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Book Review | The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Meh. I will now write a soap-boxy rant review about this book; that I imagine almost no one will read, but it will at least make myself feel better. This book has over 700 pages. I've read a good armful of 600+ paged … [Read More...]

Book Review | Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

Several years ago I went on a trip to Hawaii. For my beach reading, I brought along Alan Greenspan's autobiography, Age of Turbulence. It was a giant book. It wasn't light reading, and I think I spent the whole trip reading … [Read More...]

Book Review | H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Beauty and tragedy and death and renewal and nature... H is for Hawk is a beautiful memoir by naturalist Helen Macdonald. Ten points to Benjamin, who recommended it to me. I read it as part of my UK reading challenge, and … [Read More...]

Book Review | The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin (Hainish Cycle #4)

I take a certain delight in reading the books that define, change, or readjust not only an entire genre but a generation, as well. Generally, we call them “classics” and there’s something almost archeological about losing … [Read More...]

Brief Thoughts | Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahisi Coates

Recently, I finished reading Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It's a short book and reads fast. A letter to his son, Coates' voice is intense and direct. I'm still processing Coates' message. I admit that I … [Read More...]

Book Review | Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley by Antonio Garcia Martinez

Have you ever bought a book from a Facebook ad? I can now say that I have. For a period of time shortly after its release, I noticed a regularly placed ad in my Facebook news feed for Antonio Garcia Martinez's exposé on … [Read More...]

Book Review | Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West by Hampton Sides

The history of the American Southwest isn't a story that gets told along with the marquis narratives of American history. Unlike the American Revolution, the founding era, the Civil War, or World War II, where it is … [Read More...]

Book Review | A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Quite possibly, A Darker Shade of Magic is one of the most surprisingly entertaining fantasy novels I've read in a while. Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind may be more beautiful, Vyleta's Smoke more mysterious, and Butcher's The … [Read More...]

Book Review | QB: My Life Behind the Spiral by Steve Young

I can't honestly say that I like sports as much as the next guy. This isn't because I don't like sports, but I find that most guys like them more than I do. I can say that I like reading biographies and autobiographies … [Read More...]

Book Review | Invasive by Chuck Wendig

If you're ever on the Cape Verdian island of Fogo during the fall, you will find every tree branch and every power line is an anchor point for the web of an Argiope spider. Sometimes dozens of spiders will connect their webs … [Read More...]

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