Category: 52 Books

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No. 7: The Mother Tongue

As fascinated as I’ve always been with language, particularly old ones (I took 2 years of Latin in high school and 3 years of Greek in college), I know almost nothing of how English came to be. I thought I...

No. 20: The Shallows 0

No. 20: The Shallows

I hadn’t read Nick Carr’s Atlantic article (“Is Google Making Us Stupid”) when I picked up The Shallows, though I knew about the question. I expected one of two possible answers: Technological advances are neither good nor bad, but they...

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Writing Reviews is Hard

Last week I posted review number 19 of 2010. Last night I finished book number 27. There’s a small gap, and the main problem is that writing reviews is hard. I enjoy the process of thinking through the book, discussing...

No. 19: The Long Tail 0

No. 19: The Long Tail

In 2006, Chris Anderson described for the masses a novel concept of the market. The basic concept of “long tail” markets is by now intuitive: the “infinite shelf space” available online means you can offer anything. In addition, once initial...

No. 18: The Ghost Brigades 0

No. 18: The Ghost Brigades

In the follow-up to Old Man’s War we find something that is both more and less than a sequel. It is it’s own story, no longer following the travails of John Perry, but many secondary characters and the established universe...

No. 17: Old Man’s War 5

No. 17: Old Man’s War

A couple of years ago a relative dropped a book on her kitchen table, declaring that she refused to read any more. “I couldn’t get past the first five pages.” In one of my semi-frequent adolescent moments I realized that...

No. 16: On Writing 0

No. 16: On Writing

My first real adventure into the land of Stephen King was this half-memoir / half-seminar, and now I wish I liked horror stories. All the skill and talent I expected to find in the work of someone so accomplished was...

No. 15: White Chocolate Moments 0

No. 15: White Chocolate Moments

Now for number two in this chick-lit experiment of mine. A friend of mine has read this book over and over, so if you like Christian (contemporary) romance, this is for you. When Arcineh Bryant, granddaughter of an extremely wealthy...

No. 14: Nights in Rodanthe 0

No. 14: Nights in Rodanthe

One weekend a few weeks ago I decided to take a pass at a couple of chick-lit novels, just to see what it would be like. Nights in Rodanthe is short, and I was familiar with the film adaptation, so...

No. 13: Teaching as a Subversive Activity 0

No. 13: Teaching as a Subversive Activity

I came to this book with high expectations. I was first introduced to Postman through a series of posts at Don’t Eat the Fruit called “Five Things We the Church Need to Know About Technology”, and shortly there after read...