Category Archives: Book Reviews

A Review of Modern Japanese Short Stories

Modern Japanese Short Stories edited by Ivan Morris, Tuttle Publishing, August 1st, 2019 (first published in 1962) Modern Japanese Short Stories is a collection by twenty five Japanese authors with stories published from early to middle of the twentieth century. … Continue reading

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Scattered thoughts on Ayn Rand

My early introduction to Ayn Rand was a chapter devoted to her in a book titled Architects of the Culture of Death by Donald De Marco and Benjamin Wiker (her chapter was written by De Marco). This is a Catholic … Continue reading

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A Long Short Journey

One of my goals for this year was to read Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, yet another book I have had on my shelf for many years and had yet to read. But also a much beloved and … Continue reading

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Commentary on Vox’s Top 10 Novels

This was written over seven years ago and may be out of date given both time and the volumes of literature Vox Day seems to go through each year. However, having seen this some years ago. I set myself a … Continue reading

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A Humble Book for a Humble Man

Ask Iwata, edited by Hobonichi, Viz Media, May 27th, 2021 Satoru Iwata was the CEO of Nintendo from 2002 until his unexpected death from cancer in 2015. He was only 55 when he died which is very young for the … Continue reading

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Conan’s Great Uncle Kull

After reading every known scrap Robert E. Howard wrote about both Conan and Solomon Kane last year, I have since moved backward is his oeuvre to Kull of Atlantis. Only three Kull stories were published in Howard’s short but prodigious … Continue reading

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The Setting of the Rising Sun

Rising Sun by Michael Crichton, Alfred a Knopf Inc, January 27th, 1992 Rising Sun is a novel written by Michael Crichton while he was still at the height of his literary powers. It was published after Jurassic Park and before … Continue reading

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Technology and the End User

  The Big Necessity: Adventures in the World of Human Waste by Rose George Portobello Books, September 16th, 2008 I don’t know precisely what got me thinking about how much I appreciate flush toilets over the last few years as … Continue reading

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Out for (Puritan) Justice

Following on from my recent reading of the Conan series, I just finished reading through Robert E. Howard’s Solomon Kane stories as well. I also watched the film adaptation from 2009 and this video by Raz0rfist gives a great (though … Continue reading

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A Misleading Title

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson HarperOne, September 13th, 2016 I have an assumption that any books prominently displayed in airport bookstores are not worth reading; let alone buying. The main reason for this is … Continue reading

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