Category Archives: Book Review

Tremendous Trifles, by G.K. Chesterton

Tremendous Trifles by G.K. Chesterton My rating: 4 of 5 stars The first essay of G.K. Chesterton’s I remember reading is On Lying in Bed, which begins, “Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only … Continue reading

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Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville My rating: 4 of 5 stars I suspect that had I known a good deal more or a great deal less about Moby Dick before I began, my journey through the novel would have been less … Continue reading

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An Unsuitable Job For A Woman, by P.D.James

An Unsuitable Job For A Woman by P.D. James My rating: 2 of 5 stars Having heard good things about P.D. James I had high hopes for this novel; I was disappointed. I love the placidity you get in British … Continue reading

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One Red Paperclip, by Kyle MacDonald

One Red Paperclip: Or How an Ordinary Man Achieved His Dream with the Help of a Simple Office Supply, Kyle MacDonald. Three Rivers Press, 2007. 310 pages. The official version of the story goes like this: Inspired by memories of playing … Continue reading

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Nerd Do Well, by Simon Pegg

Nerd Do Well, Simon Pegg. Century, 2010. 368 pages. “It was never my intention to write an autobiography. The very notion made me uneasy. You see them congesting the bookshop shelves at Christmas. Rows of needy smiles, sad clowns and … Continue reading

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The Lost Coast, by Barry Eisler

The Lost Coast, Barry Eisler Amazon Digital Services, 2011. 237 KB. I hadn’t heard of Barry Eisler until last week when he showed up in the news. He’d ruffled some print media execs’ feathers by signing an ebook contract with Amazon … Continue reading

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon. Vintage, 2004. 226 pages. I read this back in the spring, but found myself strongly reminded of it when, a little over a week ago, read the following story … Continue reading

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How Shakespeare Changed Everything, by Stephen Marche

How Shakespeare Changed Everything, Stephen Marche. Harper, 2011. 224 pages. I’d heard some positive noise about Marche’s book, and at first glance that noise seemed well-founded. Marche clearly loves Shakespeare and wants to share his excitement with the rest of … Continue reading

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Briefly Noted: Hemingway & Greene

The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway Scribner, 2003 (/1926). 251 pages. I have a thing for long sentences (e.g.). That’s one reason I love authors like Dickens who without hesitation throw around sentences like, “As to Merrylegs, that respectable … Continue reading

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The Magician’s Book, by Laura Miller

The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia, by Laura Miller Little, Brown and Company, 2008. 320 pages. Narnia is shrouded in darkness. The harsh King Miraz, uncle to the throne’s heir, Prince Caspian, rules the land, and has made … Continue reading

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