Skulley, which didn’t work out so well. The supporting cast—Steve Wozniak, best friend, Larry Ellis, and his wife, Laurene Powell—all seem like cardboard cutouts. What is clear from this book is how critical Steve Jobs was to the creation and, later, the reinvention of Apple with the iPod, the iPhone, and iPads. But by the end of the book, I didn’t really feel like I knew much about him, except that he was dedicated to integrated closed systems and a stickler for product introductions. I felt like I missed something along the way, but maybe that’s just the way he was. (3 of 5 Stars)
 

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Book Review: Lord of the Flies

July 3, 2020 1 comment
 
“Why don’t I write a children’s story about how people really are, about how people actually behave?” asked the author of Lord of the Flies.
 
Indeed…
 
William Golding’s chronicle of the descent of Ralph, Jack and their minions into tribalism and savagery is only so horrific because deep down—without the guardrails of civilization—we know that it is true.
 
And here and now, watching the unrelenting rage of young protesters as they attack the icons and foundations of society, it gives me pause to wonder what kind of islands those “safe spaces” of academia actually are. (5 of 5 Stars)
 

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Book Review: Brave Companions

May 15, 2020 Leave a comment
 

You know, sometimes I just don’t want to plow through seven or eight hundred pages of biography. Besides Charles Lindbergh and Teddy Roosevelt, most of the information was new to me and for the most part entertaining. Personally, I enjoyed the Fred Remington, Washington Roebling, and David Plowden pieces the most. Sometimes a snack is much more satisfying than a five course meal and David McCoullagh delivers some tasty morsels. (4 of 5 Stars)

 

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Book Review: Extreme Ownership

April 24, 2020 Leave a comment
 

Hmmm…and what would you have a couple of Navy SEALs write about in a book on leadership? The Ramadi war stories are to the point and engaging. Real world stuff there.  Principals learned and applications to business situations might seem a bit repetitive, but it’s classic PowerPoint format:   Tell me what you are going to tell me; Tell me; Summarize what I just told you. Remember, it is a business book.

As for those who claim the information is simply what everybody already knows about:  “There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.” ~Frank Lloyd Wright   (4 of 5 Stars)

 

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Book Review: PERFECT: Short Stories about the Dark Side of Perfection

April 17, 2020 Leave a comment
 
“Everything that looks too perfect is too perfect to be perfect.”  ― Dejan Stojanovic
 
If you are a fan of The Twilight Zone, R.B. Weber’s stories often catch the ironical twists and turns of unintended reality intruding on our best intentions. While not “perfect” we should all be very careful about what we wish for. (4 of 5 Stars)
 

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Book Review: Boomerang

April 3, 2020 Leave a comment
Boomerang by [Hutcheson, Alan]
 
I have to admit I lost track of the MacGuffin pretty quickly in this book, but that’s what MacGuffins and boomerangs are for, right? Who cares. The colorful cast of characters kept me entertained all along the way to the grand finale in suburban Phoenix. And being that I’m a sucker for anything labelled Gibson, Ted’s reunion with his L-5 CES was just deserts. (4 of 5 Stars)
 

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