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Poke the Box
Poke the Box
by Seth Godin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $8.97
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and concise, but may not be for everyone, May 17, 2012
This review is from: Poke the Box (Hardcover)
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I am unfamiliar with Seth Godin's other work though, based on other reviews of this book, Poke The Box seems to partially function as a distillation and summation of his previous writings prior to the publication of this brief work. It's just under a hundred pages long, so it can be easily read in a single sitting. It's billed as a manifesto, which makes it seems more cohesive than it actually tends to come off as, and furthermore, nothing is explored in too great a depth, owing to its brevity. That said, the book is a fast paced, enjoyable and entertaining read, and possibly even inspirational to the right audience, though others may find it obvious. With regard to the last point, my advice would be to utilize Amazon's Search Inside This Book feature and read the first few pages. If they resonate with you, odds are the rest of the book will do the same. If you feel a sense of déjà vu,however, then you may want to take a pass on this one.


Vixen (The Flappers)
Vixen (The Flappers)
by Jillian Larkin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.53
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3.0 out of 5 stars Diverting read, set in the Roaring Twenties, February 25, 2011
This review is from: Vixen (The Flappers) (Hardcover)
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I'm certain I'm not the target audience for this book, being an adult male, but I do have a long standing interest in the 1920's, so I was intrigued to come across a young adult novel set during this time period. The book, as other readers have pointed out, does unfold like a teenage soap opera, though that may not be a surprise at all considering this is the first of three or four books in a series. Provided you don't come to Vixen (The Flappers) looking for a junior version of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel (and you may be, as the book contains allusions and quotes from Fitzgerald's work), which it is definitely not, you may end up finding this book a fun, diverting read.


Photo and Video Pro X3 Ultimate [OLD VERSION]
Photo and Video Pro X3 Ultimate [OLD VERSION]
Offered by BuyItAnytime
Price: $14.99
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid photo and video editing bundle, February 25, 2011
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Though it's probably no replacement for high end photo and video editing programs (i.e. Photoshop and Premiere and the like), this is still a pretty solid bundle. I found both programs to be unexpectedly full featured, especially the photo editing one, which I use the most. The controls are mostly pretty intuitive, though there were, and still are, times when I had to do some consulting of the help guide. For the average non-professional user, I think the photo editing program will meet most people's needs. The same goes with the video editing program, which I found to be fairly easy to use in general, though its learning curve has been higher than the one for the photo editing program. Consequently, I was slower to use it as much I used the photo editing program. That said, I'm learning more about it every time I use it and it's rarely given me any notable problems. All in all, I've been pretty pleased with both the performances and results gotten from this bundle. (I'm using the suite in on Windows Vista 64 bit computer, with 4 gb of RAM.)


Deceived (Star Wars: The Old Republic, Vol. 2)
Deceived (Star Wars: The Old Republic, Vol. 2)
by Paul S. Kemp
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast moving, entertaining Star Wars adventure, February 25, 2011
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It had been a while since I'd read a Star Wars novel, so I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. The book doesn't exactly pull you in with its first page, but once a bit of action crops up a few more pages in, the story kicks to life and ends up totally absorbing for the rest of the way. It helps that the main players - Zeerid Korr, a reluctant smuggler, Aryn Leneer, a Jedi out for revenge and Darth Malgus, a Sith bent on the complete destruction of the Jedi - are full bodied, believable characters. The story itself seems familiar on the surface, though Kemp manages to resolve it satisfactorily and somewhat unexpectedly. My primary complaint is that the book could have been a bit longer: Kemp establishes a compelling scenario with compelling characters, and one wishes one would have had the chance to explore both even more than one is allowed. I think the story would have had more of an emotional impact had we been able to spent more time in the world Kemp creates. All in all, though, I had a good time reading this novel, which I suppose is what a Star Wars novel is all about, anyway.


Private Life
Private Life
by Jane Smiley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.53
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A finely wrought, emotionally and intellectually engaging novel, December 12, 2010
This review is from: Private Life (Hardcover)
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Spanning a period in American history from the turn of one century to nearly the midpoint of the next one (1883 to 1942), Jane Smiley's latest novel Private Life sets out, according to the author herself, to examine the question "what does marriage mean"? Since I'm now reviewing this book in the wake of numerous reviews that either praise the novel for its sometimes seemingly microscopic attention to detail, both with regard to the characters and the facts of their lives as well as the historical period they live through, or else damn it for the same, labeling it tedious and dull. I expect, however, that patient readers willing to accept its deliberate pace will get the most out of the book and will find it to be a mostly rewarding experience. Private Life is probably not Smiley's best work, but it's still a finely wrought and intellectually and emotionally engaging work.


The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet, A Novel
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet, A Novel
by David Mitchell
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing, fascinating historical novel., November 18, 2010
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I can't say I've been much for historical fiction in the past, but I found David Mitchell's The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet to be immediately absorbing, reminding me to some degree of the novels of Thomas Pynchon and especially John Barth in the 60's and early 70's. Set in Japan of the late 18th century, the book has a fascinating locale (a man made island in the Nagasaki Harbor that serves as port and base for Dutch traders), great characters and a story with an epic sweep about it. It's historical fiction written with a literary bent, or it's literary fiction in the guise of historical fiction: Call it what you will, it's above all a solid entertainment.


A Visit from the Goon Squad
A Visit from the Goon Squad
by Jennifer Egan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.32
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, unconventionally structured novel, November 18, 2010
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Readers used to conventionally structured narratives may be frustrated with Jennifer Egan's music industry oriented novel A Visit From The Goon Squad, at least initially, but for those willing to go along for the ride, it eventually more than pays off. Its non-linear storyline, with multiple points of view, shuffling back and forth through several decades, might have been more frustrating than absorbing in lesser hands, but Egan's a talented enough writer that her second novel never devolves into a literary stunt. It helps that the characters are compelling and that the writing is inventive, witty and often richly entertaining.


Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer's Life
Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer's Life
by Michael Greenberg
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.77
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on the writer's life, May 7, 2010
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Dispensing with the obvious arc of the rise of a fledging writer to successful writer, Michael Greenberg's "Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer's Life" instead places you directly inside the consciousness and sensibility of someone for whom writing is the driving force of virtually every aspect of his life. Arranged into 45 short chapters, most of which run three to four pages long, Greenberg writes about his life semi-chronologically, though with a license to jump into the present and the past as needed. The chapters are designed to stand on their own, and most pack quite a wallop. Though the writing may strike some as understated, Beg, Borrow, Steal still makes for some compulsive, deeply absorbing reading, probably one of the most honest and revealing books about the writers life I have ever come across.


The Great Perhaps: A Novel
The Great Perhaps: A Novel
by Joe Meno
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some echoes of Douglas Coupland, May 4, 2010
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Other reviewers have compared Joe Meno's work in "The Great Perhaps" to writers like John Irving, Jonathan Franzen or Kurt Vonnegut, but the first comparison that occurred to me was Douglas Coupland. Meno is not necessarily stylistically like Coupland, but their work shares some similarities in terms of themes, subject matter and character portraits. Like Coupland's more recent work, Meno's novel is filled with thorny characters, working their way through stories in which "quirky" and "dysfunctional" are operative words. Whereas Coupland's work tends to be more accessible, I found myself initially very resistant to "The Great Perhaps," though I wonder if the difficulty I had with the work is actually the result of bumping up against writing that was more ambitious and far reaching than I had anticipated when I first picked up the book. That said, it's not without its flaws, and, as other reviewers have pointed out, there are some plot turns that many may find more annoying than "quirky." All in all, I would recommend it first to fans of Coupland's work, as they may find a fellow traveler in Meno.


Great Answers to Difficult Questions About Death: What Children Need to Know
Great Answers to Difficult Questions About Death: What Children Need to Know
by Linda Goldman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.35
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4.0 out of 5 stars Concise, sensible and practical, May 4, 2010
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Linda Goldman's "Great Answers to Difficult Questions About Death: What Children Need to Know" is a very concise (just over a hundred pages) volume that offers sensible and practical advice for parents and guardians seeking to answer their children's questions about death. The short format of the book obviously precludes any in depth treatment of the subject, so readers looking for something akin to that will find this book little more than a starting point, but other readers may find its brevity and concise writing to be a plus.


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