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Alhazen, 1st Scientist: Book Review
Bradley Steffens is the author of twenty-seven nonfiction books for children and young adults. Ibn al-Haytham: First Scientist is one of his books, published in the series Profiles in Science by Morgan Reynolds Publishing. When I first read the title ...

Book Review: The Great Deformation – Part I, The Blackberry Panic Of 2008
Book Blogs are notes about books I'm reading, as I read them. They may or may not be followed up by wholesale reviews in traditional format. The Great Deformation, by David A. Stockman published 2013 (buy on Amazon.com). I received a copy of David ...

FullContact review: please save me from address book hell
For years, I've been trying to ignore my disastrous contact management situation. Really, once you get digits, email addresses, and job titles for more than a couple dozen people, you're doomed to collect duplicates and false (or outdated) information ...

33 1/3 - Koji Kondo's Super Mario Bros. Soundtrack
Hence, when the 33 ⅓ series of books, exploring influential albums of our era, announced it would have an instalment on Koji Kondo's benchmark soundtrack, at least a few eyebrows were raised. How could a book possibly be filled with significant words ...

Review: 'The Shepherd's Life,' by James Rebanks, an English Sheep Farmer
James Rebanks's captivating new book about his family's small sheep farm in England is also a book about continuity and roots and a sense of belonging in an age that's increasingly about mobility and self-invention. It's a book about a way of life ...

The Observer Review: James Presley's The Phantom Killer
The Phantom Killer has been the subject of books and at least one cult-classic film (the relentlessly cheesy 1976 B movie The Town That Dreaded Sundown; remade in 2014). But it's likely that no writer has researched the case more deeply than Texarkana ...

Review: Prison Book Best Left For A Younger Audience
Republican or Democrat? For something or against it? Grateful for what you have or irritated by what you don't? Do you want fries with that? Sometimes you choose your sides, and sometimes they're chosen for you. And in the new book “Corruption Officer ...

Book review: A novel for young and old
... Denver in a home where she can do ... what? Is that all there is? Read it and... Michael D. Langan is the NBC-2.com Culture Critic. He has written for the BBC, Dublin Review of Books, Boston Globe, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Buffalo News and other ...

In 'Finders Keepers,' Stephen King delivers a 21st-century hard-boiled tale
With "Finder's Keepers," the second book of his Bill Hodges trilogy, Stephen King delivers everything readers of the his recent work have come to expect — mostly good news for King fans and probably a pleasant surprise for those who tend to dismiss ...

Book Review: The League Of Regrettable Superheroes
First off, let's get something straight. The one hundred comic characters listed in The League Of Regrettable Superheroes are far from regrettable. In fact, many of them are downright badass! Sure, many of them are kooky but they reflect the life and ...

Book Review: 'Lifted By The Great Nothing,' Karim Dimechkie
Book Review: 'Lifted By The Great Nothing,' Karim Dimechkie. June 02, 2015 4:19 PM ET. Alan Cheuse. Audio for this story from All Things Considered will be available at approximately 7:00 p.m. ET. NPR's Alan Cheuse reviews a debut novel, Lifted by the ...

Review: Mark Vanhoenacker's 'Skyfaring: A Journey With a Pilot' on Joy of Flight
For more than a decade when I was in my 20s and 30s, I was terrified to fly. Like John Updike's character Henry Bech, I had an especially morbid fear of “being dropped from the tail-end lavatory.” Sometimes I made it as far as the boarding gate with my ...

Book Review: Deadly Design by Debra Dockter
Deadly Design cover Genetically engineered identical twins Kyle and Connor McAdams were born two years apart. Their parents figured it was safer that way, to increase their odds of survival. Connor was born first, paving an impossibly perfect path for ...

Book review: King's 'Finders Keepers' on a trial of misery
Dedicated followers of fiction, those Stephen King often refers to as his “Constant Readers,” can easily take emotional ownership of the stories they love. They become invested in characters, projecting their own hopes and fears and dreams onto the ...

Author discusses new book on the flaws of institutional review boards
Many scholars complain that institutional review boards unreasonably delay or block studies involving human research subjects. A new book, The Censor's Hand: The Misregulation of Human-Subject Research (MIT Press), doesn't see IRBs as fixable, but as ...

Comic Book Review – The Autumnlands #6
I will be discussing spoilers in this review, so consider yourself forewarned. As rain clouds move in on the animals, Learoyd brings Dunstan into his plan. The animals led by Sandhorst flee the ruined city and watch as Learoyd stalls for time with ...

Ram: The true book review
Perhaps, it is the aspect of combining plot and opinion that makes book reviews quite enthralling. "A well-written review piques my interest, grabs my attention, and whets my appetite for a good read," said Dr. Donna Loewen, principal at Lincoln ...

Comic Book Review – Nailbiter #13
I'm beginning to feel like a broken record when I write about this comic, because I've had the same complaint for the last four or five months. Nailbiter is just dancing around a plot reveal, postponing it for as long as possible even though the plot ...

Book review: 'Beaded Lace Knitting' by Annikin Allis
The lace in this book is lovely, and it certainly can stand on its own. But Allis enhances it with beads to make it more dressy and feminine, if that's possible, I can understand the allure of knitting lace and beads, although that siren song has never ...

Book review: 'Beaded Lace Knitting' by Anniken Allis
Doing all that math for sizing a lace garment gets pretty tricky, and a lot of knitters don't want to be bothered. In a stole or a triangular shawl, most of that math goes away. There are a cowl, a bolero sweater, a lacy vest and a pair of fingerless ...

Ari Gold's 'Entourage' book raises standard for books spawned by TV shows ...
Ari Gold's 'Entourage' book raises standard for books spawned by TV shows ...

An Uncomplicated Life: A Book Review
Still looking for the perfect gift for Father's Day on June 21? Do you have a book lover to shop for? Maybe you know a father to a new baby with an intellectual or developmental disability? Allow me to recommend Paul Daugherty's new memoir, An ...

Review: 'Primates of Park Avenue,' Making Fun of the Rich
No book in recent memory has been as splashily misrepresented as Wednesday Martin's “Primates of Park Avenue.” It is supposed to have blown the lid off the darkest secrets of the wealthy, glamorous Upper East Side wife-and-mommy set. Ms. Martin ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Hitler's Last Army: German POWs in Britain'
This book by Robin Quinn, a BBC producer of radio documentaries, tells the much less well-known story of what befell those Nazi troops who found themselves captive in England. While nothing like as dreadful as the fate which befell their comrades to ...

Book Review: The Nature of Investing
In The Nature of Investing: Resilient Investment Strategies through Biomimicry, Katherine Collins, the founder and CEO of Boston-based Honeybee Capital and former head of US equity research at Fidelity Management and Research, urges us to transform ...

Book Review – Mars and Venus on a Date
Best known for his book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, John says it is helpful to think of men and women as coming from different planets. On Mars and on Venus, the customs are different. The psychology is different. Emotions are processed ...

Stephen King: By the Book
The author, most recently, of “Finders Keepers” has never read Jane Austen. “I do not say this with either pride or shame (or prejudice, for that matter). It's just a fact.” What books are currently on your night stand? None. I don't read in bed, so ...

'Finders Keepers' Is A Simple Book About Complicated Ideas
(You may find plenty of spoilers in other reviews, but not here. It isn't necessary to know all of the details in order to understand this new book, although they're given early on in Finders Keepers. If you want to be surprised, pick up Mr. Mercedes ...

Comic Book Reviews for June 3, 2015
DC's two-month hiatus is over and they are back in full force with the first wave of post-New 52 titles. There's some huge returning titles like Action Comics and Justice League as well as some intriguing new books like Midnighter #1 and Bizarro #1 ...

Berkshire Hathaway Letters To Shareholders Book Review
There are hundreds of books about Buffett's life, advice, and methods. These are his actual letters -- word for word -- a "lesson plan" of his views on business and investing. You can find most of the letters for free on Berkshire's website, but this ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Jesus Cow' has gentle, folksy humor
Author Michael Perry has strayed from his non-fiction writing into the world of fiction with “The Jesus Cow,” a sweet, folksy, gently humorous — yet sharply allegoric — look at small-town America. SUBMITTED PHOTO ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Screening Room'
Summoned back to Memphis, the city of his birth, for the funeral of an uncle, Alan Lightman takes his readers on a delightful, incisive journey into the idiosyncrasies of the present and the remembrances of the past during a hot summer. “In physics ...

Book Review: Burn
Tate Archer is in big trouble. The H2 alien race that has mixed with humans for eons, leaving only the 50 First families (pure human) has it, and he knows it is all his fault. So much was left unsaid between him and his father – about emotions not ...

Book Review: Chechnya's Terrorist Network
The following is drawn on my book, Amerikas' Heilige Krieg.” This, quoted from a critical essay by William Engdahl, clearly indicates that there are other lessons to be learned from the Chechyn wars as well. In conclusion, this text works well for the ...

Comic Book Review – The Wicked + The Divine #11
If they stick with what they've done and really let the consequences emerge naturally, this will substantially change the dynamic of the whole series. This is going to be a review with a whole lot of spoilers, so I assume you're only going to be ...

Book Review: Hartland Author's New Young Adult Stories Revolve Around an ...
Book Review: Hartland Author's New Young Adult Stories Revolve Around an ...

Justice League #41
Their opening scene introduces the Apokoliptian assassin, Kanto, and Lashina of the New Furies as they conduct their search for Myrina Black, who hails from the "Divergence" Free Comic Book Day one-shot. Johns makes it quite clear that, despite their ...

ArtsBeat | Book Review Podcast: 'Reagan: The Life'
In The New York Times Book Review, Jeff Shesol reviews H. W. Brands's new biography of Ronald Reagan. Mr. Shesol writes: Like his subject, Brands appears happiest when he's telling a story, and Reagan, of course, provides many excellent ones — from ...

Book review: "The Water Knife," by Paolo Bacigalupi
"The Water Knife" is the dark, action-packed story of a hired gun getting tangled up with a scrappy young girl and a semi-idealistic journalist in the catastrophically water-starved American Southwest of the not-so-distant future. By now, we know what ...

'Saint Mazie' by Jami Attenberg
Mazie's voice infuses her diary with raw pathos and contradiction, and her diary entries — the first written on her 10th birthday in 1907, the last in 1939 — form the narrative backbone of the book, giving Attenberg a chance to develop a character ...

Book Review: Parenting Your Child with ADHD: A No-Nonsense Guide for ...
Book Review: Parenting Your Child with ADHD: A No-Nonsense Guide for ...

Alice Goffman's Heralded Book on Crime Is Disputed
Mr. Lubet's charge, made in an article in the online book review The New Rambler and reposted in condensed form by The New Republic, concerns an anecdote that appears at the end of a long appendix in which Ms. Goffman describes how she spent six ...

Book review: 'The Quantum Deception' bridges thriller, scifi and reality
"The Quantum Deception" by Denver Acey is the second installment in the Mormon Hacker series. Cedar Fort Publishing & Media. View 2 photos ». Summary. Tanner Stone returns in "The Quantum Deception," using the most advanced computer on earth to ...

Book review: Lesser Beasts - A Snout-to-Tail history of the Humble Pig
As a meat-eater, what is my desert island animal? Easy: the pig. Sausage, bacon, pork chops, chorizo, ham, barbecue, suckling pig and black pudding all come from what Homer Simpson calls "a wonderful, magical animal". The pig should be man's best ...

Book Review: 'Somatic Energetics: Healing Your Back Pain and Transforming ...
Book Review: 'Somatic Energetics: Healing Your Back Pain and Transforming ...

Book Review: '90 Church: Inside America's Notorious First Narcotics Squad' by ...
Book Review: '90 Church: Inside America's Notorious First Narcotics Squad' by ...

Book review: "The Tusk That Did The Damage," by Tania James
I started reading this book unsure of what I would find and a little bit apprehensive, but immediately, I was captivated by the story of the elephant, long before he became the “Gravedigger.” Within the first couple pages, I was transported to the ...

Book review: Man In Profile
4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an ...

Book review: Madeleine's War
Peter Watson, who writes with impeccable details about 20th-century European history, has written an unforgettable love story in the midst of horrific wartime. Based on actual events in Great Britain and France, leading up to D–Day, 1944, his ...

Book review: Molina
It is a love letter to his father in book form, writ partly out of tremendous love and respect for his father and partly out of the guilt we all face when those we love are gone before we told them, one last time, how much we loved them. “Molina” is a ...


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