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That Time Kramer Met Salman Rushdie

Seinfeld was a fabulous show.

One of the many reasons to love the show is its inclusion of relatively obscure literary references. You might remember I did a post awhile back about the episode in which George discover’s that his fiance, Susan, is the recipient of John Cheever’s famous love letters. Who saw that coming? Read more

Rushdie’s Narrator Is Falling Apart…Literally

I want to take you into the early pages of Midnight’s Children today. It’s a novel that I’ve found intriguing to this point–filled with a nice balance of satirical humor and unique character development.

To give you an idea of Salman Rushdie’s style, I present this paragraph, the first paragraph of one of the early chapters in the novel: Read more

17 Amazing Things About Reading in the Fall

Don’t look now, but fall is right around the corner.

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. You see, I believe summer is only good for two things: sweat and weeds. If it were up to me, summer would only last one week–long enough for my family to go on a beach vacation. After that, let’s get on with fall.

For me, fall is football, pumpkin patches, crisp mornings, and grilling out with a cold beer. It’s the absolute perfect time of year. And, oh yeah, in my opinion fall is the best time of year for reading.

So with that said, here are 17 amazing things about reading in the fall. Read more

Here’s What Dyslexia Feels Like

Daniel Britton is a graphic designer who has battled dyslexia all of his life.

To raise awareness for others who suffer with the learning disability (one in five people), Britton created a font that emulates what it’s like to be dyslexic.

“What this typeface does is break down the reading time of a non-dyslexic down to the speed of a dyslexic. I wanted to make non-dyslexic people understand what it is like to read with the condition and to recreate the frustration and embarrassment of reading everyday text.”

Here’s another example: Read more

Next Up: Midnight’s Children

Hey! It’s another novel written by a living author!

Midnight’s Children, published in 1981, was written by Salman Rushdie. It’s one of the more famous novels of the 20th century and has received a slew of awards.

I started this novel a month or so ago but put it on pause to read Go Set A Watchman. Now, it’s time to get back to the list.

Let’s take a look at a few quick facts about Midnight’s Children and Salman Rushdie: Read more

101 Books Mailbag #3

It’s mailbag time!

Thanks for sending some questions for the 101 Books Mailbag last Friday. Now it’s time for answers. Read more

101 Books Reviews “Go Set A Watchman”

Let’s start with a spoiler-free version of my review of Go Set A Watchman.

This is a well-written novel that certainly reflects the style of Harper Lee. So many of the seeds that bloomed into To Kill A Mockingbird are evident throughout the novel. However, the story itself is lacking—cliched, uninspired and, leaving behind what you already know about Atticus Finch and the main characters, predictable.

It’s a good “first go” at a novel—one that was astutely nurtured by Lee’s editor into what eventually became TKAM. But, honestly, we should never have seen this book. As excited as I was when Watchman was first announced, I’ve slowly become a bit sad about the whole ordeal.

Watchman is an academic curiosity, certainly not a sequel to one of the most endearing novels ever written. The novel has its bright spots, but it too often falls into predictable patterns with melodramatic plot twists worthy of a profound piano crescendo. Dun, Dun, Duhhhhh. 

I typically don’t have a numbered rating with my reviews. But, just for kicks, I’ll give Go Set A Watchman a 5 out of 10.

NOW ON TO THE SPOILER ZONE…
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