I could probably find a better description for the HBO mini-series, but that's what's come up after I went to bed to kind of mull over my impressions of what I'd seen. As a history-buff, anything based on a true story is pretty well up for the viewing, especially if I've read up on the … Continue reading Not one for binge-watching, but spent all last night with “Chernobyl” for the first time… & it was dreadfully amazing.
This one was a tricky one to read, and took me a couple tries to really get, if only because there was so much dialogue and so many contrary moments. I'd also never heard of this play, so I didn't have a basis to fall back on and get a gist. I think this is … Continue reading “Timon of Athens,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
My Copy: 9780760768617 (image from abebooks.com) I was about to take it easy this pouring-down-rain 4th of July with a book written by a famous Canadian, but put it down in favor of a book written by one of the first Americans. THE American, as far as the rest of the world was concerned. It's … Continue reading The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, by you-know-who
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 had to get this book for my Antebellum America class in grad school, and I decided early on I was going to hang onto it. For one thing, the title. When the South is spoken of as a region and a cultural mindset, a crucial element to history actually seems...I think "left out" isn't too far off.
I didn't let flashbacks from the terrors of geometry class get in the way. I admit, I admire those who can get math and like it, and I would love to understand more about it myself. However, I am now convinced that today, Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions is meant for an audience pretty well versed in math.
My copy: 9780345423498 Ah, at last we come to the end of the Odyssey saga, 1000 years after the start, and I'm not totally sure what to say about this one. It has a completely different feel than the other books, and it could be because of more than it's focus. The book is about Frank … Continue reading 3001: The Final Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
First, an explanation: I don't remember exactly where I got my copy, but I know why. I heard of this book from Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcast ("Blueprint for Armageddon," a six-part audio podcast that goes for roughly 14 hours--fantastic). After listening to every episode--twice--I decided I had to get this book, broke-ness be damned. So I ended up … Continue reading Now it Can Be Told, by Philip Gibbs
My copy: 9780345358790 Well, the world of "2001" is back with it's third installment, which I hadn't heard of until I watched an awesome series I downloaded called "Prophets of Science Fiction" and got to learn more about Arthur C. Clarke. (the series is downloadable from Amazon.com and iTunes, and made me expand my sci-fi horizons … Continue reading 2061: Odyssey Three, by Arthur C. Clarke
I should always remember--dynamite comes in small packages. With this book, it's proof for me that it's not so much the message, because there're thousands of self-help books on the market, but it's the presentation.