Podcasts and Bibliography

Writer’s Note: I am in the center of a two week streak of real life madness so blogging time took a serious hit.  I have been meaning to write this anyway and remove the ancient dead pages with a bibliography and links page – in fact, this post.  So while I am crazy busy, here […]

Review: Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell My rating: 5 of 5 stars At one point in David Mitchell’s amazing Buddhist science fiction novel “Cloud Atlas,” a character in the past comments on a character in the future he might or might not reincarnate into which you, the reader, knows is true (the action and the reincarnation) […]

Review: Debt: The First 5,000 Years

Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber My rating: 3 of 5 stars I had a difficult time slogging through Debt. It shares a similar problem with Niall Fergeson’s completely unreadable “the Ascent of Money:” it mixes in the author’s politics and political leanings with history to give everything this weird political sheen (in […]

Review: The Crying of Lot 49

The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon My rating: 5 of 5 stars “I have a weekend to read!” I thought. “And Pynchon’s novels are all now on the kindle! What better than to spend a few hours reading an Official Classic of 20th Century American Literature ™!” I have learned that: – I’ll […]

Review: The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a fantastic 2/3rds of a book and a flat 1/3rd of a book. If you quit at the 2/3rds mark, I’m fine with that because the last third falls flat. Swerve is about the re-discovery of Lucretius’s […]

Review: Sarum: The Novel of England

Sarum: The Novel of England by Edward Rutherfurd My rating: 5 of 5 stars I greatly enjoyed Sarum. All 1033 pages of it. Sarum is the first Edward Rutherford book I tackled, although his New York book has stared at me with longing on a shelf for years. Starting at the end of the last […]

Review: Old Man’s War

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi My rating: 5 of 5 stars I have exactly one essential issue with “Old Man’s War:” The book ends so well and succinctly I feel no compulsion to read the sequels. Otherwise, this book is fantastic. So many cool science fiction themes to ponder: the corporatization of space exploration […]

Review: Mockingjay

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins My rating: 3 of 5 stars This review containers spoilers for Mockingjay. At one point in the book, Joanna Mason, one of the victors from Catching Fire, has this exchange with Katniss: “Is that why you hate me?” I ask. “Partly,” she admits. “Jealousy is certainly involved. I also think you’re […]

Review: Catching Fire

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins My rating: 4 of 5 stars Yeah, look. I don’t like the Two Towers as much as Fellowship or Return of the King, either. Because it’s a damn long dull travelogue where people travel alot and angst a bit and talk and sort of fill out the world and there’s […]

Review: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book should come with a helpful Public Service Announcement: “While reading this book, you will not eat, drink, sleep, or go to the bathroom. If you do go to the bathroom, you will take the book with you. May cause stress, loud […]

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