Category: Reviews

  • Book Review: Stardust

    Stardust was my second Neil Gaiman book, and I enjoyed it. It was a little fairy tale in the grand tradition, full of magic and mystery, a touch of darkness, and Gaiman’s characteristic wry humor. It is about a young man named Tristran who lives in the hamlet of Wall, just on the “safe” side…

  • A Brief PG Update

    Although it will likely be a while yet before I am finished typing my current Project Gutenberg texts, I wanted to post a brief update to let you know where I am, and what’s taking so long. Because Sir Charles Grandison is not the most engrossing book I’ve read, especially in the wake of Clarissa,…

  • Book Review: Sir Charles Grandison, Volume 1

    Sir Charles Grandison has quite a bit in common with Richardson’s previous book, Clarissa. Both are massive epistolary novels with the main characters writing to each other about current events, and both have characters of similar class with similar issues. Richardson, in his capacity as “editor” (wink, wink) of both books, states that his purpose…

  • Project Gutenberg Update: Sir Charles Grandison

    After a bit of a delay due to excessive vacationing in June, I have finished off a new text for Project Gutenberg. I started work on The History of Sir Charles Grandison shortly after The White Devil, but being another wordy epistolary novel by Samuel Richardson (published in the wake of his masterpiece Clarissa) this…

  • Book Review: ‘Salem’s Lot

    This weekend in Salem, we had sweltering heat, upwards of 100ºF. Since our house is old with old windows and no A/C, we were feeling pretty wilted. Jeremy retreated to the cool basement to play computer games (first time in quite a while!), and I sat upstairs in the sauna—er, home theatre room—and mustered up…

  • Book Review: Neverwhere

    Over the weekend I finished reading Neverwhere, my first Neil Gaiman book. Gaiman had for some time been on my list of authors to read, based on summaries I had read of some of his novels, and this book did not disappoint. This book has been compared with stories such as Alice in Wonderland and…

  • Book Review: Gates of Fire

    Steven Pressfield’s Gates of Fire is a work of historical fiction concerning the stand at Thermopylae made by 300 Spartan hoplites and their allies against an invading Persian force of a quarter million. The story is told from the point of view of a free-born youth named Xeores. He traveled to Sparta under his own…

  • Quick Update: The White Devil

    The White Devil has been officially posted to Project Gutenberg. You can find it here. Apparently I did an extra-good job typing this one; their software found only one error, a silly typo, in the entire text.

  • Book Reviews: In Pursuit…, The Dark Half, and The White Devil

    On our recent trip to Alaska, I had some time for reading. I finished Elizabeth George’s In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner much more quickly than I anticipated, so we ran out to the book store, and bought enough to keep us busy for a while: for Jeremy, Gates of Fire and Tides of War…

  • Project Gutenberg: Queen of the Air

    Clarissa Since last August I have been volunteering with Project Gutenberg, transcribing texts that are in the public domain by typing them out. No, it’s not particularly efficient, but since I am choosing books I would also like to read, I can do that and type at the same time, and make the books available…

  • Classics

    I’ve decided to put off the next Ferret of the Week until next week because I will be out of town for my second family reunion later this week, and because of the minor disaster that is my knee. I got a bug bite on the back of my right knee last week, and over…