I Married a Communist – Phlip Roth

  This is the first book I’ve read penned by Philip Roth, and my expectations were off-kilter. I see his genius with the pen, but man-oh-man this book was a slog to get through. In my eyes, this book is summed up well in a couple of brilliant paragraphs: “There was one song she (ed.…

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The Master

Once again, Paul Thomas Anderson has made a flawed work of genius. Freddie Quell is a WWII vet, psychologically damaged before he even went to war and currently spends his time drinking solvents and cleaners during and between various jobs. He stumbles upon “the master’s” (Lancaster Dodd’s) vessel before it embarks upon a seafaring, brain-washing…

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Norwood – Charles Portis

I was anxious to read Portis after seeing “True Grit” (still need to read it), and reading about his facility with Southern dialogue. That being said, coming off the heels of the breakneck pace of “Leviathan Wakes” and my consequent breakneck reading pace, I read this book too fast and missed (some of) the devil…

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Leviathan Wakes – James S.A. Corey

Even though this is a hefty tome at over 600 pages, “Leviathan Wakes” non-stop action makes the reading easy. This “kick-ass space opera” as George R.R. Martin’s blurb refers to it is, indeed, a kick-ass space opera. Penned by James S.A. Corey, it is a rollicking good time with noir and horror elements thrown in.…

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The Sisters Brothers, – Patrick deWitt

“… ‘Now you dance, chink!’ With these words, the boy began dancing wildly and without grace, looking much like someone forced to stand barefoot over hot coals. It was an ugly thing to witness, and if I had not before made my decision about Mayfield, the matter was now settled in my mind.” – Eli…

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Prometheus

There are a few things good about this movie, unfortunately they don’t make up for the movie being, well, stupid. If you’re reading this as a part of your decision process to see it in the theater, don’t. Overall, the movie misses its mark. Read on if you don’t mind spoilers or have already seen…

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The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

Out of the last four fantasy/sci-fi books I’ve started to read, this is the only one I finished. I wished I wouldn’t have. Hints of a great fantasy story at the beginning, followed by superkid / playboy going through teenage angst at a… wait for it… magic school. I enjoyed reading it, but that enjoyment…

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