Book Review: All Politics is Local: Why Progressives Must Fight for the States (by Meaghan Winter)

My thanks to NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book for review. It's an unfortunate truth that the last few years have seen a hollowing out of Democratic power. From state houses to the nation's Congress to the Presidency, the forces of the right have been shockingly and distressingly successful at grabbing the … Continue reading Book Review: All Politics is Local: Why Progressives Must Fight for the States (by Meaghan Winter)

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Book Review: Siege: Trump Under Fire (by Michael Wolff)

Let me be upfront by saying that I had distinctly mixed feelings about Michael Wolff's last book, Fire and Fury. While it was, admittedly, tremendously entertaining and dreadfully (one might even say sinfully) readable, I ultimately felt that I had not really learned anything. It was mostly just a rehash of existing information, with a … Continue reading Book Review: Siege: Trump Under Fire (by Michael Wolff)

Book Review: “The Case Against Free Speech: The First Amendment, Fascism, and the Future of Dissent” (by P.E. Moskowitz)

My thanks to NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book for review. Of all the issues facing us today, one that continues to excite an enormous amount of outrage from the right (and sometimes from the left) is that of "free speech." Whether it is Milo Yiannopoulos being met with fierce protests at … Continue reading Book Review: “The Case Against Free Speech: The First Amendment, Fascism, and the Future of Dissent” (by P.E. Moskowitz)

Book Review: “I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution” (by Emily Nussbaum)

Note: My thanks to NetGalley for generously providing me a copy of this book to review. There's a peculiar joy that comes from reading sound media criticism. A very few people can somehow capture their intellectual passions in a way that makes their work intelligible for mainstream audiences (something that a lot of media scholars … Continue reading Book Review: “I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution” (by Emily Nussbaum)

Book Review: “The Last Tsar’s Dragons” (by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple)

Note: I would like to thank NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this book to review. I have to say that the title is what drew me to this strange but enjoyable little novella. How on earth, I thought, can one make dragons relevant to the Russian Revolution? Somehow, mother and son … Continue reading Book Review: “The Last Tsar’s Dragons” (by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple)

Reading The Wheel of Time: “The Dragon Reborn” (Book 3)

Now that he has acknowledged that he is the Dragon Reborn, Rand must make his way to Tear and claim Callandor, one of the most powerful sa'angreal that were created during the Age of Legends. Meanwhile, Nynaeve and Elayne must seek out the Black Ajah, and Perrin, Egwene, and Mat have to accept their role in Rand's destiny. I'm … Continue reading Reading The Wheel of Time: “The Dragon Reborn” (Book 3)

Reading Tad Williams: “The Witchwood Crown” (Book 1 of “The Last King of Osten Ard”)

Warning: Major Spoilers Follow At long last, I have finished The Witchwood Crown and let me tell you, dear readers, this is one hell of a book. The story takes place roughly thirty years after the end of To Green Angel Tower, and Simon and Miriamele have successfully ruled as the High King and High Queen of Osten Ard. … Continue reading Reading Tad Williams: “The Witchwood Crown” (Book 1 of “The Last King of Osten Ard”)

Book Review: “War for the Planet of the Apes: Revelations” (Greg Keyes)

Two years ago, I had the pleasure of reading Greg Keyes' movie tie-in novel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm, which detailed the efforts of the chimpanzee Caesar and his fellow apes to evade the attempts by humans to eradicate them. Now, Keyes is back with a novel that serves as a bridge between … Continue reading Book Review: “War for the Planet of the Apes: Revelations” (Greg Keyes)