Saturday, December 16, 2017

Review of "Solve the Mystery: 41 Puzzling Cases," by A. C. Gordon

Review of
Solve the Mystery: 41 Puzzling Cases, by A. C. Gordon ISBN 0486296628

Five out of five stars
 All the mysteries in this book are at most little more than a page and some just fill a page. Therefore, every word may be of significance, the key is to recognize the phrase that contains the critical clue(s). The solution is given in inverted text at the end of the mystery. Some of the solutions are obvious while reading the mystery, others are obvious when the solution is read and then there are others where it is hard to see where the critical clue is in the text of the mystery.
 Robberies and murders are the main crimes that are to be solved, clearly there are no elaborate murder plots. This book is fun, and the puzzles are challenging, brief intellectual exercises to flex the critical brain cells.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Review of "What’s So Funny About Getting Old?," by Ed Fischer and Jane Thomas Noland

Review of
What’s So Funny About Getting Old?, by Ed Fischer and Jane Thomas Noland ISBN 0881662232

Five out of five stars
 The humor in this book is of course directed at the elderly. Yet, in general they won’t mind for it is pretty good and hits a mark that nearly all can relate to. Aging is a gradual process that grinds away at you and must be adjusted to. Yet, it helps to see the humor in some of the changes of perspectives and daily difficulties that crop up. This book will help in that adjustment.
 The general structure is a set of jokes in textual form on the left with a cartoon image on the right. Some of the jokes are by professional comedians. One of the best is by Henny Youngman, “At my age when a girl flirts with me in the movies, she is after my popcorn.” If you are getting up in years and need a few laughs to help you cope, this book will provide them.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Review of "Buchanan’s Siege," by Jonas Ward

Review of
Buchanan’s Siege, by Jonas Ward

Five out of five stars
 One of the best heroes of western fiction is once again engaged in a battle that he would prefer to avoid. Buchanan is a peaceable man; however, the rest of the world is not. A man named Bradbury sent for him with the reasons being unknown. There is no question that it was not to act as a hired gun, for Bradbury knew that Buchanan could not be hired to kill, even though he would not hesitate to do so if the cause was right.
 That trigger cause appears before Buchanan ever meets Bradbury, when he arrives he discovers a farmer hung and labeled as a cattle rustler. Buchanan spots the “evidence” and it is clear to him that it was planted. Furthermore, the dead farmer’s widow was a fellow traveler and he must do what he can to comfort her.
 Bradbury is an official in what is called the Cattleman’s Association, an organization supposedly designed to further the interests of the ranchers, but is the umbrella under which they hope to engage in a range war over land. It is to be the ranchers versus the farmers and the ranchers are bringing in hired guns. It was Bradbury’s hope that Buchanan could calm the storm without bloodshed, the hanging ends all hope of that and Buchanan takes the side of the farmers.
 He quickly emerges as their leader and even though his group is badly outnumbered, and the cause appears hopeless, Buchanan stays in the fight. Coco is not there in the beginning, but when Buchanan is in trouble, he travels to his aid. This is a good story, one that readers of westerns will enjoy.