Category Archives: Book Reviews

My Review | Kon Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft

The group of mostly non-sailors experienced things very few humans have had or will ever have, crossing the ocean with no motor, just the wind and the currents. Thor Heyerdahl wanted to prove the so-called primitive people from South America settled Polynesia in pre-Columbia times. He was right. They created a raft using only the materials, like balsa logs, and technologies available in the pre-Columbia times. In three months at sea in 1947, the men float along the ocean encountering all manner of sea life. The story is really unbelievable. Continue reading

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My Review | Straight Man

The pivotal scene of the book, set on a university campus, is when an English professor … SPOILER ALERT … who has been placed in charge of the department, picks up a goose and – in front of television cameras – threatens to kill a duck a day until his department gets its funding. That was an awesome scene. Continue reading

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My Review | Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

This book is about a boy with magical powers named Harry. Maybe you’ve heard of him. I thought that this was the best book of the series thus far. I’ve liked all of the books so far, but this one provided more information, more characters and side adventures that made this book a lot of fun. Five stars from me. Continue reading

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My Review | Rules of Civility

I enjoyed all of the characters, especially the lead, Katey Kontent, and a time and place that I am interested in. New York in the 1930s. I loved this book. I can’t wait to read another Towles-penned book, “A Gentleman in Moscow.” Continue reading

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My Review | Homer & Langley

Homer is blind and he serves as the narrator, so you are getting a very unique perspective of events. His brother, Langley begins accumulating newspapers of historic events by categories, historic slots. Based on a true story, the pair do not leave home, but somehow the world over the decades comes to visit them in their stately manor from the Great Depression to Vietnam. Continue reading

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My Review | The Angel’s Game

The book, a prequel to “The Shadow of the Wind,” is set in Barcelona and again features the very special and mysterious Cemetery of Forgotten Books. There is also a love interest, a villain who just might be the devil and a creepy house that is absolutely evil. Oh, and a delightful sidekick. The plot is elaborate. The New York Times called it a “flamboyant pulp epic … with a fair number of violent deaths.” Continue reading

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My Review | The Art of Travel

This is a contemplative, philosophical series of essays about why we travel and what we get out of the experience. The author discusses the rituals of travel. This book is about the little details. The feeling that you get when you see signage in a different language, different font. The departure board in the Frankfurt airport. He also looks at the art of travel through the eyes of artists throughout history like Edward Hopper, Baudelaire, Wordsworth and Van Gogh. Continue reading

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