Review: The Painted Bird

The Painted Bird by Jerzy KosiÅ„ski My rating: 4 of 5 stars I chose to read this book for Banned Books Week 2013. A quote from that September 14th blog post: In tenth grade, this book was assigned to us. It was the most difficult book I had read to that point, but it was… Continue reading Review: The Painted Bird

Movie Before Book? Or Book Before Movie?

She asked what I was reading. So I told her Dust of Dreams and showed her the book. She said I am smart. This launches into a weird conversation culminating in the question. She asked, “Is it weird I watch the movie before reading the book?” A little over a year ago a friend asked me the… Continue reading Movie Before Book? Or Book Before Movie?


Last year I bought a paperback set of A Song of Ice and Fire. Yes, I own the four books in the set. (The fifth was published in hardback at the same time.) Rather than continue messing up my hardbacks from multiple reads, I thought paperbacks would be better. Well, I finally got around to reading… Continue reading Misprint

Invention vs Sustaining

Alien 7… I mean, uh… Prometheus opened today. I am going to see it with some friends Sunday. One star or five, I would go see it. Heck, several other movies by Ridley Scott got me to buy a ticket just because of the first Alien movie. Naturally this movie is going to take bad… Continue reading Invention vs Sustaining

Book: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson My rating: 4 of 5 stars I understand the Swedish title translates into the The Men Who Hate Women. That is a more appropriate title. Though, I would imagine such a title would hurt sales in England and the USA. Each part has a statistic regarding… Continue reading Book: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

3/4 Done?

Today is the 273rd day of the year, so at the three-quarters point, here is an update on my resolution progress. Complete unfinished novel series. The Harry Potter series was finished at the first-quarter update. The Sword of Truth series  was finished at the half update. The Ender series is now done. That is all thirteen books from… Continue reading 3/4 Done?

Banned Books Week

I started reading Native Son because it is Banned Books Week (last week of September). The Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association asked people to read their favorite banned book. I’d rather take a chance on finding a banned book I already have and want to read than go back and read… Continue reading Banned Books Week

Tea Party = Demosthenes?

Ender Wiggin’s sister, Valentine plays the role of fictional Demosthenes online in several of the books by Orson Scott Card. She would play the role of an extremist to whip up the gullible Americans, while her power hungry psychopath brother Peter played the role of Locke would be the moderate. In reading Ender in Exile, a speculative train… Continue reading Tea Party = Demosthenes?