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Combat Source Kill Ant Killing Bait Strips (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Combat Source Kill Ant Killing Bait Strips (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars, July 26, 2014
They don't work.

The Lady and the Lawyers
The Lady and the Lawyers
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Victorian "will" melodrama, January 19, 2014
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First the technical --- This is a reprint and not a very good one at that. The typeface is sloppy.

The story of the Swynfen fortune and the legal wrangles it generated is a good read.

Inspector Minahan Makes a Stand
Inspector Minahan Makes a Stand
by Bridget O'Donnell
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3.0 out of 5 stars Overdone but a good read, November 30, 2012
This is a book about a fascinating period in Victorian history --- many themes were intersecting in the 1880's: in this book, we deal with the political ferment fired by the expanding suffrage and Home Rule, a purity crusade, and the rise of new journalism. The story of Stead's Maiden Tribute campaign has been told before. The author here concentrates on the persistent Inspector Minahan's doomed bid to close the brothels of Mrs. Jeffries, the favorite procurer for Royals and rakish aristos in Victorian London.
The book is prodigiously researched but O'Donnell gets a bit carried away with the digressions and footnotes. For all the trappings of scholarship, I think she also too often falls back on "he may have" or "perhaps, he" guesses about what someone thought or did. Perhaps this is the "creative non-fiction" she speaks of in her afterword.
Some of the writing is a bit too creative, even overwrought, at times, in my opinion.
But, being a Victorianist, I enjoyed it.

Crippen: A Novel of Murder
Crippen: A Novel of Murder
by John Boyne
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2.0 out of 5 stars A famous true crime story poorly fictionalized, November 22, 2012
I know the Crippen case very well. I have read several true crime historical accounts of it and very much enjoyed the recent book Thunderstruck the Crippen and Marconi stories. The author here attempts to fictionalise the story and I have no quarrel with that but he has failed. The female characters, especially, Mrs. Smythson, the Drakes, and Cora Crippen are cardboard stereotypes.

It's a period story with precious little period detail. In 1912, no policeman would have used the expression "media circus."

The author's "twist on the story" is plausible and may be the most interesting thing about this generally exasperating effort.

The Totally Biased Guide to Southern College Football (The Totally Biased Guide to... Book 1)
The Totally Biased Guide to Southern College Football (The Totally Biased Guide to... Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fan Friendly Romp, August 10, 2011
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Two words every Southern football fan hates to hear: "Must Read." Reminds them of fifth grade. But please, do read this one. Pete has raked up all the good stories and dirt and back-biting that underline the great regional rivalries. You'll be ready for barstool or blogging battles with Pete's zany take on the lore, love and hate that makes fall Saturdays in the South so special. Thursday nights, if you go to NC State.

It's the best book about the SEC since Cam Newton wrote one in high school and his daddy sold a copy to a booster for $427,000. Bobby Petrino said he couldn't quit reading it; and that's a first. The only thing missing was the story about the time Vanderbilt beat, oh, well, never mind.

ACC fans, don't feel left out. George O'Leary says it's Pulitzer worthy and he should know, he won one back in the day.

Read this book, taunt your friends. It's the perfect gift for any southern football fan - except for fans of Mississippi State, in which case a cowbell will always be welcome.

The Professor and the Madman
The Professor and the Madman
by Simon Winchester
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid re-telling of a true story of triumph amid tragedy., September 12, 1998
I purchased this book while in London recently under its British title THE SURGEON OF CROWTHORNE. Apparently for American readers, the publishers felt it necessary to "tart up" the title to THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN. Regardless, Simon Winchester's story between the covers is splendidly told, without sensationalising even the most horrific details, revealed matter of factly well into the book. The story is that of Dr. Minor - an American Civil War surgeon - who went mad amid the horrors of "The Wilderness." Pursued by his nightly demons, he later wound up in grim South London where he shot dead a totally innocent man. Sent to Broadmoor - a sprawling lunatic asylum near London - he became one of the most valuable contributors to the compilation of the magisterial Oxford English Dictionary. Winchester recounts - correcting but not spoiling a wonderful story - the meeting between the OED's legendary James Murray and his reclusive contributor. While ultimately Dr Minor's story is a tragic one - not the least for his hapless victim - it is also a tribute to the persistence of the human mind. Cleverly presented with appropriate OED citings, this book is not to be missed for anyone interested in words. If you'll excuse the expression, this is the "definitive" work.

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