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Book Review: Ian Flemings From Russia, With Love

March 7th, 2014 · No Comments

I feel a little silly writing this but this was a very compelling book…until James Bond appeared. I can almost sense Ian Fleming running out of steam in this fifth Bon novel. Maybe Fleming was losing interest in the genre or in Bond himself. I write that because Bond doesn’t even appear until 36% of [...]

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Book Review: Ian Flemings Diamonds are Forever

February 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Much of the pleasure I’m getting from these books is the feel and patois of the times – 1956 America – as Fleming saw it. The story itself is rather straightforward. Bond is sent to bust up a diamond-smuggling ring. It’s basic cops and robbers stuff. Bond travels from London by air to New York [...]

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Book Review: Ian Fleming’s Moonraker

January 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Casino Royale is a long card game. Live and Let Die, I thought, a travelogue. They were both good books but this was the first good yarn. To call it an action novel would be a disservice. Heck, Bond sits the entire first third of the novel. He goes through his mail, he meets with [...]

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Review of Ian Fleming’s Live and Let Die

December 20th, 2013 · No Comments

I rarely read the ‘action’ or ‘thriller’ genre. And I’m not sure Live and Let Die would fall into that category anymore. There is some action and there are thrills. However, these are a long time in coming. What you have before them is a travelogue and a whole lotta exposition. Bond travels by train [...]

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The Spirit of Christmas – a novel

October 15th, 2013 · No Comments

Link to my amazon review is here. Here’s the problem I have with Christmas stories: they are either diabetes inducing saccharin sweet or they are weighed down by their earnestness. “The Spirit of Christmas” is neither. It’s a story told through the eyes of a eight year old Aidan. His family is going through some [...]

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Molly Wellmann’s Handcrafted Cocktails – What? No frozen Margarita?

August 19th, 2013 · No Comments

With Handcrafted Cocktails, Molly Wellmann is doing for the cocktail book what she did forCincinnaticocktail culture – reinvigorating it, recreating it, making it better, making it fun. Several years ago my wife and I decided to get into cocktails. Basically, we were adults but couldn’t order anything much beyond a Gin and Tonic or Rum [...]

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My review of Hugh Howey’s Wool

July 8th, 2013 · No Comments

The highest compliment I can give this book is that I downloaded the first story on the way to a vacation destination and by the end of the week, I’d worked my way through all the stories of Wool and began the sequel. While I found the writing adequate and sometimes clunky. Howey has a [...]

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My review of A River Runs through It

July 8th, 2013 · No Comments

There’s not much I can write about this novella that would do it justice but I’ll try. It’s lyrical and poetic and simple and beautiful. The prose is elegant and direct and there’s a grace to every moment of it – even when the subject matter is a drinking,fighting or whores. Norman Maclean writes like [...]

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My review of Rick Robinson’s Alligator Alley

May 9th, 2013 · No Comments

“Being alone with your thoughts is not pleasant when your thoughts are trending dark.” Rick Robinson has written a classic novel about male, middle-aged angst. Women, when you ask your man “Whatcha thinking about?” Here’s the answer for many men. But they won’t tell you. Robinson writes what most middle aged men left unspoken. He [...]

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My review of Stephen England’s Nightshade

April 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

Nightshade is the kind of story the Kindle is designed for. I found myself trapped at a Panera Bread waiting for a late meeting and luckily had my Kindle. I remembered I’d bought Stephen England’s short Nightshade and began reading at 7:15 AM.  By 8:15, I’d spent a nice hour reading a complete and satisfying [...]

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