In this continuing series, we look at Deconstruction, and I absolutely tear Star Wars apart.
Below Average: 61%
Despite some melodrama and complaints that it’s like every other Jodi Picoult book, “Lone Wolf” manages to stand out due to a compelling character and engaging descriptions of the wolves.View full post
Despite being about a closed-off community of Hassidic Jews, this is a sad and powerful story is surprisingly relatable for the world at large – many of the reviewers said they wept when they read it.View full post
Below Average: 64%
Fans of Nora Roberts were pretty divided on this work. Common criticisms included too much time spend describing how a house is built, the presence of a ghost, and the lack of a “spark” in the romance between the two love interests.View full post
Above Average: 78%
In this book where teens in 1996 could see their 2011 Facebook profiles, some of the characters are a bit annoying and flat and the reader can feel bludgeoned with 90s references, but overall it is an engaging story about control of your life in the technological age.View full post
A look at the tumultuous life of Kurt Vonnegut, this controversial biography focuses on the author, not his work, though it offers a full, compelling portrait of the man.View full post
The few reviewers who reviewed it well said it did groundbreaking things with the “monster as hero” motif, though most said it was a campy, if not hilariously bad, story of a man becoming a werewolf superhero.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.