Category Archives: Book Review

Joy ed. Wiman (2017)

Joy, a collection of poems 100 poems about joy edited by Christian Wiman. I finished reading it a little over a week ago but I’m not really finished with it. It’s one of those books that lingers with you even … Continue reading

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The Aeneid (2015)

By Vergil Translated by David Hadbawnik I stood frozen in shock. Everything seized up in my mind and words caught up in my throat – The Aeneid is the classic epic poem by Vergil about the fall of Troy as … Continue reading

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Reading 1984 in 2017: A Rant

I wrote this last year but forgot to post it, so here it is. Continue reading

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Sandman VI: Fables and Reflections

“Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.” Volume VI of Sandman Fables and Reflections takes a different turn after Volumes IV and V, rather than being a long coherent story told … Continue reading

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Watchmen (1986-7)

By Allan Moore and Dave Gibbons We have labored long to build a heaven, only to find it populated with horrors. Set as an alternative history in graphic novel form: 1985, the US has defeated the Vietnamese rebels and their … Continue reading

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Gilead (2004)

By Marilynne Robinson There is a human beauty in it. And I can’t believe that, when we have all been changed and put on incorruptibility we will forget our fantastic condition of morality and impermanence, the great bright dream of … Continue reading

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Digging Up Milton (2015)

By Jennifer Wallace Reach up to that shelf Lizzie and fetch me down the immortal book of Milton. I wish to have what in me is dark illumined once more. 1790s Cripplegate, England. Mr. and Mrs. Grant live nearby St. … Continue reading

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The Handmaid’s Tale (1988)

By Margaret Atwood They also serve who only stand and wait. 1985, USA: a new regime takes over and everything changes, but the change is insidious. Now women can no longer work, own property, or even retain control over their … Continue reading

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The Last Kingdom (2004)

By Bernard Cornwell “The preachers tell us that pride is a great sin, but the preachers are wrong. Pride makes a man, it drives him, it is the shield wall around his reputation… Men die, they said, but reputation does … Continue reading

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Transfer of Power by Vince Flynn

While you were running around on the talk-show circuit criticizing law-enforcement officers who have done more in one week to stop crime than you will do in your entire academic-theory-laden lifetime, I was crawling around in the gutters of every hellhole … Continue reading

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