In this continuing series, we look at Deconstruction, and I absolutely tear Star Wars apart.
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
Few reviewers had anything bad to say about this book where (maybe) a wife disappears and her husband could be to blame. Or maybe not. Apparently it creeps you out and keeps you guessing until the end, and is very well-written in the process.View full post
Above Average: 76%
The author is a little heavy-handed with some of his ideas, and the protagonist can be frustrating, but those are minor issues when compared to the excellent writing and the deft way the book plays with the concept of memory.View full post
A very well-written novel describing how the mugging of an elderly woman can have unexpected consequences for some very different people, told in a funny, yet profound, manner. It’s a Prosenotes Pick!View full post
A modern interpretation of a 17th-century concept with exceptional prose. The Marriage Plot contains some weighty literary concepts and a slow second act, but overall it is a wonderful third book for the pulitzer-winning author. It’s a Prosenotes Pick!View full post
Above Average: 85%
Despite a sometimes slow pace and a necessary suspension of disbelief, King manages to craft descriptive, engaging narrative and manages a deft handling of the early 60s in this historical fiction.View full post
A reportedly important book about the life of a bisexual man, though some reviewers said some of the “coincidences” throughout the novel were a little too neat and the social commentary was too obvious.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.