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Reactions to “St. Nicholas and the Dragon” by Laura Hickman and Tracy Hickman

07-Feb-16

St. Nicholas and the Dragon by Laura Hickman My rating: 4 of 5 stars A charming short book telling a St. Nicholas origin story in a lighthearted fantasy context. Engaging tone with an instantly understandable world. Occasionally a little too jarringly cutesy with the insertion of lyrics from Christmas carols and other popular references, but […]

Reactions to “Naughty & Nice” (Dan Shamble, Zombie PI, #3.5) by Kevin Anderson

07-Feb-16

Naughty & Nice by Kevin J. Anderson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Charming holiday story using characters I suspect Anderson has introduced in earlier works, though it’s not necessary to have read those to enjoy “Naughty & Nice”. Anderson deftly and lightheartedly merges the noir-ish black comedy world of the zombie private investigator and […]

Reactions to Malevolent Muse: The Life of Alma Mahler by Oliver Hilmes

07-Feb-16

Malevolent Muse: The Life of Alma Mahler by Oliver Hilmes My rating: 2 of 5 stars Hilmes’ biography should probably not be one’s starting place to get to know Alma Mahler Werfel (as it was mine). While his primary research bona fides are compelling – he goes to great pains to describe just how much […]

Reactions to The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger by Marc Levinson

07-Feb-16

The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger by Marc Levinson My rating: 5 of 5 stars You might think that the Cliffs Notes summary of The Box would be enough. Yes, the shipping container revolutionized the global economy by almost eliminating considerations of shipping cost and geographic […]

Reactions to Ornamental Posters of the Vienna Secession by Horst-Herbert Kossatz

20-Jan-16

Ornamental Posters Of The Vienna Secession by Horst-Herbert Kossatz My rating: 4 of 5 stars Essential because it’s the only accessible book on the topic of poster art from the Viennese Secession movement. In the plus column there are several color plates (the rest black and white), and the descriptions of each poster are refreshingly […]

Reactions to Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails: From the Almagoozium to the Zombie and Beyond by Ted Haigh

20-Jan-16

Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails: From the Alamagoozlum to the Zombie by Ted Haigh My rating: 5 of 5 stars A brilliant and beautiful book. Many cocktail books try to live at the intersection of recipe/reference, attractive to look at, and readable all the way through – Haigh’s is one of the very few to […]