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Star Trek: Myriad Universes #2: Echoes and Refractions (Bk. 2)
Star Trek: Myriad Universes #2: Echoes and Refractions (Bk. 2)
by Chris Roberson
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A rather weak edition compared to the first one in this series., January 27, 2015
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Was absolutely overwhelmed by the first book in this series, this one is borderline at best. The first story in this edition revolves around a character introduced in the Star Trek animated series and Kirk's son, David Marcus. It plays off events from the Wrath of Khan and leads up to the death of Jim Kirk and how his Andorian first officer and David deal with the resulting war with the Klingons.

The second story is the best with this one dealing with a Bajor that was never liberated from Cardassian rule. It is a very dark story with the ending uncharacteristic for Star Trek.

The final story involves a reality where androids are common in the Federation. Because of unresolved issues concerning their citizenship Data and a group of his kinfolk suddenly disappearing. This story had no real "grit" to it and actually seemed to be written on a seventh-grade reading level with the author doing everything possible to avoid any danger or excitement. In other words I was rather bored with it.


Star Trek: Myriad Universes: Infinity's Prism (Bk. 1)
Star Trek: Myriad Universes: Infinity's Prism (Bk. 1)
by Christopher L. Bennett
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars This one is unbelievably fantastic with three novellas that are thought-provoking and pure fun, November 15, 2014
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Star Trek novels have a nasty habit of not being well written. This one is unbelievably fantastic with three novellas that are thought-provoking and pure fun. As a long-time Star Trek fan I wish the movies -and lets face it most of them are weak to say the least- had been half as good as these stories. BUY IT!!!!!!!


The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future
The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future
by Naomi Oreskes
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars After a generally good review from NPR I ordered what I thought was ..., November 15, 2014
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After thinking about it for a few days I have come to a different conclusion. I'm still slightly ticked that the authors tried to pass this pamphlet off as a book but that is secondary to their intended purpose. Climate change is grave threat to the entire planet and to judge this attempt at informing people just on its length was wrong. On the other hand I have come to view "The Collapse of Western Civilization" as something of a halfhearted effort that should have been abandoned. Its scientific facts are undeniable but the fiction part utterly fails because it doesn't paint the required picture of a world pushed to the very edge of a Venus-like greenhouse abyss.

At first look I was expecting something like War Day by Whitley Strieber and James W. Kunetka or their follow up entitled Nature's End. Despite it all, I wish the authors of Collapse all the best in their efforts to inform a public that at best is apathetic or at worst, blatantly ignorant and wanting to to stay that way.


Quiet Nights
Quiet Nights
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy, sexy elegance with a voice angels envy, December 15, 2013
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Hopefully this will not sound weird but I love Diana Krall. In many ways her sultry and sophisticated voice belongs to an early age when class and talent were the main reasons you would hear someone's song on the radio.


A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean: A Grump in Paradise Discovers that Anyplace it's Legal to Carry a Machete is Comedy Just Waiting to Happen (Travelers' Tales)
A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean: A Grump in Paradise Discovers that Anyplace it's Legal to Carry a Machete is Comedy Just Waiting to Happen (Travelers' Tales)
by Gary Buslik
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and funny read!, December 13, 2013
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I honestly feel bad that I have taken so long to write an Amazon review for this book. Mr Buslik takes the reader on such a wild and interesting ride through the Caribbean that I have read this book at least five times since I purchased it. I can't give this book a high enough recommendation. If anyone feels like life is dumping a load of crap on them this book will lift your spirits! It has helped me many times.


Margarita Smile
Margarita Smile
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music!, December 13, 2013
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Mr Burns is such an excellent story teller he honestly rivals the great Jimmy Buffett! My only wish is that I could party with him down in Key West.


Unisex Jerga - XX-Large, Dark Brown
Unisex Jerga - XX-Large, Dark Brown
Offered by CleverBrand Inc.
Price: $20.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent buy!, December 13, 2013
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Had one of these ponchos years ago and wore it until it fell apart because it was so comfortable and warm. This one is even better, I highly recommend them,


Brothers and Bones
Brothers and Bones
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip this book., December 13, 2013
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I was intrigued with the plot summary and eagerly bought the book for my Kindle. This novel turned out to be the worst thing I have ever read. I usually don't give bad reviews and I apologize to the author for sounding so harsh. I was eventually alerted by Amazon that an update was available that corrected typos and some other errors but all I can honestly recommend is that this book be skipped over.


Wolverine Men's W04624 Brighton Boot, Black, 12 M US
Wolverine Men's W04624 Brighton Boot, Black, 12 M US
Price: $69.08
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The boots started falling apart a month after I bought them, December 13, 2013
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Barely a month after receiving these work boots I found the leather on the right one coming apart. Paid ten bucks to have a shoe shop repair the thing. I was ready to forget the incident but now the left boot is literally falling apart at the toe and at the side. I have bought twenty dollar boots at Walmart that lasted longer. I once thought Wolverine made quality merchandise, I will never buy this brand again!


Into the Silent World (What Came After Book 2)
Into the Silent World (What Came After Book 2)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A scary but fantastic read!, December 13, 2013
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“Into the Silent World”, takes off right where the first one ended with the corporate military arm of this neo-feudalistic America massacring the inhabitants of Henry's home town in an attempt to find him. In this novel Mr. Winston fills in some of the missing pieces of how things so thoroughly fell apart and explains how it was to the advantage to those who only concern is profit. Several new and important characters are introduced while some from the first book are developed further expanding the setting of this horrific world.

While in some ways “Into the Silent World” is more subtle than similar dystopic novels by McCarthy or even Orwell, to me it was even more chilling because you can see the seeds of just such a future taking shape if you listen to many of the politicians and business types these days. They speak of some sort of privileged business class and writhe in pain at the merest mention that this emerging capitalistic nobility might have to shoulder some of the burdens associated with belonging to a healthy and honorable nation that looks to uplift all Americans, not just those born to affluence.

Both “What Came After” and “Into The Silent World” are scary glimpses at the type of world we might inherit when profit takes the place of basic human compassion. I highly recommend both and dare anyone to honestly say they are nothing less than literary achievements.


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