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The Canon by Natalie Angier
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Poorly written. How did this person win any awards?

Idea of the book and choice of content is interesting, promising. Writing style, voice etc... renders the book unreadable.
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The Other Wind by Ursula K. Le Guin
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LeGuin's The Other Wind was enjoyable as a philosophical fantasy novel, and because I dreamed in Earthsea as a child. But it ultimately rings false. It is about profound change, but there is no catalysm, no nakba, just a little sadness, personal loss ...more
The Canon by Natalie Angier
"You know the joke that goes "sip, don't gulp"?

It's about this book.

It's only possible to read it without annoyance in very, very small pieces. I found myself reading a half a chapter - a chapter at most - every day, but no more. Go further, and th..." Read more of this review »
The Canon by Natalie Angier
"(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally here.)

The more I learn about the history of science, th..." Read more of this review »
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The Canon by Natalie Angier
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Poorly written. How did this person win any awards?

Idea of the book and choice of content is interesting, promising. Writing style, voice etc... renders the book unreadable.
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The Other Wind by Ursula K. Le Guin
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LeGuin's The Other Wind was enjoyable as a philosophical fantasy novel, and because I dreamed in Earthsea as a child. But it ultimately rings false. It is about profound change, but there is no catalysm, no nakba, just a little sadness, personal loss ...more
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Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
"The chief irony, as has been noted through article headlines, is that in drawing a most stunning portrait of an invisible man, Ralph Ellison became arguably the most visible black writer of all time (Toni Morrison, assuredly would also receive vot..." Read more of this review »
" Its amazing to me that anyone would challenge the original poster in this. These books are unquestionably racist to the core. This is what racist fant ...more "
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The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
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Historically rooted fiction. I have read this book twice in the past few years. I think it is very well done and so rethought my rule about avoiding "popular fiction". Ken Follett has written a slew of spy thrillers, but this book stands out in magni ...more
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East of Eden by John Steinbeck
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Entertaining with some great moments, but this book falls apart under its own weight. Its not that it is too long. Its more like Steinbeck was trying too hard, and just couldn't pull it off, and so rather than work on it longer he released it as it w ...more
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