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.


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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