Category: Sociology

Review: Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami Final Verdict: 3.25 out of 4.0 YTD: 25 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. Every year, in the Republic of East Asia, one 3rd-year Junior High class, made up of 15-year olds, is selected at random to participate in…

Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 04  Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful (socially, academically, etc.) The Handmaid’s Tale is a rather terrifying vision of an America wherein the government has fallen to religious (Christian) extremists,…

Review: Queer by William S. Burroughs

Queer by William S. Burroughs Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 20 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. William S. Burroughs’s Queer is a story about American expatriates, living in Mexico during the 1960s.  Most of the ex-pats are male, and…

Review: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

  Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 18 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful Let’s take a moment to talk about true artistry, shall we?  What Vladimir Nabokov does with Lolita is pure, unadulterated (heh heh) genius.   The…

Review: Who is Mark Twain? by Mark Twain

Who is Mark Twain? By Mark Twain Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 14 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impacful Who is Mark Twain? is a collection of short stories, essays and letters, published posthumously by Twain’s editors.  It encompasses a…

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