Category Archives: Literature

Fellowship of the Ring | Book Talk, Car Talk!

On our most recent camping trip Tezi and I began reading The Lord of the Rings.  Here we are reading it by the fire on one of the nights out under the stars: It’s been an engrossing experience for me and quite an enjoyable experience for Tezi.  As I’ve noted before on this blog, I have read The Lord of… Read more »

Why I’ve Lost Interest in Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted, by Naomi Novik, is a fantasy novel that tells the nearly fairy-tale-esque story of a girl who is chosen to be an apprentice of sorts to “The Dragon” a powerful wizard who lives to protect the local peoples, including the girl’s family. The story includes magic and mythical beasts, and though the subject matter and basis for the story… Read more »

The Big Short (The Book The Movie is Based On) by Michael Lewis (Reviewed)

After seeing the theatrical version twice I decided to read Michael Lewis’ superb non-fiction account of governmental/and/corporate greed run-amok that just nearly devastated our national economy back in 2007/2008.  After reading the book, I saw the movie another two times- hey, it’s been playing at the $3 theater for a couple weeks, so it’s been easy! Having read The Big… Read more »

Jer & Tez Review The Aeronaut’s Windlass | Bk 1 of a new Steampunk Series!

Tezi & I have completed our first audio book together and we’re excited to summarize and review it for you here!  We thoroughly enjoyed Jim Butcher’s book one of the Cinder Spires series: The Aeronaut’s Windlass! This is my first time reading steam punk and Tezi’s first audio book ever!  So it was a few firsts for us, and we… Read more »

Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice (Reviewed)

Another important read in the all-too-real world of wrongful conviction. Benforado takes an approach that I haven’t come across yet. He spends a lot of time bringing forward psychological studies and applies them to our criminal justice system. The science behind why our system fails us so often is very closely tied to our human tendency to believe with full… Read more »

Too Big To Fail – Or: Our Government Failed Us Big

An excellent read. I’m curious now to somehow watch the HBO documentary that was made (with the same author?). I felt that the author of this book, though comprehensive in his detail, too often gave an apologetic and even rationalizing explanation as to the motives and intentions of the primary actors in the catastrophic events and decisions that took place…. Read more »

We Stopped Reading Mindy Kaling’s novel “Why Not Me?”

Why not us?  Here’s why: Last night, Tezi and I started reading Mindy Kaling’s new book Why Not Me. We picked it up again this evening.  We didn’t get that far into it before we realized that we didn’t like it at all. It wasn’t funny. It was … silly. It was trite, insubstantial, and …. pretty pointless. It was… Read more »

Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson – summary & review!

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Tezi and I Pick Our Next Book to Read! (February TBR)

Just a couple of days ago, Tezi and I finished The Aeronaut’s Windlass, which is Book 1 of Jim Butcher’s new steampunk fantasy series, The Cinder Spires. (Our review of this book coming soon.) It was a book that we listened to together in audio book format while we drove around town or most favoritely, while we worked on our… Read more »

Saturn Run by John Sandford and Ctein (Reviewed)

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OK. There were some parts of Sandford’s Saturn Run that I liked a lot. It had its moments, where I was drawn in, intrigued, and even curious. But there were other parts of the story that just fell sort of flat in my mind, and still other parts that bothered me. Stuff I liked: The science in the story is excellent…. Read more »