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The 33, Episode 1: Pramantha [Part 1] (The 33, Season 1)
The 33, Episode 1: Pramantha [Part 1] (The 33, Season 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid start, lots of potential., February 6, 2014
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Longtime fan of Hutchins here, and I'm really happy to see him returning to prose after too long a break. This new experiment is planned out like a TV season, with several short installments. That in mind, you can think of this volume as the "pilot." The book reads like part action thriller, part superhero origin, and although this first installment is brief, it's quite satisfying and worth a look.


Raise Your Glass: Stuck in the Twilight Saga SPECIAL EDITION!
Raise Your Glass: Stuck in the Twilight Saga SPECIAL EDITION!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good way to vent, March 16, 2012
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For anyone who's been subjected to the incessant raving of a Twilight fangirl (or worse, a Twilight mom), this collection of two short essays is a nice little way to vent. It's not great art, it's not even an attempt at critical analysis, it's just a way to get out a little frustration over one of the most inexplicably popular cultural events of the last century. Twilight fans need not download, you'll hate it. Everyone else will no doubt be able to relate and give a bit of a chuckle.


Christmas And A Christmas Carol
Christmas And A Christmas Carol
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2.0 out of 5 stars Terribly dull, December 3, 2011
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Droning narrator talking over still images and old film clips. No new ideas or insights to be offered, no new angles or interesting commentary about the holiday, the book, or anything else. The only thing this DVD has going for it is the radio broadcast of Orson Welles' "A Christmas Carol" starring Lionel Barrymore. Pass.


Seeking The Heavens
Seeking The Heavens
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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, optimistic vision of the future, October 11, 2011
SEEKING THE HEAVENS is a different sort of sci-fi story. Set about a century after the sky is "broken" in some catastrophic event, the human race has reverted to sort of a steampunk kind of existence. Technology works, but not at the level we're used to, and many of the things we take for granted are no longer viable. Enter Jaiden, a teenage inventor who discovers that his long-absent father has been on a quest to repair the sky. Jaiden sets out with a group of odd characters to find his father and complete the quest. Hendricks takes a very different approach to this kind of story. While most writers in this sort of setting would immerse us in a bleak, hopeless remnant of humanity, Hendricks's story is very much focused on faith and love, and the restorative power of each. It's a refreshing change of pace, and it really makes the book worth your time.


Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason
Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason
by Mike Sacks
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny, but not as funny as it thinks it is, April 15, 2011
Mike Sacks' collection of absurdist essays has some high points, when he adopts certain characters and personas, particularly those that demonstrate a complete void of comprehension when it comes to human interaction. But Sacks often overwrites a piece, mistaking excessive description and repetitive non sequiturs as comedy. It's a decent book, and there are definitely some laughs to be had, but there are enough essays that simply fall flat that it's hard to really recommend the book overall.


Numbers: Book 1
Numbers: Book 1
by Rachel Ward
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful dark adventure, July 16, 2010
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Jem Marsh has a pretty horrific ability -- when she glances into a person's eyes, she sees the date of their death. She and her friend Spider wind up on the run when her ability gets them branded as the terrorists responsible for a devastating attack. Rachel Ward uses a very clever idea to kick this book off. The end result is something that's considerably darker than I expected. It's targeted for young adults, and most teenagers could probably handle the book fairly easily, but a tween audience may not quite be ready for a book of this nature. It's deep, it attacks some pretty heady issues -- but it works very, very well.


Merry, Merry Ghost (Bailey Ruth Mysteries, No. 2)
Merry, Merry Ghost (Bailey Ruth Mysteries, No. 2)
by Carolyn Hart
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4.0 out of 5 stars Offbeat, cozy Christmas mystery, July 16, 2010
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I didn't read (or even hear of) the first book in the Bailey Ruth series, but that wasn't an obstacle to reading this second installment. In this one, Bailey Ruth is sent back to Earth around the holidays to help protect a young child who may or may not be part of a family that's falling apart. Carolyn Hart writes in the style of a "cozy mystery," but the ghost story aspect gives it a nice little twist that most novels of that stripe don't have. Bailey Ruth isn't the most original character in the world, but she works as the protagonist of this story. There's something to be said for this novel, if you're into this sort of thing.


The Doom Machine
The Doom Machine
by Mark Teague
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but not great, July 16, 2010
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Mark Teague's "The Doom Machine" is a fun look at an old-school sort of science fiction. He plays with classic ideas and tropes pretty freely, and he works them into a solid, if not overwhelming story. The book has the feel of an old-fashioned B-movie, and brings with it a lot of the fun you expect from a project like that. It isn't a fantastic book, but it's pretty good if you're a fan of the genre he's working in, and would be a good read for a kid who's getting into the classics of sci-fi adventure.


The True Gift: A Christmas Story
The True Gift: A Christmas Story
by Patricia MacLachlan
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute, original story, December 13, 2009
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Everybody who crafts a Christmas story wants it to be the next classic. I'm not sure if this book quite reaches that status, but it is good. "The True Gift" is the story of a brother and sister who are sent for a Christmas vacation on their grandparents' farm. The younger of the two, Liam, is heartbroken when he realizes the farm's single cow, White Cow, is lonely. So he sets out to change that. The story is very quick, it can probably be read to a child in a single bedtime reading session. The present-tense narration is a little jarring, at least to me, but it doesn't hurt the book too much. I don't know that this is a book I'll come back to year after year, but it's a sweet story, it's a new tale instead of yet another twist on Dickens or O. Henry, and it really does encapsulate the spirit of Christmas. Those are three big marks in its favor.


North Pole Lost and Other Holiday Stories
North Pole Lost and Other Holiday Stories
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent ideas, terrible execution, December 12, 2009
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I downloaded the sample of this Kindle Edition before purchasing the whole thing, and I read over an okay -- if not great -- story about a sailor who has been abducted by aliens out for a prank. I got the rest of the book, only to find that the quality dropped precipitously after that first story. After that initial tale, we get weak writing, clunky exposition, strained dialogue and infantile situations over and over again. The Christmas novella "North Pole Lost," is a painful attempt at a World War II allegory. The Easter story... to call it weak is an understatement. It's a silly, poor effort at a courtroom "drama." The formatting is totally off as well, with lines that all run together, whole segments with a carriage return after every line, and chapter headings that leave big gaps after the first letter. If that wasn't bad enough, the book is full of grammatical and punctuation errors. The only thing this book has going for it are a couple of good ideas -- the aforementioned sailor story and a decent twist on the Thanksgiving tale (although again, the execution kills it). If ever there was a book in need of an editor, this is it. Pass.
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