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17 12, 2015

The Road to Woodstock: A Makeshift City that Changed History

By |December 17th, 2015|Categories: Books, Recommendations|Tags: , , , |

“Woodstock is the biggest mass of people ever gathered together for anything other than war.” Sometimes an event alters the course of history and starts as just that - a humble festival and nothing more. No one saw it coming. It just happened. As a result, the world will never be the same. Though I am an avid music fan, I learned some fascinating things. Here are just a few: This historic festival didn’t actually happen in Woodstock, NY. The event was fully planned, approved, and set in motion o [...]

23 10, 2015

Amy Poehler’s Yes Please – Come for Laughs, Stay for Wisdom

By |October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Books, Recommendations|Tags: , , , , |

"Here’s the thing. Your career won’t take care of you. It won’t call you back or introduce you to its parents. Your career will openly flirt with other people while you are around. It will forget your birthday and wreck your car. Your career will blow you off if you call it too much. It’s never going to leave its wife. Your career is f*ing other people and everyone knows but you. Your career will never marry you." She's one half the powerhouse female duo of comedy that's dominated your televisio [...]

20 10, 2015

Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects – First Book Precision

By |October 20th, 2015|Categories: Books, Recommendations|Tags: , , , , |

Before we dive into my review of Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects, let's look at the importance of the importance of the debut novel. "We all know each other’s secrets. And we all use them.” Debut novels. There's something special about them, isn't there? Granted, we've all read our fair share of first book flops. However, the debut novel often provides a unique view into the writing of an author and can reveal quite a bit of talent (or lack thereof). As a Stephen King fan, the book Carrie will nev [...]

27 12, 2011

The Help, Computers & Sci-Fi Phenomena

By |December 27th, 2011|Categories: Articles, Books, Movies, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

My wife and I just finished watching 'The Help' this evening... and through a mixture of other events, I couldn't help but correlate the story with our current revolution: technology.  While it was a heartwarming movie that I'd recommend watching, that's not the focus of this article.  Let's throw a little Sci-Fi into the mix and see what happens. While it may seem petty at the moment, if our technological abilities keep doubling themselves every two years (read about Moore's Law), we could pote [...]

22 12, 2011

Xenocide & Children of the Mind book reviews

By |December 22nd, 2011|Categories: Articles, Books|Tags: , , , , , , |

I finally realized that "Speaker for the Dead," "Xenocide," and "Children of the Mind" were all a continuous story (at least in my head).  Obviously, they're not the same physical book... but Orson Scott Card continues the story from Speaker for the Dead through Xenocide and concludes it with Children of the Mind.  A lessor author could have crammed it into a single book.  Thankfully, we can read three.  OSC indicates that Speaker for the Dead is a separate book, but I'd encourage you to read al [...]

26 09, 2011

Speaker for the Dead

By |September 26th, 2011|Categories: Articles, Books|

Honestly, if you can get past the overwhelming, religious archetypes in this book... you may be surprised by the delicately crafted undertones of sacrifice, love and truth.  In Orson Scott Card's second book of the Ender's Game series, he allows very little humor and ample reflection for the most serious situations. Speaker for the Dead dives into the post-Xenocide mind of Andrew "Ender" Wiggen who has taken the title role.  Speakers, by definition, give unadulterated accounts of a person, race [...]

21 09, 2011

Ender’s Game

By |September 21st, 2011|Categories: Articles, Books|

If you're looking for a great science fiction book that will keep you guessing until the end, allow me to recommend Ender's Game.  If you've read it before, read it again.  If you've never read it, pick up the whole "Ender Quartet" boxset at your local Barnes & Noble... 0r do as you please and grab it wherever including Amazon or your local library. Written by Orson Scott Card, I found myself immersed into the life of Andrew "Ender" Wiggin as he grows into the most powerful military leader o [...]