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Andrea Sefler

Andrea Sefler
Andrea is a consultant and technical writer for various scientific software and instrumentation companies. She has a Ph.D. in chemistry from Berkeley and has never met a genre of music or books that she hasn’t liked. As a gamer since the days of the Apple II, Andrea can relate any number of hair-raising tales about role-playing games stored on 360 kB 5.25” floppy disks and may, someday, put them to paper.

Z │Review

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If you can overlook the biased portrayal of Hemingway, 'Z' is well worth reading for a glimpse into the many agonies and ecstasies of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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The Shining Girls │ Review

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What keeps 'The Shining Girls' from being just another popular paperback novel on the rack at the airport is the addition of a dash of Stephen King-esque supernatural, and I truly enjoyed the idea of this sci-fi augmentation to what was a decently written thriller.

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The Long War │ Review

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In what is turning out to be a highly successful collaboration between Stephen Baxter and the author of the popular Discworld series, Terry Pratchett, 'The Long War' is an absorbing story that insightfully explores the political, sociological, and theological implications of the Long Earth.

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Insane Jane – Vol. 1 │ Review

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The net effect of 'Insane Jane' is a rather sharp poke in the eye to the more formulaic superhero exploits and origin stories. Overall, there was quite a lot of ingenuity and talent here, but it fell a bit flat for me.

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The Cocktail Waitress

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While the plot sounds as though it could be a Nicholas Sparks novel, let me firmly dissuade you of that notion. Cain writes about base, primal emotions and most of the characters in 'The Cocktail Waitress' are only one step up the social ladder from those in a Charles Bukowski novel.

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The Secret Lives of Julie Newmar: The Graphic Novel

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What makes the story a lot of fun is a campy, sarcastic sense of humor in the dialogue, and the central part of the comic is drawn with a classic, nostalgic flair that perfectly correlates with the retro nature of the main character. 'The Secret Lives of Julie Newmar' made me wonder why I ever stopped reading comics.

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Manuscript Found in Accra

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The premise of 'Manuscript Found in Accra' is interesting and the overall message promoting less divisive, non-proselytizing, humanistic philosophy is certainly worthwhile. But this book does not possess the appealing storyline and characters of Coelho’s previous work, 'The Alchemist,' and without them lacks a cohesive thread.

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The Physics of Wall Street – Review

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Despite an unfortunate title that sounds like a textbook for a course that most people would not voluntarily take, 'The Physics of Wall Street' is an engaging history (sans equations) of the contributions of scientists and mathematicians to financial modeling.

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Sex on the Moon – Review

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'Sex on the Moon' is the true life story how of Thad Roberts, a gifted NASA co-op whiz kid, attempted to steal one of the most valuable substances on earth: moon rocks. If you’ve ever encountered a news story of a crime or accident that gave you pause to wonder, “What the hell was he/she thinking?” this book provides a detaileded answer to that question.

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