Book reviews, generally. All kinds of books are reviewed here,
though since my library is so large, I cannot get to all of them,
nor do I have the time to write extensive, detailed reviews. Most
of the reviews here are a paragraph or two in size: all I have
time for. Others, for books I liked very much, will be longer.
Books are embalmed minds, as Pope once said (er, I believe it
was him who said it: if not, he should have). They are
therefore to be feared by the tyrants of the world. Print a book,
and ones' body becomes obsolete: ones' ideas, opinions, hopes,
and dreams may then exist while the mortal body turns to dust.
Or they may not. It takes a good book to outlive its
creator (ignoring the crappy books published by fanatics, cults,
lunaticks, kooks, etc.). But what makes a good book?
What makes a good book depends in part, obviously, upon what the
reader considers a good book. One can be a damn fine writer, and
produce a damn fine book, but if no one is interested in what it
has to say, I wouldn't call it a good book. That is not to
say that popularity of itself makes a good bood, but it is one
sign that a book is good.
To be a good book, the creation must be entertaining, if the intent
of the author is to entertain; informative, if the author's intent was
to inform; instructive; enlightening; provocative. A good book must
achieve what the author intended: all too often I have read books
that achieved nothing--- they start from nowhere, wander aimlessly
for 185 pages or so, wind up nowhere (or worse, somewhere predictable
since page three), and invokes nothing in the reader. What a goddamned
waste of the reader's time!
Once, in a fit of unbridled angst, I took one chapter of a very,
very crappy book and rewrote it the way it should have
been written (I was arrogant in my youth). The original was
filled with strained metaphor, hacked prose, bludgeoned literary
devices, fatal incomplete sentences, and deceased, still-born
simile. I then sent the improved version to the author.
Naturally, I didn't hear from him (nor his lawer, thank the
gods), but one can hope he got the message. The bastard. It was
one of the few books I've ever thrown away, deemed unfit for
I like a lean book. It must say what it has to say, and
only what it has to say. Most authors have far too many
great ideas for one book, so they try to cram them in (the "See
How Clever And Creative I Am?" syndrome) when and where they do
not belong. I want to take them by the throat and scream at them
"Write one book at a time, damn you! Don't put six or seven in a
blender and pour out one!" The book Friday by Robert
Heinlein is one prime example: so is Job, by the same
author. (Or so it is claimed he wrote them: I have my doubts.)
- Hungry Eyes Terror with fortitude,
this novel is by Barry Hoffman. Not quite what I would call a book
from the "Horror Genre," but some reviewers consider it "horror."
- Christian Science A book by Mark Twian
about another horror, only this horror is real.
- Winning At 21 Concerning the Archer
Method: an Expert's Guide to Winning At Casino 21
- River out of Eden A Darwinian
view of life, by Richard Dawkins. Excellent essays on
- Wrinkles In Time Not to be
confused with the very famous book A Wrinkle In Time,
this book is about the final proof that confirms the Big
Bang as factual history. Written by George Smoot and Keay
- Motion to Suppress A legal
thriller by Pamela and Mary O'Shaughnessy (under their
pen name Perri O'Shaughnessy), this book has all it takes
to be a good read.
- Pastwatch The Redemption of
Christopher Columbus, By Orson Scott Card. What would the
world have been like without the greed and ambition of Columbus?
- Towing Jehovah By James Morrow. God
is dead. Now what to do with the body?
- The Power of Logical Thinking
Easy Lessons in the Art of Reasoning... and Hard Facts
About Its Absence in Our Lives. By Marilyn von Savant.
- Looking for a Miracle Weeping
icons, relics, stigmata, visions & healing cures. By Joe
Nickell. Do miracles exist? This book examines some claimed
- Pale Blue Dot A Vision of the
Human Future in Space. By Carl Sagan.
- Flood Tide A Dirk Pitt (r)
Novel by Clive Cussler.
- Big Secrets The Uncensored
Truth About All Sorts of Stuff You Are Never Supposed to Know.
- The Big Domino in the Sky and
other atheist tales. This book is fiction that explores common
fallacies usually found in theist apologetics.
- Assembly of Women Written by Aristophanes around c. 392 BCE, translated by Robert Mayhew, introduction by Robert Mayhew.
- Lilith, Darkness and Light #1 Written by D.A. Heeley.
- The Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy This important new volume is the most comprehensive critique of the Bible ever written. McKinsey strives to tell both the good and bad of biblical writings with this thoroughly-researched expose of the Bible's errors, contradictions, and fallacies. McKinsey believes that it is important that the Bible's inadequacies and negative teachings be exposed.
- The Psychic Mafia By M. Lamar Keene, Allen Spraggett, LaMar Keene, Ray Hyman
- The Tomb of God The Body of Jesus and the Solution to a 2,000-Year-Old Mystery
- The Real Roswell Crashed Saucer Coverup Demolishing the Roswell 'Alien' Myth
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