Now, while this book was super entertaining, I don’t really have much to add to that. It was fun. Light. But it wasn’t really a piece that I would revisit; it didn’t offer any intense moral lessons or revealing new facts about life or the world or thought. I enjoyed it’s skewing of expectations and surprising inversions of old tales. However, this would be a very short review if that’s all I had to say. Continue reading Saturday Of Book Reviewing – BJ Novak’s One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
Recently, I read Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel Maus. Written about his father, Vladek’s, experiences during the Holocaust. It’s been on my to read list for awhile and given the resurgence of f**king Nazis in America right now, this seemed a punctual read.
Written by the legendary Jeph Loeb and illustrated by the wonderful duo of Jim Lee and Scott Williams, Hush is over 300 pages of visual stuns and twists and turns. Ever the typical avid reader, I enjoy attempting to predict the end of any story I read, and for the first time in a fair while, I was thrown by the ending here. Well. I thought I knew what was going to happen, and then I was convinced I had jumped to conclusions too swiftly, and then I was sure that I was confused about my initial correctness’s potential. Continue reading Saturday Of (Comic) Book Reviewing – Batman: Hush
I finished reading Skylights by Luther M. Siler a week or two ago. Siler was the first indie author I followed when I joined WordPress three years ago. I’ve been intending to read this book for forever, and boy am I glad I got around to it. Continue reading SKYLIGHTS: A Fun and Exciting Sci-Fi Romp
….AKA Nick Offerman is not Ron Swanson but you’ll love his meat-loving, wood working self anyway. Continue reading Saturday of Book Reviewing – Offerman’s Paddle Your Own Canoe
This week I figured I’d cover another classic everyone but me seems to have read: Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha. Written in 1922, this novel follows its titular character through his wacky life from theology student to selfish heathen to terrible father to enlightened boatman. Continue reading Saturday of Book Reviewing – Siddhartha
Serendipitously coinciding with Pride Month, I read, and am now reviewing, a novel with lesbians! And mermaids. Obviously.
“…Madness is the emergency exit…”
I think part of being a good writer is being a good reader. And a part of being a good reader means reading a plethora of different medias and styles and genres. Also: Batman is the uberawesome. Hence, another random review of something I recently read! Continue reading Saturday of (Comic) Book Reviewing – Batman: The Killing Joke
Henry Charles Bukowski was a drunk. Like seriously, an alcoholic. And it seeps into this body of work, adding flavor and intensity. Akin to a decent aged whiskey. Continue reading Saturday of Book Reviewing – Bukowski’s Tales Of Ordinary Madness
Medieval British History is my wheelhouse. I’m not an expert by any means, but learning about the English royalty is actually what first sparked my academic interest in history during high school. Who was the Black Prince and how did he get such an awesome moniker? How accurate were the popular tales about Richard I’s crusade? I just wanted to learn more, and I did throughout college.
One oft-lamented aspect of the field of history by academics is the prevalence of popular history, particularly in film, television, and non/fiction. Popular history tends to take a wide, mass-appeal approach to the telling of history. The argument against these forms of history is that they are often more focused on a gripping narrative than on actual historical accuracy or objectivity. This is undeniable in many such works. Continue reading Book Review: LIONHEART, by Sharon Kay Penman