In this continuing series, we look at Deconstruction, and I absolutely tear Star Wars apart.
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
Above Average: 85%
Takes the old story of the inspirational teacher and does something a little different with it. Some critics complained about a lack of creativity and a flat main character, but overall a compelling read with excellent writing.View full post
Few could find anything bad to say about this latest installment in the Kinsey Millhone series, and some not only lamented the fact that there are only 3 letters left, but also said it was among Grafton’s strongest work.View full post
For those who enjoy older DeLillo, you will really like this book of short fiction. Some reviewers mentioned frustration that DeLillo made some of his characters hard to understand, but nearly all commended him for his artistic writing.View full post
Above Average: 78%
A very accessible book on the merits and limits of modern-day Psychiatry, though some reviewers found Ronson’s tone and writing style a bit jarring and not fitting with the subject matter.View full post
The Pulitzer-winning Massie’s writing is as spectacular as his subject matter in this biography of the Russian ruler. The book is long and very detailed, but that helps the reader get a very comprehensive and nuanced picture of the controversial person.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.