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Across the Nightingale Floor - Paperback -

It's great to have read this book just after finishing Of Other Worlds, and in particular the essay "On Stories", by C.S. Lewis. In that, he discusses the ...

- Aug. 21, 2010
Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories - Paperback -

I absolutely loved this little book. How could I not? One of my favorite authors, and one of the greatest minds of the 20th century takes the time to show ...

- Aug. 15, 2010
The Handmaid's Tale - Paperback -

Let's first discuss the style and writing of The Handmaid's Tale. The writing, though not beautiful, is very impressive. Atwood does an excellent job of capturing the sense ...

- Aug. 8, 2010
The Tale of Genji - Paperback -

There is so much to say about The Tale of Genji, that it's ridiculous to even pretend like I can get everything in during this small critique. I'll ...

- July 25, 2010
Finnikin of the Rock - Hardcover -

There were times when I really enjoyed the story that was being told in Finnikin of the Rock. Unfortunately, the lack of consistency among the world and characters that Marchetta ...

- June 26, 2010
The Well at the World's End Volume II - Paperback -

First of all, it's worth getting out of the way that I absolutely loved reading the rest of Ralph's adventures in this, volume II. It's unfortunate that ...

- June 19, 2010
Perelandra - Paperback -

This is the second time I've read Perelandra, but it has been about 10 years since that first reading experience. Surprisingly (or perhaps not considering how much I enjoyed ...

- June 7, 2010
The Ringworld Engineers - Paperback -

I read the prequel to this book (Ringworld) several years ago, and only vaguely remember what happened in it. Obviously, this was before the book database. I did enjoy it ...

- May 31, 2010
The Light - Hardcover -

I have two major complaints about this book. First of all, I have read (or rather, listened to) the first 3 books in the Pendragon series, also written by D ...

- May 25, 2010
Unwind - Hardcover -

I would like to evaluate this book in terms of themes and ideas on one hand, and actual literary skill and composition on the other. First, this is a fascinating ...

- May 18, 2010
Don Quixote - Paperback -

There is a lot to say about Don Quixote! This discussion will not be very linear or logical, so bear with me. What struck me immediately was how funny and ...

- May 13, 2010
The Well at the World's End Volume I - Paperback -

I was surprised when I started reading Well how archaic the language was. I knew it was written in the 1890s, so I was expecting more Lord of the Rings ...

- April 21, 2010
A Personal Matter - Paperback -

I don't remember ever being as disgusted with the main character in a book as I was with Bird. How could he, upon seeing his new son, not want ...

- April 4, 2010
Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary - Paperback -

I am still really enjoying this series. The things I've said in the past (fun, imaginative, exciting) all still ring true in this, the fourth volume. It took some ...

- March 25, 2010
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Paperback -

This is an amazing book. Oskar Schell is one of the most endearing, lovable, and creative characters I can remember encountering in a book. His constant inventing was fascinating, and ...

- March 15, 2010
Dubliners - Paperback -

I read Dubliners after finishing How to Read Literature Like a Professor because I thought it would present the perfect opportunity to test out the tools that How to presents ...

- March 7, 2010
How to Read Literature Like a Professor - Paperback -

How to Read Literature Like a Professor was simultaneously fascinating, frustrating, entertaining, motivating, and discouraging. I would like to consider each of these individually. The fascinating part came in all ...

- Feb. 22, 2010
Stranger in a Strange Land - Paperback -

The first half or so of Stranger is quite good. The idea of a human so foreign that he must learn all the aspects of language, culture, and history that ...

- Feb. 13, 2010
Botchan - Paperback -
Botchan is a book for those who find (or found) themselves in a world that they can't entirely understand and that doesn't seem to understand them. - Jan. 27, 2010
Catching Fire - Hardcover -

I am so glad that Catching Fire did not devolve into a mere romance novel after the ending of The Hunger Games. The love triangle is still there, of course ...

- Jan. 15, 2010
And Another Thing... - Hardcover -

I really wanted to like And Another Thing"¦. I have such fond memories of reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in college, and I have loved everything else ...

- Jan. 10, 2010
The Hunger Games - Hardcover -

Early on in The Hunger Games I was disappointed by how similar it was to Battle Royale, a Japanese novel where children are put on an island and forced to ...

- Dec. 27, 2009
Blindness - Paperback -

The first thing that struck me while reading Blindness was the fact that the dialogue in the book is not separated by quotations, or new paragraphs. What this means is ...

- Dec. 26, 2009
What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy - Paperback -

I probably shouldn't have been, but I admit I was surprised when I realized (about 20 or 30 pages in) that Gee wasn't going to be an apologist ...

- Dec. 17, 2009
Beyond the Blue Event Horizon - Paperback -

Clearly I must have enjoyed Beyond the Blue Event Horizon considering I read it in about four days. It's interesting, though, because for the first couple days it really ...

- Dec. 8, 2009

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