REVIEW: Middlesex by Jeffry Eugenides

Amazon paperback For Kindle For iBooks Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides My rating: 4 of 5 stars Written by the author of The Virgin Suices, this book won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. As with most contemporary and literary fiction, the time frame jumps around, the point...

REVIEW: Hominids

Amazon paperback For Kindle For iBooks Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer My rating: 4 of 5 stars Robert Sawyer is one of Canada’s most popular science fiction authors, whose books are often nominated for Hugo and Nebula Awards. This novel won the 2003 Hugo Award for...

BOOK REVIEW: The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

Amazon paperback For Kindle For iBooks The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday My rating: 5 of 5 stars Stoic Philosophy was popular in the ancient Roman world after being founded in the third century BC. It has...

REVIEW: The Known World by Edward P. Jones

An interesting novel both for its post-modernist style of narrative and its subject matter. The latter is a little-discussed point in American History—that many blacks owned black slaves (In the 1860s, 28% of free blacks owned slaves compared to 4.8% of whites). Thus the subjects of life as a slave, freed slaves, and slave-owners (white and black) are woven throughout. The style may make some feel the novel is disjointed, as it jumps around from character to character, and even back and forth in time (sometimes even adding a brief sentence or two about what some character’s descendent said to someone a century later).

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