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Exit Strategy
Exit Strategy
by Douglas Rushkoff
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book .., September 25, 2002
This review is from: Exit Strategy (Paperback)
This is truly a must own book. If you are not familiar with this book, enjoy it, even savior it while you're reading it. This is the type of book that you never want to finish and when you do, you're practically bummed. The storyline is very innovative, the humor sharp and the pacings quick. The bottomline is this book is an excellent read.
I would love to go into particulars about the book but it's kind of a hard one to summarize. I would say that it's almost a cross of The Illuminatus Trilogy and SNOWCRASH. This next comment sounds like a lofty claim, but to me, this book was much better then stephenson's SNOW CRASH.
If you enjoy groundbreaking SCI-FI, I would highly recommend you looking further into this book. I can honestly say that it amazes me that this book never got more fanfare. Critics miss the boat all the time but this book is so good that it should have a grass roots or cult movement that keeps it selling.
Buy a copy, maybe that'll be the start, maybe not but I promise that after you finish reading the book you'll agree.
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Necroscope
Necroscope
by Brian Lumley
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $9.74
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for horror originality? .. This is THE book., June 11, 2000
This review is from: Necroscope (Mass Market Paperback)
If you enjoy horror, sci-fi and drama, buckle up because this book transcends them all. It's often surprising to me that Anne Rice's INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE series has received more fanfare than this novel. I enjoyed Rice's vampires tales as well, especially the faster paced LESTAT, i just find Brian Lumley's work richer in plot developement and suspense. Where Rice tends to focus more on character development and the romance of the era, NECROSCOPE's focus is on a tight plot, intelligent fantasy and gritty details. This is not to say that Lumley's characters are shallow, they are well developed but written for the purpose of telling a story. Rice tends to treat her characters as untouchable, in the long term, typically, nothing bad ever happens to them. I refer to this as the 'soap opera' effect or the return of JR. I realize that it's hard to keep a money machine rolling if you kill off a main character but in his early novels Lumley is fearless when it comes to sacrificing a character for the betterment of the story. i should also say at this point that this opinion is not a spoiler with regards to NECROSCOPE. I'm speaking more to Lumley's general attitude towards writing than NECROSCOPE's plot per se. In Lumley's much later work, he too falls victim to the 'soap opera effect' and since that point the quality of his novels have faded.
Getting back on track NECROSCOPE is the tale of Harry Koegh, a boy born with the ability to talk to the dead. the dead take favor with Koegh as they enjoy his gentle nature and sincere innocence. Koegh calls upon the dead from time to time to assist him. As he grows older he joins a government agency and uses his talent for the enrichment of society. The story does not kick into high gear until Keogh becomes aware of and pursues a character named Dragosani. Dragosani has similar powers to Koegh, however he must violate the dead in order to shear information from them.
This story has action, drama, suspense, and a fantastic summation. NECROSCOPE can be graphic at times, if that is not a detriment to you as a reader, then by all means, buy it, read it, enjoy it.


Phillips' Book of Great Thoughts & Funny Sayings: A Stupendous Collection of Quotes, Quips, Epigrams, Witticisms, and Humorous Comments. For Personal Enjoyment and Ready Reference.
Phillips' Book of Great Thoughts & Funny Sayings: A Stupendous Collection of Quotes, Quips, Epigrams, Witticisms, and Humorous Comments. For Personal Enjoyment and Ready Reference.
by Bob Phillips
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.48
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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rewarding read .., June 10, 2000
this is a fantastic book to have around to read thoroughly or just to browse at your leisure. the quotes and comments vary a great deal covering many different issues and situations.
this book would come in especially handy for an individual who speaks in public. chances are if you're looking for an ice breaker or a clever anecdote, it's in this book.
organized. intelligent. a nice addition to any library.


The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
by J. D. Salinger
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $6.00
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a true american classic - as good as it gets, June 7, 2000
giving this book a favorable review is almost cliché. the one thing that, i think, most everyone that has read this book would agree upon, is that it is truly timeless. since it's publishing in 1951 this book has become an american classic.
the story is simple enough but rich with many characters. the main character holden caulfield is sometimes <as in the story> misunderstood. i paraphrase yogi berra, ".. i thought catcher in the rye was about baseball, turns out it's just about some whinny kid .." this comment was made tongue in cheek and to illicit a laugh but those who do not enjoy this book often leave with this misconception.
the story is really one that would seem to be ripped more from today's generation x then the era it was written. holden is experiencing many difficulties in life, most of which appear to be centered around authoritative figures. the book is written in holden's narrative and although he tries to come off as sophisticated, cynical, or perhaps even aloof he's really just looking for meaning or to be understood.
i realize that my review can only inspire you so much to read this book. i wish i could do more. i can only suggest that if you have not read this book - buy it .. read it. if you have read this book - read it again. regardless, your time will be well spent.


Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy
Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy
by Jim Marrs
Edition: Paperback
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JFK's assassination tactfully approached, June 6, 2000
this book will interest you regardless of your own theories about the kennedy assassination. whether you think that it was a 'lone gunman' or a 'conspired plot'. Crossfire gathers PURE FACT and lets the reader draw their own conclusions as to what happened. this book does not not finger a sole theory on the incident but rather outlines all of the known events that lead up to and after JFK's trip to dallas.
i'm not big on 'conspiracy' but i found this book to hold an amazingly wealth of information. if this subject matter interests you at all, why not pick up the book that was much of oliver stone's inspiration for the movie JFK.
the summation of this book is what the warren commission report *should* have been.


Loose Balls: Easy Money, Hard Fouls, Cheap Laughs and True Love in the NBA
Loose Balls: Easy Money, Hard Fouls, Cheap Laughs and True Love in the NBA
by Steve Friedman
Edition: Hardcover
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars hilarious NBA anecdotes, June 5, 2000
this book is fun to read. williams does a great job giving readers some insight on life in the NBA. he tells many humorous stories about players in the league, names name's, and calls it as he sees it.
this is not so much a book however, as a collection of a bunch of 3 paragraph stories. you almost get the feeling that williams spoke into a recorder about the NBA for several hours, someone took the tape and hammered it out verbatim as a book. this is not necessarily a bad thing unless the reader is expecting some astute or articulate view of the internal goings on in the NBA.
the only thing that nagged me was on several instances williams refers to michael jordan as "black jesus". this does not upset me on a religious ground, and i am a jordan fan, however, i found this just shy of sickening. he compliments many other NBA stars throughout the book but whenever jordan's name is mentioned, it seems to be laid on a bit thicker. it was almost as if williams was looking to place himself in jordan's good graces.
williams is definitely an impressive guy that deserves the success that his career and this book have received.


The Portable Nietzsche (Portable Library)
The Portable Nietzsche (Portable Library)
by Friedrich Nietzsche
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.64
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well thought compilation .., June 5, 2000
this book is an excellent compilation of nietzsche's work. often one of the most misunderstood writers, this definitive interpretation gives excellent insight into nietzsche's background, inspirations and versatility.
in "Human, All Too Human", nietzsche states "when marrying, one should ask oneself this question: do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this woman into your old age? everything else in marriage is transitory, but the most of the time during the association belongs to conversation." ...
nietzsche writes his views and opinions aptly and although you might not always agree, usually you will take pause and consider his presented alternative.


Watership Down
Watership Down
by Richard Adams
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars bunnies! .. yeah bunnies !, June 5, 2000
although i did not find the book as embracing as many of the other reviewers, i did find it an excellent read. in my younger days i remember coming across the book and all of the fanfare that followed it. recently for what ever reason, i decided finally to read the book. i'll admit at my age, i was skeptical that i would enjoy a story about a bunch of bunnies gallivanting around! however about 30 pages into the book and i was completely engrossed.
i enjoyed several things about this book. 1. the author tried to maintain a legitimacy to the life and behavior of rabbits. 2. there are constant departures from the original story where rabbits tell fables of El-ahrairah, a rabbit folk hero. 3. a tightly wound story with an eloquent ending.
if you enjoyed The Hobbit you might enjoy this as well. Watership Downs, much in the same manner of The Hobbit, creates an alternate world to take readers to. one with it's own rules, diction and direction.


The Old Man and The Sea
The Old Man and The Sea
by Ernest Hemingway
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.61
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars new to hemingway ? - this is a good place to start ..., June 5, 2000
if you are new to hemingway and would like something simple to get you started, this is as good a place as any. this short novella characterizes hemingway's sharp descript style. The Old Man And The Sea romantically tells the tale of a <you guessed it> old fisherman and his coming to terms with many issues. The old man sets to sea without the aid of his young friend and junior fisherman. once deep at sea, the old man hooks into a large fish, unlike any he's known. the story begins ..
at 127 pages this is a quick read and worth the time invested.


Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $8.49
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3.0 out of 5 stars revisit a classic .., June 5, 2000
this is a book that will be enjoyed on many levels. it has something for everyone. younger readers will enjoy the fantasy and instant action that the story delivers from page 1. older readers will consider the various 'morals' and how it portrays a micro-version of the degradation of society. although at times the book can be a bit difficult to follow <especially for younger readers>, i believe that their perseverance in reading the book will pay off largely at the conclusion of the tale.


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