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review 2018-06-20 21:42
The Regional Office Is Under Attack - a comic book of a novel - great fun
The Regional Office is Under Attack!: A Novel - Manuel G. Gonzales

How to describe this... It's about superheroes while they're "off duty" and a specific group of superheroes -- all women. They're recruited by a place that is a travel agency unless you want to go to Akron Ohio, in which case it's the global HQ for these amazing magic women and the people who organize them.


And the book takes place while their HQ is under attack.


I can't tell you much more than that without spoiling it. It's humorous without being satire and without mocking superheroes of the more usual sort. Clearly written by someone who loves the heroes we all know and love and also completely different in the angle we watch from. The humor isn't at the expense of our usual heroes, it's just that we're in on their inner-most thoughts - stuff like "this is a f-ing ridiculous way to die" etc.


A very fast read because it's easy and I wanted to know how it was going to turn out. It started a tad slow, and we get the back and forth from present to past and back again (a gimmick I'm really starting to see as a novelists easy way out, but it works here.) I feared it would be all origin story, but it's absolutely not. There are very few feelings, and the only adjective is the F word - all of this sounds terrible. Maybe it's just my mood. I have been wanting light lately and this hit the spot. There's no great depth, which is exactly why it works. I've read comic books that felt a bit like this but never a novel. It's different and therefore quite interesting as well as just plain fun. 

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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 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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