Category Archives: Review

Book Review: Farewell: The Greatest Spy Story of the Twentieth Century by Sergei Kostin

The book didn’t start off promising. It started in fact with a foreword written by Richard V. Allen. This name meant nothing to me, but when I approach books outside of my usual stalking grounds this tends to be the … Continue reading

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Book Review: People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman by Richard Lloyd Parry

This is a book that is less concerned with the plot than it is its characters. I like this. The plot will move when it’s ready. It has to, especially in non-fiction, but characters take time, require an understanding and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Notes From a Dead House by Fyodor Dostoevsky

There seems to be a sort academic predisposition of hatred towards Pavear and Volokhonsky. It’s a strange thing, one I neither understand nor want to. People seem utterly baffled by a literal translation that forces one to endure turns of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

The Martian Chronicles is a series of short stories and vignettes following humanity’s hypothetical exploration and eventual colonization of Mars. It’s an interesting concept written by one of the strongest sci-fi writer’s of the 20th century. Problem is, it’s less … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase by Mark Forsyth

It’s clever, this book. It’s also a good book. It’s clever, chatty, witty, funny, succinct, and unpretentious. It sets out to give names to all the rhetoric we never learned in schools. This book is a study of expression and … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis

I don’t really have a roadmap when it comes to the books I read, it comes largely down to availability and perhaps more honestly, whimsy. The Man Who Fell to Earth is one of the wonderful gems that such a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Watership Down by Richard Adams

There are certain things you aren’t supposed to do in literature. I had always figured mixing (a sort of ) realism with non-human characters was something of a no-no. Sure, you could have the fantastical and all too human blood-splattering … Continue reading

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