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  • Ten restaurants that changed America by Freedman, Paul,
    ★★★★★

    Weighty, intense, and amazing. The author delivers exactly what the title promises - examinations of ten restaurants that - for whatever reason - changed America.  Not the ten historically best, not the ten most famous, not the ten most influential, yet nevertheless ten fascinating stories.  

    Every chapter not only looks at the restaurant in question but places it in context for its place and time. No PR puff pieces here. 

    Capped with an Epilogue that explores in more depth five themes of modern dining that were touched on individually throughout the book, we see how concepts that we now take for granted were once innovated and ideas we now find innovative were first being espoused over a century ago.  

    A must read for any historian, sociologist, chef, or fan of fine dining. 

    Reviewed by Robert N on Dec 9, 2017

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  • Suicide Squad, Volume 1: The Black Vault by Williams, Rob
    ★☆☆☆☆

    Let's start with my note from the New Suicide Squad Vol. 4  which had a 'special sneak preview' of this rebirth title- the series begins when  "we see an unnamed [but obvious] president being oh so tough, making vows to do the right thing and lamenting how sometimes yous gots to lie to the people for their own good. But it is nice to know that the writer for the new series Rob Williams is essentially a weak whore longing for the strong arm of a pimp."  Yep.  All of that stil applies after reading it a second time. 

    And It gets worse.

    We get a two issue arc where they try and be edgy by killing a name character...a character I just saw alive and well in the Flash Vol 3, so that was a big lie.  Then two more issues of rehashed, repetitive, unnecessary origins for characters we already know. Followed by 22! pages of alternate cover art and concept drawings; meaning that out of six issues worth of pages, only two of them were new material.  

    Anyone who paid for this volume got stole from. 

    Reviewed by Robert N on Dec 9, 2017

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  • The Flash, Volume 3: Rogues Reloaded by Williamson, Joshua,
    ★★☆☆☆

    Despite the title the Rogues are only the antagonists for about half the volume. After that the series once again descends into the morass that is the revolving door of ethnic clone speedsters. 

    Reviewed by Robert N on Dec 9, 2017

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  • The Flash, Volume 2: Speed of Darkness by Williamson, Joshua,
    ★★☆☆☆

    Flash has never had good villains outside the rogues, and that weakness shows here. Also, way to much unnecessary Kid Flash junk gumming up the works - that unfortunate sidekick belongs with the equally sub-par Titans, not dragging down a premier title.

    Reviewed by Robert N on Dec 9, 2017

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  • Harley Quinn Vol. 6: Black, White and Red All… by Conner, Amanda,
    ★★★★☆

    Conclusion to the New 52 that sets the stage for Rebirth. Consistent with the preceding volumes and a well paced introduction for the Deadpool ripoff character.

    Reviewed by Robert N on Dec 9, 2017

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  • Justice League of America Vol. 2: Curse of the… by Orlando, Steve
    ★★☆☆☆

    A volume of one-shots, but none of them is a hit. Plotting, pacing, characterization - something is off in ever issue of the collection. That makes for a slightly better read than a single bad overarching story - you can constantly hope the next one will be better - but it's slim praise to say so.

    Reviewed by Robert N on Dec 7, 2017

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