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
There's something about music that reaches in, even when you haven't heard a song (or an album for that matter) in a decade. Then, when things are just right--or wrong--it grabs you out of the blue. That's what happened to me last night. And it led me down some strange avenues of thought. I was … Continue reading Wake Me Up When (November 2018) Ends…
My Copy: 0425080021 (image from pinterest) I saw the movie at least two dozen times before I knew there even was a book. Then I saw a classmate reading it in 9th grade. And I went to the first second-hand store I could find to get it. I've read the book probably half a dozen … Continue reading Dune, by Frank Herbert
I love this film. But I love it so much that I have to have a specific time and environment to watch it in for Christmas. Just hearing the music and knowing what I'm going to see puts a lump in my throat every time. This year, it will happen when dad finally goes to … Continue reading Joyeux Noel, the film that shows humanity and Peace on Earth in the most inhumane, not-peaceful situation.
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: 9780809037728 (image by goodreads.com) Dawn is a surprising book in the mix. It hooked me, a story about a young man, a Holocaust survivor-turned freedom fighter, who has been tasked with killing a British soldier in retribution for the hanging of one of their Jewish fighters. Both deaths will take place at dawn. … Continue reading Dawn (The Night Trilogy #2), by Elie Wiesel
My Copy: 9781585441662 (image from Brazoria County Historical Museum online) I gotta admit, other than the fact that it was a museum-trip impulse buy, I'm not entirely sure why I picked this book up a few years ago, though I did thumb through it for some visuals a couple of times. Hey, I'm a history … Continue reading Texas Flags, by Robert Maberry, Jr.
My Copy: 092567100750 (image from goodreads.com) I would consider this a useful basic guide, full of the good photos that LIFE magazine's been known for. Anybody who wants the very-condensed "for dummies" version of how the three major religions got their start and how they're all mixed together in the holy lands should at least … Continue reading Holy Lands: One Place Three Faiths, by the editors of LIFE
My Copy: 9780553278224 Mr. Bradbury's done excellent work, and I keep coming back to The Martian Chronicles when I just wanna read something short for the hell of it. Bradbury has a few miniature, practically stand-alone stories placed between arching stories, but the common thread is simple: humans can leave Earth and--like it or not--they're going … Continue reading The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury