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Tour De France For Dummies (For Dummies) by Phil Liggett My… - coupersetique denpa
Sat, Dec. 15th, 2012 09:31 pm
Tour De France For Dummies (For Dummies) by Phil Liggett

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Book about the Tour de France, the only sporting event I have ever bought PPV access to. (I went a bit mad, but seriously it's NOT THAT EXPENSIVE.) I wanted, I think, about twice as many deeply detailed descriptions of how things work, because that is the type of reader I am. The chapters are written so that you can read one at a time, as you feel the urge, but it ends up feeling like things get re-explained multiple times because of it. Also, because the book was written a few years ago, the tv coverage information is wrong, and they explain what text messages and internet search engines are as if you do not know already. All of that being said, I did learn more about the Tour, which was my goal.

You Can Run But You Can't Hide by Duane Chapman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Dog the Bounty Hunter's memoir of his journey from abused but Jesus loving child, to outlaw biker, to bounty hunter, to drug addict, to redemption. Not particularly well written, but definitely an interesting life to read about.

In the Devil's Garden: A Sinful History of Forbidden Food by Stewart Lee Allen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book linking food and the seven deadly sins. Very interesting. It is obvious if you are well read about any one of the many topics he discusses that not everything is 100% accurate. As an example he talks about Marie Antoinette's famous 'cake' quote as referring to brioche, but as far as anyone can tell, Marie Antoinette never said anything about letting anyone eat either cake or brioche.

Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin D. Mitnick

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Mitnick's memoir about his time hacking phones and computers and the legal consequences of his actions. A lot more social engineering than I expected. I am kind of split on this book, having been alternately both fascinated and bored by his exploits. I am a person who loves detail on exactly how things happen and work, but at times, there was just too much of it for me. Also, I wasn't expecting Mitnick to be exactly sorry for what he did (he isn't), but there's an aspect of him that is compulsive, his overall motivations as a human being are not something I can relate to, and he's sort of grandiose. In other words, I don't really like him.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Re-read. First read sometime in the eighties. Of Raskin's books, this is the most well known. Twelve heirs are paired off to solve the mystery of paper magnate Samuel Westing. This is the most 'normal' of Raskin's books, which is probably why it isn't my overall favorite. I love that the kids in the book are well adjusted and together and the adults are mostly pretty screwed up people. Turtle Wexler is probably one of my favorite literary characters of all time.

Just as a side note, if you are a fan, at least one book acquired from Raskin's estate (A Murder for Macaroni and Cheese) may finally be seeing the light of day next year. I don't know why it has taken so long, honestly, she passed away before I hit puberty (well over twenty years ago.)

If you like Raskin, you can hear her explain the book here:

Other Raskin items worth reading:

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