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Wanted
Wanted
by Mark Millar
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.10
140 used & new from $2.94

33 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An adolescent power trip that ignored interesting potential for shock value, December 20, 2009
This review is from: Wanted (Paperback)
A friend of mine who routinely passes very good comics my way recently had me read this. Apparently I had offended him in some way. After I finished it he apologized.

The story here plays out the fantasy of every teenage boy who wasn't popular in middle school. A loser suddenly gets all the power he can dream of and uses it to murder, rape, and say 4 letter words in front of his mother. The entire plot of the book is a poor construction to drive a parade of juvenile brutality and attempts at shock value.

There's an interesting premise that drives the setting of the book: a world where the supervillians won, and reforged the world to be apparently mundane. There's the potential for something truly interesting. But the villians themselves showcase the creativity behind the book far better: a riddler knock-off covered in obscenities, a Bizzaro character named ****-tard, and a clayface made of poop. Instead of developing characters or investigating evil or any one of a dozen things that would make this book work it blows past them to fill another panel with the obnoxious main character happily shooting a pregnant woman.

After reading an entire book filled with almost insultingly juvenile substitutions of substance with pulp and lame attempts at shock the ending tops it all. After suffering through one man's painfully uneventful and dull power trip he actually insults his audience, pushing himself as free spirit and the readers as pitiful sheep. I'm sure it appeals to someone wearing a Rage against the Machine t-shirt spray-painting Che Guevara on stopsigns and thinking they're some misunderstod genius, but to anyone whose passed 8th grade it will come off as a pitiful. If you're someone's grandmother you may be distracted or insulted by the violence, sex, and profanity it's possible you'd take your offense to mean that this book actually had some meaning or message. It doesn't.

I cannot, in any way, understand why there are so many that would defend this or exalt it as worthwile. The most accurate positive statement I can make is "There aren't a lot of comic books out there like this." Which, in my opinion, is a good thing. I've seen a few comparisons to Watchmen and other icons of comic writing. They do both have violence, the problem is that Wanted stops there. There's no character development, no exploration of humanity, or evil, or violence. It's a childish indulgence that I'm suprised merited collection and publication, but I guess someone is willing to buy it.

Bottom Line: If you're old enough to buy this for yourself you shouldn't enjoy it.
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Mosby's Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests (Mosby's Manual of Diagnostic & Laboratory Tests)
Mosby's Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests (Mosby's Manual of Diagnostic & Laboratory Tests)
by Timothy James Pagana
Edition: Paperback
229 used & new from $0.01

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent quick reference, September 9, 2007
A very useful way to double-check what tests will actually tell you about a patient. It will even go so far as to suggest common conditions that will cause certain lab abnormalities. Though the organization is a bit odd at first, by the second test you look up it's intuitive and quick. I'm quite a fan.


The Medical Interview: Mastering Skills for Clinical Practice (Medical Interview)
The Medical Interview: Mastering Skills for Clinical Practice (Medical Interview)
by John L. Coulehan
Edition: Paperback
Price: $38.61
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious, Dull, and mostly common sense, September 9, 2007
I really loathe this book. It's a dull, slow read. It's full of ridiculously trite little examples. It will spend three full pages coming up with different ways to say "appear caring." An intelligent person could convey all the useful information in this book to someone in about 30 minutes.

I have an exam I know is based almost solely on this book, and I still feel like I wasted money on it.
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Common Medical Diagnoses: An  Algorithmic  Approach, 4e (Common Medical Diagnoses: An Algorithmic Approach (Healey))
Common Medical Diagnoses: An Algorithmic Approach, 4e (Common Medical Diagnoses: An Algorithmic Approach (Healey))
by Patrice M. Healey
Edition: Paperback
25 used & new from $78.63

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional at what it intends to do, September 9, 2007
This book isn't intended as a master diagnostic manual. You'll almost never get a definitive differential out of it, and most of the information is quite brief. It's supposed to be that way. It helps you look at a symptom and quickly get an idea of where to go, what to do next, and what the problem could be. It's essentially a quick start to sending you down the right path when working through cases. If you're involved in a PBL curriculum it's a great help when you have basically no idea what's going on.


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