Joe J. Kern

Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (5 of 6)
Location: Tokyo, Japan


Top Reviewer Ranking: 451,886 - Total Helpful Votes: 5 of 6
People's China: A Brief History by Craig Dietrich
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Stand On Its Own, April 10 2003
It may be good for a university classroom, but I don't think this book works well on its own. It lacks the details that would really make clear the significance of the people and events and leave them in the memory. I was even bored by the section on the Cultural Revolution! But I did learn a fair bit nonetheless.
Dont Give Up On Me ~ Solomon Burke
Dont Give Up On Me ~ Solomon Burke
Actually, I haven't listened to the rest of this album, but I have fallen in love with "Flesh and Blood", written by producer Joe Henry, from a CMJ compilation. Don't fall all over yourself over the star studded roster of songwriters; let the songs speak for themselves. And listen without prejudice to "Flesh and Blood." The song is almost uncomfortable with its desperation and loneliness. Its a man who has spend his whole life looking for love in a dark cocktail bar, addicted to the smell of cigarrette smoke, spirits, and perfume, wooing a new woman every night with his talk and presence. But he needs it, he needs the chase as much as he needs the woman; he can't live without either… Read more
Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card
Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card
He wrote a masterpiece worthy of Heinlein (sp?). Now he is churning out plot filler like an anonymous serialist. The Ender series is working on the Star Wars principle--the closer to the original the book is, the better it is. I stopped reading this one 1/4 of the way through after realizing that, a) not only was I not enjoying this book, but b) it was also sucking the life out of the other, good books in the series. For this reason, it deserves a couple of negative stars, but the space-time continuum of won't abide that.