April Book Club Review: Rabbit, Run

Rabbit, Run John Updike     The literary tastes of the men in iUMBC range from dudes who will only read a book all the way through if there is a steady barrage of explosions, shootings, and space aliens to dudes who were English majors and read books seeking out the aspects of a novel […]

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

        Fact: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is the best book ever written for young men. Okay, that is probably debatable. You could still make strong cases for Tom Sawyer, The Outsiders or Hatchet, but the fact that it is even in the conversation ought to be enough. To […]

Classic Review: A Hero of Our Time

You may be surprised to hear this, A Hero Of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov is a Russian classic that is under 200 pages! making it an accessible introduction to the wonderful world of Russian literature (Sometimes I feel like I am an addict trying to peddle my drug to anyone who comes within earshot, […]

Divergent: Quick Hit Review

Quick story on how awesome my wife and I are.  We just took a weekend getaway to Branson.  During the off season.  On Sunday night.  Even cooler, we listened to a book on CD the whole way there and back.  Even COOLER, it was a young adult book filled with sappy “omg- we kissed” and […]

January Book Club: Art of Fielding REview

The Art of Fielding Chad Harbach     Consensus on a book sucks.  It makes for boring conversation, a bunch of agreement, and a lot of slaps on the back.  Fortunately, we’re men.  So even when we agree on something we don’t communicate it well, giving us hours of great discussion taking turns saying the […]

Review: SUPER MARIO: How Nintendo Conquered America

      Are video games manly? I’m sure there are conflicting opinions, but the opinion of iUMBC is a resounding YES. I know everyone has been losing sleep over when the review to last week’s FCF, Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America is going to drop. Well, wait no longer. This book is essentially […]

Review: Tinkers – Paul Harding

Tinkers by Paul Harding is a short book that says a lot. What exactly it is saying though, is something of a mystery to me. And I’m supposed to be the literary one of the group. I came across it wandering through a bookstore (yes they still exist) with my wife, and she was drawn […]

January Book Club: The Art of Fielding PREview

Our book club determines our selections for a number of reasons, but the reasoning behind this selection is simple: it was considered by most to be one of the – if not THE – Best Book of 2011 (#1 by Amazon, #3 by NY Times, among others). That’s high praise. Throw in the fact that […]

December Book Club: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter REview

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Seth Grahame-Smith     Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter ended up as a battle royale between the “meatheads” and the “literary snobs”.  There was wide dissension on whether on not the book is worth reading at all.  On one hand it was poorly written, on the other: its Abraham Freaking Lincoln killing […]

Review: Survivor – Chuck Palahniuk

      Although I don’t really know how to pronounce his last name, I do know this: Chuck Palahniuk writes really strange books. His books almost always deal with some sort of marginalized individual who ends up resorting to self-destructive tendencies. His protagonists tend to have distorted and bizarre philosophical opinions on death, morality, […]