Tag Archives: Books

Bertrand Russell [Quote]

There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.

Bertrand Russell – The Conquest of Happiness


“God’s Eye” On Sale This Week

This week, October 24th – October 31st the publisher of AJ Scudiere’s God’s Eye is running an ebook special for the run up into Halloween. You can pickup this book in electronic format for $2.99 at Amazon and Barnes & Nobel.

I am currently in the process of reading this title and will be posting a review in the near future, so far I’m enjoying the work.

So at this point I would be happy to recommend this title, so take advantage of the sale while it lasts.

1984: Banned Books Week

Cover of "Nineteen Eighty-Four"
Cover of Nineteen Eighty-Four

Another rather ironic book to ban is George Orwell‘s dystopian classic Nineteen Eighty-Four. This iconic story revolves around a totalitarian society, very socialist or communist in nature ruled over by ‘Big Brother’.

It is on the banned or challenged lists as one of the most challenged books out there. In digging around I found that in many cases the reason for the challenge was “immoral topics” (a classic reason for challenge) or “pro-communist ideas”.

This latter reason is beyond ridiculous. I can’t see anyone who has actually read this work could honestly make that claim with a straight face. While not specifically anti-communist I certainly didn’t find the book pro-communist or socialist.

The overarching themes of the tale so resonate, even in a democratic society such as ours, that many ideas have entered so far into public perception, that they are referenced even by those who have probably never read the work. “Big Brother” as metaphor for over controlling government for example.

In the current state of the world there are many things going on that seem to reflect parts of 1984 all to darkly.

Other posts in this series here

Banned Books Week 2011

This coming week of September 24th through October 1st 2011 is Banned Books Week here in the US. It is an opportunity for schools, libraries, bookstores and individuals to get the word out about the continued assaults on our freedoms and against knowledge.

Every year new books are challenged in one forum or another. From the serious to the absurd a wide variety of works have faced censorship for one reason or another.

Through the week I plan on presenting my thoughts on some of these texts and the reasoning behind the challenge. With any luck I may be able to get a few others to weigh in with their opinions.

I will start off tomorrow with what is probably the most ironic example of a challenged book, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

Posts in this series

Roil (The Nightbound Land) – Released Today

If you didn’t catch my review of Roil on Sunday go ahead and take a look.

I strongly recommend Trent Jamieson’s work for those interested in sci-fi/fantasy or steampunk. The novel is out today so head on over to your retailer of choice and pickup your copy.

Roil (The Nightbound Land)
Publisher: Angry Robot Books
Release: August 30, 2011
US Price:
$7.99 Paperback (Amazon, Barnes & Nobel)
$4.79 E-Book (Kindle , Nook)

Coming Soon: The Laird of Loch Fyne

Laird of Loch Fyne

“The Laird of Loch Fyne”, a romance novel by Brandy Grandberg is soon to be available from bookstores, as well as Amazon and Barnes & Nobel, on Tuesday, August 9th.
I do know the author personally and while I have yet to read the story (a bit outside my normal tastes) I have heard nothing but good things about it from friends who have.
So if you are a fan of period romance or know someone who is, “The Laird of Loch Fyne” is definitely worth a read.

More reviews can be found over on Goodreads