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Star Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter (Star Wars: Darth Maul) by Michael Reaves
Star Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter (Star Wars: Darth Maul)

Bauknin, August 7, 2009

Darth Maul is a character I like. Since this is a prequel, however, and we all know his fate, the character's fate is never really in question. You also never get to delve too deeply into his mind. That doesn't matter, though, because this book is still worth reading ... if you're a Star Wars fan (non-fans would never pick it up in the first place).

There is plenty of the things Star Wars is famous for. Interesting aliens, action and Jedi fill the book's pages. And while there aren't any surprises, what you get is still a solid read that is really little more than an exciting chase scene drawn out over the length of a novel. A rogue has something Darth Sidious needs, so Maul is sent after him. The directive? Kill everyone who knows anything about said item. Bad news for characters is good news for readers.

It's risky to set a book up around a villain ... especially one the author can't really do much with. Risky, but it's paid off here. It won't be the best Star Wars book you'll read, but it is well worth the time.
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Talking the Walk: A Communications Guide for Racial Justice by Hunter Cutting
Talking the Walk: A Communications Guide for Racial Justice

Bauknin, June 28, 2009

If you are an activist dealing with the media in a racial justice capacity (in other words, you expose racism where you find it), this book should be required reading. It presents ideas and ways to go about dealing with the media to ensure your message isn't diluted or twisted. For that alone it is invaluable. If you aren't an activist dealing with the media, this book has little to offer. That's not to say it is unworthy of reading, however.

For non-activist types who are still cognizant to race issues, the sections dealing with how the media covered events like hurricane Katrina will prove insightful and interesting. You could skip the rest of the book and this section alone would be well worth your time.
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Conan the Warrior

Bauknin, May 15, 2009

Yes, these three stories are by-the-book sword and sorcery, but Howard wrote the book on the subject. This is pure pulp goodness, with flowing bud, half naked women, magic, and split skulls. It doesn't get much better than this, and that is why I can't recommend this Conan book enough.

Howard might not be thought of as a literary genius, but his work survives for a reason, and this book lets readers see why. Creepy in spots, purely violent in others ... this is a book that will appeal to readers on many different levels. Pretentious readers, however, need not apply.
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Pranks 2 by V. Vale
Pranks 2

Bauknin, March 29, 2009

If the first book was the Bible of the artform of pranks, this is the Bible Part 2 (More Bibleicious). If you ever had any doubt that pranks not only are art, but can change people's world, this is something you need to read. The interviews are hilarious and eye-opening. The only thing that is disappointing is that it isn't 500 pages.
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Weird U.S.: Your Travel Guide to America's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets (Weird) by Mark Sceurman
Weird U.S.: Your Travel Guide to America's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets (Weird)

Bauknin, March 19, 2009

If insane asylums, haunted forests and strange people are your cup of tea, then this is the tome for you.

This isn't your standard U.S. travelguide. This is where the strange hits the road. This is made for people who think that hanging out in cemeteries on vacation is far better than seeing yet another strip mall.

The photos add much to the book, too. They are plentiful and really help add an extra dimension to the tales.

Believe it or not, that's up to you, but you can believe that if this review sounded the least bit interesting to you, well, you'll love the book.
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