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William Bohrer has commented on (9) products.

Zod Wallop by William B Spencer

William Bohrer, March 30, 2009

This book is eminently readable, a page turner from start to finish. Although sometimes classed as fantasy, and sometimes as horror, really, it's a study in schizophrenia and depression, and a very compelling exploration of the notion of "reality", with larger than life characters that are reminiscent of John Kennedy Toole's "A Confederacy of Dunce's", if they'd dropped a lot of acid and escaped from an insane asylum. The plucky band of misfits are on a divine mission to prevent the depressed author of a weird children's picture book from destroying the world with his negative view of the universe that appear to be manifesting as horror fantasies come to life.
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The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
The Tao of Pooh

William Bohrer, September 16, 2008

I picked up a copy of this book when it was first published umpteen years back before there was the Internet and online shopping at such venerable institutions like, and found it to be a great introduction to Daoism and Chinese spiritual traditions in general. The appeal will probably be lost if you are not fond of Pooh, or familiar with the Pooh stories and characters.

It has always annoyed me that most brick and mortar bookstores still struggle with where to shelve this book, and by and large stick it on the humor shelf next to P.J. O'Rourke and Dave Barry and Garfield collections. This book is certainly amusing, but is also a genuine reflection on how Winnie the Pooh really seems to be the embodiment of a still and calm nature. The fact that it is still in print speaks to its appeal.
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Signature Killers (Pocket Books True Crime) by Robert D Keppel
Signature Killers (Pocket Books True Crime)

William Bohrer, June 9, 2008

The descriptions of the typology of serial criminals, and the behaviors associated with the categories is very interesting if you are fascinated by trying to learn what makes guys like this tick (and statistically it usually is men), but the explanation in the last few chapters, of what makes these guys tick, falls short of anything but mere description. The author appears to shrug his shoulders and say "choice". Some "diphasic personalities" as they are described, fall into a fantasy world at an early age and are too frightened to reach outside the fantasy to risk real relationships, as the theory goes. At puberty, the hormonal sexual urges push these fantasies and anger at being unable to connect with humans into a violent action. That's a fine description of *what* happens, but it does nothing to explain *why* some teenage boys turn into Ted Bundy, and others become Start Trek nerds, or Area 52 nuts, or any other kind of loner who's lost a grip on reality.
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Stella: One Woman's True Tale of Evil, Betrayal, and Survival in Hitler's Germany by Peter Wyden
Stella: One Woman's True Tale of Evil, Betrayal, and Survival in Hitler's Germany

William Bohrer, April 22, 2008

I found the book dis-jointed, a bit rambling, and chronologically confusing, but an interesting read in spots, especially when the author, who was in his early teens at the time his family left Germany, is recounting the mindset of the middle-class Jews in Berlin and why and how they convinced themselves it couldn't happen to them.

The parts of the story that refer to the person whom this book is about, I found much less interesting - the blurb tells all there is to know, that she was a blonde-haired Jew who could "pass", and survived by turning in other Jews to the nazis.

There's no sense of a linear "narrative" to this work of non-fiction. Even when it's "true", a good story most often has a beginning, a middle, and an end. There's also no real insight into Stella's character, and perhaps that's because of the author's intimate connection with the events. While a personal connection to historical events makes for interesting autobiography, it colors the analysis of those events. If this book had simply tried to remain a personal memoir of the events surrounding this woman's actions, and their effect on the author, it would have worked much better.
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Me Write Book: It Bigfoot Memoir by Graham Roumieu
Me Write Book: It Bigfoot Memoir

William Bohrer, April 2, 2008

With an opening line of "Me not Chewbacca!", this book is so funny it made me choke the first time I read it. The almost-socialized BigFoot talks about life, an awkward childhood ostracized and taunted by his woodland peers, with brilliant illustrations of being harrassed by squirrels. He talks as well about his celebrity in the 80s and hanging with Morris the Cat and Andrew Dice Clay, and his subsequent descent into poverty and obscurity. What makes this book so hilarious is the intense reality of this imaginary character's angst and personal complaints, and the fact that he's almost, but not quite, human, and has a bad habit of dismembering people that really get on his nerves. The only downside is, there are so many memorable quotes that you may drive friends and family insane by insisting on reading bits of it out loud to them.
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