Recent Fiction Reads: Goosebumps, Boy, and The Book of Dust

Welcome to Dead House by R.L. Stine (3.0 out of 5.0)  Welcome to Dead House is the first book in the infamous Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine. This one tells the tale of two young siblings and their parents. The family move to a new town after mysteriously inheriting a house from some long-lost family member. … Continue reading Recent Fiction Reads: Goosebumps, Boy, and The Book of Dust

Thoughts: Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West

Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 21 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful (socially, academically, etc.) Miss Lonelyhearts is the journalistic pseudonym for a male newspaper man who aspires to have his own gossip column.  The reader is never told his true name, but it is his … Continue reading Thoughts: Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West

Thoughts: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 12 Graham Greene is considered by many to be one of the most important 20th Century English writers. His novels are always highly masculine and usually carry a complicated but unambiguous Catholicism. For me, either of these “types” of literature … Continue reading Thoughts: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

Thoughts: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 11 I first read Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in graduate school (2007?), as part of a 20th Century American Literature class. I loved that class, and the professor, because we read primarily unexpected texts – important ones, and ones which said much about … Continue reading Thoughts: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos