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Pseudoscience and the Paranormal: A Critical Examination of the Evidence by Terence Hines
Pseudoscience and the Paranormal: A Critical Examination of the Evidence

traflet, June 14, 2014

Mr Hines certainly delivers on his subtitle's promise of a "critical examination." If you want ruthlessly repetitive examples of how stupid the world's ESP proponents are, this is your book. He takes on psychics, astrology, faith healing, UFOs, Near Death Experiences, psychoanalysis, and much more.

Ever wish you had reason to use the word "lambaste?" Here it is. The author truly lashes out with palpable animosity toward anyone and everyone who has ever suggested there's more to a weird happening than coincidence. For readers who like the idea of some paranormal force causing them to think of Mom just before she calls, this book will have you ready for a shouting match with the author.
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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

traflet, June 22, 2013

I first read Wonder Boys and liked it a lot. So I thought I'd be getting another quiet, pensive novel in Kavalier and Clay. Boy was I wrong. At one point where the title characters are racing around New York skyscrapers at a mad pace, I felt the same urgency - on the edge of panic - that I felt when the Hunchback and Esmeralda were racing through the streets of Paris!

This book is so valuable on so many levels, it's just not fair to other novelists to drop it in the hat for awards. The main story is placed in my favorite decade (1940s) in my favorite city (New York) about my favorite character set (Jewish boys), so I had a head start in my adoption of this novel as a "best five" winner for the new century. But it just goes on and on like whipped cream under the beater, getting sweeter and creamier and gaining body and substance.

You know -- if you're inclined to write -- how reading a really good book makes you itch to write? Well, Michael Chabon is so good, he makes me give up the notion of ever producing anything readable myself. I have a longstanding love for the writing of John Updike, John Barth and John Gardner. Chabon is every bit as good.
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Full-Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest by Sandi Doughton
Full-Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest

traflet, June 17, 2013

I definitely will be at Powell's next week to meet the author and get the scoop on the subject of The Big One. I believe all of us in the PNW should understand earthquakes, but also wonder whether the way in which the data is presented might cause mass hysteria. What will we do with the information? The fact that we're overdue for a 100% certain catastrophe is a little hard to process.

After witnessing TV reports of past disasters that had an element of forewarning, we might have muttered, "Why the heck didn't those people just move away? They knew it was coming!" But of course, we are here in the path of this sure-thing monster and we're not reacting ... or, more accurately, "preacting."

Hopefully this book will be available for Kindle format, since that's what I'll be grabbing when I try to outrun the 'quake.
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The Magic Circle by Katherine Neville
The Magic Circle

traflet, March 23, 2013

I had such high hopes for The Magic Circle. It was my first exposure to Katherine Neville, who had been represented to me as a highly intelligent storyteller. Yes, I believe she is, BUT her story here could be an outline for a series of maybe 10 or 12 novels. She takes on subjects of aryan supremacy, nazi secrets, Russian spies, Roman and Greek mythology, ancient geologic mysticism, runes --- all within a sketchy plot of murder, romance, suspense and globe-hopping. The author shows off her vast knowledge of several subjects, but the novel just didn't need all that. The whole thing was choppy, contrived, boring, confusing and completely unsatisfying. I'll give her an A for character development.
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traflet, March 22, 2011

For nostalgia lovers and those who found themselves traveling around the United States in the early 1960s, this book brings it all back in such a pleasant way. Dozens of very sixties recipes from memorable eating places are punctuated with charming little paintings by various artists in the style of 50 years ago.
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