2014: What I Read

Following up on Monday's musical retrospective, it's time to award some superlatives to the books that I read in 2014. Straying even farther from release dates than with my musical entry, this list reflects books that I read in 2014, not necessarily books that were released this year. Most Hyped Book (That I Didn't Really Like) - [...]

Drivel & Dreams

When I came across this review yesterday, I couldn't help but smile. In case you didn't follow that link (which you should), the book being reviewed is Drivel: Deliciously Bad Writing by Your Favorite Authors. It's a collection of early, and decidedly bad, writings from luminaries like Dave Eggers, Chuck Palahniuk, and A.J. Jacobs. Early [...]

The Hobbit Begins

I've read The Lord of the Rings a number of times. As a result of all that repetition, I've internalized most of the story's primary aspects and plot points. And though I've not read it with the same frequency, I've also read The Hobbit a not-insignificant number of times. So I was surprised to find, [...]

I’ll Be Fine

I’ll Be Fine

A disclaimer: there is an old axiom about stones and glass houses that certainly applies here. I have achieved much less as a writer than, of all people, tennis legend Moncia Seles who - and pardon my surprise at this - has published two young adult romance novels. (I should specify that Seles co-wrote the books with James [...]

Late to the Party

I'm the kind of obsessive fool who doesn't do very well with partial experiences. I have a hard time enjoying a TV show unless I get to start at the beginning, if I start a book I need to finish it, and if I dive into some kind of series, I've got to consume the whole [...]

Stick the Landing

Over the last few days I've been reading Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash and last night when I put the book down and went to bed I had about 60 pages remaining until the book's end. Which creates an interesting conundrum: caught in the sweep up to its climax, I want to finish the book as soon as [...]