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review 2019-10-01 03:01
The Mystery of Mr. Nice: A Chet Gecko Mystery - Bruce Hale
Chet Gecko is a private eye who is in grade school.  He's been sent to the principal's office but comes out without receiving a punishment.  Who is that guy?  He's sure it's not the real Mr. Zero.  What is going on?
Chet is a hoot.  He sounds like a 1940's Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe.  I chuckled at his puns which are creative.  He solves the mystery but he needs help which is how he gets his Girl Friday, Natalie, who usually has to point him in the right direction.  He also gets a little help from some friends at school and makes a new friend. 
I like the cleverness of this series.  I look forward to reading more.
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review 2019-08-26 16:23
Principled Negotiation
Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In - William Ury,Bruce Patton,Roger Fisher

This one was pretty technical. The authors really break down the thought process of having a principled negotiation instead of trying to negotiate either "soft" or "hard." They provide a variety of examples/case studies that emphasize the point. Not going to lie, this was a bit dry, but very good book if you want to read more about different leadership styles.


"Getting to Yes" breaks down key concepts from the authors such as "Don't Bargain Over Positions," "Separate the People from the Problem" and "Focus on Interests, Not Positions." Through each breakdown they go through and provide an example to emphasis their point. I thought this book at times was dry, but I like the constant reinforcement that they are trying to get to in which that every negotiation that you have with either a boss, a direct report, or peer, you can work to make sure that you are principled in your negotiations and don't need to start from a soft or hard position. I have a boss right now that all he does is try to argue his point with our whole team and never listens to a thing we say. That leads to resentment among the rest of us and also anger. It's frustrating to know that you are being ignored since the boss wants to do things his or her own way without taking into consideration other people. It didn't help in our case that he was totally wrong in his approach and we (the team) are paying for it now. 


One of my favorite chapters though was "What if They Are More Powerful?" or Develop your BATNA-Best Alternative To a Negotiated Agreement. And believe me I paid attention to this just because a deputy I work for likes to win. You can see him just thinking about his retort when other people are speaking. Drives me up the wall. This chapter though takes you through steps such as protecting yourself, the costs of knowing your bottom line, and knowing your BATNA.


Definitely recommend for a leadership course. And will say once again this is pretty dry. 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-08-25 03:17
Big Bad Bruce by Bill Peet
Big Bad Bruce - Bill Peet

Title:  Big Bad Bruce

Author:  Bill Peet

Genre:  Animals / Manners / Bullying / Magic

Year Published: 1977

Year Read:  2009

Houghton Mifflin Company

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 6+  (Bullying)






“Big Bad Bruce” is another classic tale by Bill Peet and it is about how Bruce the Bear tortures small creatures and he eventually gets what he deserves when Roxy the witch shrinks him down to the size of a chipmunk.  The lesson of this story may have not been taught right, but this book is still a treat for children to read.


Bill Peet does an excellent job at illustrating and writing the story “Big Bad Bruce.”  First, I like to talk about Bill Peet’s illustrations as they are beautiful and colorful when he illustrates Bruce to seem more like a scruffy and mischievous bear rather than a scary and vicious bear.  The image that I really enjoyed was the image of Bruce standing up on his hind legs looking for some mischief to do as he has a mischievous grin on his face.  Second, I like to talk about Bill Peet’s writing as he effectively uses a fantasy element (witchcraft) to make Bruce see everything from a chipmunk’s point of view and learns about how the other animals felt when he picked on them.  Roxy was probably the most interesting character in this story as she was the only one who was able to stand up to Bruce when he was big and I love how she creatively teaches Bruce a lesson about bullying by shrinking him down to the size of a chipmunk.




“Big Bad Bruce” is an interesting story about the consequences of teasing other people, but parents may want to avert their children about the real lesson being taught her, instead of doing what Bruce has done at the end of the book.  I would recommend this book to children ages six and up due to some advanced vocabulary in this book and the fact that Bruce had not really learned his lesson.


Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog


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text 2019-08-18 23:17
Post-surgery TBR
Binti - Nnedi Okorafor
Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way - Bruce Campbell
Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor
The Exorcist - William Peter Blatty

So this is what I have settled on to read while I heal. Two are y'alls suggestions, and two are my own. I will be in the hospital Tuesday to probably Thursday. There is a chance I could be sent home Wednesday but I'm not holding my breath on that. I'm taking my Kindle so that I have a ton of options if I don't like what I'm trying to read. Here's to my journey!

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text 2019-05-23 19:24
Booklikesopoly: Double DNF
Die Känguru-Chroniken: Live und ungekürzt: 4 CDs von Kling. Marc-Uwe (2012) Audio CD - Marc-Uwe Kling
In Patagonia - Bruce Chatwin

I´m off to a very good start for Boolikesopoly ;D.


Die Känguru-Chroniken: I tried, I really tried, but I don´t find this audiobook funny at all. And the Känguru is so annoying, I cannot endure another minute of listening to it. This is really not my thing.

I listened to 109 out of 292 minutes, which is about the 37% mark of the book. The print edition has 271 pages, 37 % amounts to 100 pages read, so I´m making $1.00 for this book. Read for square:



In Patagonia: I only read a couple pf pages in this book and I knew immediately that this book isn´t for me. I cannot tell you why, I just know it is. Since I didn´t even read 10% of this book, I´m not earning morning with this one. Read for square:



Let´s hope that I will choose a better book with my next die roll tomorrow.

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