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Likely the dumbest Important Book that I've read.

Yeah, it's cool that the narrator thinks he's a werewolf, but is really just a recluse pseudo-academi...more
May 2012
May 28, 2012
Bleeding Edge
A parable of reading. Protagonist is a fallen CFE, with her “skill set being a tendency to look for hidden patterns” (22), which is the sole necessary...more
Sep 2013
Sep 29, 2013
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
All reading is transformative for the reader, even if it’s merely additive or supplemental--a cumulation of more knowledges, the text inscribed on the...more
Aug 2013
Sep 02, 2013
Legend (Drenai Tales, #1)
Nutshell: military dilemma comes to improbable resolution through the intervention of a surly codger who kicks half million kids off lawn.

We know we m...more
Jun 2013
Jun 09, 2013
The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #2)
Nutshell: how-to manual that recommends radical luddite social restructuring in order to defeat slave uprising.

Abandons chaucerian structure of first...more
Jul 2013
Aug 10, 2013
The End of Eternity
Nutshell: antisocial nerd, responsible for historical amendments to spacetime continuum, dicks it up for everyone in order to lose virginity.

Nov 2012
Nov 24, 2012
The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism
Part II of multi-part review series.

Reading Rand reminds me of teaching freshman composition at university years ago. There’s not nearly as many spell...more
Aug 2013
Jun 11, 2011
Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1)
The text wants rhetorical discipline, its worst problem, and likewise evidences, at best, an amateur aesthetics.

The text moreover adopts a number of t...more
Jan 2000
Jun 10, 2011
Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)
Framed narratives while on pilgrimage to religious site suggestive of The Canterbury Tales, but not drawing any real influence from it. Whereas Chauce...more
Nov 2012
Nov 11, 2012
Madame Bovary
Nutshell: bucolic twerp, well read in romance novels, gets bored with bourgeois husband, has affairs, bankrupts estate, dies.

A tremendous narrative. O...more
Dec 2012
Dec 31, 2012
Behemoth: The Structure & Practice of National Socialism, 1933-1944
Corollary to Lemkin’s Axis Rule in Occupied Europe. Like Lemkin, Neumann is European attorney in exile in the United States during WW2, writing about...more
Jan 2014
Feb 01, 2014
How the North Won: A Military History of the Civil War
Very persuasive. Strictly a military history, from the opening of hostilities until the surrender of the remaining confederate armies. Very much a nec...more
Feb 2014
Mar 01, 2012
Notes from the Underground
Nutshell: proto-hipster suffering from hepatic encephalopathy throws tantrums and advances retrograde polemics.

Some of Dostoevsky's ugly politics leak...more
Dec 2012
Dec 14, 2012
Reflections on the Revolution in France
A turgid, incoherent, mean-spirited confusion of barely readable proto-teabaggery and ancient dogmatic douchebaggery. Written in the form of a letter...more
May 10, 2012
Oct 09, 2011
SCUM Manifesto
Not sure if this is serious or not. If serious, it’s one of the worst books ever written. If an elaborate satire, then very effective. Object of the s...more
Feb 2014
Mar 02, 2014
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Like Mary Shelley, McCullers is wunderkind.

Set in late ‘30s great crisis, when “times is hard for everybody” (40-41), and by damning contrast with Ca...more
Oct 2013
Oct 06, 2013
Modernism and Fascism: The Sense of a Beginning under Mussolini and Hitler
Simplified: offers first a definition of modernism and then a definition of fascism that arises out of the definition of modernism.

Herf, in Reactiona...more
Feb 2014
Feb 01, 2014
Nutshell: soporific account of JFK assassination, intermixed with bildungsroman of assassin, with implied subtitle The Sorrows of Young Lee Harvey.

Dec 2013
Nov 30, 2013
The Anatomy of Fascism
Very effective. Attempts a wittgensteinian, as opposed to a platonist, definition of fascism, drawing its operative principles from the laboratory of...more
Dec 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Quantum Thief
The ultimate in nerd-boiled, maybe.

Protagonists are an Arsene Lupin and an Auguste Dupin, plus a Finnish soldier with a sentient ship (soldier and shi...more
Oct 2013
Nov 02, 2013
From Hegel to Marx: Studies in the Intellectual Development of Karl Marx
Highly readable snapshot of 1840s neo-hegelian German philosophy, as carried out by sniping in the radical press.

Originally written in the 1930s when...more
Apr 2013
Apr 19, 2013
What To Do When The Russians Come: A Survivor's Guide
The paranoia on display here is rooted in Stalin-era issues, and, in some cases, civil war issues, extended dishonestly into the '80s. Ultimately, sil...more
Aug 2013
Aug 10, 2013
The Eye of Argon
Prefer an "engrossed titan" who ignores "the queries of an inquisitive female, pulling her towards him and crushing her sagging nipples to his yearnin...more
Mar 2013
Mar 14, 2013
The Unfit: A History of a Bad Idea
History of biopolitical management doctrine, maybe. Opens with biblical conceptions of human unfitness, then skips ahead to the 18th century. I’d’ve a...more
Jan 2014
Feb 01, 2014
Fourteen Byzantine Rulers: The Chronographia of Michael Psellus
Suetonian/procopian memoir, touching on the late Macedonian dynasty, the whole of the Doukai, and the beginning of the Komnenoi. General thesis is tha...more
Jan 2014
Dec 31, 2013
The Naked Sun (Robot, #2)
Nutshell: superstar earthling detective imported to dyslibertopian planet to investigate murder.

Libertarian dystopia is Solaria, a planet of 20,000 hu...more
Nov 2012
Dec 02, 2012
Who Is Ayn Rand?
First supplemental to multi-part review series.

Nutshell: hopeless epigones burp up salty randroid load that they’d swallowed as adolescents.

Part I: At...more
Nov 2013
Nov 30, 2013
Love in the Time of Cholera
Nutshell: rapist doesn’t let war stop him from stalking widow.

Story of many decades generally takes place during ongoing civil war, which creeps into...more
Oct 2013
Oct 13, 2013
Axis Rule in Occupied Europe
Author must have fallen to Earth. This one is contender for Best Book Ever Written by a Human Person.

Comprehensive evaluation of Axis occupation statu...more
Jan 2013
Jun 14, 2011
Nutshell: orthographic mystery spins out of control as narrative ponderously stencils over trifling profanities.

Quite an achievement. Probably should’...more
Mar 2014
Jan 01, 2014
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