Book Review: The Time Machine

H.G. Wells was a trailblazer when it came to science fiction, making technological predictions in his writing that turned out to be remarkably close to the truth over a century later. I wish I had even half his gift of foresight; oh, to see the utopian future predicted in my own science fiction novel The... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Metamorphosis

The problem with most books, I think you’ll agree, is that the main character rarely turns into a giant bug. Why so many authors refuse to transform protagonists into insects is beyond me. I was waiting for it in Crime and Punishment, it would have saved The Great Gatsby, and what a twist it would... Continue Reading →

Book Review: A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens had an amazing talent for producing bestsellers. Just like Elvis Presley, he churned out hit after hit, wore white jumpsuits and ate too much peanut butter (actually, I’m not certain about the jumpsuits and peanut butter—it’s just a theory of mine). A Tale of Two Cities is one of Dickens’ most famous works.... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Communist Manifesto

Whoever said Germans don’t have a sense of humour had obviously never heard of the comedy duo Marx and Engels. The pair’s satirical works may be over a hundred and fifty years old, but their style is a refreshing change from most modern political humour in that it is actually funny. Their most famous piece... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Old Man and the Sea

When I first began to take an interest in reading and writing I thought I should check out some of Ernest Hemingway’s work, since he is considered one of the best in the business. I began with his Pulitzer Prize-winning novella, The Old Man and the Sea. It wasn’t long before I understood why this book... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Hamlet

Hemingway, Cervantes, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy. These are just a few authors’ names I find fun to say. Another is William Shakespeare. Shakespeare is perhaps the most famous writer in the world, thanks largely to the 1998 biopic Shakespeare in Love. The movie was a genius publicity move, and one I’m looking to imitate to boost my... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness is the haunting tale of a young man’s experience as a steamboat captain in Africa during the days of European Imperialism. The main character, Marlow, gains employment with an ivory trading company, and travels to the mysterious continent that has fascinated him since boyhood. Once there, he is faced with a dual... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Dracula

I’ve never had any particular interest in vampires, but when I heard there was a fellow named Bram Stoker, and this Bram Stoker had written a book—well, there was nothing this side of the apocalypse that was going to keep me from reading that book. Bram’s novel tells the tale of the mysterious Count Dracula,... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s classic novel revolves around three brothers: Dmitri, Ivan and Alexei (a.k.a. Alyosha). Dmitri is romantic, impulsive and violent; Ivan is an intellectual who has rejected faith in God; and Alyosha is a kind but inexperienced young man who is preparing for life in a monastery. When their father is murdered Dmitri becomes the... Continue Reading →

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