Thomas Stamper

Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (16 of 19)
Location: Orlando, FL
Birthday: March 25


Top Reviewer Ranking: 470,750 - Total Helpful Votes: 16 of 19
George Herbert Walker Bush: A Penguin Life by Tom Wicker
Wicker does a good job of concisely giving you Bush's early political life, his successful House campaigns, his unsuccessful Senate campaigns and what not. He also gives a decent description of Bush's role as ambassador, CIA director and chairman of the RNC in the 1970s. All through the era, Wicker paints Bush as a good soldier for the Republicans, and he comes off as an honorable man.
But once Bush becomes Vice President, Wicker is disappointed in him. Wicker sees Bush as a sell-out of his moderate Republican leanings for the red meat Reagan policies. He compares Bush to a chameleon that changes his colors to blend into the current campaign strategy. On top of that, Wicker… Read more
On Writing by Stephen King
On Writing by Stephen King
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
King's book divides into two parts. The first section is a memoir of his writing and the second section is full of writing tips.
The first section begins with King's childhood writings and works its way into his adulthood as a clothes washer, teacher and struggling writer. When King finally sells his first novel Carrie you want to put the book down and applaud.
Even with that great ending, I tend to like the second part a little better. You learn that King hates adverbs and it was hard for him to write a nonfiction book. It must have been tough, because the book doesn't really have a central focus. He makes up for it though with a great writing style and sense of humor… Read more
Playback by Raymond Chandler
Playback by Raymond Chandler
Playback doesn't have the intricate plot of the Big Sleep or the Long Goodbye, but it still has wise cracking Philip Marlowe and that's the main reason I read Chandler's work anyway.
I've always liked how Marlowe gets hungry and other simple things that are left out of many detective novels. He's tough but human as he describes to his female client. "If I wasn't hard, I wouldn't be alive. If I couldn't ever be gentle, I wouldn't deserve to be alive."
I have no idea whether Marlowe's life is an accurate portrayal of a Los Angeles Private Eye during the 1930-1950s. You have to figure that their lives were a lot less exciting than Philip Marlowe's. And maybe that alone… Read more