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Minidoka: 937th Earl of One Mile Series M
Published in Hardcover by Dark Horse Comics (09 September, 1998)
Authors: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Michael Wm Kaluta, J. Allen St. John, and Peet Janes
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Fairy Tale for Every Child, Even Those of us Who Are Adults
Minidoka? What kind of a word is that, you say? Then you stop and think, "Oh, Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan and John Carter. It's a made up word!" WRONG. Minidoka is a small town (or was, I don't know if it is still there) in Idaho where Mr. Burroughs worked in one of his many failed careers as a gold miner (1901 to 1904) with his brother at the Yale Dredging Company. It didn't pan out, pardon the pun, and the world is much more richer for the failed attempt.

Burroughs has never been accused of being a literary genius, although his stories have reached every corner of the world, his books are published in over sixty different languages (not counting dialects), his tales have been the basis for dozens of films, TV series, animations and comics. What Mr. Burroughs was gifted with was the art of storytelling and that trait has made him a legend.

Mindoka, 937th Earl of One Mile Series M is a story that sprung from that ability. No one knows for certain when this wonderful tale was created, perhaps it was one of the series of bedtime stories Burroughs told his children each night. All of them created on the spot as he paced the hall of their small home and spoke in a loud voice so that all in the house could hear. What ever occurred, Burroughs liked this particular story so much that he committed it to paper. Of a sorts, at least. He used the backs of old letterheads from the mining company, photo bills from Pocatello and letterheads of the American Genealogical Society to compose this story. None of the hand written manuscript is dated, nor was it discovered until 1955, five years after his death, in his personal belongings. The paper the story was written on gives proof that this is Burroughs first ever written work, never before seen by another beside himself until after he had died and never published until today. This makes that story almost a century old!

The tale is very strange, not at all like his works that were published in his lifetime. This is a children's story, it is written with the intention of being read aloud to children and has all the classic elements of fairy tales. Horrible monsters, magic spells, beautiful damsels to rescue and battles to be fought, all of these are in there along with a never before seen look at the man's sense of humor.

The story itself is quite captivating, even if it is a bit difficult to read for an adult. I dare say that I will be hard pressed to pronounce some of the words that Burroughs has created for this story, but many of the characters and creatures are quite endearing. I really liked the hoobody and hookidooki. The hoobody reminded me of one of the mythical creatures of my people, the Apache, (perhaps that's where he got the idea) and the hookidooki was just plain fun to read about even if it was a villain.

The setting for the story is Idaho of a million or more years in the past, but with European type kingdoms all based as the origin of Irish names. Very interesting concept and for the life of me I can't determine why he took that tact in the story. But it matters not, as the tale is fantastic.

Many aspects of his published works can be seen in this story. The way his heroes act and react is based on this tale. Many animals and places for completely unrelated stories are mentioned here as something else. It is almost as if he created an entire universe from the seeds that he planted for himself in this story to his children.

There is something else that is very special about this book. The cover art is a painting by J. Allen St. John that has never been published before. Who is St. John, you ask? This is the man that made every single cover painting for Burroughs books starting in 1915 with The Son of Tarzan and ending in 1942 with The Tiger Girl (I have copies of all of these). The painting was made over 50 years ago when an art director told St. John that it was impossible for an artist to do an illustration using all known mediums that were known at the time. St. John went to his loft and created a drawing he titled Minidoka by those exact means just to prove the man wrong. This cover is the first printing of that painting.

The book is a mere 63 pages long with about 15 of those pages being lavishly drawn full page illustrations. Each page also has drawings around the edges that have to do with what the story is talking about at the time.

The book is published by Dark Horse Comics and is available now at all book stores. You will more than likely have to special order it, because it is a limited edition print. The price is ... well worth it. I can hardly wait until it is mass produced so that I can get a reading copy to give my children when they are old enough. Get one of these first prints while they are still out there. You will never regret it.

Moss and Adams' Heart Disease in Infants, Children, and Adolescents : Including the Fetus and Young Adult (2 Volume Set)
Published in Hardcover by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Publishers (15 January, 2001)
Authors: Hugh D. Allen, Howard P. Gutgesell, Edward B. Clark, David J. Driscoll, Forrest H. Adams, Arthur J. Heart Disease in Infants, Children, and Adolescents Moss, and Allen Gutgsell Clark
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Excellent book
An important review of heart disease from fetal life through adolescence. Very well written and quite clear and complete. No reference library on congenital heart disease is complete without this book

My Brother's Story
Published in Hardcover by Reading (01 October, 2000)
Authors: Allen, Jr. Johnson and Leanna Leithauser Lesley
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An inspiring and fun story, straight from the Deep South
If you're an eleven-year-old, you're going to love this book. If you're a forty-year-old, you're going to love this book. That's because the storyline is fun to follow, the characters seem real and quite engaging, the bad people are sometimes hypnotic, the emotions are deeply felt and simply expressed, and the alligator is hungry but likeable. It's almost impossible not to think of other great classics ostensibly written for young people but in reality bearing a message for us old fuddy-duddies, too--Huckleberry Finn, Ol' Yeller, To Kill a Mockingbird, Dandelion Wine (if you loved these books, you'll be open to enjoying this one). Try this wonderful Southern tale, the latest from popular children's author Allen Johnson Jr.

Small Creatures and Ordinary Places: Essays on Nature
Published in Hardcover by Univ of Wisconsin Pr (30 November, 2000)
Authors: Allen M. Young and Judith Huf
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Beautiful meander through nature
Allen Young writes beautifully and knows his subject. He takes a complex subject and reduces it to an understandable story. Truley unusual ability to make moonlight on a lake fascinating. I think part of the charm and it is a charming book is that some of his thoughts parallel the thoughts everyone has had at certain unique moments when viewing nature. His descriptions are vivid and leave you with the feeling that he has taken you on one tour after another. This is a book form anyone and I found it totally enjoyable and very relaxing.

Sweet Youth: Poems by a Young Man and an Old Man, Old and New 1953-2001
Published in Paperback by New Directions Publishing (2002)
Author: Allen Grossman
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Some of the selections date to the early 1950's
Sweet Youth is an outstanding collection showcasing the poems that Allen Grossman wrote in his youth. Some of the selections date to the early 1950's, others were originally published in the such books as "A Harlot's Hire" (1961), "The Recluse" (1965) and "And the Dew Lay All Night Upon My Branch" (1973). The brief yet subtle verse is evocative of compelling moods and quite worthy of extended contemplation. The Cry: Sleepwalking, having it both ways and more,/Doing and undoing the raveled sleeve of care/With fluttering fingers, getting nothing done,/Blind with streaming hair,/You nursed our child and put it down/Hours ago. Something else that weeps/Drives you up the hallway in your sleep,/A lost thing, sister to the thing you lost.//To me you are a ghost with bared white breasts/Fainting with hunger for a thing you bore/But, being dead, can never reach/Although you wander in an ecstasy of care/Making of my bed a haunted wood,/A wound, a grave, something not understood.

The Way Things Are: A Novel
Published in Hardcover by Baskerville Publishers, Inc. (1994)
Authors: Allen Wheelis and Jeff Putnam
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A deeply serious and disturbing novel
This is a grown-up novel which works on several levels. There is the actual content of the public lectures delivered by Professor Elliot Hawkins. Then there is the mob-like response of lecture's audience. And, of course, there are the relationships of the characters of the novel proper. And each of these strands demonstrates something disturbingly base and fragile in various strata of human life: death, sexual relations, social interaction. What Allen Wheelis has accomplished here is no mean feat - in a sense he has successfully turned Freud's great, dark book "Civilization and its Discontents" into a novel. As in all his work, Wheelis offers no comfort to the reader - he pushes one's nose up against reality. But strangely, this has an enlivening, not a depressing, effect. (I also highly recommend Wheelis's memoir, "The Listener".)

Young Adults and Public Libraries : A Handbook of Materials and Services
Published in Hardcover by Greenwood Publishing Group (30 June, 1998)
Authors: Mary Anne Nichols and C. Allen Nichols
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Excellent Resource
Young Adults and Public Libraries is an excellent resource for any library starting a young adult program, or a library needing to breathe new life into their existing program. This book gives guidelines for bridging the gap of "popular YA fiction" and "quality literature" so that you can have a collection that is high quality and popular.

The book also gives many programming ideas. It explains how you can adapt some of your existing programs for children into programs with high teen appeal,as well as creating new programs. Once you have planned your new program, the book has marketing tips to improve teen turn out. Many additional sources of ideas and advice are liberally scattered throughout the book.

There are also chapters on serving the underserved, issues of intellectual freedom and teens, and training the young adult staff.

This book will be a welcome addition to any public library's professional development collection.

Flash: The Return of Barry Allen
Published in Paperback by DC Comics (1996)
Authors: Mark Waid, Greg Larocque, Roy Richardson, Matt Hollingsworth, Tim Harkins, and Sal Velluto
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Great Run, But a Poor Finish
His name is Wally West. He's the fastest man alive. He's the Flash. And he owes it all to his uncle Barry, the second Flash.

Who knew the guy would come calling the dues?

Easily the most popular story in Waid's run on the Flash, the Return of Barry Allen is a fan's dream, with meticulously researched info and an accessible story. Unfortunately, the biggest surprise isn't, and Barry's big secret is pretty easy to see coming. The final chapter also trips the line between drama and melodrama, though the opening to the final fight scene is astounding and poetic.

a lot more then what I expected , a will structured story line with lots of of action and speed heros involved in a most intresting speed fighting .

Be careful what you wish for...
With all due respect to the great work Geoff Johns is currently doing with the Flash, Mark Waid was the writer who really defined the character for me and remains my favorite. This is the storyline that first made me take notice.

Published in the midst of the "Kill/revamp/screw around with your hero" craze that started with the Death of Superman, when Barry Allen showed up in the Flash comic book, a lot of us didn't know what to make of it. Barry, alias Flash II, had died the ultimate heroic death in "Crisis on Infinite Earths" and had become the Official Martyr of the DC Universe. His nephew, Wally West, took on the Flash mantle but had always struggled, trapped under Barry's shadow.

The best way to sum up this story is with the old chestnut, "Be careful what you wish for." When Barry returns, it seems like the greatest thing that could happen. As it turns out, this isn't the case. The twist doesn't come as too big a surprise to anyone familiar with Flash history, but this story wasn't really about the twist -- it was about the legacy of the Flash, one of Earth's heroes, created by Jay Garrick and immortalized by Barry Allen, and it was about the efforts of the heir to that legacy to rise to the challenge and become not only a hero, but a man. It's a marvelous, touching story, and it's something every Flash fan should read.

Letters to a Young Poet (Classic Wisdom Collection)
Published in Hardcover by New World Library (1992)
Authors: Rainer Maria Rilke, Joan M. Burnham, and Marc Allen
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For the Artist
This book first came to my attention when a good friend of mine sent me a quote from it, which has since become my life quote ("Be patient toward everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves..Do not search for the answers which could not be given to you now because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything...Live the questions now")

Since I heard this quote, I tracked down a copy of the book after searching a half dozen bookstores and libraries, and it was worth every minute of work to find it. This book has been put on the highest level of appreciation in my mind, up there with Richard Bach's 'Illusion' and 'One'; my two other favorite books. Rilke's book was written for the artist; the person who wants to live life to its fullest and explore both the inner and outer world and their connections.

Although, as another reviewer said, this book will not be fully appreciated by all readers, it is a must read for everyone, especially those who appreciate spirituality, art and living.

An outstanding guide to finding one's inner self
A dear friend of mine gave me this book to read around the time of my twenty-first birthday. He saw that I had been having trouble finding what my true calling in life was. Once I read this great work I was blessed with a new outlook on life and its true meaning. Rilke speaks to the reader's innermost emotions with his thoughts on solitude and how it can make one see life in a new light. I would definatly recommend this book to any of my friends who needed a guiding light in their search for inner peace.

Rilkes book is not only for joung poets
I read this short book of letters by Rilke twice last year and browse through it again and again. Indeed, Rilkes thoughts on man, life, the world are not ony for 'young poets' but are useful for any man. Akthough written at the beginning of this century, these thoughts are also a good guide for anyone living now. I don't need any commercial "Celestine prophecies" - I prefer Rilkes little book !

The Ink-Keeper's Apprentice
Published in Paperback by Puffin (1996)
Author: Allen Say
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Not a high ranked book on my shelf!
The beginning of this book is a nice, calm, peaceful story about a boy interested in cartooning. But then the story changes and is suddenly about a boy growing up, and going through adolescence. I thought some chapters were very gross, and other chapters were just really scary and frightful. I am reading this book when I am eleven, and I think that it is too old for me to read. It is about 13-15 year olds, and the problems and things people of that age group face scare me, or don't interest me. I don't really no whether to suggest or not to suggest this book, but I can say you should be older than 13 to read it, and you should be ready for a big change in plot in the middle of the book.-Katharine Manning, American School In Japan, 6th grade.

A powerful book - but be prepared
At first when I saw that someone had given this book two stars, I was amazed ... then I read the whole review and saw the person gave very appropriate reasons. This book is excellent reading for a wide variety of people; the author had a highly unusual childhood, essentially becoming unofficially "emancipated" from his parents and living on his own from early adolescence. We learn a great deal about the thoughts and experiences of a talented author and writer who saw into a number of unfamiliar and intriguing worlds.

At the same time, I know what the reviewer means when she says there are a number of places in the story where events are scary or off-putting to many readers. The author isn't trying to write a shocker or a gross-out book, but he tries hard to be honest about his youthful life, and along with the delightful experiences he had in developing his artistic talents, there were some disturbing events that left him confused and hurt at the time. People who know his wonderful children's picture books might not be prepared for this one, in which not everything is "sweetness and light." So the lone "two-star" reviewer has done an important favor in cautioning you what to expect.

Nonetheless, young people looking for books that reflect some of the hard realities of life -- or who at least can read about them without being too discouraged -- can gain a lot from reading this powerfully account of the good and the bad in the life of a very unusual boy who grew into a very unusual man.

The Best Simply Put
This is the best because the japanese culture is a whole new unexplored area for us 'Americans', we hardly know anything about anything in countries like Japan or China and this book displays almost the whole life of an average kid in Japan. I myself know because I used to live there. I studied there for years and I had hobbies like reading their great manga and watching their anime and this story relates to a kid like me. I love this so please if you want a great reading experiance get this and if you do read it, really read it it is truly great.

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