David R. Bell’s Location is (Still) Everything-The Surprising Influence of the Real World on How We Search, Shop, and Sell in the Virtual One

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Mr. Bell has graced us with the benefit of his economist expertise in the statistics of successful online retailers, the not so successful ones and what the differences is between the two.

The tips in this book are pretty diverse though I have to admit, I couldn’t follow much of the ideas in the last three chapters. The book is great for those working on the website development, or record keeping fields.

Pretty interesting book, it’s just not for everyone, too complicated: it would make a great reference book and I’ll keep it as such.

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P.S. Meronek’s The Joshua Effect

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Jonathan Strickland is on his way to the grand opening of his newest tower. Right as they are about ready to land, the tower–along with the revelers already at the party–collapses in on itself. “Who would do such a thing” and “why” are the questions that spur Jonathan and his friends on on a quest to find the answers.

This story seemed like a great idea, until we followed Jonathan and crew to Damascus. While there, it seemed like we got a full-fledged sermon on “What’s Wrong With America.” Bear with me here. This will not be a normal review of mine.

Quoting from “The Joshua Effect,” chapter 16, page 155, we’re starting from when Gary responds to the extremist’s claims.

“We don’t teach people to do crazy things.”

The leader’s brow lifted in a way that suggested perhaps Gary rethink his last statements. “Right. Guns don’t kill people. Neither do bombs. If you are correct, and not simply self-righteous, then how can we possibly explain the world today.”

Allow me to answer this question. The world is how it is today, because we blame the victim. This thinking is similar to the abusive husband telling his wife, “if you didn’t make me mad, I wouldn’t have to hit you.” This is not the answer. Bad things happen. Those who perpetrate those things, shouldn’t be allowed to then say “it’s their fault.” No doofus, it’s yours.

Liberals might like this book, because it fits most liberal ideology. For me, I found America portrayed badly. We pulled together after 9/11. And I believe, no matter who’s in the White House, we would still tell the terrorists to kiss-off rather than kill one of our leaders.

My favorite scene had to be when Russell reminded Jonathan of his former position, and of his fiancé’s abilities.

I hope you can enjoy the book. Between the ending and the ideals, it fell flat with me.

Everyone Freaks Out! But it’s Going to be Okay

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This book was kind of cute. At least until it got to the last few pages. Then it turned into an ad about college financing.

The rhymes are set for children, but the subject matter is more for their parents.

My personal opinion is that you don’t necessarily need college, it’s all based on the chosen profession. But, if you need to know what’s going on, this one would help you. (By the way, I didn’t go to the website; just wasn’t interested in that part at all.)

Michael Connelly’s The Fifth Witness-Mickey Haller: The Lincoln Lawyer

Michael Haller, Mickey, is in a bit of a bind. For a defense attorney, the recession means more people are going to the public defenders office. But, civil law, specifically foreclosure law, is a good way to pay the bills. All of this changes when one of his foreclosure clients is charged with murdering the head of the home loan department of the bank, Mickey thinks he has a good case. After all, how does a 5’3” woman knock a 6’2” man on the top of his head.

I must say that Mickey gets a bad rap. Our Constitution does not say that only the innocent, or likable, have the right to a fair and vigorous defense. If you want to get technical, it’s not even written that way in the Bill of Rights, though that is the basis. In a perfect world the innocent would always got free, while the guilty would always be convicted. The story wrapped up nicely. There weren’t any holes that I could make out. Mr. Connelly wrote a compelling novel.

My favorite scene was when Mickey and Hayley were out for pancakes.

I liked the story, though it’s not really something I would re-read.

Scott Thomas Campbell’s An American Resurrection

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Pete Cameron is having a hard time. Due to the recession, he is working with a rather jealous friend. But something has gone wrong. So now, Pete is on a journey to plant a tree, and maybe something else.

This was different. Mr. Campbell has written a slice-of-life tale following a realtor. This book was rather difficult for me to work through, and not for reasons of the language involved. For most part, I’d say about 90%, there was a depressing flow to the novel. Kind of like a dirge, or a ‘(S)He’s Done Me Wrong’ song. Everyone’s life seemed to be going down the drain. Call me naïve, but I want to hear about someone trying to make the world a better place. There’s a lot that can come up against someone like that.

My favorite part of the story was the ending. And a couple of the hitchhikers. They tried to show Pete how to fix things.

Mr. Campbell is good at telling a story. I hope the next one doesn’t take us down such a dark alley.

Dean Koontz’s The Darkest Evening of the Year

Amy Redwing has a passion for golden retrievers. Her newest retriever seems to be an extraordinary animal. Nickie is determined to drag Amy and her boyfriend into a rather disturbing situation.

Nickie was an amazing dog. Brian is the way Mr. Koontz decided to show most of this. Some of the golden retriever rescue scenes though, was a bit over-much and it was different from much of Mr. Koontz’s other works. Sometimes these scenes came close to preaching unlike his usual works.

My favorite scenes were the ones where Brian and Amy were unburdening their pasts to each other. That and the call Amy received from Sister Jacinta.

I enjoyed this book immensely, more than I normally enjoy his novels.

Rebecca Crosdale’s When a Spider Came to Stay-The Spider in My Den Series 2

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The book is about a little girl who is fascinated with the spider in her house. (Something has to be wrong with her.)

The story seems more geared to children up to the second grade level. Some of the words are a bit bigger than what would be included in a ‘first reader,’ though it seems Mrs. Crosdale truly wishes to book to help explain some of the differences around us and the different people we’ll meet.

There is a questionnaire included in the book that is designed to encourage discussion between the parent and child, or–in the case of early school lessons–teacher and child.

My favorite part was the fact that Mrs. Crosdale was encouraging parents to take interest in their child’s education.

All-in-all, it’s a good book for a parent to read to a child of any primary age and talk about.

Steven F. Freeman’s Havoc-The Blackwell Files 4

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Alton and Mallory are back. It’s been just about seven hours since the closing events in “T Wave.” Their Roman holiday is off to a great start. Too bad a new acquaintance of theirs ends up murdered in the Coliseum. Are we really so hopeful as to believe that their vacation can go on as planned without them getting involved in the investigation? Well, probably, but where would the story be?

This story was pretty good. It combined the urge to stay out of the investigation and on their vacation with the curiosity of what happened to Duncan. The whole international intrigue thing was well worked out. You won’t be able to easily identify where all the players are, or where they all fit in.

My favorite scenes were when Zane Crowe attacked Mallory and Alton in Rome, and when Alton finally figured out who Tom was.

Thankfully, Mr. Freeman didn’t feel the need to include much graphic sex. I just hope it doesn’t start increasing in each subsequent novel. That would be a deal breaker for me. Other than that, it was a great story.

Lynne Truss’ Eats, Shoots & Leaves: A Zero Tolerance Guide to Punctuation

This is an interesting read. Ms. Truss claims the book is for the sticklers; however, I must disagree. She takes us through the rules, both of basic usage and style specific (the Oxford comma), for each form of punctuation.

Here’s a major warning for the American reader. Ms. Truss is British. Therefore her punctuation is British. However, she does accept and explain that American publications have different rules.

I like the fact Ms. Truss uses both humor and examples to make her points. This is one reason I think the book can help anyone who wants to learn how to punctuate properly.

This is a great book for anyone, especially authors. I’ll be keeping the Oxford comma, though thank you very much.

Cherise Kelley’s Dog Aliens 2: Oreo

Oh goody, Raffle has gotten a new doggy brother. Unfortunately, Oreo has different ideas about that one. And now the rotten Niques are up to something, and Lido has to figure that one out.

Dog Aliens 2 started out slow, though it picks up speed and brings some answers to some of the questions left us from the first novel. I always wanted to know how the Kaxians and the Niques manipulated their technologies. We get to visit Neya again. And she seems to still be looking forward to her mate.

My favorite scene is when Oreo meets the toddler.

Mostly this was a good story. Will be looking forward to the next.