[Book] Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert [1857]

Title: Madame Bovary Author: Gustave Flaubert Genre: Literary Realism Rating: 6.5/10 Is there really a point to me reviewing a book that has long and widely been hailed as the 'perfect work of fiction'?  Am I adding anything to the discussion that thousands of students poring over this work for decades have not already discussed to death in … Continue reading [Book] Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert [1857]

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[Book] Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut

Title: Slaughterhouse-Five Author:  Kurt Vonnegut Genre:  Black Humor, Satire, War Rating: 8.5/10 Kurt Vonnegut’s 1969 masterpiece Slaughterhouse-Five is sometimes called the spiritual successor to Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. It is a comparison that feels both instinctive and inappropriate; the latter revels in the comically absurd while the former in the existentially outlandish. In fact, at first glance, that … Continue reading [Book] Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut

[Book] Catch-22 – Joseph Heller (1961)

Title: Catch-22 Author:  Joseph Heller Genre:  Black Humor, Satire Rating: 8.0/10 The glorification of war has a long sordid past, stretching all the way back to the days of Homer and the Iliad. The masses’ rejection of war and the exposure of its horrors have relatively less storied histories but are well-established nonetheless. Joseph Heller’s dark … Continue reading [Book] Catch-22 – Joseph Heller (1961)

[Book] Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (1932)

Title: Brave New World Author: Aldous Huxley Genre: Dystopian Fiction Rating: 9.0/10 The allure of dystopian fiction lies in its ability to conjure nightmarish possibilities from its readers’ worst fears, while yet allowing those very readers to reassure themselves, when they put the book down, that their own reality could be so much worse. The power of the … Continue reading [Book] Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (1932)

[Book] Mistborn: The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson [2006]

Title: Mistborn: The Final Empire Author: Brandon Sanderson Published:  July 17, 2006 Rating: 8.0/10 What happens when a lovable criminal crew like the one in Ocean’s Eleven is tasked with taking down the evil Empire from Star Wars? You get the plot of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn: The Final Empire and it is every bit as absorbing … Continue reading [Book] Mistborn: The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson [2006]

[Books] 1984 – George Orwell

Title: 1984 Author: George Orwell Genre: Political fiction Rating: 8.5/10 There is little I can say that hasn’t already been said about the political and cultural impact of George Orwell’s dystopian classic, 1984. Such is the stature of Orwell’s masterpiece that even today, almost 70 years since the novel’s publication and 30 years from the bleak future it … Continue reading [Books] 1984 – George Orwell

[Books] Sway – Ori Brafman & Ron Brafman

Title: Sway Author: Ori Brafman and Ron Brafman Genre: Non-Fiction Rating: 7.0/10 Have you ever been on full tilt? Have you ever wondered exactly how you screwed yourself over by making a series of inexplicably and uncharacteristically poor decisions? Authors Ori and Rom Brafman think they might just have found the keys to unlocking the secrets of just … Continue reading [Books] Sway – Ori Brafman & Ron Brafman