Book Reviews Part Eleven

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July 10, 2016 by jacklovelace

Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day, and Other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine (At Table)
Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day, and Other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine (At Table)
by Jason Anthony
Edition: Paperback
Price: $24.32
72 used & new from $0.01

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Less would be more, October 22, 2013
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This book sounded just offbeat enough to be of quirky interest.
It doesn’t hold up though.
It begins with the author promising us a first hand account of isolated eating in Antarctica.
But then the book swerves into a history of eating hardships, innovations and realities. It is
interesting enough to push the book into three star territory, but it grows somewhat tedious
in time. When we finally get back to the author’s experience we realize why he didn’t build
the book around it. It is mostly uneventful.

Stoner (New York Review Books Classics)
Stoner (New York Review Books Classics)
by John Edward Williams
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.90
247 used & new from $1.51

4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A cold and sour book, October 1, 2013
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I read this book as a Mizzou graduate who was curious about how he deals with
familiar geography and the breathless reviews.
I don’t think so.
Technically, the writing is well done. But the book is so cold you feel
like you are reading it through a microscope.
I was disappointed and while it didn’t leave me neutral about these characters, it left with an
intense dislike.

Give Us a Kiss
Give Us a Kiss
by Daniel Woodrell
Edition: Paperback
25 used & new from $0.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woodrell is the real deal, October 1, 2013
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This early book is a terrific read. It bristles with sexuality and tension.
Is there a little too much character and not enough action? Perhaps.
But the action is riveting. And the characters are real enough to reach out and touch.
This guy is so good.

Robert B. Parker's Damned if You Do (A Jesse Stone Novel)
Robert B. Parker’s Damned if You Do (A Jesse Stone Novel)
by Robert B. Parker
Edition: Hardcover
170 used & new from $0.01

3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough but not that good, October 1, 2013
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There is enough to like here to spend the time reading it for Jesse Stone fans.
The plot thread on nursing homes is a worthy attempt to look inside the industry,
and Alzheimer’s is sadly captured. But Jesse’s battle against the bad chain isn’t
realistic. The chain would have fought back much harder.
I’ll read the next one but it needs to improve.

Murder as a Fine Art (Thomas and Emily De Quincey)
Murder as a Fine Art (Thomas and Emily De Quincey)
Offered by Hachette Book Group
Price: $9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, September 22, 2013
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Nice depiction of London in that era, and some riveting scenes. But a little sluggish bogged down by detail.
Worth a read but not his best.

The Bedford Boys: One American Town's Ultimate D-day Sacrifice
The Bedford Boys: One American Town’s Ultimate D-day Sacrifice
by Alex Kershaw
Edition: Hardcover
127 used & new from $0.01

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best work, September 7, 2013
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There is no way to ever really honor enough the sacrifice these young men made and Kershaw takes us through their
journey with clarity. The structure of the book, where the sacrifice comes in one violent day, fairly
early in the telling, makes it a hard narrative to keep the reader involved all the way through.

High Heat: A Jack Reacher Novella (Kindle Single)
High Heat: A Jack Reacher Novella (Kindle Single)
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good as ever, September 7, 2013
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Every bit as good as his long Reacher books. You feel the heat of New York and the blackout sets a great
backdrop for young Reacher to do his thing. Now if I can only get that ridiculous image of Tom Cruise out
of my head………………………………

Red Moon: A Novel
Red Moon: A Novel
Offered by Hachette Book Group
Price: $7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting premise, August 10, 2013
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The setup is fascinating and there are sections that really hold the attention. But other parts are not so good and the president’s story is just not believable. The book had great potential

The Longest Winter: The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of World War II's Most Decorated Platoon
The Longest Winter: The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of World War II’s Most Decorated Platoon
by Alex Kershaw
Edition: Hardcover
113 used & new from $0.01

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts strong, fades, August 10, 2013
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I love these books about these incredible men. After the battle heroics, it still perks with the prisoner saga but the final section is a bit flat.

Joyland (Hard Case Crime)
Joyland (Hard Case Crime)
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.10
622 used & new from $0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet thriller, August 10, 2013
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A big hearted book about a time in our past with thrills to boot. What’s not to like? Enjoyable King.

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