Category Archives: Literature

Just Bryan Stevenson, Just an Advocate for Criminal Justice Reform, Just Mercy

I’d like to introduce you to one of my heroes. His name is Bryan Stevenson. He is the founder and director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. He’s dedicated his professional life to fighting for the rights of some of society’s most marginalized people, such as those on Death Row, those incarcerated both wrongfully and rightfully, racial minorities,… Read more »

Wrongful Conviction: Version 3.0 – The Adnan Syed Story

Recently while at work I had a discussion with someone about the Making A Murderer documentary.  She was very well versed in the story and seemed very intrigued by the topic, so I recommended to her that she look into another riveting documentary detailing wrongful convictions: Paradise Lost, the story of the West Memphis Three.  She then in turn recommended… Read more »

Lord of the Rings Book Talk 7 | The Two Towers! – Opening Ideas, Discussion

Tezi and I recently uploaded our seventh in a series of Lord of the Rings discussion videos as we continue our reading together of Tolkien’s masterpiece.  Having finished reading The Fellowship of the Ring, we are now reading The Two Towers, the second volume of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In this book talk we discuss a number of… Read more »

Journey To Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray | Discussion & Review!

What follows are the notes I made for myself prior to filming the video.  I hope you find them helpful/interesting.  It’s usually best just to watch the video.  🙂 What I liked: Going through all the original episode’s from a different perspective, namely the perspective of two star-crossed friends and lovers: Ciena Ree, and Thane Kyrell. Getting some back-story on… Read more »

Lord of the Rings Book Talk 6 | We Finished Fellowship! | M.E. Music & More!

Well… we finished the first volume of the Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring!  In this sixth installment of book talks we discuss Gimli’s assertion that Galadriel is the most beautiful creature in Middle Earth, the central role of music and songs in Tolkien’s writing and how that’s lost on the film goers.  In addition, I… Read more »

Bargain Book Haul | Used Books & Goodwill Gets!

What’s better than saving tons of money on books?! – buying bargain books while on a road trip through the Southwest! Here’s the books that Tezi and I picked up (at dirt cheap prices!) while on a recent road trip. We hope you enjoy the selections! Let us know if any of these books interest you, or if you’ve already… Read more »

Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray | Discussion & Review!

MathomBooks reviews an excellent new Star Wars novel: BLOODLINE by Claudia Gray. It focuses on Princess Leia and her efforts in the years leading up to the events in The Force Awakens! It offers some interesting back-story to Episode VII and was well-written overall. In this review we get into a number of topics, modern and otherwise, on writing, and… Read more »

Lord of the Rings Book Talk 4 | The Trickery of Saruman & More!

Tezi & I discuss some fun questions from The Fellowship of the Ring. We talk about Saruman and how he was able to avoid being discovered as “evil” for so long. We also talk about the fun “gift giving” scene when Galadriel gives each of the members of the Fellowship a gift, most especially Gimli’s request and the history behind… Read more »

Lord of the Rings Book Talk 3 | Tom Bombadil? & Destroying the Ring?

If your exposure to the Lord of the Rings has been through the Peter Jackson films alone, than you will have likely never heard of the name (or person) Tom Bombadil.  In the book The Fellowship of the Ring, however, Tom Bombadil is an important character for at least two full chapters of the book, and his name/person comes up… Read more »

Fellowship of the Ring Book Talk 2 | Tolkien & Memory

Tezi and I are introducing the beginning of a series of videos on The Lord of the Rings in which we hope to discuss various topics that either interest us or in some way bring about a discussion between the two of us. We hope that you find the discussions informative. if not entertaining. We encourage you to read The… Read more »