Larry G. (aardvark) - Reviews

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2004 Baseball Card Price Guide (Baseball Card Price Guide)
2004 Baseball Card Price Guide (Baseball Card Price Guide)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/9/2006


Since I'm a baseball fanatic and an avid collector of baseball cards, this one really comes in handy.


Aberystwyth Mon Amour (Louie Knight, Bk 1)
Aberystwyth Mon Amour (Louie Knight, Bk 1)
Author: Malcolm Pryce
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 1/28/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Off-center, humorous, satirical look at a quite Welsh village beset by a series of murders, as told by a Chandleresque private eye. Definitely different.


The Act of Poetry: A Practical Introduction to the Reading of Poems
Review Date: 10/15/2006


Very helpful. Chapters include The Sense of Sight, The Sense of Sound, The Sense of Motion, The Sense of Balance, The Sense of Language, and The Reader as Artist. Uses many poems as examples and discusses how and why they work.


African Myths and Tales
African Myths and Tales
Author: Susan Feldmann, ed.
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/26/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Including myths from the primeval times to the present, covering every facet of life and emotion, this volume is not only good, informative, and entertaining reading, it has been a valuable inspiration in my teaching and writing.


American Negro Folktales
American Negro Folktales
Author: Richard M. Dorson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/22/2006
Helpful Score: 1


From animal and bird stories to protest narratives, from hoodoos and lying tales to preachers' sermons, and everywhere in between, fascinating reading.


And be a Villain  (Nero Wolfe, Bk 13)
And be a Villain (Nero Wolfe, Bk 13)
Author: Rex Stout
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/19/2006
Helpful Score: 1


When Nero Wolfe feels the pinch of filing his 1040 return, he needs to earn some quick cash. Recently, a well-known personality has been mysteriously (of course!) murdered while being interviewed on a top-ranked radio talk show hosted by Madeline Frazer. Wolfe suggests that she hire him to find the murderer. She is quite a character, and Archie runs into several more of same as he and Wolfe track down the truth behind the foul dead. The wit and humor are very much in evidence, as usual, and the book it as delightful as the other Wolfe mysteries.


Angels
Angels
Author: Billy Graham
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 10
Review Date: 8/12/2006


Billy Graham talks about "God's Secret Agents" from several different aspects


Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, Bk 1)
Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, Bk 1)
Author: Dan Brown
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/12/2006


Entertaining read. I found it more enjoyable than THE DA VINCI CODE -- doesn't run off on so many tangents to teach me the history of everything.


The Ape That Spoke: Language and the Evolution of the Human Mind
The Ape That Spoke: Language and the Evolution of the Human Mind
Author: John McCrone
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 10/14/2006


A fascinating history of the development of mankind.


Awk.: a guide to effective writing
Awk.: a guide to effective writing
Author: Theodore Romoser
Book Type: Unknown Binding
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/14/2006


Enjoyable, very helpful down-to-earth suggestions for improving your writing. Ecxcellent section on revision.


Bantam of the Opera (Bed-and-Breakfast, Bk 5)
Bantam of the Opera (Bed-and-Breakfast, Bk 5)
Author: Mary Daheim
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/11/2006


Another Mary Daheim Bed-And-Breakfast winner.


The Bastard's Tale (Dame Frevisse, Bk 12)
The Bastard's Tale (Dame Frevisse, Bk 12)
Author: Margaret Frazer
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/9/2006


I've read all the Sister Frevisse series by Frazer except for The Sempster's Tale, and I believe this is the best. Fine writing.


The Bedford Handbook for Writers: With MLA Update (Bedford Handbook for Writers, 4th Ed.)
Review Date: 4/27/2007


One of the best.


Big Trouble
Big Trouble
Author: Dave Barry
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/20/2007


Barry's first mystery. A great read.


The Bilbao Looking Glass (Sarah Kelling, Bk 4)
The Bilbao Looking Glass (Sarah Kelling, Bk 4)
Author: Charlotte MacLeod
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/13/2007


Another look into the Kelling clan, aristocratic Boston Brahmans with their noses generally high in the air. Down-to earth Sarah & Max encounter their opposition when she finally agrees to marry him, but neither of them expects Max to be framed for robbery and murder. As always, Charlotte MacLeod is reliably witty and entertaining.


The Bishop in the West Wing (Father Blackie Ryan, Bk 13)
The Bishop in the West Wing (Father Blackie Ryan, Bk 13)
Author: Andrew M. Greeley
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/10/2006


Well, I guess there needs to be a contrary voice occasionally. This is my first Bishop Blackie book, and I had trouble swallowing it.

Chicago Bishop Blackie (Blackwell) Ryan does his thing in a murderless hoodoo-done-it. A poltergeist is stalking the West Wing of the White House, where the newly-elected President John Patrick McGurn ("Machine Gun Jack") is accused of being a tool of the South Side Chicago Irish Mafia. Blackie (a South Side Irishman himself) is called in to get to the bottom of the poltergeist problem. Everyone immediately and automatically assumes that the Republicans are guilty of every evil thing going on because everyone knows that Republicans (not some or a few but all) are nothing but wealthy, corrupt, right-wing-extremist crooks. Meanwhile, most of the book is dedicated to eulogizing Democrats in general and a Bill Clinton clone in particular. One would suppose that Blackie, a respected Catholic bishop, would be a fair and unbiased observer, but he, along with the rest of the West Wing, participates freely in the Republican-bashing, even instigating a dubious sting operation (without legal authorization or the President's knowledge) to nail a group of extremists who may indeed deserve the punishment but have nothing to do with the reason Blackie has supposedly been called to poltergeist duty. Evidently a good book for Blackie fans, but I'll go back to my historical mysteries.


Blood on the Vine (Murder She Wrote, Bk 15)
Blood on the Vine (Murder She Wrote, Bk 15)
Author: Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/11/2006
Helpful Score: 1


The setting this time is California's Napa Valley wine district. Scotland Yard detective George Sutherland is also on hand to aid investiagtion into a murder and a presumed suicide. Typical Jessica.


Bony and the Kelly Gang (Inspector Bonaparte)
Bony and the Kelly Gang (Inspector Bonaparte)
Author: Arthur W. Upfield
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/5/2008
Helpful Score: 3


One of my favorites among the 29 books in the Napoleon Bonaparte series. I wouldn't say the series is light on plot -- merely casual in pace, like its main character. The emphasis is on the setting and atmosphere of (usually) outback Australia, upon Napoleon as a fascinatingly unique character (part white, part Aborigine), and upon the interplay of the people among whom he is placed. Here he investigates the extended Kelly family of Cork Valley, N South Wales. They control the illegal liquor market in the area. Bony lives among them, grows to like them, but still must do his duty as the best police inspector in Australia.


The Book of Nonsense: An Anthology
The Book of Nonsense: An Anthology
Author: Paul Jennings
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/14/2006
Helpful Score: 2


This is NOT a mystery or a thriller. It is a defnitive anthology of the some of the best humorous verse and prose ever written, "from Anonymous to Shakespeare, from Benchley to Monty Python." Over 400 pages.


The Book of Questions
The Book of Questions
Author: Gregory Stock
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/26/2006
Helpful Score: 2


Aside from being entertaining light reading for your spare moments, this book is an excellent idea-starter for writers and speakers.


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