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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 worth …

- 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 of …

- 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 do …

- 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 …

- 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 this edition had …

- 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 …

- 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.J. …

- 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 …

- 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 to …

- 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 time …

- 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 …

- 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 …

- 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 for video …

- 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 didn't …

- Dec. 8, 2009

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