Patrick C. (MeadowbrookManor) - , - Reviews

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Autobiography of a Face
Autobiography of a Face
Author: Lucy Grealy
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/30/2006
Helpful Score: 4


Sad story (with a sadder ending, not in the book), but beautifully written. Lucy was truly a gifted writer - don't read this as an autobiography, but rather as a piece of well-crafted literature.


Bad Advice
Bad Advice
Author: Martha Vialli
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 5/3/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Truly evil little gem.. my wife is (fortunately) far too nice to take full advantage of the strategies contained herein.


Bad Dog : 278 Outspoken, Indecent, and Overdressed Dogs
Review Date: 1/21/2007
Helpful Score: 5


A bit more adult than the "Bad Cat" version - lots of drug humor, some of which falls flat. A few priceless portraits, though!


Codex
Codex
Author: Lev Grossman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 89
Review Date: 8/13/2008
Helpful Score: 2


Much better than the DaVinci Code - doesn't pretend to be nonfiction, either! ;-)


The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, Book 2)
The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, Book 2)
Author: Stephen King
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 385
Review Date: 8/3/2007
Helpful Score: 2


One of the best of the Dark Tower series. The one I wanted to go back and reread after everything!


Elvis Rising: Stories on the King
Elvis Rising: Stories on the King
Author: Kay Sloan
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 8/3/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Good, if quite dark, writing! A challenging read.


Essentials of Psychology
Essentials of Psychology
Author: Saul Kassin
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 12/10/2008


736 pages is not "brief"!


The Forever War
The Forever War
Author: Joe Haldeman
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 70
Review Date: 10/7/2007
Helpful Score: 3


Starts a little slow, and is at first quite reminiscent of Starship Trooper (the book, not the horrible movie). The pace picks up about halfway through, and while it is ostensibly about a confusing war with an ill-understood enemy, the real story is about humanity and it's evolution (or lack thereof). Depressing as hell, but with a few rays of hope scattered in for good measure. Won both the Hugo and Nebula awards for "Best Novel of the Year".
Good read!


Four Past Midnight
Four Past Midnight
Author: Stephen King
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 162
Review Date: 8/18/2006


Features "Secret Window"


From a Buick 8
From a Buick 8
Author: Stephen King
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 308
Review Date: 8/3/2007
Helpful Score: 7


More cerebral than Christine - I enjoy it when everything isn't quite all the way explained... Note: Has tie-ins to the Dark Tower series!


From a Buick 8
From a Buick 8
Author: Stephen King
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/3/2007
Helpful Score: 2


More cerebral than Christine - I enjoy it when everything isn't quite all the way explained... Note: Has tie-ins to the Dark Tower series!


The Green Berets
The Green Berets
Author: Robin Moore
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 3/8/2007
Helpful Score: 1


An eye-opening firsthand account of life in the Green Berets! Straightforward - sympathetic and unapologetic, warts and all. Fascinating!


The Hot Zone
The Hot Zone
Author: Richard Preston
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 109
Review Date: 9/16/2006
Helpful Score: 3


scary as h-e-double-toothpicks...


Kings Blood Four
Kings Blood Four
Author: Sheri S. Tepper
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 8/3/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Interesting idea for a series... enjoyable, but the main character needs to be slapped around a bit from time to time (fortunately, he is..)


The Long Walk
The Long Walk
Author: Stephen King, Richard Bachman
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/3/2007
Helpful Score: 3


A truly disturbing premise - made more real(?) by King's expertise at getting inside a kid's head. Where's the need for made-up monsters when we've got humanity?


Millennium
Millennium
Author: Ben Bova
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/2/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Good science, reminiscent of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. As an aside, it's amusing to read the very un-PC '70s-era internal dialog of the somewhat sexist (by today's standard anyhow) main character. ;-)


The Mist Movie Tie-In: In 3 D Sound
The Mist Movie Tie-In: In 3 D Sound
Author: Stephen King
Book Type: Audio CD
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/7/2010


The 3D sound effects are pretty effective!


Nightmares & Dreamscapes
Nightmares & Dreamscapes
Author: Stephen King
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/1/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Quite a few good tales in this collection, including those upon which the recent Nightmares & Dreamscapes TV series was based. Includes both the excellent non-fiction baseball piece "Head Down" and the poem "Brooklyn August" which I've read first appeared in a big-league baseball program.


Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon, Bk 1)
Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon, Bk 1)
Author: China Mieville
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/12/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Excellent writing from a very interesting Brit - bachelor's in Social Anthropology and a Masters with Distinction from the London School of Economics. Steampunk isn't my favorite genre, but this book kept me riveted. Slakemoths? *shudder*


Predator (Isaac Asimov's Robots in Time, Bk 1)
Predator (Isaac Asimov's Robots in Time, Bk 1)
Author: William F. Wu
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/3/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Nice illustration section in center of book; interesting ideas, but not so worthy of the master's name. Interesting premise, but the writing is rather ho-hum.


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