Classic Manly Read: Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger [xrrgroup][xrr rating=5/5] [xrr rating=4.25/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]     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 […]

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 [xrrgroup][xrr rating=3.75/5] [xrr rating=2/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]     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 […]

Review: A Confederacy of Dunces

A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole [xrrgroup][xrr rating=3.5/5] [xrr rating=3.5/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]     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 […]

Review: Water for Elephants

Water for Elephants Sara Gruen [xrrgroup][xrr rating=2/5] [xrr rating=0/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]     [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 […]