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September 28, 2009

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams

Filed under: Science Fiction — Randolph @ 8:04 pm

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas AdamsThis is a typical murder mystery. The owner of a corporation dies and the one due to inherit looks guilty. Did I say typical, it was written by Douglas Adams, so it isn’t. This story involves a software program that converts business data into music, a detective who is in denial of his psychic abilities, a dead guy, a horse, an electric monk, and – as is typical for Douglas Adams, a perfectly ordinary sofa.

September 24, 2009

The Murderers by W.E.B. Griffin

Filed under: Mystery — Randolph @ 3:29 pm

The Murderers by W. E. B. GriffinThis is the sixth book in the series, Badge of Honor. I had not read the previous books, and believe a background in the characters would have helped. The story is an investigation of murder. It is well told, but did not seem a good read.

September 16, 2009

No End Save Victory: Perspectives on World War II

Filed under: History — Randolph @ 6:00 pm

No End Save Victory: Perspectives on World War II by VariousThis is a collection of short stories of World War II. The stories are from personal journals or personal accounts, and provide a different glimpse into different aspects of the war. One of the stories is of a Kamikazi pilot who was shot down and survived. There is one each from the German and Japanese perspectives of their end of the war, a story of a B17 and B52 bomber pilot, a German perspective on the invasion of Poland, and others. Each provides a unique view of the event and the people portrayed. The stories are well written and cohesive, although at time it can be gory. Overall, I found it an enjoyable and enlightening read.

September 8, 2009

Printmaking in the Sun by Dan Welden

Filed under: Art — Randolph @ 11:21 am

Printmaking in the Sun by Dan WeldenThis is a great intro to printmaking as well as solar plates. It covers basics of press use, inks and paints, and safety. The focus of the book is on solar plates. It discusses differnet printing methods as well as different exposure methods, how to determine exposures, and touches on different plates types. The book has a lot of useful information at several levels and should end up on your bookshelf as a handy reference.

September 4, 2009

The Cry of the Halidon by Robert Ludlum

Filed under: Mystery — Randolph @ 3:21 pm

The Cry of the Halidon by Robert LudlumI was disappointed in this one, I coulnd’t quite get into it. The characters didn’t seem very real and needed more development. As a result, I was reading as an observer without feeling for the characters or caring how things would come out.

The suspense/mystery portion of the story didn’t completely make sense. mabye I missed an element, but it made it difficult to follow. The action got exciting toward the end, but the book didn’t impress me well overall.

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