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...moreI'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 both Rush's books since the mid-nineties. (Amusing if typical stories: one outraged high school teacher lectured me--"he makes people feel bad!"--after other students tattled on me for reading one of the books as class ended. Another teacher mocked Rush's choice in ties, probably because he couldn't think of anything else negative to say about him. A third teacher who caught me reading one of the books unimaginatively quoted the old Franken chestnut "Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot.")
But I'm good at being objective, and I can comment on both what I like and appreciate about him as well as why I no longer pay close attention to him (which has more to do with me than him). I'll try to keep this review centered on his books (specifically this one, insofar as there's not a great difference between this and Rush's other book--See, I Told You So).
The Way Things Ought To Be is interesting and entertaining, but at some point, I observed to myself that it (and the other book) simply translated what he had said on his radio show into book form. Many of those things (e..g, his various nicknames for himself, or various funny parodies) he had said years earlier, repeated frequently, and still says today. The material was nothing new; I believe one of the primary goals of both books was to interest curious people in listening to his radio show. (Which probably succeeded marvelously.) Except for much of their subject matter being contemporary 1990s politics, the books don't say much (if anything) that you couldn't learn today by listening to Rush.
This is part of a broader progression of my interests. I'm as conservative now as then, but by now I'm no longer very interested in following everything every popular conservative commentator says, because I already know what they're going to say, and understand and agree with it. By as the early 2000s, even as I continued to listen to Rush and to read the books or radio and television programs of newer conservatives, I was slowly starting to read much older conservative political philosophy. I read some of Edmund Burke's work, including "Reflections on the Revolution in France" (widely considered the beginning of recognized, organized conservative political thought) in 2002, and have read (or at least bought) various other books with deeper and more interesting observations. Basically, I learned all I could learn from the more popular conservatives and expanded my horizons beyond what they usually have to discuss.(less)
Unlike the old New Adventures series novels I used to read, this book is written in a young-adult style. It's also not particularly imaginative in eit...moreUnlike the old New Adventures series novels I used to read, this book is written in a young-adult style. It's also not particularly imaginative in either its ideas of what the Time War is like or its characterization of the War Doctor. As other reviewers note, the War Doctor is not particularly different from other versions of the Doctor. The Eleventh Doctor could have been him. This is a mistake, because he's not supposed to be like other Doctors--he's a warrior. He's generally uninteresting.
To boot, this author can't quite resist injecting his sociopolitical views into the story at least once.
Not recommended, even for Whovians such as me. Four poorly written and not particularly interesting short stories about various attacks on the Doctor...moreNot recommended, even for Whovians such as me. Four poorly written and not particularly interesting short stories about various attacks on the Doctor and the town of Christmas during the Siege if Trenzalore depicted in "The Time of the Doctor." You can have a better experience reading one of the old Doctor Who New Adventures novels, if you can find a copy of one.(less)
I started reading this seeking to boost my vocabulary, but am abandoning it. I'll use a different thesaurus, probably my Oxford American Writer's Thes...moreI started reading this seeking to boost my vocabulary, but am abandoning it. I'll use a different thesaurus, probably my Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus.
It's not a very good thesaurus, for the simple reason of poor accuracy. As far as I can tell, many of the synonyms match the referent word loosely at best.(less)