Review: Blind Descent

Blind Descent James Tabor [xrrgroup][xrr rating=3/5] [xrr rating=4.25/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]     Imagine the very worst place on earth you can think of.  Now multiply that by a hundred.  Add to it the threat of starvation, dehydration, hypothermia, falling hundreds of feet, hallucinations, drowning, losing your sanity and literally getting stuck between a rock and a hard […]

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 […]