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The Colossus
The Colossus
Price: $4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good adventure story, December 8, 2014
This review is from: The Colossus (Kindle Edition)
I don’t usually read adventure novels, but this was a fun, fast-paced read. Max, the lead character, was real, flawed -- and lovable. Her romantic dilemma was woven into the adventure story beautifully. The exotic locales where Max ends up while she pursues the mystery of an ancient pill and a modern-day health risk were intriguing and took me right into those countries and their people. I also liked that I learned some things about modern science (the way one does when reading Michael Crichton’s novels) that tapped into some of the most recent discoveries in genetics. Overall, a good read!


The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5)
The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5)
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $11.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book!, September 9, 2014
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I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Tana French’s series, and The Secret Place was even more compelling than the earlier works in the series. Here’s what Tana French does so well in this book. She combines an intriguing ‘who done it’ plot with an absorbing ‘why done it’psychological suspense. Her detective characters are real and flawed and in their own ways tug at our heartstrings. The revelations she makes about them show how their own issues sometimes give them grand insights into potential suspects that might help them solve the case and sometimes jeopardize their ability to succeed. The victim and major suspects in this work are all teenagers, and French does a superb job of capturing the intensity and confusion and vulnerability of youth, pasted over with a thin layer of OMG text messages and their “whatever” responses to adults. As usual, she also does an excellent job of conveying atmosphere, so that we’re brought right into this posh school and the misty glades surrounding it that can turn it both magical and scary at night.


Ultimate Marketing Secrets: 520 Questions That Sell Like CRAZY! + Plus Bonus
Ultimate Marketing Secrets: 520 Questions That Sell Like CRAZY! + Plus Bonus

1.0 out of 5 stars Poor resource, June 6, 2011
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This books consists of a total of 520 questions - that's it. No commentary, no discussion of how they might be used, etc. Just 520 questions, ranging in length from 2 words to 5 words, so that many of them are simply an introductory line, such as "Would you like to ..." followed by a long list of phrases 2 or 3 words long - such as "live a long life?" and "pay your bills on time?" I suppose you could take the time, as a marketer, to look through the lists (it would only take about 5 minutes) and see if any of them happen to match the product or service you are offering. But if you have a product, for instance, designed to help people lose weight, do you really need a book to discover that one of the marketing questions you might want to pose to potential buyers is "Would you like to lose weight?" The only thing I learned from this book is the answer to the question "Would you like to make some money by cleverly naming lists of something in a way that makes people think it's worth purchasing? Here's an example of how to do that." If this book were printed on paper, I'd say it wasn't worth the paper it was printed on.


Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things
Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things
by Laurence Gonzales
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.80
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stimulates thinking in new ways, October 9, 2008
I was surprised by how negative some of the reviews of this book are. It seems that people who read Gonzales' previous book, Deep Survival, were disappointed in this one because they expected a very different kind of book. Not having read Deep Survival, I had no particular expectations and I found Everyday Survival thought-provoking and interesting. I don't entirely agree with Gonzales' main thesis - that our modern way of living has made us unable to call on adaptive behavior that came naturally to our prehistoric ancestors, making us at risk in today's world. But, though they were occasionally a tad too drawn out, I found his stories intriguing, his examples powerful, and his overall analysis thought-provoking.


The Bounce Back Book: How to Thrive in the Face of Adversity, Setbacks, and Losses
The Bounce Back Book: How to Thrive in the Face of Adversity, Setbacks, and Losses
by Karen Salmansohn
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.66
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wise and funny, advice to help you through tough times, June 7, 2008
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The Bounce Back book is a treasure of useful ideas to help people bounce back from tough experiences. Salmansohn has a great ability to distill the very best from academic psychology, combine those insights with the spiritual perspective of Eastern philosophy, and convey all this with humor and panache. But what is most moving about the Bounce Back book is the very real and human voice of the author - so authentic that you feel she is sitting in your kitchen and talking with you about these ideas over a cup of coffee. This book is a great gift to give yourself or to anyone you care about who's trying to cope with a difficult time in their lives.


On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not
On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not
by Robert Alan Burton
Edition: Hardcover
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't be certain you'll love this book, but I sure did., April 4, 2008
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As an avid reader of authors such as Stephen Pinker (How the Mind Works), Malcolm Gladwell (Blink), Richard Restak (The Brain Has a Mind of Its Own) and Timothy Wilson (Strangers to Ourselves), I found Burton's book On Being Certain a riveting read. Trying to understand how the mind works feels to me as if we are putting together a huge jigsaw puzzle, knowing that we only have 20 or 30% of the pieces. On Being Certain provides a key piece that for me shifted all the others into a more meaningful pattern.

Burton argues eloquently for the power that the feeling of certainty that we are right has over us. I agree; and also find that this book triggered the reverse in me: a sense of uncertainty,the feeling that I'm not sure what I believe about some of the issues Burton raises. And that can be an exhilarating experience as well. As one wit said, "Being certain is nice, but it's doubt that gets you an education."

Burton uses very creative analogies, practical examples, and reader-friendly illustrations to convey the intricacies of what he is describing, and he links what might otherwise seem to be esoteric issues to questions about self and the meaning of life that have haunted humantity for eons. I thought this was a super book.


Something Happened: A book for children and parents who have experienced pregnancy loss.
Something Happened: A book for children and parents who have experienced pregnancy loss.
by Cathy Blanford
Edition: Perfect Paperback
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Help for children, help for parents, March 10, 2008
So often the grief of parents who have experienced a miscarriage, still-birth, or death of newborn goes unacknowledged. The reactions of other children in the family are even more likely to be overlooked. How can parents help their other children understand and cope with this loss to a family? This book offers wonderful help. It not only tells a story that even very young children can understand in a way that reassures them, but, in separate text on most pages, it also provides insights to parents about what their child might be thinking or feeling. As a psychologist with a special interest in how children think, I was so impressed - both the story itself and the comments to parents are beautifully attuned to the emotional needs and the cognitive development of young children. These features, plus the breathtakingly beautiful drawings, make Something Happened a sensitive, wonderful gift. When you know someone who has experienced this sort of loss and think "What could I do to help?" - my answer is that you can listen with your heart to their story of grief - and you can give this book as a gift. - Madeleine Van Hecke, PhD


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