Pic from MAD Magazine (definitely fitting). If a human hand put this together, 2020 might just be a fusion disaster movie/ political (thriller?) screenplay that's been rejected 30 times for being too long, too outlandish, too boring, too stupid to exist. Something even Roland Emmerich or Michael Bay would roll their eyes and pass up … Continue reading 2020 Feels Like a Badly-Written Disaster/Political Thriller Movie
I call myself a "recovering recluse" for a reason...I'm a work in progress on the social front. A VERY slow work in progress. Like pouring a bad concrete mix. Oh well. I suppose I'm wondering how to find inspiration beyond parks, pretty sunsets and cute puppies (or kitties, or sloths, or whatever else). I'm hoping … Continue reading Looking for Inspiration in an Insular World
My Copy: 0345342968 (image from abebooks.com) I viewed this book as my own personal version of hell when I first read it several years ago. Social media and smartphones have become staples in the time since then, and now the book has taken on a more dreadful tone. Fahrenheit 451 is the book about a … Continue reading Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
My Copy: 0446364193 (image from goodreads.com) I admit, I watched the movie before I knew there was a book, and believe me, I think the book was better in most respects. Hell, the movie is barely anything like the book! So, I feel relieved having finally read this book cover to cover. Along Came a … Continue reading Along Came A Spider, by James Patterson
My Copy: 9780449213940 (image from amazon.com) I've seen the movies (the amazing 1930s version and the "meh" version with "John Boy"), so I already knew the story for the most part. All Quiet on the Western Front is a great piece of work, though, and the style works wonderfully. I started it this Armistice Day/Veteran's … Continue reading All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque
My Copy: 0553245473 (image found on kobo.com, link cover is updated version) I have been a huge fan of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin for half my life. I just love the world of the brownstone on West 35th Street, New York, and the quirks, familiarity, and attitudes of our characters. And yes, … Continue reading Three Men Out (Nero Wolfe), by Rex Stout
My Copy: 9780143120933 This is the 2nd time I read this book--the first time, the movie was just coming out and I really wanted to finish the book before seeing it (didn't happen, I admit). As I read this time, I had more hours to dedicate and was able to take my time absorbing it. … Continue reading Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, by John le Carre
My copy: 9780441783588 Well, I'm not going to bother with a description of how different the book is from the 90s film (hint: a lot!). But on its own, just reading it for what it was, I found it a bit surprising and enjoyable. I haven't read Mr. Heinlein's other works yet, so I can't lend … Continue reading Starship Troopers, by Robert A. Heinlein
I do my damnedest never to include spoilers, though I will reference some bits of the film to make my point regarding the book. So if you've seen it like half the world has, then you've already spoiled some of it for yourself (ha ha). Seriously, I will minimize the spoiler exposure for the rest of you, but that's the curse of reviewing a pop culture staple--it can't be helped.
I spent the past month reading (or re-reading) four of the most frightening books I’ve ever read and I haven’t even cracked open my collection of “penny dreadfuls” for Halloween yet.