Have you ever read a Cracked.com article? It’s a website with clickbait-y titles (6 Animals That Are Secret Badasses! 5 Ways College Makes You Dumber!) with pretty substantial content. It’s been around forever. I’ve been reading it for 7 or 8 years and it’s definitely older than that. If you’re familiar with it, do you like it? If so, good news, this is basically 200 or so pages of Cracked articles. Your mileage with that, I guess, depends entirely on whether you enjoy Cracked.com. The De-Textbook covers a lot of ground while keeping pretty decently to a unifying theme of […]
This isn’t exactly the book I hoped it would be, but it was fascinating nonetheless. In the author’s (after)words: “Ratting, for me…is not just about rats; it is also about seeing another side of a given city.” And that’s exactly what he sets out to show his reader.
Time Travelers Never Die by Jack McDevitt (2010) – I knew going in that this book was going to be a challenge. For one thing, I don’t like time travel stories. I’ve never been that interested in “I’m my own grandpa” plotlines, and if you can travel in time, where’s the conflict and the uncertainty? But, I really like Jack McDevitt’s writing and have read many of his novels, so I thought I’d try it. It wasn’t bad. Nobody is anyone’s own grandpa. But, there isn’t much suspense either. The story is basically about two long-time friends, one (fortunately for […]
“This combination of raw suffering in the workers’ tenements and indifference in the mansions of the ruling elite created a fertile breeding ground for a class of social radical who came to see the dynamite stick and the pistol as the only way to break the cycle of servitude.” – Scott Miller
Oh man, I am SO far behind on writing up my books. I’ve read good ones, I’ve just been lazy about talking about them. I picked up Get Well Soon after reading Caitlin_D’s review. I have been reading a lot of fluffy, historical murder mysteries so far and I felt the need to try something different. I really enjoy what I call “accessible non-fiction” which is basically non-fiction books written in a more casual, conversational style. Mary Roach is probably the best known example of this and Jennifer Wright is another. I ended up reading Get Well Soon in […]
I’ve gotten somewhat behind with my reviewing after taking a week out in incredibly sunny Crete, so please forgive my brain dump whilst I catch up. First up for my holiday reads was Underworld London, combining my fascinations with true crime and history into one entertaining and informative book in the company of Catharine Arnold, someone who I’ve already read much of and enjoyed. Underworld London takes a look at crime and punishment throughout London’s history, from the medieval executions for pretty much anything (with over 170 capital offences recorded at one point, you could be hung or burnt at […]
So aside from this gorgeous Scandinavian fairytale book I used to repeatedly check out from the library as a child*, the Nancy Drew books make up the entirety of my first real literary memories. When you have a bookworm for a child, know that that child will scour your entire house for any book it can find**, and will then proceed to read any and all books indiscriminately. This works out well for the child, generally, but you should know it’s going to happen. That’s how I found my mom’s collection of all the original run Nancy Drew books, up […]
Our Discussion Post is live – join us now to discuss Life Moves Pretty Fast. We’re quickly approaching our second Book Club of the year: Non-fiction. Life Moves Pretty Fast by Hadley Freeman won the vote, and we are just over a week to go time. Our group chat about Eighties Movies and this book will get going around 2 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday June 14 both here and in our Facebook group, the Book Chat. Book Club is open to anyone and everyone, and with this choice’s theme I imagine we’ll all have lots to say. If there’s a pressing […]