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Excellent and revealing book. I was only marginally aware of many of the Native American chiefs and heroes featured in this book. The book was very informative and surprisingly well-balanced.
11/07/2010
I tried to read this book on my Kindle, but the formatting (mobi format) made the board examples unviewable. There was some good information in the introduction and explanation of chess, but beyond that, it was kind of useless. I may try a different format when I get the chance to see if the grids are viewable to follow the strategy examples properly.
10/24/2010
Excellent collection of humor essays by comedian and actor Robert Benchley. Benchley has a rather dry wit that is reminescent of Woody Allen (back when he was a comedian). Many of the topics are a little dated, but on the whole it is very funny.
10/20/2010
This is an excellent read! I'm a big fan of Christopher Morley and I believe this was the funniest work of his that I've yet read.

It's a rather scathing satire on Prohibition. The story develops into a humorous satire on government control of individual rights and legislating morality, which definitely hits home even today

Highly recommended!
10/20/2010
This was not a bad first entry in a young adult series. The characters are fairly engaging, there's a bit of action, a bit of poignancy, a bit of good values and a bit of education woven into the story.

Naturally, it's terribly dated, but the book is a good read for any nostalgist and especially any fan of old time radio (or I should say, OLD old time radio, the days before regular programming).
10/20/2010
I have to say at the outset that if you are looking for adventure like Smith's Lensman series, you won't find it here. This is just your average 50's sci-fi adventure, with all the adorable if completely wrong suppositions about outer space you often find in those tales.

There are some interesting tweaks to it, such as a society that builds things out of ice (because it's the hardest thing on their distant planet that they can manipulate). But a good portion of the book is "Robinson Crusoe on Mars" Meets "Assignment: Outer Space". I can easily see this being filmed as an Italian space opera with all the special effects that allow me to indulge in schadenfreude.

It's worth a read if you're a fan of that era's sci-fi, but don't try to critique it with modern standards or you'll go a bit crazy.
10/20/2010
I don't think it's much of a spoiler to say that this rather short short story lives up to it's title. It's about a man who falls overboard.

It's also a fairly well-written story, with a pseudo-twist at the end. I agree with another review who supposed that Churchill was probably depressed when he wrote it. Kind of glad he was, considering the quality. I enjoyed the barely-two minutes it took to read.
10/20/2010
Victoria M. Patton - A Secret That Will Rip a Tight-Knit Community Apart
FEATURED AUTHOR - If Victoria M. Patton isn't using her Forensic Chemistry degree and her time in the Coast Guard to figure out where to bury the bodies and write about the murders, she is more than likely hanging with her husband, her two dogs, and two cats. Her teenagers want nothing to do with her. If she has any free time, she binge-watches Hulu and YouTubeTV, usually with a glass of whiskey. Check out her blog Whiskey and Writing where she tries to help new authors navigate the indie publishing world. As… Read more