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Review: Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Final Verdict: 3.25 out of 4.0 Plot/Story (3 of 4): “3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable.” In the second book of the series, Harry and his friends – Ron and Hermione- find themselves again involved in…

Review: Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Final Verdict: 3.25 out of 4.0 Plot/Story (3 of 4): “3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable.” Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the first in the Harry Potter septology by J.K. Rowling. While the novel is…

Review: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Summary The Magicians by Lev Grossman is a curious fantasy novel, in that it is almost the anti-fantasy novel.  The style is the fantasy-equivalent to literary Realism (capital R).  Despite the fanciful creatures and mysterious worlds, The Magicians approaches magic in a “business-as-usual” manner. The main character,…

Review: For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Summary: For Whom the Bell Tolls is the fifth of Hemingway’s works (not including short stories) that I’ve gotten through.  Out of two novellas (The Torrents of Spring and Old Man and the Sea) and two other novels (The Sun Also Rises and A…

Review: Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card

While I very much enjoyed the Shadow/Bean series, I found this final book to be the least engaging. I did enjoy the ending – Ender & Peter’s “reconciliation” – and the series interested me enough and kept me entertained enough to make me still…

Review: Shadow Puppets by Orson Scott Card

Another masterful installment of the fantastic Ender/Bean series. I find it maddening that an author whose creative work I respond to with such favor can be so repellent to me on a personal/political/religious level. It is easy to see some of Card’s political leanings…

Review: Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut

This is the 6th Vonnegut novel that I have read, and while I plan to continue reading more – this and the previous read (Breakfast of Champions) have left me underwhelmed. Granted, the idea is great – humanity after its own destruction, as explained…

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