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Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt
4.37
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
4.06
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
 
Green Lantern and Philosophy: No Evil Shall Escape This Book
3.79
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
 
Lilith
3.92
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
...more
Aug 12, 2012
Jan 10, 2012
 
Long Day's Journey Into Night
4.05
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
 
Paradise Lost
3.77
A couple of observations:

As far as I noticed, the Holy Spirit does not appear in Paradise Lost. When the Persons of the Trinity appear, it is only God

...more
Feb 20, 2013
Jan 07, 2011
 
The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing
3.58
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
2.82
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 Day of the Locust
3.80
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
 
The Napoleon of Notting Hill
3.91
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 Everlasting Man
4.24
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...more
Sep 25, 2012
Aug 04, 2012
 
Descent Into Hell
4.03
**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

...more
May 18, 2014
Mar 29, 2014
 
The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure
3.92
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
 
Hell Is Real (But I Hate to Admit It)
4.14
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
 
Wuthering Heights
3.78
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
 
Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him
3.77
An eye-opening account, documented with many endnotes, of who Ernesto "Che" Guevara was and how he behaved. The sources are usually Cubans--exiles in...more
Mar 06, 2009
Oct 13, 2008
 
The Roosevelt Myth: 50th Anniversary Edition
4.25
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
 
Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers
3.46
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
 
Billy Budd and Other Stories
3.44
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...more
Oct 02, 2011
Sep 01, 2011
 
Work in Progress Notebook: The Keep-Everything-In-One-Place Manuscript Organizer.
4.00
After being interested in this notebook for some time, I have purchased and examined the electronic version that Jeannie Ruesch sells on her website....more
Mar 05, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
 
The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge
3.76
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
 
All the Pain Money Can Buy: The Life of Christina Onassis
3.69
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 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes
3.73
This book contains useful practical advice on writing, in short chapters. Most of it is not in-depth theory on writing technique. The book does not sa...more
Jul 02, 2009
Jun 26, 2009
 
The Ayn Rand Cult
3.32
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
 
The Brothers Karamazov
4.27
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...more
Jan 03, 2010
Jun 09, 2009
 
The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)
4.43
I liked Lord of the Rings well enough, but didn't love it. I prefer The Hobbit, the style of which is completely different. But Lord of the Rings...I...more
Jan 2010
May 02, 2010
 
Son of a Preacher Man: My Search for Grace in the Shadows
3.76
This book tells several stories:

-Jim Bakker's Praise the Lord ministry and its downfall, from his son Jay Bakker's viewpoint.

-Jay's life after the end
...more
Mar 27, 2013
Dec 05, 2012
 
Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World
3.86
This is a great book for anyone who wants to understand what behaviors caused the debt crises in various nations but does not have a background in fin...more
Jan 13, 2012
Dec 28, 2011
 
Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto
4.13
I wasn't planning to read this book, but someone gave it to me as a gift. "A Conservative Manifesto" is a pretty apt title. It's a thoughtful discussi...more
Apr 19, 2009
Apr 21, 2009
 
The Jungle
3.78
It's a tearjerker. I didn't actually cry, but I love sad stories. More objectively, it's a classic of American muckraking. Specifically, the muckraki...more
Jan 1996
Oct 15, 2008
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