Classic Manly Read: Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger     I first “read” Catcher in the Rye when I was a sophomore in high school, but despite my moderately satisfactory exam grades, I admit that I actually read SparkNotes and conned my way through the entire Catcher process. That’s the way it was for me as […]

APC’s Top Ten

I am a fan of pretty much anything that takes my mind to a creative and unique place. Mostly futuristic novels, or books that have to do with a concept that makes me think about something strange or new. Although there are a couple that don’t fit that description (namely, Catcher in the Rye), but […]

Review: One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez     In 1967, Gabriel Garcia Marquez penned perhaps the most prolific South American novel ever written. 100 Years of Solitude is a slow-paced yet fantastically curious tale chronicling the creation, rise and fall of the fictional city of Macondo paralleled with the Buendia family.  Marquez does […]

Review: A Confederacy of Dunces

A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole     A Confederacy of Dunces showcases one of the most unfortunate heroes ever created. Ignatius J. Reilly has been revered as a modern day Don Quixote: radical, delusional, outspoken, and painfully idiotic. The books opening lines give us a glimpse at the style of this bumbling man: […]

Review: Water for Elephants

Water for Elephants Sara Gruen     [Editor Note: The grenades are not broken.  This book got a zero out of five.  Ouch. You can thank the casting of a certain sparkling vampire for part of that.] Disclaimer: I feel I am required to adopt somewhat of a defensive persona when beginning this post. Yes. […]