Review: Gilead

Gilead Marilynne Robinson [xrrgroup][xrr rating=4.5/5] [xrr rating=3/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]     Sometimes a book is so good we find ourselves turning pages without conscious, burning through to get to the end. We get done and we think, “what a good read.” But then every so often there comes a book that we find ourselves not […]

Read This Before Our Next Meeting

Note: In honor of what The Domino Project is doing with End Malaria Day, we are reviewing their latest book release, Read This Before Our Next Meeting.  Today, Project Domino is selling a collaboration of essays from 61 of the most well known business writers for $20 and donating that ENTIRE $20 to Malaria No […]

Review: Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card [xrrgroup][xrr rating=4.125/5] [xrr rating=4.5/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]     Ender’s Game is a futuristic story about a kid named Andrew “Ender” Wiggin and his training at a battle school for children.  In this school children are being raised as soldiers in to once again wage war against the Alien-Bugger Army.  We […]

Review: Book of the Dun Cow

The Book of the Dun Cow Walter Wangerin [xrrgroup][xrr rating=3.25/5] [xrr rating=2.75/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]     What’s better than a cockfight between one rooster with eagle’s wings and a serpent’s tail and another with spiked spurs on his ankles? Well if you know the answer to that question then you should write that book. Until […]

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: The Devil in the White City

The Devil in the White City Erik Larson [xrrgroup][xrr rating=4.5/5] [xrr rating=4/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]     I have a terrible imagination, and I’m pretty bad at picturing past events in my mind.  Maybe that’s why Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City was such a great read for me.  He accomplished 2 impressive feats […]

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 […]