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Aloha, Mr. Lucky by Corson Hirschfeld

poreeoa, August 22, 2007

First,the surprise: this book is hilarious. at points you laugh to the point of tears, but the fun is magnified when you are tipped off what a sendup of the leading violent mystery writers of the day it is.
That doubles the fun another way, too. As soon as you finish it (probably in one reading) you will be ready to start over and appreciate the points you may have missed where Hirschfeld pokes fun at everybody else, too.
If you don't go away from that rereading snickering and wondering how Leonard and his cohorts can avoid those missiles, best read it yet again. Three reads for a few bucks is a bargain any day.
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For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire by James Yee
For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire

poreeoa, March 5, 2007

I'd rate this at 5-Stars if Yee's unwillingness to believe the worst of people, even when it's perpetrated right in his face, weren't so pitiful.
He is a patriot, principled and deeply religious, up against the fascistic torture of people the Defense department has apparently conducted at Guantanomo Bay. It got him drummed out of the military, because his interpretation of a military chaplain's duties rubbed the powers-that-be the wrong way. See his case for yourself, and make up your own mind.
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Table of Contents by John Mcphee
Table of Contents

poreeoa, March 5, 2007

McPhee just about has it all: human interest, fascinating observations, and a range of subject matter worthy of reading to your kids from elementary school on up.
From field biologists (extracting wild bears teeth!) across semi-urban New England to Maine Hunting and Fishing Warden bush piloting: you'll have trouble believing his range, but the skillful writing and insights will sell you.
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Tathea by Anne Perry

poreeoa, February 2, 2007

An accomplisher writer of Victorian mystery stories has written here a purposeful fantasy story.
She was intent on expressing a spiritual outlook for humanity. A fugitive queen adventures very widely, on what becomes a pilgrimage that Anne Perry means to exemplify mankind's fate by analogy. It should appeal to a more adult audience than Lewis's Tales of Narnia and a more philosophical one than Tolkien's sagas.
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Dictionary of Aviation by Anthony Robinson

poreeoa, February 1, 2007

I rate it highly as a thorough accomplishment of what it is supposed to be: a dictionary.
It has hundreds of vignettes, 500 or so words, on every subject, under "Pilots and Personalities", "Aerial Warfare", and "Aeroplane Manufacturers".
Pictures, exemplified by the Nieuport fighter plane of World War I (page 282), are usually superb and comprehehensive. Let your flying-struck offspring have a look at this, it could wean them off TV.
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