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Anna Karenina
Somehow in my history of reading, Anna Karenina escaped my attention. The tome sat silently on my shelves for years without my giving it a second glan ...more
Apr 22, 2013
Oct 27, 2012
The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)
Another excellent addition to the Narnia series, The Horse and His Boy is a quest story which includes an escape, journey across long distances, and e ...more
Feb 25, 2012
Feb 21, 2012
The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7)
This last in the series is my favorite of the group. It has action, epic scale, treachery, and some very heavy themes. Obviously, much like The Lion, ...more
Mar 14, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6)
This second to last of the series chronologically takes place first as it is an allegory of the first parts of Genesis. In this book we see how Narnia ...more
Mar 05, 2012
Feb 26, 2012
The Chessmen of Mars (Barsoom, #5)
This fifth book in the Barsoon series is the last one that is in the public domain and therefore probably the last one I read for quite awhile. The bo ...more
Sep 19, 2012
Sep 08, 2012
The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4)
This fourth book in the series (at least in the way the audio book I'm listening to has ordered them) is in many ways my favorite of the series. I fin ...more
Feb 21, 2012
Feb 17, 2012
A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1)
Edgar Rice Burroughs has a reputation for almost defining early pulp science fiction but Burroughs's talent as an author and his adept use of language ...more
Aug 10, 2012
Jul 30, 2012
I was inspired to read this book after attending an art of the 1920s exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art. I was expecting to read a novel that gives a ...more
Apr 18, 2012
Apr 02, 2012
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3)
I enjoyed this book more than Prince Caspian and it is hard to figure out why. Perhaps it is because the quest story was better paced and the Christia ...more
Feb 15, 2012
Feb 11, 2012
Thuvia, Maid of Mars (Barsoom, #4)
This fourth in the Barsoon series is the first not to follow the nietzschean super man like character of John Carter. In this case, the main heroes ar ...more
Sep 08, 2012
Aug 31, 2012
The Gods of Mars (Barsoom, #2)
This sequel to Princess of Mars is the second book in the Barsoon series and, like the first book it is a romping adventure story which is big on acti ...more
Aug 17, 2012
Aug 12, 2012
The Warlord of Mars (Barsoom, #3)
This third in the Barsoon series is actually a direct continuation of the last novel, so much so that the two novels could easily be merged into one. ...more
Aug 30, 2012
Aug 31, 2012
Heart of Darkness
Conrad's Heart of Darkness is a relatively short but dense story full of dread and awe. The novella evoked similar feelings from meas 19th century got ...more
Sep 28, 2011
Jun 03, 2011
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
Usually I dislike a novel full of so many one-dimensional characters containing so many lengthy tangents going over descriptions that do not contribut ...more
Jun 07, 2012
May 06, 2011
Fairy Tales
The first thing I did not realize when I started reading this text is it's size. I suppose that is one of the drawbacks of eBooks. This book is over 1 ...more
Oct 26, 2014
May 13, 2013
The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains
Going into this novel I was not sure I was going to like it. I'm not the biggest fan of westerns to begin with and I believe that Wister's The Virgini ...more
Oct 27, 2012
Aug 15, 2012
The Screwtape Letters
I am a little ambivalent about this book which includes both the Letters and Screwtape Proposes a Toast. C. S. Lewis is a phenomenal author worthy of ...more
Jul 08, 2012
May 28, 2011
Tik-Tok of Oz (Oz, #8)
Baum has redeemed himself in my eyes with this, the eighth book in the series of Oz books. Despite the title, the book is primarily about the quest of ...more
Jun 18, 2011
May 06, 2011
On the Origin of the Species
I always knew that On the Origin of the Species was an important book in the annals of scientific writing but I always assumed it was because it was t ...more
Mar 07, 2012
Jun 03, 2011
The Red Badge of Courage
The Red Badge of Courage is one of the few books that I started to read but never finished. In this case it was assigned to read in junior high and I ...more
Apr 21, 2012
May 06, 2011
Rinkitink in Oz (Oz, #10)
Once again, Baum produced an excellent child's novel. I believe one can see the maturation of Baum as a writer as one progresses though the Oz books b ...more
Aug 06, 2011
May 06, 2011
For a book written in the early 1920s, We holds up surprisingly well. Furthermore, it's influence on similar dystopian novels which came later like 19 ...more
Oct 17, 2014
Jun 03, 2011
Journey to the Center of the Earth (Extraordinary Voyages, #3)
Journey to the Center of the Earth is a wonderful adventure story that is heavy on plot but light on everything else such as character development and ...more
Nov 10, 2011
May 06, 2011
The Patchwork Girl of Oz (Oz, #7)
As with The Emerald City of Oz, this was much better then The Road to Oz, however, I struggle with one aspect of Baums writing. Even though I know tha ...more
May 20, 2011
May 06, 2011
Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)
This second book in the Narnia series was a little disappointing. The pacing was slower compared to the first book and the Christian alegory was quite ...more
Feb 06, 2012
Jan 30, 2012
Glinda of Oz (Oz, #14)
This is the last installment of the Oz books written by Baum. There are dozens of Oz books written by others, including the recent Wicked. I am sorry ...more
Sep 17, 2011
May 06, 2011
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (Oz, #4)
Somehow I skipped this book in my Oz reading marathon. This book is an excellent followup to Ozma of Oz and it follows the adventures of Dorothy, The ...more
Jun 26, 2011
May 06, 2011
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
I do not have a lot to say about this book. Perhaps the cause is my lack of philosophical training, over all background in Nietzschian philosophy, or ...more
Aug 13, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
The Lost Princess of Oz (Oz, #11)
One of the most interesting thing to observe during my journy through all of Baum's Oz books was watching him mature as an author. Of all of the Oz bo ...more
Sep 02, 2011
May 06, 2011
The Woman in White
I started out hating this book but just at the point I was about to give up I became hooked. The writing style is overly ornate and the pacing is slow ...more
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Sep 21, 2011
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