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The Victorian Press and the Fairy Tale
Sounds truly interesting...just not for my thesis.
not set
Mar 13, 2012
W.B. Yeats
Dry but informative. And mercifully short.
Oct 13, 2010
Oct 19, 2010
Soaring with the Dodo: Essays on Lewis Carroll's Life and Art
What started out as a nice introduction to Lewis Carroll scholarship kind of lost me when the essays turned to cataloging the various editions of Carr ...more
Aug 20, 2011
Aug 09, 2011
My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile
Very stream-of-conscious-y.
Dec 20, 2010
Dec 23, 2010
This is a Book
Demetri Martin is a clever man.
Nov 27, 2012
Nov 25, 2012
Ten Perspectives on Milton
This book wasn't on goodreads. So I added it. I'm not done with it, but it varies between being extremely boring and being extremely ...more
Dec 2007
Nov 25, 2007
The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole
Amusing stuff.
Jan 11, 2011
Jan 09, 2011
Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers
I don't think I'd re-read any of these essays, and I'm kind of baffled by the choice of "winner" for the essay-contest facet of the compilation. BUT t ...more
Jul 14, 2010
Jul 13, 2010
Unflinching, unpleasant, frustratingly masculine...yet lovely.
Nov 30, 2012
Nov 21, 2012
The Best American Travel Writing 2006
Funny is good. Like David Sedaris. Amusing and insightful is best.
Mar 12, 2011
Mar 03, 2011
The Magician King (The Magicians, #2)
I was disturbed and frustrated and entertained.
Feb 20, 2013
Feb 17, 2013
The Use and Abuse of Literature
There are some nice nuggets in here, and Garber comes off as a well-read and intelligent scholar. But it's kind of buried in the dense citing of other ...more
not set
May 23, 2011
Wired Love: A Romance of Dots and Dashes
Dec 2014
Nov 25, 2014
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
You know how you've always kind of wanted to go to Narnia/Hogwarts/Frell/Tortall/Bayern/The Shire/[fantasy realm of your childhood]? And you know how ...more
Feb 17, 2013
Nov 04, 2011
Guided Tours of Hell: Novellas
There's a weird undercurrent of revulsion toward (ostentatiously holocaust-referencing) Jewish men. From unsympathetic (pathetic) protagonists.
Apr 06, 2013
Mar 18, 2013
The Collected Poems Of Emily Dickinson
I got bored with some of her nature poems, but the ones about love and death generally held my interest. I enjoy the poetry most when it has interesti ...more
Sep 2010
Aug 10, 2010
McSweeney's #29
Gritty and sad, with hollow and occasionally disturbed characters. Basically what I've come to expect from modern fiction.
Jul 15, 2010
Jun 28, 2010
It's a little science-heavy, and Margrethe came off as a little annoying sometimes, but it gets quite good near the end. I'm not sure if it merits fiv ...more
Aug 07, 2008
Aug 06, 2008
Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales
I skipped over quite a bit (particularly in the essay about cinematic fairy tales, as I haven't seen Star Wars or any of the films he discussed, reall ...more
Dec 08, 2011
Oct 18, 2011
Midnight's Children
I have a problem with reading about war and political history. For some reason I can't not skim it. And I think that made me miss a lot. And gloss ove ...more
Dec 09, 2010
Oct 22, 2010
The Classic Fairy Tales
A very nice compilation of fairy tales. The introductions at the beginnings of each tale-type section were informative, and the criticisms at the end ...more
Oct 09, 2009
Jul 27, 2009
The Hour of the Star
This book reminded me of the other two books I have read for school so far, combined...That's pretty weird. It's a little philosophical and book-withi ...more
Aug 2007
Jul 15, 2007
Cloud Atlas
I prefer subtlety.
Feb 11, 2013
Jan 25, 2013
Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles
The penultimate, autobiographical section was not my favorite, but other than that the story was quite good. It kept true to Greek hypersexualized god ...more
Dec 19, 2011
Apr 28, 2008
Fierce Pajamas: An Anthology of Humor Writing from The New Yorker
Too clever for its own good. Three stars for ambivalence!
Sep 2010
Aug 10, 2010
A Preface to Milton: Revised Edition: Preface Books Series
I totally read like three pages of this and then stopped because I was just that bored. It gets more than one star because I learned a bit from the ti ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 06, 2008
A Preface to Paradise Lost
Really interesting. But cut back on the pretentious allusions to other works, C.S. Lewis. It makes you look like a tool. A tool who quotes people in o ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 22, 2007
The Lacuna
Slow, vaguely interesting, but ultimately too hard to connect to the characters to make it worth plodding through the oh-look-at-me narrative with its ...more
May 21, 2012
May 17, 2012
This Is How You Lose Her
Junot Díaz writes excellent short stories. His novelizations of said short stories are good too, I guess. Mostly they're just excellent pieces of evid ...more
Sep 25, 2014
Sep 06, 2014
A Room of One's Own
There were some parts I really really liked, but the logic of the androgynous writer seemed kind of convoluted and she seemed kind of hypocritical nea ...more
Feb 26, 2009
Dec 10, 2007
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