Categories: Reviews, Books, Films

Reviews: The Ghost Writer, Alice in Wonderland

March 16th, 2010
The Ghost Writer - 7/10 Roman Polanski's previous film, The Ninth Gate, is one of my favorite films. I like Polanski's film direction a great deal - it doesn't hit you over the head with gimmickry or flash, it's just quietly effective, too dramatic t… more »

Reviews: The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song, The Archer's Tale, Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton, The Nine

February 25th, 2010
The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell - 8/10 The first four novels in Cornwell's 'Saxon Chronicles', these books are set in ninth century England, at a time when Saxons and Danes (aka Vikings) are con… more »

Tom Bihn

February 17th, 2010
...makes the best bags in the world. I purchased my Tom Bihn backpack from his store in Santa Cruz in 1997 or so, and I still use it on a near-daily basis. It saw me through graduate school; I took it to Mongolia. It has never had a zipper break, never… more »

Reviews: Avatar, Sherlock Holmes, Daybreakers, Edge of Darkness

February 4th, 2010
Avatar - 8/10 A highly enjoyable film, although not one for the thinking man. The good guys are good guys, the bad guys are bad guys, and the savages are so incredibly noble that they can actually bond with the planet through their queues. We saw… more »

Review: What Hath God Wrought?

December 11th, 2009
What Hath God Wrought? The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe - 8.5/10 A very interesting book about a largely forgotten period of American history. Part of the Oxford History of the United States series of which I have read a… more »