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posted a Quick Tip about 1984 (novel). February 19, 2011
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1984 (British first edition)
It's been years since I've read 1984, but it made a huge impression on me.
posted a Quick Tip about Brave New World (book). January 12, 2011
Brave New World
Reread this when my kids had to read it in school and remember why I liked it so much.
posted a Quick Tip about Dracula (novel). January 10, 2011
Dracula (first edition)
Every single vampire novel, film, television series or comic that has been produced owes a huge debt to this wonderful classic of both horror and literature in general.
posted a Quick Tip about Niagara. December 17, 2010
I see where the average rating for this film is 3.4. Think that nails it pretty well. "Niagara" is by no means a classic but I found it to be a highly entertaining motion picture. Lots of twists and turns …
posted a Quick Tip about Dracula (novel). November 11, 2010
Dracula (first edition)
I recently re-read this to kick off my Year of Bloody Vampire Reading, This is so completely a classic Gothic Victorian novel.The Victorian fascination with the "scientific method" and deductive reasoning …
reviewed Red Badge of Courage. November 09, 2010
Red Badge of Courage
This short 69 minute black and white 1951 film stars Audie Murphy in the John Huston film about a youth evolving into a man during a Spring 1862 battles of the Civil War. The title Red Badge of Courage …
posted a Quick Tip about Brave New World (book). November 06, 2010
Brave New World
This is far from my favorite dystopian novel but it does have a lot of great elements in it.
posted a Quick Tip about Little Women (book). October 31, 2010
Little Women
The characters in "Little Women" are not perfect, and therefore realistic- and their foibles are endearing. Amy is rather selfish and vain, Beth is painfully shy, Jo is precipitous ,and Meg is perhaps …
posted a Quick Tip about Dracula (novel). October 12, 2010
Dracula (first edition)
The book that began it all! before edward cullen and count chocula there was Dracula.
posted a Quick Tip about Of Mice and Men. October 08, 2010
Of Mice and Men cover
For all its simplicity and brevity, the power and pathos of the themes of helplessness and loneliness embodied in Steinbeck's story about George and Lennie, two itinerant field workers in 1930s depression …
posted a Quick Tip about Pride and Prejudice (book). October 08, 2010
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Pride and Prejudice vividly illustrates a caste of 18th century polite society. One learns about about what's good and what's bad and what's sheisty. It's so cool, because the sassy heroine of limited …
posted a Quick Tip about Moby-Dick. October 07, 2010
Want to read the Bible, read the Bible. Want to read about whaling trips ... um ... why would you want to do that?
posted a Quick Tip about Crime and Punishment (book). October 07, 2010
Crime and Punishment
Russian novels have a bad rep for being long and boring. This one is neither (well it can kind of qualify for long but is never boring).
posted a Quick Tip about The Wizard of Oz. October 06, 2010
The Wizard of Oz
Iconic and influencial in many ways, a delightful fantasy adventure for the family
posted a Quick Tip about 1984 (novel). October 06, 2010
1984 (British first edition)
One of those novels where you find yourself just fascinated.
posted a Quick Tip about Flowers for Algernon. October 05, 2010
Flowers for Algernon
A cautionary tale. Just because a thing "can" be done, it does not necessarily follow that it "should" be done.
posted a Quick Tip about 1984 (novel). October 01, 2010
1984 (British first edition)
The sort of book you never forget. The sort of book your kid has to read in school and you say "At last, here's one you'll enjoy."
reviewed The Man in the Iron Mask. September 13, 2010
The man in the iron mask
Dumas concludes his masterpiece series on the Musketeers with one for all time.  After reading the interesting but at times lagging two volumes that lead up to Mask and the conclusion of the Musketeers …
reviewed Of Mice and Men. September 13, 2010
Of Mice and Men cover
George and Lennie are two itinerant farm workers moving from one California farm to another. The two of them move together in order to avoid the loneliness and misery that usually accompanies nomads. …
posted a Quick Tip about The Grapes of Wrath (book). September 04, 2010
The Grapes of Wrath
I first read this in high school. It blew me away then. It's Steinbeck's best.
reviewed Winesburg, Ohio. August 28, 2010
Winesburg, Ohio
This past weekend I finally sat down to read Winesburg, Ohio, which had received extravagant praise from some of my friends. I was curious to see if it could possibly meet expectations.      …
posted a Quick Tip about Moby-Dick. August 26, 2010
It's epic, it's grand; and it's thematic import of good and evil are etched indelibly, but it's overlong to be sure.
posted a Quick Tip about 1984 (novel). August 26, 2010
1984 (British first edition)
Even after 1984, this book is powerful, scary, and relevant.
posted a Quick Tip about Brave New World (book). August 26, 2010
Brave New World
It is undeniably prophetic how closely Huxley comes to extrapolating trends that reach into today's post-modern world.
posted a Quick Tip about The Grapes of Wrath (book). August 26, 2010
The Grapes of Wrath
This book is an epic, page-turner by a master of American Literature.
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