Category: Books

Percy Jackson and the Poorly Written Sequel 0

Percy Jackson and the Poorly Written Sequel

What happened, Rick? I really liked The Lightning Thief, and was looking forward to the rest of the series. I sat down last week to start my adventure with The Sea of Monsters, and was dumbfounded. I had to fight with myself to get past the first ten pages. After...

Book Giveaway: The Making and Unmaking of Technological Society 10

Book Giveaway: The Making and Unmaking of Technological Society

Early last year a friend recommended The Making and Unmaking of Technological Society, by Auburn poli-sci professor Murray Jardine, saying, “[It’s] one the most influential books on my thinking about society, culture, and technology.” It’s had a profound effect on my thinking as well, particularly on my awareness of some...

Free Books! ($3.99 shipping) 0

Free Books! ($3.99 shipping)

Before I built my library here (using Ben Gunnink’s Now Reading Reloaded), I got familiar with GoodReads.com. It’s a good place to find recommendations for new books and keep up with what your bibliophilic friends are reading. It’s also a good place for cheap books. There are plenty of online...

I Still Like Books 0

I Still Like Books

About a year ago I wrote a short (and poorly constructed) love letter to books. A few of my friends were quite excited about finally getting their own Kindles, but I didn’t think I’d ever want an e-reader, if I could help it. I just liked books too much. Now...

Beowulf is Already Fun! 0

Beowulf is Already Fun!

One of my coworkers is a treasure trove of useless information. She is a wonderful source of very useful information as well, but it’s the trivial stuff that matters right now. One day we were talking about movies and someone mentioned The 13th Warrior. I remember liking the movie, but,...

A Defense of Twilight 4

A Defense of Twilight

Now for the other half of my brain: I am almost finished with my coursework for my PhD in English lit, so I feel like I might have a shred of credibility when I speak about novels. Here’s the thing: I don’t think Stephenie Meyers is the most brilliant author...