Book Reviews

As a budding author I offer my opinion on some novels. I am not a fast reader, preferring to take my time and catch every nuance, so the list will not be long, and will grow slowly.


The Curmudgeon Code is Out!

It Is Out!

Our future draws on our past

Terrorism, climate change, corporate marketing, and social media lying – technology holds great promise, and great risk. Where are we going? To answer that, we need to ask where we came from. The data collection we do today may be the force...Read More »


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Book Review)

Try as you might, it is not possible to understand another person’s experience, especially if that person is very different from you – different gender, different culture, or from a different region.

Using the literary tactic of writing a book length letter to his son Mr. Coates pours out his life...Read More »


The Innovators: by Walter Isaacson (Book Review)

How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution.

This is a wonderfully written, thought provoking and insightful historical text. I was taken by the conclusions that Mr. Isaacson draws from the events he recounts.

When we think of inventors, we think of longhaired hermits that experience...Read More »


Revolution by Russell Brand (Book Review)

When I was in Occupy Columbia, we started our meetings by chanting, “The system is broken.” You may or may not condone the Occupy Movement, but you have to admit a few things. Conservatives believe there is something wrong with how the U.S. is operating. Liberals...Read More »


The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin (Book Review)

In an episode of old Gunsmoke, it was said the Blackfoot Tribe has a saying, “The universe begins when I am born, and ends when I die.” Whether or not that is a real Blackfoot saying, I do not know, though it is an interesting view of existence....Read More »


Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way by Ursula K. Le Guin

Let me answer a question that some of you may have, being, “Is that the same Ursula K. Le Guin that writes science fiction?” Yes. The author of The Left Hand of Darkness, a sci-fi novel that it is said changed the genre, is also a student...Read More »


How We Got to Now (Book Review)

Take a moment and ask yourself, “Where would we be without glass?” Many of you are reading this through glass; the glass of your computer or tablet screen, or the glass that rests in a frame on your nose. Heck, without glass, there wouldn’t be fiberglass. ...Read More »


Sherlock Holmes: The Ultimate Collection

Sherlock Holmes The Ultimate Collection

Last night I finished reading Sherlock Holmes: The Ultimate Collection (Illustrated).
It is a collection of all four of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books, and 54 of the short story serials published in the papers of the time; supposedly everything Doyle wrote about Holmes.

I am not a Doyle...Read More »


Rekindling the Flame

Rekindling the Flame

Christmas is over and the New Year is but days away. Being older, there weren’t a lot of presents under my tree. It is just the nature of things. But with Christmas comes a little extra, so I decided to get myself a gift. I...Read More »


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Movie Review)

The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit is the book that got me hooked on reading. I actually started with The Fellowship of the Ring, it being a book that was at hand at a time in need. Without completing it, the next day I went shopping and purchased The Hobbit and...Read More »


The 8-Bit Blues Full Circle

The 8-Bit Blues Full Circle

I got my first computer in the early 1980’s, and began learning how to program. In the mid 80’s I operated a BBS, a Bulletin Board System. The BB Systems of the world at that time were the beginning of what we now call the Internet. ...Read More »


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