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THE SKELETON CREW: HOW AMATEUR SLEUTHS ARE SOLVING AMERICA’S COLDEST CASES by Deborah Halber

August 31, 2014

I was a fan of Christian Slater’s television show, The Forgotten. It only lasted one season, seventeen episodes, actually, but my wife and I were drawn into the emotional cases and the cast of characters that were so deeply affected by the unidentified bodies. At the time, I didn’t know that Todd Matthews, the Director […]

YOU ARE THE FIRST KID ON MARS by Patrick O’Brien

October 30, 2009

Growing up during the heyday of the Space Race, my mind was constantly filled with stars and other solar systems. Back in the 1970s, we were told that we’d be working on Mars. We were supposed to put a man on the Red Planet by 1985. There were ship models and suits and geographical mockups […]

BLOG BLAZERS by Stephane Grenier

January 6, 2009

                    Go To Amazon   Blogs occupy a large chunk of many people’s days. They start off in the morning reading the latest posts of several blogs they keep track of. Often, these blogs are read for information, entertainment, and new ideas. Millions of people are […]

GIVEAWAY! HERE’S THE STORY by Maureen McCormick GIVEAWAY!

January 5, 2009

Thanks to the fine folks at HarperCollins, I’ve got two copies of this book to give away on this site.  First come, first serve.  And the postage is one me.  Want to know what Marsha Brady was really like and what she went through after the show went off the air? Check the book and […]

BRANDED MALE: MARKETING TO MEN by Mark Tungate

July 29, 2008

I have to admit, I’m one of those tough sells Mark Tungate writes about in Branded Male: Marketing to Men. I hate shopping and see it only as an evil necessity. I don’t buy trendy, and I hate the whole corporate look because I’ll never look like the models that parade around in that attire. […]

BONK: THE CURIOUS COUPLING OF SCIENCE AND SEX by Mary Roach

May 10, 2008

Once upon a time, Dr. Isaac Asimov attempted to explain the world to everybody. When I was growing up, I devoured both his science fiction and his non-fiction, learning a lot about what had already happened in the world, what was happening at the present, and what yet might happen. I enjoyed his non-fiction books […]

HIDDEN LETTERS by Marion van Binsbergen-Pritchard, Deborah Slier, and Ian Shine

April 21, 2008

    When you read Hidden Letters, the book is going to leave a mark. It’s going to hurt down deep and leave you thinking about things long after you’ve finished the book. After receiving the book, I admit to approaching the book warily. The subject matter is brutal, and it’s devastating to anyone who’s […]

MANIC by Terri Cheney

March 22, 2008

I’ve dealt with depression and a bipolar condition all of my life. When I was younger, I didn’t know what it was. At that point, it just manifested itself as a heavy sadness that would hit about every six months or so and last for about a week. Unfortunately, as I grew older and got […]