During at least one iteration of J.R.R. Tolkien’s massive novel The Lord of the Rings the fourth book (and second half of the second volume) was known as “The Journey of the Ringbearers.” In case you had any doubts about Tolkien’s intentions, that is exactly what Book IV is about. We’ve had some excitement […]Read more "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Book IV: The Journey of the Ringbearers – a review"
The Two Towers, the second volume of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, is comprised of two “books.” These are Books III and IV, of six books in total. At some point in the novel’s evolution, each of these books were also titled. Book III was “The Treason of Isengard.” This post is […]Read more "LOTR: The Two Towers—Book III: a review"
I know that The Lord of the Rings is not a true trilogy. Any self-respecting nerd knows that. It is one long novel (very long, actually) that is typically separated into three volumes. My writing a review of the first volume, The Fellowship of the Ring, may be considered premature. You may think that I […]Read more "LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring: a book review"
The novel Mass Effect Andromeda: Nexus Uprising is quite good for what it is. It is, of course, a tie-in to the video game Mass Effect Andromeda. It’s a prequel to the story events of the game, providing some backstory to the arrival of the Nexus in Andromeda and the drama which immediately followed. […]Read more "Mass Effect Andromeda: Nexus Uprising, by Jason M. Hough and K.C. Alexander — a book review"
I am writing a review of an 80-year-old novel. It’s older than me. Odds are, it’s older than you. And yet, it’s still read, and it’s still revered around the world as one of the masterpieces of literature. I can’t disagree. This is my second reading of The Hobbit (or, There and Back Again). I […]Read more "The Hobbit, a timely review"
If you’ve ever worked anywhere and had to sit through annual performance reviews, you know what I’m talking about. I’ve heard it called the “sandwich” approach, and it’s where the reviewer opens by saying good things about you, then tells you where you failed to meet expectations in the middle—the meat in this rather […]Read more "Ernest Cline’s Armada: a book review"
The Brass Cupcake was published in 1950, sixty-seven years ago as I write this review and fifteen years before I was born. It is not on any current bestseller list. I think I picked up this hardcover edition a few years ago (in my language, “a few years” can be anything from five to twenty […]Read more "Book Review: The Brass Cupcake, by John D. MacDonald"
Here is my concise review of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation and Earth, his final book (chronologically speaking, anyway) in the Foundation series: I didn’t like it. Which is not to say I hated it. This was, after all, the second time I’ve read the book. The first time was sometime around 1986, when it was published. […]Read more "Foundation and Earth (or, the Asimov Crisis)"