Anyone who follows my blog knows that I’m no stranger to being down on things that are critically acclaimed. However, for the most part, I try not to begrudge whatever the critically acclaimed things the success they have. Usually I can chalk it up to difference in taste and move on.
However recently I saw a stage production (kindly called an opera) that got four stars and a prominent review from the Chicago Tribune.
This made me really angry. Continue reading
Since I’m an abysmal failure at getting anything up on schedule for this blog, I decided to make up for it by having a post that’s sort of timely. And with Halloween looming, I decided to try and be useful. To that end I’m presenting you with my tips for surviving the zombie apocalypse. Continue reading
Johannes Cabal traded his soul to Satan to gain power over the dead.
And as is usual in such deals, he eventually realizes that he wants it back. What is not standard is the method in which Satan decides to let him attempt to regain that soul.
To regain his soul, Johannes Cabal has to run a carnival. Continue reading
You know that mantra “Study history or repeat it?”
Studying history isn’t going to be enough to avoid repeating it. Learning from history is what will prevent us from falling into the same old cycles. In the Garden of the Beasts by Erik Larsson is a tricky book to classify insofar as history goes. It’s a stunning portrait of life in Germany while Hitler came to power. And it’s very unsettling, because the burden of learning from this is placed almost entirely on the reader. Continue reading
Time to blow off the dust on this thing! It’s been a very busy summer, but hopefully I will be able to have more frequent posting from here on out. I plan on actually creating a schedule (it remains to be seen how well I’ll actually stick to it). But you have to start somewhere, and right now, the best way to do that is an announcement!
So here it is: I’m giving up on Goodreads.
I’m sure the four people following me there will be crushed, but honestly, it’s time for me. Continue reading
Funhouses. Rides. Carnival lingo. Pictures. Summer. Growing up.
Stephen King’s Joyland has all of those. But if ever a book was greater than the sum of its parts, it’s this brilliant and bittersweet story. Continue reading
Seeing the dead is not all it’s cracked up to be.
In fact, it’s really kind of soul sucking.
And it’s life as usual for Jordan Amador. Continue reading