Category: Books

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 »

Review: Crossover, Breakaway, Killswitch

December 11th, 2009
Crossover, Breakaway, and Killswitch by Joel Shepherd - 6/10 A trilogy of far-future science fiction novels which focus on Cassandra Kresnov, a cutting-edge gynoid, built for combat, who has decided that although she's really, really good at it, comb… more »

More editing, not less

November 3rd, 2009
As further evidence that as an author becomes more successful, they require the services of a non-obsequious editor more than before and not less, we can apparently look to John Keegan's recent history of the Civil War. John Keegan, author of the e… more »

Reviews: The Crow Road, Freedom From Fear, Dark Star Safari

September 10th, 2009
The Crow Road by Iain Banks - 7.5/10 It was alright. I mean, Banks knows how to write, so the reading was fun. But the book wasn't what I'd call exciting, and although the characters were interesting they weren't particularly easy to associate wit… more »

Have You Read? List of 100 books

August 6th, 2009
I found this to be a good list of seminal works (available in English); very genre open-minded. Lots of books here I really ought to read; so far I've read almost exactly a third (33) of them. It does lack any Mark Twain. Also: 4 Jane Austen novels? Com… more »