Introduction to Literary Criticism: Structuralism and Deconstruction

In this continuing series, we look at Deconstruction, and I absolutely tear Star Wars apart.

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“The Magicians” by Lev Grossman – Book Review

Review of a book that, on paper, looks good (pun maybe intended?), but I talk about whether or not it’s noticeably different from the Harry Potter or Narnia series.

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“Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card – Thoughts on a Classic

With the movie coming out, I discuss the sci-fi classic Ender’s Game and why I don’t think it quite lives up to the hype.

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“The Last Policeman” by Ben H. Winters – Book Review

I review a book about a detective investigating a possible murder six months before the world is supposed to end. I also try not to say he’s seeking a murderer at the end of the world. Rats.

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Introduction to Literary Criticism: Reader Response Criticism

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!

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“Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell – Book Review

My review of David Mitchell’s “Cloud Atlas”, a complex and enjoyable read.

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Introduction to Literary Criticism: New Criticism

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!”)

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A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin – Thoughts on a Series

My thoughts on the Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) series so far, with a breakdown of each book.

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“Mastermind: How to Think like Sherlock Holmes” by Maria Konnikova – Deep Read

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.

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“The Sense of an Ending” by Amor Towles – Book Review

My review of “The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes. Though promising an interesting play on the concepts of memory and truth, this book falls flat, resolving things in an unlikely and unsatisfying conclusion.

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