to rise again at a decent hourAs I believe I have mentioned, most of the books I read were recommended to me by trusted literary friends.  Sometimes I will read a book simply because I have read and enjoyed the author in the past.  Occasionally an article or review of a book will pique my interest, though I fear spoilers, so largely avoid any critiques containing too-thorough plot analyses, and try to steer clear of hype.  No, I’m not an elitist or a snob, but popular taste and my own personal taste don’t always coincide.  Yeah, there is no way to say that without sounding like a snob.  So be it.  But, for the life of me, I can’t remember where I first heard about this book.  It was not from a friend.  I have never read Ferris before.  I don’t remember reading any articles.  It’s a mystery. click to continue…


No Hope for Gomez! – Book Review

by dunce two on July 29, 2014

no hope for gomezIn my self-assigned role as a self-proclaimed book critic/reviewer, there are some challenges, not the least of which is how to deal with a book you did not love.  Especially when the author shows signs of real talent, and particularly when that talented author has generously shared a free copy of his book with you.  I find myself in such a predicament with Graham Parke’s No Hope for Gomez!  What to say, what to do? click to continue…


Zombie, Spaceship, Wasteland- Book Review

July 22, 2014

I’m a sucker for a fellow bibliophile, especially a nostalgic one, but egads this was clever and brilliant and unexpected and delightful. Two thumbs enthusiastically up. Laughed out loud numerous times, though it was also cerebral and witty and intelligently humorous. If all you know about Patton Oswalt is that he played “Spencer” on King […]

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TINY: A Story About Living Small- Movie Review

July 19, 2014

Recently watched “TINY: A Story About Living Small” on Netflix.  Whoa!  The film/documentary was written, produced, and directed by its stars Christopher Smith and Merete Miller.  If you want a detailed factual synopsis of what it’s about, you can go to IMDB or check out the movie’s website.  Or, if you have Netflix, you can […]

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Top 10 Signs You May Not Be Staying in the Nicest Hotel in Town

July 10, 2014

Had the opportunity to drive cross country with my family here recently.  Was inspired to create the following list, in a style admittedly similar to but not in actionable infringement of one of David Letterman’s Late Show Top Ten.  Here it goes [Disclaimer: the conditions described are fictional-ish, and are here shared for strictly humorous […]

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Road Rage- Johnson County Edition

July 2, 2014

Driving home from work last night, I stopped at the last stop light before I turn into my neighborhood.   A few seconds later, glancing in my rear view mirror, I noticed a car pull up behind me.  A newer Chevy Malibu.  White.  And I happened to notice that there was a girl/woman driving the […]

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“Can’t and Won’t” Stop Going to Book Stores

July 1, 2014

My favorite thing to do (within reason) is browse in bookstores.  I like looking, seeing the books, watching people, watching what other people are reading/buying/looking at.  I found myself in a bookstore recently (would find myself there daily, if I had my druthers).  Was grabbed by the cover of Lydia Davis’s collection of short stories Can’t […]

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What is nostalgia?

June 26, 2014

In a book I have been reading recently, White Noise by Don DeLillo, a character named Murray posits: I don’t trust anybody’s nostalgia but my own. Nostalgia is a product of dissatisfaction and rage. It’s a settling of grievances between the present and the past. The more powerful the nostalgia, the closer you come to […]

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Eleanor & Park- Book Review

June 25, 2014

Not liking Eleanor & Park feels a little bit like kicking a puppy. And yet… Okay, I need to just stop reading YA. That’s a big part of my problem. There is nothing in the genre for me. It’s too cheesy, too angsty, too dumbed down. No offense to anyone writing the stuff. I’m just […]

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June 24, 2014

Sitting down to dinner, I find myself staring at the side of my son’s face.  He doesn’t know I’m watching. It’s a child’s face.  A boy’s face.  But not a baby’s face.  Not even a young child’s face.  He’s nine.  His skin is smooth.  And soft, still.  Perfect.  But it won’t always be.  For an […]

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