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review 2017-08-18 14:47
Complex Evolutionary Dynamics in Urban-Regional and Ecologic-Economic Systems: From Catastrophe to Chaos and Beyond - J. Barkley Rosser

I really like that I'm the only rating and review for this book so far. 

It starts slow with an almost encyclopedic categorization and analysis of different mathematical models, to then synthesize several concepts from economic disciplines into an obviously incomplete whole while finishing with looming chapters about the impending ecological problems mankind will face.

This is a book that deserves to be re-read while performing simulations on custom software finely tuned to play and enjoy the equations provided.

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text 2017-04-16 19:28
Library finds, interesting looking Kentucky cookbooks
Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen - Edward Lee
A Culinary History of Kentucky: Burgoo, Beer Cheese and Goetta (American Palate) - Fiona Young-Brown
Classic Kentucky Meals: Stories, Ingredients & Recipes from the Traditional Bluegrass Kitchen (American Palate) - Rona Roberts,Sarah Jane Sanders
Kentucky Sweets: Bourbon Balls, Spoonbread & Mile High Pie - Sarah C Baird
The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook - Maggie Green,Cricket Press
The Kentucky Barbecue Book - Wes Berry
Kentucky Cooks: Favorite Recipes from Kentucky Living - Linda Allison-Lewis
Out Of Kentucky Kitchens - Marion Flexner

Ooh, I think I have to checkout these Kentucky cookbooks.  Just found browsing over in my public library's ebooks (overdrive) and cleaning up some wishlists.

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review 2016-05-23 14:52
If you translate a Michael Bay film to a book, it might look like this.
The Regional Office is Under Attack!: A Novel - Manuel G. Gonzales

Female assassins are part of a secret organization to keep the the world safe from the ever present forces of evil. Sounds like an awesome hook, doesn't it? Initially I was somewhat intrigued by the title and the concept but wasn't that into it. But I kept hearing and reading hype about this book and I thought, why not?


Unfortunately I once again fell for really good marketing and the hype machine. The book is frenetic in its pace switching between characters, points in the history, action and more. It very much reminded me of films with a similar concept: total regular newbie gets dropped into this absurd world of secret agents, high tech gadgetry/seriously advanced technology, an incredible, encompassing evil threat that may destroy the world if the newbie doesn't join up, yadda yadda, etc.


This book is not quite like that (it's told through an omniscient third POV) but you get the idea. And unfortunately it sort of translate to that. There's a little too much going on. Yes I know the world is about to end and it's not a nice quaint tea party but the action seems to come at the price of character development. A slew of female assassins? Cool! Female main characters who are being manipulated by a couple of men? And also don't really get much character development? Not so cool.


This book needed a better editor to hack away at some of the action scenes, flesh out the characters a bit more and to check some of the author's impulses. It tries hard to seem cool and super spy/action heroes/heroines to save the world but it comes off as cutesy and tedious.


There is quite a bit of cussing in the book. Personally I really wasn't bothered by it (THE WORLD IS ENDING! WHO CARES?!?) but apparently a lot of reviewers were and if that's not your cup of tea consider yourself forewarned.


It sounded like a cool book. But like Bay movies (or others, he was just the first one I could think of), you might enjoy the ride but you probably won't remember much when you put the book down and wouldn't necessarily read it again. Borrowed from the library and that sounds about right.

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review 2014-05-11 11:55
Book Review: Waiting for Prince Harry

An entertaining little read with an endearing protagonist. This read was for sheer enjoyment. Ellis used a supercute little pop quiz device to begin each chapter that actually proved really integral to the story.


I gave it four stars because the middle was a little soggy. A little too much time spent adulating each other. A little too much telling instead of showing. Kylie, the viewpoint character, told us at least 20 times how sexy Harrison looked. I guess I am in favor of painting the picture and letting the reader draw her own conclusions.


One other thing--though the book avoided (glossed over) any truly intimate scenes, Ellis' characters use the f-word liberally. Now, I am sure that this use is in character with a rough-and-tumble pro hockey player from Boston, but if that bothers you, you will be cringing a lot throughout.


But overall, lots of fun, and well written, too.



Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/21846905-waiting-for-prince-harry
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