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Thoughts on Jane Austen’s Persuasion

November 18th, 2016 · No Comments

I’m having a heck of a time giving a good gosh darn about any of her characters. Austen wrote about what she knew, I guess. But what she knew is just so boring. Didn’t she desire to know more? Like her servant’s names? She also seems to lack anything close to empathy for anyone other […]

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Thoughts on Emma

October 6th, 2016 · No Comments

At least I finished Emma. There were times when I had doubts if I would. As the novel crossed the 100,000 word mark and I still had 50,000 to go, I really had to buckle down. Emma is a busybody who disrupts people’s lives but rarely her own. After those 150,000 words, the 20-year old […]

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Thoughts on Pride and Prejudice

April 12th, 2016 · No Comments

I’ll admit to having trouble with this one. While S&S seems to be about two likable people overcoming their nature to find love. Their nature being common traits of youth or…just common. P&P’s main characters don’t seem all that likable. It’s the story of a pain in the neck chick and a emotionally detached (is […]

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Sense and Sensibility

January 28th, 2016 · No Comments

My politics tend to lean libertarian/anarcho-capitalist but when I watch Downton Abbey I want to get my Bernie Sanders on real bad and hang the Crowley family. The same goes for the characters in Sense and Sensibility. That doesn’t bode well for my 2016 reading goal of working my way through all of Miss Austen’s […]

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2015 Reading Goal – The Old Testament

January 14th, 2016 · No Comments

When I was young, my grandfather told me he had read the Bible cover to cover when he was young. I was impressed by that and had a desire to do it myself. But never did. I mean. It’s the Bible. Who wants to read that for pleasure? Finally, in 2015, I did. And not […]

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2015 in Review – A Year of Tolkien. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

January 14th, 2016 · No Comments

My reading goal in 2015 was to really get to know Tolkien. I wanted to read the Hobbit, LOTRs, and the Silmarillion. I almost did it. When I read the last page of the Return of the King in early December and started looking at the Silmarillion, I just couldn’t. I debated but I’d had […]

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The Fellowship of the Ring

August 14th, 2015 · No Comments

One of my reading projects for 2015 was to read the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion. As I wrote about The Hobbit back in January, I’m not a fantasy guy. Wizards, magic, dragons, elves and the like make me go running. But I read the books incompletely as a teenager and knew […]

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Observations on The Hobbit

January 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Here’s the thing: I’m not a fantasy guy. I never got it as a young reader. I was more practical minded. A story had to be real. Dragons and wizards and elfs were…well, they were silly. And not a road to go down for a teenager looking to lose his virginity. But I had friends […]

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Octopussy and The Living Daylights

December 8th, 2014 · No Comments

The last Fleming Bond book I read was the collection of previously published short stories called Octopussy and The Living Daylights. I like shorter fiction. It’s more direct and immediate. And, let’s face it, it requires much less commitment. Contrary to what the title says, the book contains four stories. The first, Octopussy, has Bond […]

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Ian Fleming’s The Man with the Golden Gun

December 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Wikipedia says this was Fleming’s last book not quite finished before he died. Compared to You Only Live Twice, I’m thinking impending death made him better. That action-less, plot-less somewhat contrived novel paled compared to this simple, straight-forward narrative. Bond is sent to kill an assassin who has killed several British agents. It’s a simple […]

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