Review: Gilead

Gilead Marilynne Robinson     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 wanting to end. We turn the […]

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     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 as the reader get two perspectives […]

Review: Book of the Dun Cow

The Book of the Dun Cow Walter Wangerin     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 then, pick up Dun Cow and […]

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: The Devil in the White City

The Devil in the White City Erik Larson     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 in my mind: 1. He got […]

Review: Blind Descent

Blind Descent James Tabor     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 place.  Finally, picture all of this […]

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. […]