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The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Mitch Albom

Touchy and feely, but ultimately blah

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What's the deal with books these days? Just take a look: the ones written for kids get longer and longer (and more expensive), while the ones written for adults get shorter (and more expensive). Don't believe me?Read more

Pirate Latitudes. Michael Crichton

Even dead, Crichton writes lousy fiction

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The blurb on the inside back cover claims that Michael Crichton's posthumously-published Pirate Latitudes was "discovered as a complete manuscript in his files after his death in 2008." Given that Crichton had been catapulted to the status of "sure thing" with the success of 1990's Jurassic Park ,…Read more

Warp. Lev Grossman

If I had read Warp first, I probably wouldn't have read The Magicians

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You say you loved Lev Grossmans Magicians trilogy? You want to read everything the guys ever written? Sorry: thats probably not a good idea: youd have to read Warp . Its just another novel about aimless slackers , like dozens of other novels written in the 90s.Read more

Tidy Cats 24/7 Performance Clumping Cat Litter

I'm going back to Scoop Away!

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I normally use Scoop Away litter because I can get it cheap at Costco. The last time I bought litter, though, I got some Tidy Cats 247 Performance Clumping instead. The difference surprised me.Read more

Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Try Buffalo Trace Bourbon: you might be surprised

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My liquor cabinet probably suggests that I enjoy a wee dram o single malt of an evening, but I remain an equal-opportunity sipper: whisky or whiskey, depending on my mood.Read more

Nothing Short of Dying. Erik Storey

Bloody Debut Novel Full of Clichés

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Like darned near every other antihero, Clyde Barr is a stone killer whos spent a few years as a mercenary. Clydes difference is that he always fought for the little guy or at least for what he thought might be the right side.Read more

A Hundred Thousand Worlds. Bob Proehl

SciFi, Graphics Novels, Comic-Cons: Oh My!

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Valerie Torrey was once the female heroine of a scifi series on TV. Years ago, though, she fled LA to New York, taking with her three-year-old Alex. Six years later, mother and son's reverse that migration for reasons that slowly appear in the text of Bob Proehls A Hundred Thousand Worlds .Read more

City of the Lost: A Thriller. Kelley Armstrong

A locked-rooom mystery as big as all outdoors

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Casey Duncan is a homicide cop with a history: she murdered her boyfriend when she was just 18. Thats her big secret, a secret that eventually puts her on the run.Read more

Progressive Prepworks Flexible Color-Coded Cutting Mats

Cheap, brittle plastic product that should be avoided

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We have long used color-coded plastic cutting mats at our house to prevent cross-contamination between meats and vegetables. The first set was plastic and then we had silicone mats from Casabella that lasted several years.Read more

Gimbal's Fine Candies Gourmet Jelly Beans

Gimbal's: they're the other gourmet jelly beans from San Francisco

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The Gimbal family has making in San Francisco area for four generations. Gimbals Fine Candies Gourmet Jelly Beans are mini-size beans like others with the gourmet label think Jelly Belly. Youll find a wide variety of flavors in your bag, far more than what you find in convenience-store peg bags.Read more