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An Hour Before Daylight: Memories of a Rural Boyhood
An Hour Before Daylight: Memories of a Rural Boyhood
by Jimmy Carter
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.17
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rural America, August 13, 2014
As I read "An Hour Before Daylight", I felt like I was a witness into rural America at the beginning of the 20th Century. At the same time, this insight is coming from a former President of the United States. Life was rough, and Jimmy Carter does not shy away from that fact.

Americans often have the myopic vision of Jimmy Carter as a peanut farmer. First, that is inaccurate because of numerous products of the Carter farm. Second, it is misleading in that it neglects the social conditions during farm life. Sharecropping and racial segregation were the norm during Carter's childhood. In was a rugged time in history.

Carter is a gifted writer and portrays at honest picture of time. He gives insight into the time period and his early years. It is not my favorite book by Carter, but it does explain the circumstances he came from.


The Secret People
The Secret People
by John Wyndham
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under the Desert, August 3, 2014
I am having difficulty understanding the negative reviews for this book. Certainly, it is not as good as Wyndham's other books. Further, the story is not as well refined. Still, it is a captivating story and shows skills for a first book.

The logistics of creating a new sea in place of a desert are a little bit suspect. Perhaps if global warming were to entirely melt the ice caps and water were in dramatic excess, it would be a feasible idea. Suspending disbelief, a dramatic turn of events lead our central characters through a series of underground caverns before crashing into the new sea and being apprehended by the cave dwellers. From there, it is a struggle to escape from the caves.

At times, I felt the story was unclear and could have used further explanation. At the same time, the premise of being trapped below the Earth's surface by cave dwellers is rather fascinating.


One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)
by Agatha Christie
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.34
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4.0 out of 5 stars Overdose of Plot Twists, July 30, 2014
When I read Agatha Christie, I have to remind myself that the twists in her works of fiction are too fantastic to happen in reality. For those who seek the solution before finishing the book, clues abound for the observant. It is only a matter of determining fact from fiction.

Mr. Morley, Poirot's personal dentist, seems to have committed suicide. It seems a cut and dry case to everybody but Poirot. The death of Morley's final patient, an accidental overdose of anesthetic, gives reason for the suicide. Few can foresee where the case goes from here.

A clue of wardrobe gives a hint to the killer, but it only seem that the picture becomes clear as the choices are weaned away. Overall, this is among Christie's more clever works, even if the length the killer goes seem preposterous.


John Wesley: Servant of God
John Wesley: Servant of God
by John Charles Pollock
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wesley in Brief, July 24, 2014
For those seeking a brief look at the life of John Wesley, this book may be ideal. Though the book only looks at Methodism as an early movement, the book does give an ideal of its roots as John Wesley nurtures the concept.

Those looking for a peak into the man, may be surprised to learn of some of the events in Wesley's life. Some of the tales told in this book would hardly suggest Wesley to be an ideal candidate to found a religious movement. Rejected in America, having issues with women, and attacked by mobs, Wesley was never welcomed or appreciated until late in his life. Through his work, he sought to supplement other denominations, not start his own. A epilogue that explains Methodism after Wesley's death would have made the book seem more complete.

Overall, the book was accurate in demonstration seeing John Wesley as an exceptional man of God and a flawed individual. Those looking for a primer of Wesley's life might choose this book.


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OXO Tot Roll Up Bib and Silicone Spoon Set - Green
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!, July 14, 2014
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Why didn't somebody think of this sooner? The reviewed item is like a safety net for food that never makes it to the baby's mouth. The savings in cleanup alone are worth the purchase of this bib. Every expectant parent needs to get one of these.


The Shape of Things to Come
The Shape of Things to Come
by H. G. Wells
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Different Kind of Wells., July 14, 2014
Like other reviewers, I did not know this book existed in print until I found it. The fact that I prolific writer has a book that gathers cobwebs in bookstores should have been a clue to me. "The Shape of Things to Come" marks a major shift for Wells from science fiction writer to philosopher. Wells does not shy away from opinions and makes predictions that are rather outrageous such as the idea of a one world state. It reads like a history book in which history is recorded incorrectly.

The book is a framed narrative as the narrator synthesizes the "dream book" of Dr. Raven, in which Raven has recorded his view of the future. The present tense in the book refers to the period just after World War I. The narrative is fairly direct in assuming the next world war, but Raven's consequences of the war are somewhat misguided. The eventual movement, albeit a slow one, would be toward socialism. Most of the structures of society are abandon and intellectuals emerge to guide the movement toward the new modern world.

When Wells has told of the future in previous works, it has never quite looked like this. In many of his more noted works, Wells political leanings are a little more veiled. In "The Shape of Things to Come", his leanings are as plain as day. The noted agenda prevents this book from scratching places where Wells reached with his more noted works.


The Atlanta Child Murders: the Night Stalker
The Atlanta Child Murders: the Night Stalker
by Jack Mallard
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.00
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atlanta Vice, July 7, 2014
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To state the obvious, there are not a lot of books available on the topic of the Atlanta Child Murders. Jack Mallard may be an excellent prosecutor, but his skill in writing is less than ideal. I am actually a little surprised the publisher would allow the self-promotion, passages bolded for emphasis, and exclamation points in a formal writing. Most readers want to learn about Wayne Williams, not Jack Mallard.

The initial chapter follows the rapid accumulation of the body count in the city of Atlanta. Little background is present on the young victims in this portion of the book. The manner in which Williams was captured is rather interesting, but I did not feel as though the author was presenting the entire picture. Much of the book follows the trial. While Mallard did not copy the court transcripts verbatim, he did create a cliff notes version. Not every witness or detail needed to be included, particularly if it contributed little to the case.

Mallard's more recent follow-ups and the detailing of the evidence is where the author wins points with me. I did not need him to apologize for not using color pictures in the book, but the argument against Williams is sufficient and leaves little doubt.


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Huggies Little Movers Diapers, Size 4, 112 Count (Packaging May Vary)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Are all diapers created equal?, June 25, 2014
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For the most part, I have been a Pampers shopper when buying diapers for my children. Yet when Amazon has a great deal, I can not help but accept Huggies as a substitute. The diapers do not leak and fit snuggly on the baby's behind. Further, the diapers are sturdy enough to avoid rips during rough and tumble play. Huggies gets my endorsement!


Harpo Speaks!
Harpo Speaks!
by Harpo Marx
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breaking the Silence, June 25, 2014
This review is from: Harpo Speaks! (Paperback)
Harpo Speaks! gives voice to one of the most famous silent actors of the silver screen. The book chronicles his life, largely excluding the movies, before abruptly ending with Harpo's death. It is an entertaining read that is sure to find value in the hearts of his fans.

From the humble beginnings of his Jewish family, Harpo seemed to be the Marx brother least destined for fame. Thrust into the spotlight by his mother, Harpo's initial experiences were humiliating. After a reviewer mocked Harpo's voice, he went silent. Of course, this would be Harpo's greatest decision. Though most noted for the Marx brothers movies, Harpo's other exploits in entertainment are noted in the book as well as more personal/private exploits. Many of the moments are laugh out loud funny.

I found myself a little puzzles at how little the Marx brothers movies were mentioned in the book. Perhaps Harpo avoided this because it is what readers most expected. My desire for more is the primary reason I gave the book 4 stars.


Necrophenia (Gollancz)
Necrophenia (Gollancz)
by Robert Rankin
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.95
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Messy, June 15, 2014
This review is from: Necrophenia (Gollancz) (Paperback)
Usually calling a book a mess is not a kind think to say. In Robert Rankin's case, it is kind of what the author was trying to do. The problem becomes the story is so disjointed and preposterous, that it becomes hard to handle. The back cover of a book often gives tidbits about the story. It this case, I am not certain the back cover is describing the correct story.

The hero begins the story as the leader of a band in the golden age of rock'n'roll before getting sucked into a series of improbable messes. The rock references by Rankin are funny, but he has previously used this angle. One unlikely twist leads to another before Tyler is halting the planet from being turned into a necrosphere. Only then do we learn why Tyler has never had sex.

There are a number of good laughs scattered about this book. "Necrophenia" never drew me in the way other Rankin books did. I am still not entirely sure I understood what I read.


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