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The Big Store- Inside the Crisis and Revolution at Sears

Published in 1988, this book tracked the beginning to ‘middle end’ of the Sears story. It is a nice little time capsule. The Author, Donald Katz (Audible Founder/CEO) recently rereleased the book with an updated foreword that touches lightly on the post ‘88 years and changes. At the time of this writing, the Audible version was free to all, even those (such as me) who are not Audible subscribers.

At the beginning, Sears had a winning playbook. Stacking its personnel via the loyalty of military servicemen returning home, Sears built a permanent workforce and a brought in nearly 1% of the US national GDP. Through breakdowns in management, distributing regional propriety over all decisions, and ignorant disregard for competition; the market ownership toppled.

The Big Store details the cowboy behavior of the Sears management and uses no less than three references to ‘Son-of-a-Bitches’ in the 600 pages. Management success is outlined and measured by the number of open-heart surgeries and …
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Excited for an upcoming Monty Python Alumni release

I am getting very excited for an upcoming non-fiction release, Julian Doyle’s The Monumental Secret of the Crucifiction. The book investigates details and documentation that may lead to an interesting and logical conclusion that Jesus Christ did not die on the cross as is told around the campfire. The shift in perspective to lend credence to medical delusion and purports social chicanery that a major religion bases its core on.

With the book release occuring on May 20th, I am hoping to get my grubby reader mitts on a copy.


Point of note-

Being a huge fan of Monty Python, I can’t say the Julian Doyle’s name was one I remembered. Editor to key films such as The Life of Brian and other TerryG’s Brazil/Time Bandits, I was dar too captured by the cinema to see his name. These films influenced me greatly, so now that the puzzle pieces fit..

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Release Date: 20th May 2018 Genre: Non-Fiction Page Count: 217 Publisher:Chippenham Books Goodreads Link:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4196…

Tadd Galusha’s Cretaceous: Unexpectedly heart wrenching

When I picked up an advance copy of this (March 2019 release), I grabbed it purely because my elder spawn would love it. I figured it would be good because Tadd Galusha was the driving artistic force, but I had no expectation it would be something I would be more excited about than my dino obsessed kiddo.
Cretaceous is the tale of a Tyrannosaurus Rex family. Mother and Father, hunting, get separated- causing one to be slaughtered. Infant T-Rex stays alive after the annihilation of it’s nest. The remaining T-Rex parent hunts a pack of Albertosaurus Sarcophagus who are stalking the last child
The art on this is phenomenal. Wide sweeping two page spreads, unusual (but not overtly artsy) camera angles keep the images interesting. The only text in this book is the occaisional onomatopoeia smacking and crunching through the book.









The Last Romantics: Confession while the world collapses

Tara Conklin’s novel, book-ended by inferred scenes of the end of the world surprised me by being both vivid and intense. The Last Romantics was paced just right- I did not burn through the pages, while keeping a solid cadence.

In 2079, poet Fiona Skinner stands before a crowd of fans and critics. She is 102 years old, answering questions about her life long work as an author. From the crowd comes a young woman, asking after the origin of her namesake (Luna) from Fiona’s most famous work ‘The Love Poem’.

Fiona, amidst power outages and emergency sirens, narrates the history of the Skinners from the death of their father to a wedding ring with no bride.

Well crafted novel.











My Boyfriend is a Bear: Big furry love!

Based on a review copy
Onipress released a sweet and cuddly love story between a woman and the bear who followed her home from the woods.
Nora is bad with love and working a crappy telemarketing job. She goes on a picnic with a douchebag hipster. After he mocks and shames her for having some fun trashy magazines to read (and he decants a wine bottle in the woods), she buries her shame in the forest floor.. where the bear is watching.
Days later the bear shows up at her house, holding a magazine with Nora’s mailing label. He is absolutely accepting of her.
The bear in this story is not a metaphor, not a hairy man, but an actual bear. 
I loved this graphicnovel. It was cute and memorable.. and manages to tapdance around zoophilia, focusing instead on the bear’s personality / interactions with the human world (while wearing his Arcade Fire t-shirt).








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Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer: Incredibad Teen Fiction as good as it sounds

Found at Goodwill, this Katie Alender thriftstore find was well loved by it’s previous owner. With pages dog eared so fantastically that the corners were physically missing (I have been told this is ‘purse wear and tear’), this was bought for the pure joy of reading rediculous fiction. It was unregretably enjoyable, while understandably juvenile in most ways, leading readers with any intuition down barely disguised channels.

Spoiled and entitled American teen Collette Iselin. She holds a secret back from her rich Bratz doll friends-  Collette has moved into a tiny apartment, wears carefully purchased thrift clothing, and is on scholarship at their elite Private school. Daddy, recently Mid-Life-Crisised to his own space, has left poor Collete in a social  ladder dead zone.
In preparation for a ‘life changing’ trip to Paris with her French class, Collette finds a mysterious box in the claustrophobic confines of her apartment storage facility. Handed down from her Great Grandmother, the bo…

Robopocalypse: Skynet's more human tolerant little brother

THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING.
Robopocalypse (Daniel H Wilson) starts in a different position than most machine armageddon stories, beginning 20 minutes after the Humans have won the war with ‘Big Rob’. Our narrator, Cormac ‘Bright Boy’ Wallace is spraying bursts of fire out across the frozen Alaskan tundra to confuse a swarm of mini-bots called stumpers into premature explosion. Stumpers contain compartmentalized chemicals that are mixed when they feel the warmth of a human leg, leading to a debilitating POP and the loss of an appendage.
Bright Boy Squad locates something unexpected in the frozen expanse- a sentient storage device that has been collecting insane amounts of data from the world since the activation day of Archos (the AI ).  The book follows a similar presentation as  World War Z (Max Brooks), depicting the novel as a series of short stories in a historical compilation of key events from pre-war to the end, recorded by the device, and cross commented by Wallace.
Unlike Skynet in t…