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How to Be a Genius: A Handbook for the Aspiring Smarty-Pants
How to Be a Genius: A Handbook for the Aspiring Smarty-Pants
by Andre de Guillaume
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $12.55
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Step Two, December 5, 2007
This is Andre's follow-up book to How to Rule the World: A Handbook for the Aspiring Dictator. It's a light-hearted look at the aspiring smarty-pants written in the same fashion as the previous text. There's a decent smattering of tongue-in-cheek humor mixed into the actual history lessons you'll get on past and present geniuses. You get some interesting facts and guidelines on what you need to do to join the ranks of the likes of Plato, Mozart, Curie, Einstein, and Stephen Hawking. You'll take cues on how to dress, act in public, how to date, and which line of genius you want to follow (science, music, philosophy). It's fun and you'll read it in a matter of hours.

The Innocent
The Innocent
by Harlan Coben
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.83
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong stand alone, November 26, 2007
This review is from: The Innocent (Paperback)
Matt Hunter, college student turned 'accidental killer' ends up in prison. Upon his release, he begins trying to reassemble his life. He works with his brother, married Olivia, buys a house in the old neighborhood, and after years of trying, has a child on the way. But then he gets an odd call on his cell phone, one leading to his wife having an affair and then his life begins to unravel again.

Coben may have a formula to his stand alone novels but this is the better of those books. I thought I had it figured out around page 180 but I fell for the swerve and then I became engulfed in the story and was hungry for more... until the ending wrap-up. That's what keeps this book from getting five stars, suddenly - boom - it's over and everyone gets what they want. It's an intriguing, engrossing story that closes a little to fairy tale-ish. Fans of Coben will eat this up. This one could so easily be made into a hit movie with a strong cast. Definitely recommended as a thriller/mystery even if you don't know who Coben is.

I Am Legend
I Am Legend
by Richard Matheson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.19
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes... I did it too., November 20, 2007
Many people have rushed out to read this 'book' due to the upcoming movie. Frankly put, the movie will not be close to the book and great liberties will be taken. Most people know the basic story, as noted everywhere, Neville is the last man on earth... but he's not alone. Everyone else has succumbed to the vampire-like plague. This is his story. Neville is just a guy, he's not a doctor, cop, athlete, or military. He's just Mr. Anybody and that is what helps make this 160 pg story work.

Even better with the current release of the story, is the collection of other short stories written by Matheson. There's a good variety and some stunk (Witch War), some were borderline (Mad House), some were mildly amusing (The Funeral), and some were quite good (Person to Person) but most of the extra stories are interesting and light horror. My favorite in the book is actually PREY which does have a movie adaptation in 1975's Trilogy of Terror . I saw that movie as a little kid and it scared the bejesus outta me and still bothers me now.

Buy it for I AM LEGEND, but enjoy the surprisingly decent short stories afterward.

A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex
A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex
by Peter Fornatale
Edition: Hardcover
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Jericho Curse, November 12, 2007
Chris Jericho sets forth to tell us the tale of his life. It's fairly amusing with running jokes throughout. He hashes on some of his peers and glorifies a few others. He talks briefly about his personal life, in what there is of it, it is usually about his mom and dad. This book covers what he may deem as the highlights or shifting moments in his career as a pro-wrestler. He starts with his training at the Hart Brothers Wrestling Camp (sans any Hart Brothers), early forays into the US, his time in Mexico then Japan and finally into ECW and then WCW. The book goes up to his debut on WWE Raw and then ends. He can obviously come out with a sequel based upon his last seven years in and out of the WWE.

It's a decent story of a young man's seemingly short career (comeback anyone?). He glazes over many areas and tends to stay away from his real personal life but that's okay. I really enjoyed the book but it is more of an on-the-road memoirs covering (as I said) what he may deem as turning point/highlights of his "paying the dues". Certainly worth reading for the hardcore and casual fans alike and there's always the chance of Book 2 coming in the future with his eventual return to the business. His character of Y2J certainly is present in his writing but there's the occassional glimpse of what may be the real Chris Irvine also.

Wild Man
Wild Man
by Gabriel Whitney
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.85
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm, November 5, 2007
This review is from: Wild Man (Paperback)
I purchased this book because it was referenced for bigfoot fiction. While the story teases at it, it never happens. Instead we get a random group of characters that you could care less about that babble throughout the book. We have no less than four people who have 'died' but are just hiding out in the woods letting the world think they're dead. We get the vice-presdent's son toting along a tabloid reporter and two bigfoot researchers. We get a group of mamby-pamby friends that get together yearly for a reunion at some cabins out in nowhere-land, yet it's awful busy. The recluses aren't reclusive and pretty much from page one, you get the distinct impression that this is nothing more than the author expressing his personal opinions about anything and everything from the Iraqi war, religion, politics, to vegetarianism, timber industry, and many others. It was painfully boring for me. The book made no sense despite trying to be a veiled attempt at saying the 'while you may think you are one type of person, you'll find out you're truly not anything close to that.' There are inconsistancies throughout the story, first one being on page 6 in which just how the wrecked car lands is in dispute from the author's descriptions.
I guess there's a reason some books are self published.

Friday the 13th 25th Anniversary Boxed Set
Friday the 13th 25th Anniversary Boxed Set
Offered by tankgirl
Price: $97.99
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pam & Jason, November 1, 2007
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This is a collection display piece which takes Pam Voorhees from the first F13, and Jason from F13 pt2. The look is great, coming with bases for Pamela and Jason as well as an accessory altar stump as viewed in F13 pt2 in Jason's ramshackle abode. The Pam figure is well done and a bit creepy looking. The Jason figure comes with an option of sackheaded Jason or you can pop it off and put on the "Warrington Gilette" head of the unmasked Jason from F13 pt2. The set comes with a variety of weapons including machete, bow, spear, axe, knife, pickaxe,and pitchfork. The set looks great, however, the figures just don't remain standing upright on the formed bases for the figures. If you stand them up, within a few hours, there is a noticeable lean going on as the figures attempt to fall over. So without gluing them in place, there is a fault in this display piece.

A Fate Worse Than Dragons
A Fate Worse Than Dragons
by John Moore
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What's the deal with virgins?, October 27, 2007
Terry the knight and Princess Gloria are in love. Terry slays a dragon to be able to marry Gloria as is the unwritten tradition of fantasy kingdoms - 'slay a dragon, marry the princess'. The problem is, the dragon wandered into a different kingdom with a different princess. Meanwhile, Gloria is informed of her arranged marriage to sliced-bread tycoon Roland. So Terry and Gloria come up with a kidnapping scheme to replace the dragon-slaying. Everything seems to be going good until a secondary botched kidnapping happens and now Terry must venture into the dangerous domain belonging to the Middle-Aged Man of the Mountains (seems the Old Man of the Mountain has retired).

All-in-all, it's another fantasy parody put forth by John Moore and slides right into the format of his other comedic fantasy novels. It's a little slow to begin with but picks up half way through. There's even a parody of the great Wesley/Vizzini scene from "Princess Bride". It's a short book (230 pgs) and quick to read. There's also good debate on what the purpose is of always using virgins for evil schemes. You should laugh a few times and enjoy the story for what it is. Could have used a chapter at the end about Crazy Jane and 'Sir' Huggins though.

She Wakes
She Wakes
by Jack Ketchum
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars She wakes but I sleep, October 19, 2007
This review is from: She Wakes (Mass Market Paperback)
Jack Ketchum turns to Greek mythology in this book involving tourists in Greece that meet up with a supernatural element. There's not much more to summarize that others haven't covered. I truly like the Ketchum novels but this, for me, was terribly boring. No matter how much I wanted to accept the story, I just kept finding better things to look at than this book, like my wallpaper or lawn. Really all I can say is I'm glad this wasn't the first Ketchum novel I read because I wouldn't have read any others. There's the old saying, if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all... with that, goodbye.

The World's Worst Cars
The World's Worst Cars
by Craig Cheetham
Edition: Hardcover
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Coffee Table Car book, October 18, 2007
This review is from: The World's Worst Cars (Hardcover)
There's mountains of books out there for great cars. There's whole libraries devoted to them but what happens to those stinkers that fail miserable, have poor performance, or are just dang ugly. Craig Cheetham has put forth this book listing roughly 150 of what he deems are some of the worst cars in the world. It's easy to go through and makes for an entertaining coffee table book. Each entry gives the basic stats during production and then paraphrases why it is included in this tome. There's a wide spread of vehicles from numerous countries. Craig is very careful to point out, these are only HIS opinions based on ownership, research, and personal views. There are plenty of photos, every entry has at least 2-5 images of the car itself. I'd like to have maybe had one less of the car per page and include a shot of the dashboard features. Unfortunately, many of the problems that make these the worst becomes redundant - rust rot, poor handling, bad performance at speed, and looks.

The book is broken into 5 categories. 1) Badly Built - self explanatory. 2) Design Disasters in which the manufacturers just weren't thinking much on the layouts. 3) Financial Failures in which the car just didn't sell, cost more to make it than it was worth, suffered from lawsuits, or drove a company to bankruptcy. 4) Misplaced Marques in which on company tries to slap a logo and minor change to another manufactures creation. 5) Motoring Misfits which entails oddball vehicles that just don't work properly or became jokes.

Some of these cars went from being famous to infamous due to restructuring or financial problems. There's a huge variety of vehicles including the expected AMC Gremlin and Pacer, the Ford Pinto, Tucker's Torpedo, the Edsel, Pontiac Aztek (horrifically ugly and impractical car), DeLorean, Jeep ripoff India made Mahindra Indian Chief, Reliant Robin (3wheel car), Amphicar, Nash Metropolitan, and even into the Lotus and Lambourghini Espada ranks. Just when you think your prefered brand is safe, one will pop up in this list.

The books inexpensive and was entertaining to go through. Sadly, I can say I have owned four of the cars in this book: Mustang II, Ford Explorer, Subaru SVX, and Subaru XT coupe. Enjoy and find your car.

Mysteries of Wrestling: Solved
Mysteries of Wrestling: Solved
by Adam Kleinberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.62
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4.0 out of 5 stars Radio Wrestling, October 18, 2007
Here's another book about pro-wrestling. This time "written" by two fans of the business, so much that they have their own radio show regarding wrestling. All in all, this was a fun book to read, maybe not overly informative but certainly enjoyable. It's pretty much a book filled with interview clips relating to a variety of topics the authors had with the pros. Topics include outlandish gimmicks, who's the toughest guy in wrestling, the Kliq's reign over wrestling, wrestlings families, Austin's hatred of Jarrett, was ECW the best federation, has the internet ruined wrestling, the untrue death rumors of many wrestlers, referees' importance, having Hogan as a friend in the business, the ever present "Is it Fake" question, and is there such a thing as retirement from wrestling?

There's a very good selection of interview quotes coming from a wide range of personalities. While it's not really late-breaking information, it was certainly fun to read. Goes well with Between the Ropes: Wrestling's Greatest Triumphs and Failures by Brian Fritz & Chruistopher Murray, another pair of radio host-wrestling fans.

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