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Difficult Loves
Difficult Loves
by Italo Calvino
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.75
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5.0 out of 5 stars Little pieces of magic., July 7, 2015
This review is from: Difficult Loves (Paperback)
Little pieces of magic. Calvino's stories are short, sometimes sweet, sometimes bitter, sometimes mystical. Brilliant!

Calvino's mastery of the short short story format is unparalleled. He just lures you in with every little tale that he spins. I think he almost purposely starts the stories out uninteresting at times. I found myself reading the first page or two of a story thinking "this is boring- I don't even want to read another word." But literally seconds later I find myself enthralled with the characters, the story, the ideas.

Every single story touches you in a different way. Some are just funny and silly. Others are deeply sad. But they are all lovely.


Daredevil / Echo: Vision Quest
Daredevil / Echo: Vision Quest
by David Mack
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $12.58
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5.0 out of 5 stars David Mack is a genius., July 7, 2015
Fantastic!

David Mack's unique style transcends the medium. He brings it to the Daredevil series with this amazing book. I'll be honest- I'm not a Daredevil fan and never would have read this book if it wasn't a Mack effort. I love his mixed media, nontraditional style. It may not be for everyone as it is more "artistic" and less traditional comic book. But to me, it's so creative and complex and layered that even this simple story is thrilling.


What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
by Malcolm Gladwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.83
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable, entertaining, educational set of essays., July 6, 2015
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Entertaining, solid set of essays.

If you are a Malcolm Gladwell fan, this book will not disappoint you. Solid, fast-reading essays that tackle sometimes complex topics and usually come up with a counter-intuitive conclusion. After a while, his essay structure becomes recognizable, and you realize when he is leading you down the primrose path, only to show you how conventional thinking is often wrong. His writing style is nearly perfect for these medium-length essays about current issues.

My only quibble is that some of these essays feel a bit dated because of the subject matter, but that is the nature of topical writing. His own political leanings influence his writing, but why shouldn't it be so?

An enjoyable, entertaining, educational set of essays.


Caravanserai
Caravanserai
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, deep, mystic, enchanting album., June 28, 2015
This review is from: Caravanserai (Vinyl)
Ethereal, deep, moving, beautiful.

Santana really soars here; he draws on so many influences and genres. You can feel this music so deeply. It is a spiritual, life-affirming experience. One of those pieces of artistry that transcends the medium.

A beautiful mix of latin beats, Santana's signature guitar licks, keyboards. What is is? Jazz? Rock? Latin music? New age? Fusion? It's pure music, is what it is.

Perhaps because of the mystic quality of this record, it is perhaps my favorite Santana album.

Do yourself a favor and listen to it on vinyl to truly feel all of what is happening here- it is so lush and layered and round on vinyl.


All Over but the Shoutin'
All Over but the Shoutin'
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Price: $9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece; uniquely American literature., June 28, 2015
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I am not qualified to write a review of this book. It would be like someone who can draw stick figures critiquing the artistry of Gaugin.

This is a masterpiece; a great piece of uniquely American literature.

Told in memoir style, what Rick Bragg does here is TELL STORIES. And what a way with a sentence this man has!

Written as an homage to his mother, he recounts his climb from the back woods to the pinnacle of success for a writer- Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times journalist.

Rick Bragg is one of the few writers that can move me to tears not only by the sad truth of a story but by the beauty of a sentence.


Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, Expanded Third Edition
Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, Expanded Third Edition
by Peter D. Kaufman
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining hagiography., June 24, 2015
Entertaining hagiography of a smart, fortunate investor. There is a lot of good stuff in here. In fact, most of the good stuff is repeated multiple times, in case you are a bit dim-witted like me. But it does eventually sink in. What I liked the most were the anecdotes and letters and pithy aphorisms. The little bite-sized biographies of famous people and businessmen was great, too.

What gets a bit grating is the whole lovefest for this man. He is deified here ad nauseum. Amazing to see a capable, smart investor in the stock market get this kind of treatment.

Not worth full price. Look for it on sale or free on the internet.


Robert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City
Robert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City
by Pierre Christin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.42
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably good graphic telling of the Moses story., June 23, 2015
Good graphical overview of the history of Robert Moses, whose influence on NYC is unmatched.

Artfully illustrated, this slim volume tells the good and the bad of the Moses legacy. It makes one regret some of the ways that he destroyed the pedestrian nature of New York, but at the same time his positive impact is still felt in some of the parks and bridges.

I expected a more detailed recounting of the building that he actually did, which felt glossed over. What was his first project? How did it go? What was the reaction to his works? What was the order of things that he built? None of this is covered.


Ensure Active High Protein Nutrition Shake, Milk Chocolate, 8 oz,  24 Count
Ensure Active High Protein Nutrition Shake, Milk Chocolate, 8 oz, 24 Count
Price: $41.37

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Taste test these before ordering in bulk., June 22, 2015
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YUCK.

Everyone has their own taste preferences. To me, these taste horrible.

They are certainly full of nutrients and protein and are low fat.

But I just could barely choke a couple of them down and had to throw the rest of them away.

Try a small pack before your order too many of them, in case you dislike them as much as I did.


Moby Dick: or, the White Whale
Moby Dick: or, the White Whale
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5.0 out of 5 stars The one Great American Novel to rule them all., June 22, 2015
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Brilliant novel, reference, and historical fiction all in one.

I always felt "cheated" that I was not required to read Moby Dick as a young person in school. So I decided to fix the situation by reading it as an adult. What a beautiful, brilliant piece of work this novel is! Melville has been compared to Shakespeare or Dickens. I think those comparisons are apt except that Melville greatly exceeds them in skill and meaning.

While obviously a novel about the Pequod, a whale-hunting ship and its crew from old Nantucket, the narrative serves as a skeleton to hang musings about life, philosophy, religion, race, and humankind. There are so many important ideas in this book that I cannot recount them all here.

One could simply read only Moby Dick, and re-read it and re-read it and learn more than by reading a dozen or more "Great American Novels." In fact, if I was only allowed ONE book to have on the proverbial desert island, it would be with novel. It is that full of meaning and great thinking.

NOTE: I also bought the audio book along with the kindle version as an experiment to see how that experience would be. It was fantastic! I could seamlessly go from audiobook when I was walking to the kindle version when I was sitting. It is very well narrated by a voice actor, which actually adds a lot to the story as well. I highly recommend this, particularly for long books like this one.


Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas
Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas
Price: $5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect biography of a flawed visionary., June 22, 2015
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Grandissimo is a perfectly written biography of the flawed visionary Jay Sarno. David G. Schwartz, Vegas historian extraordinare, hits the perfect balance between detail and fast pacing in his essential biography of the builder of the iconic Caesars Palace and Circus Circus. Sarno's influence on Las Vegas transcends those two hotels; he single-handedly had the vision that has impacted every single property built since then. Without Sarno, there is no Steve Wynn. There is no Mirage, Bellagio, Excalibur, etc.

The pacing of the book is perfect. Schwartz's tale unfolds like a movie as we get to see every aspect of Jay Sarno, a larger than life man of incredible appetites.If you are interested in Las Vegas history, read this book before any others. I have read almost every book on the history of Nevada and it's many colorful characters and this is my favorite. Schwartz did an untold amount of research to get this story right and I thank the Sarno family for cooperating with him. This man's story had to be told, and Schwartz did it perfectly.

You will love Sarno, despise him, pity him, and admire him. But you won't forget him!


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