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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...]

Book Review | One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

I suppose it's a bit ironic that I finished One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich in in the midst of one of last weeks winter storm, snow falling and wind blowing and the temperature dropping as low as 2 degrees Fahrenheit. … [Read More...]

Book review | The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

My feelings on The Underground Railroad are so mixed that I've changed my rating several times, first from a mere three, then up to a four, and back to just three stars. With much to think about and, yet, much that felt … [Read More...]

Book Thoughts | Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

I'm not entirely sure that I can adequately review Thinking Fast and Slow. It's so chock full of fantastic ideas, insights, and information that I'm afraid even trying to comment on it will make me look like a fool. Let me … [Read More...]

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