The Bomb That Followed Me Home By Cevin Soling

Posted 19/07/2009 by Robert
Categories: Book Review

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Written By: Cevin Soling

Illustrated By: Steve Kille

Published By: Monk Media.  First Edition

Hardcover, 40 Pages

Product Description From We’ve all heard of stray cats following kids home or a lost puppy yelping by a kitchen door for food, but did you know that even a wayward little bomb needs love and attention too? When a bomb, looking for a friend, follows a young boy home, trouble breaks out in a suburban household that is just trying to keep peace with the angry neighbours next door.

The Bomb That Followed Me Home is one of the most amusing young adult books I have read and it made me smile.  I found that the story and the illustrations went well together and made my reading experience enjoyable.  I love the twist the author put on the old “puppy followed boy home” story.  I recommend this book for everyone 14 years of age and older.

Monk Media

Cevin Soling


The Flavor Bible By Karen Page & Andrew Dornenburg

Posted 19/05/2009 by Robert
Categories: Book Review

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Written By: Karen Page & Andrew Dornenburg

Published By: Little, Brown & Company a Division of Hachette Book Group Inc., First Edition

Hardcover, 392 Pages

Product Description From Great cooking goes beyond following a recipe–it’s knowing how to season ingredients to coax the greatest possible flavor from them. Drawing on dozens of leading chefs’ combined experience in top restaurants across the country, Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg present the definitive guide to creating “deliciousness” in any dish. Thousands of ingredient entries, organized alphabetically and cross-referenced, provide a treasure trove of spectacular flavor combinations. Readers will learn to work more intuitively and effectively with ingredients; experiment with temperature and texture; excite the nose and palate with herbs, spices, and other seasonings; and balance the sensual, emotional, and spiritual elements of an extraordinary meal.  Seasoned with tips, anecdotes, and signature dishes from America’s most imaginative chefs, THE FLAVOR BIBLE is an essential reference for every kitchen.

The Flavor Bible can do the impossible and make even the food I cook taste good.  Hidden inside these unassuming pages is everything you need to make a magnificent meal.  The book starts by exploring the four basic tastes (salty, sour, bitter and sweet).  From there using the four basic tastes it goes on to explain which flavors work together the best to give you the most mouth watering meals over and over again.  I highly recommend this book for anyone that ever steps foot in a kitchen.

Hachette Book Group Inc.

Karen Page & Andrew Dornenburg

Vigilante Witch Hunter By Gary Turcotte

Posted 18/05/2009 by Robert
Categories: Book Review

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Written By: Gary Turcotte

Published By: Outskirts Press, Inc.

Soft Cover, 252 Pages

From The Back Cover:Every dark cloud does not have a silver lining.  Melissa married the man of her dreams.  She didn`t know that he was a fortune teller.  His secret life brought many dark hearted people into Meliaas`s future.  She wondered if her soul mate had sold his soul to the devil.  Sometimes a buried treasure is best left alone.

Vigilante Witch Hunter is a new and interesting take on fortune telling.  I found this book to be well written and very fun to read.  The only thing that disappointed me was the ending.  It seemed that the author ran out of idea`s and just through something together that confused me and really let me down.  I recommend this book for anybody looking for something new.

Outskirts Press, Inc.

Gary Turcotte

Dark Side of the Morgue By Raymond Benson

Posted 16/05/2009 by Robert
Categories: Book Review

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Written By: Raymond Benson

Published By: Dorchester Publishing Co., Inc. First Edition

Soft Cover, 305 pages

From The Back Cover: Musicians in progressive rock bands in Chicago are being murdered–one by one.  The local police have no clues, but several of the musicians who fear they’re next on the hit list claim that the killer is a ghost from the past–a woman who was reported missing and presumed dead for over thirty years!.  The Rockin’ Security team is called into action.  Spike and his partner, Suzanne Prescott, travel to Chicago to investigate the case, only to find that no one wants to talk.  As Spike digs deeper, he begins to unearth a lode of deadly secrets involving sex, psychedelic drugs, and, of course, rock ‘n’ roll.  And it isn’t long before the private detective becomes a pawn in a very dangerous game.

Dark Side of the Morgue is a well written crime thriller that was easy to read, with a flowing story.  I found that the book had a slow start but it picked up not to far along.  I also found it hard to keep track of all the band names and who played with who and on which bands; I spent a lot of time at the front of the book rereading the Chicagoprog Family Tree.  One of the things that I didn’t like about this story was at about 1/3 of the way through the book, the author gives you a good clue as to who the killer is and I was pretty sure (that early on) who the killer was; it was a bit of a let down.  I would recommend this book for anyone that is a fan of crime thrillers.

Dorchester Publishing Co., Inc.

Raymond Benson

Men With Balls By Drew Magery

Posted 24/04/2009 by Robert
Categories: Book Review

Men With Balls The Professional Athlete’s Handbook
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Written By: Drew Magary

Published By: Little, Brown & Company a Division of Hachette Book Group Inc., First Edition

Hardcover, 288 pages

From The Inside Flap: This will be the very last book you ever read. Because after you read this book, you, good sir, will know how to be a pro athlete. And pro athlete’s don’t need books. Or strong family bonds. Or any of that stupid crap. Not when they have ready access to millions of dollars and scores of smoking-hot chicks with questionable judgement. With Men With Balls, you learn how to: Showboat using classic pantomime techniques, Exploit the recent death of an opponent’s parent for strategic gain, Figure out whether or not a stripper actually fancies you, Cope with the emotional fallout of rookie-year hazing games, like broomstick orifice potluck, Find out which free locker-room amphetamines will give you a shot of energy, and which will cause you to run down terrified schoolchildren with your Escalade (NOTE: Some do both), Avoid media scrutiny by directing beat writers and columnists to the nearest hot buffet. So grad your balls — you’re about to become a homerun hitting, steroid-injecting, angry-orgy-having Turbostud. They’re gonna need a whole ocean just to wash your jock. Is that better than reading? F–K and yes.

Men With Balls is the funniest book I have ever read. I found the book easy to read and well written. This book had me is stitches from the first page covering everything you need to know to be a Pro Athlete. It starts by with an introduction to Pro Athletedom and goes on to talk about teammates, fans, fame, women and many other things pro athletes have to deal with. I highly recommend this book for all sports fans or anybody with a sense of humour and an open mind.

Hachette Book Group Inc.

Drew Magery

How To Profit From The Coming Rapture By Steve & Evie Levy

Posted 11/03/2009 by Robert
Categories: Book Review

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Written By: Steve & Evie Levy as told to Ellis Weiner & Barbara Davilman.

Published By: Little, Brown & Company a Division of Hachette Book Group Inc., First Edition.

Soft Cover, 224 pages

From The Back Cover: The Rapture is coming. Horrifying bloodshed and destruction will follow. And that means one thing: investment opportunities! Any Day now, Jesus is going to rapture up about 1.5 billion people to join him in Heaven. Five billion of the rest of us — Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, all Catholics, Most Protestants, members of every other religion, and, of course, atheists and agnostics — will still be here, with questions. Questions such as: What’s in this for me? How can I not only survive but thrive in the seven post-Rapture years of chaos, agony, and bad weather leading up to Armageddon? Steve & Evie Levy answer these questions and more. They guide you step-by-step through the financial conundrums you’ll face as Judgment Day approaches.

How to Profit From The Coming Rapture is a well-written humorous book about making money as the world goes to hell. The book has a Rapture-Tribulation Timeline and covers everything from Run up to the Rapture to the three Tribulations, The Seal Judgments, The Trumpet Judgments and The Bowl Judgments giving you money making tips for every step of the way. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it for anybody with a good sense of humour.

Hachette Book Group Inc.

Ellis Weiner & Barbara Davilman

Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Shit? By Steve Lowe, Alan McArthur and Brendan Hay

Posted 06/02/2009 by Robert
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Written By: Steve Lowe and Alan McArthur with Brendan Hay.

Published By: Grand Central Publishing a Division of Hachette Book Group Inc., First Edition

Hard Cover, 272 Pages

From The Inside Flap: If you hate: chick lit, Che Guevara merchandise, pop Kabbalah, cosmetic-surgery-gone-wrong-as-TV-entertainment, Oscar parties, hedge fund boys, Mac junkies. ikea, or even just the word “uber,” then you need… is it just me or is everything shit? An encyclopedic attack on modern culture, this is the standard reference for everyone who believes that everything is shit.  Which it is.  This book says NO to the phony ideas, terrible people, useless products, and annoying doublespeak that increasingly dominate our lives.  This brand-new edition is based on the runaway UK bestsellers and adapted for American readers by ex Daily Show and The Simpsons contributing writer Brendan Hay.  Never before has a book been so entirely full of shit.

Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Shit? is a book for anybody who has had enough with all the gizmo’s, gadgets, slang and all the other “insanely annoying modern things”.  In one of the funniest books I have ever read Steve, Alan and Brendan have hit the nail on the head with everything from Ads for Credit Cards, Faux Swearing to Inconvenient Truths and Restaurant Service Charges.  The authors have written down what annoys, pisses off or just plain confuses us about everything modern.  This book made me laugh out loud and was genuinely amusing.  I highly recommend this book for anybody that needs a good laugh.

 Hachette Book Group Inc.

Steve Lowe & Alan McArthur