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The Widening Gyre (Spenser Book 10)
The Widening Gyre (Spenser Book 10)
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $5.99

3.0 out of 5 stars decent if simple plot, a little short on adversaries and not enough hawk, May 4, 2014
If you are a Spenser fan, worth the read, but not up there with the best in the series. A good quick read.

The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon Book 1)
The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon Book 1)
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars decent but not overwhelming..., December 22, 2013
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The characters lack believability, and in particular Silva presents male characters who he wants to be both cold killers and yet sufficiently attractive to be seducers and great lovers of women. They are unconvincing and their shallowness makes it hard to care about the characters or buy the often strained plot elements in the story.

Cities in Flight
Cities in Flight
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $11.84

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic SCIENCE fiction, April 17, 2012
This review is from: Cities in Flight (Kindle Edition)
If you like science fiction with an emphasis on science, this series about a galaxy whose development is dominated by the development of antigravity and anti-agathics (drugs that stop both illness and the aging process) will delight you. Its great example of cold war era science fiction. Don't look for sophistication in writing or character development, or the kind of dark but hip view of the future you might get from a William Gibson; this is fiction more in the Asimov tradition -- a little more serious, better written than the Foundation Trilogy, but it feels like that kind of read.

Spore - PC/Mac
Spore - PC/Mac
Offered by Digitalville
Price: $19.99
42 used & new from $7.93

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On behalf of my middle school students...many thumbs up, February 15, 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Spore - PC/Mac (DVD-ROM)
I'm writing this review based on the enthusiasm of my 7th and 8th grade students, not on my own experience. I have about six Spore fanatics in my 7th and 8th grade science classes. This group spends long hours playing Spore and has been doing so all semester, and all of them lobbied me to buy the game for my 5th grade daughter. There are numerous other kids in 6th grade who are also playing. They all say that this is a very different game from what they've played before. What these kids have in common are: very bright,creative, love to read, love science, long attention spans. So, my recommendation is that if you have a kid like this -- perhaps especially a girl, although it could be justa coincidence -- purchase Spore.

If the DRM really bugs you, then view it as a long term rental. That is what all games are anyway, because given a few years and a couple of operating system iterations (at least on Windows) old games either don't play or have been surpassed.

Leading with Soul: An Uncommon Journey of Spirit (Jossey-Bass Management)
Leading with Soul: An Uncommon Journey of Spirit (Jossey-Bass Management)
by Lee G. Bolman
Edition: Hardcover
224 used & new from $0.01

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Saccharine for the Soul, July 12, 2007
First, a disclaimer -- I'm an atheist, so a book that regularly refers to concepts like "soul" and "prayer" wasn't perfect for me.

That said, as a former partner in an international management consulting firm I've had to wade through many poorly written management and advice books. Among those, this stands out for being particularly vapid. The conceit of being a work of fiction that teaches allows the authors to ignore the need for research or data. The fictional account also allows them to avoid taking any repsonsibility for presenting alternate viewpoints or expressing doubt.

Most management books have a theme that could have been confined to a ten page article, which the authors instead run out to 200 pages to make a book. In this case, the messages of "more to life than work" and "treat employees with respect" would have better been presented as a five paragraph essay.

Nice cover photo of the woods though...

Thinking Physics: Practical Lessons in Critical Thinking
Thinking Physics: Practical Lessons in Critical Thinking
by Lewis Carroll Epstein
Edition: Paperback
58 used & new from $3.02

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A deceivingly simple introduction to Physics, September 18, 1998
Thinking Physics is the best -- if not the only -- effective way to discover the light Physics sheds on the way the world works. The books format is simple, but the questions are intellectually challenging and the visuals and explanations are clear and concise. My only regret about Thinking Physics is that I didn't take a class in the subject from a teacher like Epstein

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