Monthly Archives: February 2012

A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens (1854)

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens My rating: 4 of 5 stars In The West Wing episode “The Stackhouse Filibuster,” CJ asks Sam who his favorite writer is.”Toby.””Favorite fiction writer?”Sam looks at the TV. “You’re listening to him … Continue reading

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Fanny Hill (Or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure), by John Cleland (1748)

Fanny Hill, or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure by John Cleland My rating: 2 of 5 stars I first encountered “Fanny Hill” in college, when an adaptation appeared on Cinemax After Dark. Recently, while searching through Kindle’s “free classics,” … Continue reading

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Fool, by Christopher Moore (2009)

Fool by Christopher Moore My rating: 5 of 5 stars Imagine King Lear rewritten by the Shaun of the Dead team, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. That’s not quite Fool, but you get the idea. Fool takes King Lear, and … Continue reading

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Wonder, by R.J. Palacio (2012)

Wonder by R.J. Palacio My rating: 4 of 5 stars What could possibly be worse than middle school?How about middle school after being home-schooled your whole life?Now, how about having a horrible facial deformity? So it is for 10 year-old … Continue reading

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The Magnificent Ambersons, by Booth Tarkington (1918)

The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington My rating: 5 of 5 stars It was odd to read this novel of late 19th Century America so soon after finishing the dystopian, futuristic Hunger Games Trilogy. In many ways, this novel was … Continue reading

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Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3), by Suzanne Collins (2010)

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins My rating: 5 of 5 stars The cliffhanger from “Catching Fire” is resolved, and Katniss and her family are safe…for a day or two, anyway. I loved “Mockingjay,” and thought it was a tremendous way to … Continue reading

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Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2), by Suzanne Collins (2009)

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sometimes, in trilogies, the middle book gets short shrift. The first introduces the characters and creates the world. The third (hopefully) provides enough payoff for the whole series. The … Continue reading

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