E. A. Lovitt

Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (146 of 156)
Location: Gladwin, MI USA
Birthday: Feb. 11
In My Own Words:
I'm a retired geek whose goal is to move to Discworld and apprentice myself to Granny Weatherwax.

I have degrees in Astronomy and Computer Science, but was seduced by the Dark Side a few years before I retired, and worked in management.

Rating system:

***** recommend to my dearest friends, nay, ply them with it. Read paragraphs out loud to my husband and cats

**** A good read with minor flaw… Read more

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I am interested in reviewing NONFICTION, especially disaster books, astronomy, forensic science, geology, and books by and about physicians. I'm curren… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 44,093 - Total Helpful Votes: 146 of 156
Silence Observed by Michael Innes
Silence Observed by Michael Innes
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silence unobserved, July 19 2004
It is extraordinary what many people judge to be 'quite up the street' of an about-to-retire Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police (New Scotland Yard). Sir John Appleby can't even escape into the peaceful surroundings of his club without a fellow member bending his ear.
Charles Gribble usually corners Appleby and bores on about mediaeval English pottery, but this time he wants to gloat over a poetry manuscript he picked up for a song.
Naturally this book being what it is, the manuscript is a forgery. In fact, it's a forgery of a forgery. Next, a Rembrandt that might or might not be authentic floats into London and vanishes just as mysteriously as it appeared. A collector… Read more
Riddle of Amish Culture by Donald B. Kraybill
Riddle of Amish Culture by Donald B. Kraybill
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Have you ever wondered what happened to the Anabaptists? Or why the Mennonites and Amish have similar customs? Or why an Old Order Amish kitchen might have a gas-powered refrigerator but not an electric one?
It's easy to distinguish the Amish farms in our area: no electrical lines running to the house; no T.V. antenna; and there are usually draft horses hitched to a piece of farm equipment or ambling through a pasture.
One of my questions--how did the Amish emigrate to the middle of Michigan in the latter half of the twentieth century without driving a truck or car--was answered almost immediately by this lively, interesting book: it's okay to ride in an internal-combustion… Read more
L'Italiana in Algeri [Import] <b>VHS</b> ~ Michele Pertusi
L'Italiana in Algeri [Import] VHS ~ Michele Pertusi
I believe that the filming of this video was done only to preserve the performance for archival purposes since the camera angle seems to be fixed and offers few close-up shots. The production is almost lively enough to counteract the wooden camera, and the singing is elegant and witty. I would recommend this version to true Rossini fans, just for the pleasure of listening to Michele Pertusi's polished handling of Mustafà's fioritura. It is also a delight to watch Anna Maria Di Mico's Isabella vamping all the men on stage in her slinky, jazz-age haute couture.
Bruno Praticò is a pleasant surprise as Isabella's companion, Taddeo. He is not the usual funny-uncle buffo,… Read more