In this continuing series, we look at Deconstruction, and I absolutely tear Star Wars apart.
Below Average: 60%
A polarizing book, this semi-biographical story of Washington oscillates between historical fiction and factual biography. Many found this Washington bland and over-romanticized, but others found him an inspirational model for modern Americans.View full post
An interesting book about America’s current problems and how to fix them, though most believed the book didn’t discuss actual solutions, and when it did, they were neither practical nor groundbreaking.View full post
An excellent novel exploring the less-idealized aspects of Los Angeles and the human side of the immigration debate, it suffers slightly from having too many characters, though this was an extremely minor point for the few reviewers who mentioned it.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
The Paris Wife’ borders on overly-prosaic writing (which may or may not be a stylistic interpretation of Hemmingway’s own writing) and cliché, but overall it is a well-written fictional biography of Hemmingway’s first wife.View full post
This book is reportedly pretty melodramatic. Endearingly so, but one of the reviewers called it basically a Hallmark-style baseball story, and most reviews reflected that to some degree.View full post
This story about the accidental death of a child and the 25 years that follow for the car full of people that hit her is defined by its excellent characterizations.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.