In this continuing series, we look at Deconstruction, and I absolutely tear Star Wars apart.
Not Recommended: 38%
What could be seen as a brave attempt to understand 9/11 comes off instead as a confusing and glib work. The child narrator doesn’t fit with the recent tragedy, and quirky tone is inappropriate at best.View full post
Above Average: 82%
An excellent continuation of 2009′s “The Magicians”, though some reviewers said it was trying too hard to be edgy, most saw it as an excellent blend between the modern and fantasy worlds.View full post
This supernatural YA story is well-written and an excellent opener for the series. Reviewers praised its humor and excellent handling of supernatural/pseudo-religious aspects.View full post
After an 11-year wait, this book does not dissappoint. Some critics mentioned that the narrative was a bit slow in the middle and the hundreds of characters were difficult to keep up with, but the vast majority said that it was an extremely entertaining read and the product of a genius storyteller.View full post
Above Average: 82%
A graphic and sometimes-depressing novel about oppression in North Korea, its story is vivid and effective, though sometimes a little absurd.View full post
One or two of the facts were on the questionable side (though it is cleared up in the appendix at the end of the book), but on the whole this is an engaging book about how habits are formed and, more importantly, broken.View full post
Critics Divided: 68%
There is some very creative writing in “1Q84″, but its mammoth length, repetitiveness, and somewhat convoluted narrative may be too much for some readers and may overshadow the well-plotted love story.View full post
This week I talk about Reader Response criticism – a form of literary criticism you’ve probably used all of your life without even knowing it!
This is the second part in our six-part series on understanding different methods of literary criticism. In this one, we will discuss New Criticism – a method that assumes all great works have warring tensions, and it is only by the resolution of those tensions that we can get to the deeper meaning of the text (with demonstrations using “The Lord of the Rings!”)
My thoughts on the Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) series so far, with a breakdown of each book.
An in-depth read of a step-by-step detailing of how to think like Sherlock Holmes from the similarly-named book by Maria Konnikova.