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  • Children of the corn
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jul 20, 2017

    Tagged: Movies & Television

    A concept that defied credulity even when originally created, but suspend your disbelief and enjoy the creepy settings, performances and ambiance. The only parts that don't stand up are a few truly horrid visual special effects and a rather abrupt ending. 

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  • Police Academy
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jul 20, 2017

    Tagged: Movies & Television

    Slightly dated but still hilarious. 

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  • The great wall
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jul 20, 2017

    Tagged: Movies & Television

    Ignore the occassionally stilted language as an artifact of a script written for a primarily foreign audience and enjoy the splendid landscapes, sets, and actions set pieces. 

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  • Wonder Woman. by Thompson, Jill,
    ★☆☆☆☆

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jul 20, 2017

    Tagged: Comics & Graphic Novels

    Yet another boring rehash and reinvention of a superhero's origins - this time corrupted with a host of personality flaws in the titular hero and poor art to boot.

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  • Trees. by Ellis, Warren,
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jul 18, 2017

    Tagged: Comics & Graphic Novels

    True to the subtitle, this volume culls down the quartet of storylines from the first installment to focus on the two most interesting.

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  • Crazy hair by Gaiman, Neil.
    ★★★☆☆

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jul 18, 2017

    Tagged: Children

    Short but evocative, even so the least entertaining of his children's works. 

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  • Sandstorm by Rollins, James,
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jul 17, 2017

    Tagged: Fiction

    The first of Rollins' book to beget a sequel (A fact I wasn't expecting at the time I first read it). Measured against his earlier works, if any book was strong enough to merit furtyer volumes, this one was it.

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  • The twelfth card : a Lincoln Rhyme novel by Deaver, Jeffery.
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jul 17, 2017

    Tagged: Fiction

    Everything one expects  from a Deaver - obfuscation, misdirection, and multiple endings that don't fail to entertain. 

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  • Map of bones : a Sigma Force novel by Rollins, James,
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jul 17, 2017

    Tagged: Fiction

    The second novel in Rollins' Sigma Force series, so it moves faster than any of his previous works that had to spend time establishing carachters. Jump in, hang on, and enjoy the ride. 

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  • Dance of death by Preston, Douglas J.
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jul 17, 2017

    Tagged: Fiction

    Evil Supergenius brothers can quickly dissolve into parody, but Preston & Child keep it grounded and entertaining.

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  • Star wars. by Stover, Matthew Woodring.
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jul 17, 2017

    Tagged: Fiction

    One of the best of the old expeanded universe novels. Stovertakes what would have beena standard slice-em-up in a lesser authors hands and makes it into a carachter study about Jedi philosophy and the nature of evil (while still including plenty of Slice-em-up scenes to keep the story moving). 

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  • Star wars : labyrinth of evil by Luceno, James.
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jul 17, 2017

    Tagged: Fiction

    Contract fiction, but done by a talented author who elevaters the weak material he is given to work with. 

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  • Freedom of expression : overzealous copyright bozos and other enemies of creativity by McLeod, Kembrew,
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jul 17, 2017

    Tagged: Business & Economics

    Slightly out of date legally, but entirely relevant culturally. Read t olearn more about how corporations and lawyers - with the willing aid of Congress -  stifle creativity and punish artists. 

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  • The geographer's library by Fasman, Jon.
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jul 17, 2017

    Tagged: Fiction

    Not a book for everyone.  Short stories interspersed between chapters of an overarching premise make for a difficult but rewarding read. 

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  • Excavation by Rollins, James,
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jul 17, 2017

    Tagged: Fiction

    It's a bit of a cheat to crib my own review from another Rollins novel, but everything stands - Another of Rollins' stand-alone stories before he developed an ongoing series. Enjoyable in comparison to the series work, since unlike those globe-spanning volumes these early works are  - while no smaller - more intimate due to the singular settings. 

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  • Subterranean by Rollins, James,
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jul 17, 2017

    Tagged: Fiction

    Another of Rollins' stand-alone stories before he developed an ongoing series. Enjoyable in comparison to the series work, since unlike those globe-spanning volumes these early works are  - while no smaller - more intimate due to the singular settings. 

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  • Ice hunt by Rollins, James,
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jul 17, 2017

    Tagged: Fiction

    Escape from a hot summer day with adventure at the bottom of the world. Certainly not a unique premise, but ably done. 

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  • Deep fathom by Rollins, James,
    ★★★☆☆

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jul 17, 2017

    Tagged: Fiction

    My least favorite of Rollins' books. Still enjoyable, but the Deus Ex Machina ending is something he has thankfully moved away from in his latter works. 

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  • Confessions of a tax collector : one man's tour of duty inside the IRS by Yancey, Richard.
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jul 17, 2017

    Tagged: Biography & Autobiography

    I personally loved it, but I enjoy overly technical digressions into the intricate inner working of tax policy.  Your experience may vary. 

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  • Contest by Reilly, Matthew.
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jul 17, 2017

    Tagged: Fiction

    Not a piece of literature by any stretch, but an excellent beach read.

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