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The Setup: A True Story of Dirty Cops, Soccer Moms, and Reality TV
The Setup: A True Story of Dirty Cops, Soccer Moms, and Reality TV
by Pete Crooks
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.45
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3-and-a-half or 4 stars, February 17, 2015
The story is fun and interesting, but as another reviewer wrote, the book could have used another pass by an editor, in part because the chronology seems a little scrambled.

Honestly, though, maybe what it really needs is a different author in order to introduce a different point of view. Pete Crooks seems to be a good writer (I'd read his stuff in Diablo Magazine if I lived in that area), but he's just too close to the story. Obviously he plays a role in the story, but not every aspect of the story does or should revolve around him.

All in all, this gets 3-and-a-half or 4 stars.


Flag Quiz
Flag Quiz
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4.0 out of 5 stars My kids love it, April 1, 2014
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My kids love it. I'd kind of like a little info about each flag, too (links to a Wikipedia page, maybe?)


Year Zero: A Novel
Year Zero: A Novel
by Robert H. Reid
Edition: Hardcover
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it's no Hitchhiker's Guide, but..., September 13, 2012
This review is from: Year Zero: A Novel (Hardcover)
It's no Hitchhiker's Guide (as some reviewers compared it), but it isn't awful either. The biggest issue is that the author has axes to grind about some subjects (particularly the legal situation around music rights, but also Windows computing) and he's heavy-handed in writing about them, even in this mostly-fictional world.


Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters
Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters
by Peter Sanderson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just a fanboy thing, April 18, 2012
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My boys (6 and 8) recently discovered the TV show, but I hadn't seen it in years. Suffice to say, we're enjoying the show on different levels: I enjoy the camp and cheese factor, but they take it take it fairly seriously ("But WHY did the Archer put his own picture on the counterfeir moeny, Dad???").

This book takes the series seriously as a cultural phenomenon of its time (which it undoubtedly was), while acknowledging the campiness of it all. This is no poorly put-together fanboy book (like some of the Batman books out there), but some well-thought-out essays on the series (and the accompanying movie). Some more pictures would ahve been nice, but ultimately that isn't a problem.

And my kids LOVE the chronological episode guide in the appendix.
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Just My Type: A Book About Fonts
Just My Type: A Book About Fonts
by Simon Garfield
Edition: Hardcover
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars needs some visual examples, November 30, 2011
The book is moderately interesting, but would have been greatly improved by including more visual examples and comparisons. If Helvetica and Arial are mostly the same, but with slight differences, SHOW us the two side by side (full alphabets, not just a few words in each) so we can SEE that this "e" looks different from that "e".


The Weight: A Novel
The Weight: A Novel
by Andrew Vachss
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It totally lost me, November 27, 2010
This review is from: The Weight: A Novel (Hardcover)
I think I've read all of Vachss' novels, but the last few have been harder and harder to slog through. Eventually I lost track of all of the double-crossing and lies in this book, and soon after that I stopped caring. I guess I want a more coherent plot in a book; having Vachss once again hammer home the details of the criminal mind, and how a "stand up" criminal is supposed to act just isn't enough for me any more.
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Wanna Get Lucky? (Lucky O'Toole Las Vegas Adventures)
Wanna Get Lucky? (Lucky O'Toole Las Vegas Adventures)
by Deborah Coonts
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $24.99
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improves on Evanovich, November 8, 2010
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This would probably appeal to folks who USED TO like Janet Evanovich's books --BEFORE they turned lazy and formulaic. The difference here is that main character Lucky O'Toole is actually competent at her job.

You can see some of the "twists" coming from a mile away, but it's still a lot of fun.


Star Island
Star Island
by Carl Hiaasen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.55
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Collapses under the weight of its sprawling outrageousness, October 20, 2010
This review is from: Star Island (Hardcover)
I've read many of Hiaasen's books, and generally enjoyed them. This one, however, collapses under the weight of its sprawling outrageousness. By the end, I couldn't keep track of (or muster up much interest in) who was doing what to whom, and why.


Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy
Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy
by Melissa Milgrom
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $25.00
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a slow read, September 2, 2010
This isn't a bad book or a boring book, but for some reason reading it was a slow-go. I could only make it through a chapter (or less) before I'd find myself putting the book down and wandering off to do something else.

As others have mentioned, the book cries out for photos, but it supplies none.


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