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Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt
I feel deeply ambivalent about this book. I am less interested in the details of either Goodreads's acquisition by Amazon, or the policy dispute betwe ...more
Nov 14, 2013
Nov 06, 2013
Goodbye to All That
The strength of Robert Graves' autobiography is that it provides sharp and illuminating observations on: the culture of the British school system and ...more
Nov 22, 2012
Oct 30, 2012
A review proper will be forthcoming. In the meantime, here are my raw notes taken during reading.

[June 2012] So far, this fantasy story is self-consci
Aug 12, 2012
Jan 10, 2012
Green Lantern and Philosophy: No Evil Shall Escape This Book
I saw this in a college bookstore, and groaned. Fanboy foolishness often makes me laugh, but this example is not funny. Comics books being studied in ...more
not set
Aug 24, 2011
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Don't read this play if you or your family have a history of drug addiction and/or alcoholism and you don't want to be reminded of it. This play is ab ...more
Nov 12, 2011
Nov 16, 2010
Hell Is Real (But I Hate to Admit It)
This book approaches Christian evangelism strictly from one angle: the awfulness of God's wrath and unbelievers' need to avoid it (by repenting of the ...more
Mar 22, 2012
Mar 17, 2012
All the Pain Money Can Buy: The Life of Christina Onassis
I noticed this book at some point when I worked in a library; probably attracted by the title, I briefly looked through it and became aware of Christi ...more
Jun 12, 2012
May 18, 2012
The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing
This is a nuts-and-bolts, explicitly formulaic manual on writing a novel and getting it published. It is just as explicitly geared toward writing and ...more
Jun 2012
Jun 11, 2012
Infinite Requiem
This was the first new Doctor Who: New Adventures novel I had read in a couple of years, but regrettably, it will not be one of the few I keep on my s ...more
Apr 05, 2014
Apr 05, 2014
The Way Things Ought to Be
I've listened to Rush Limbaugh (usually "Rush" to me) regularly since my dad introduced me to him about twenty years ago, and I've owned copies of bot ...more
Jan 1996
Oct 01, 2014
The Day of the Locust
This satire of Hollywood hangers-on and wannnabes (not celebrities) could be depressing because it's so ugly; but since my physical and spiritual life ...more
Jan 2003
Aug 03, 2012
Wuthering Heights
So far, Wuthering Heights is much more accessible, readable, than I expected. It's a vivid book. It makes me feel like never reading another Henry Jam ...more
Jun 02, 2012
Mar 02, 2012
Descent Into Hell
**spoiler alert**

I should let the prospective reader know that Descent Into Hell is Christian but also Gothic and not for the squeamish or the over-s

May 18, 2014
Mar 29, 2014
The Roosevelt Myth: 50th Anniversary Edition
I haven't decided how extensively to review this book now that I'm finished. (It's a quick read for being a 445-page heavily detailed political/histor ...more
Sep 02, 2011
Aug 16, 2011
Selling Out: If Famous Authors Wrote Advertising
I found this book annoying and not funny--until I got the joke. Its subtitle is "If Famous Authors Wrote Advertising," so I thought it would be a spoo ...more
Feb 15, 2015
Feb 15, 2015
The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure
Interesting, but relatively disappointing. Kevin Williamson's thoughts on the state of America and the possible future are much more analytical than p ...more
Sep 14, 2013
Sep 14, 2013
The Everlasting Man
It's difficult for me to review The Everlasting Man adequately, largely for two reasons.

One is that G.K. Chesterton, being both a philosopher and a ma
Sep 25, 2012
Aug 04, 2012
The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge
I have been an admirer of Calvin Coolidge (as was President Reagan) for several years, and have not found anything negative to say about him. (No, poo ...more
Aug 13, 2012
Jul 28, 2012
Vendetta (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
I read this when I was twelve, and being one of those poor young Trekkies whom the Borg captured the imagination of, I read this book repeatedly.

Jan 1992
Jun 21, 2012
Hegel in 90 Minutes
This book gives you the bare basics on Hegel's philosophy, which may be all you need to know. From what this book says, Hegel is obviously a philosoph ...more
Sep 21, 2011
Sep 19, 2011
Billy Budd and Other Stories
This is a review only of Billy Budd, not this entire collection of stories.

I just read Billy Budd for the first time since college. Budd, the protagon
Oct 02, 2011
Sep 01, 2011
The Brothers Karamazov
I am not sure what to say of this marvelous novel except to echo the last line: "Hurrah for Karamazov!"

Some quotations:

"Ah, children, ah, dear friends
Jan 03, 2010
Jun 09, 2009
The Napoleon of Notting Hill
The Napoleon of Notting Hill is one of the best books you've probably never read. Even for some literature majors and heavy readers, probably; it was ...more
Oct 2006
Jul 01, 2012
The Iron Tower Omnibus
The Iron Tower trilogy is continually despised by many Lord of the Rings partisans due to being very similar to that trilogy (deliberately, since it w ...more
Jan 1992
Jun 17, 2012
Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses
I had this on my list even before I started reading Cooper's The Deerslayer; but when I read the essay, it left me quite disappointed. The tone is eve ...more
Mar 20, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
Elric of Melniboné (Elric, #1)
I read this and the original Elric novels at approximately age 12, when I still read sci-fi and fantasy and wandered through my library's adult and yo ...more
Jan 1992
Jun 17, 2012
Richard II
Miscellaneous comments:

Richard II is the only Shakespearean play I've read that was utterly humorless. Not particularly dark, just humorless. No comic
Aug 26, 2014
May 03, 2014
Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers
As you can guess from the jacket description, and as the tone of this book will indicate, this book was written with middle-schoolers' parents in min ...more
Jul 29, 2009
Jul 28, 2009
Dandelion Wine (Green Town, #1)
Dandelion Wine is a collection of related vignettes that support and periodically return to one plot thread, or a short novel interrupted by many rela ...more
Dec 26, 2012
Nov 17, 2012
The Ayn Rand Cult
If you would like to know why you should probably read *about* Ayn Rand and her Objectivist philosophy rather than joining it, you can't go wrong with ...more
May 2003
Sep 13, 2008
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