Growing Up with Harold Bloom

Going through my library this weekend, I came across an old copy of Harold Bloom's classic, The Western Canon. When it was published, Bloom's book was (and remains today) controversial among educators and academics for its unshrinking advocacy of intellectual elitism and its defense of Western canonical literature.  That is, the European literature that most … [Read more...]

Book Review: Warbreaker

Although there is a sufficient number of titles to grant "fantasy" a section separate from science fiction in most bookstores, they are still grouped together. The irony is, in most cases, a fantasy novel has to incorporate many features of science fiction to create a new world or environment. Whether it be a new flora, fauna, world, technology or form of … [Read more...]

Jane Austen and Zombies? Why Didn’t We Think of this Sooner?

Okay, I'll admit it: I don't like Jane Austen. I know that is some kind of blasphemy. I'm ready for the flaming and requests to hand in my chick card. I just cannot stand to read 90% of her writing. I know that she is considered one of the great writers in history. I know she was an amazing writer in her time. Her books are well written, but I just cannot get … [Read more...]

Why You Should Love Christopher Moore

I recently broke down and bought “Fool,” a new book by Christopher Moore. I’m just getting started, but so far it is hilarious. It is a retelling of “King Lear” from the perspective of Pockets, the court jester. Of course it is told in a way that only Christopher Moore could provide. “Fool” made it to #4 on the New York Times Bestsellers list. That is awesome, … [Read more...]

Book Review: Twilight

You've been living under a rock for the past year if you haven't heard about the best selling Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. At the very least, I’m sure you have heard about the Twilight movie. Haven’t you? Come on now. For those of you who HAVEN’T been to a bookstore, logged on to the internet, or turned on the television in recent years, the Twilight … [Read more...]