Thursday, January 15, 2015

Review of reviews

I love reading science fiction and philosophy, but I do occasionally read other stuff.  None of the following reviews from Goodreads are reviews of science fiction or philosophy (at least in any traditional sense), but somehow I felt that they might be appropriate for the blog.

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

My review.  This is an interesting mix of history, archaeology, biology, and other fields.  I thought of this one in light of my earlier post, "Is the study of ancient philosophy like science fiction?"

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

My review.  This cult classic probably isn't science fiction.  It might be horror, postmodern play, a weird dream, a hilarious prank, or... who knows?  I'm not sure exactly what it is, but I loved it.

The Shining by Stephen King

My review.  In the future I'll write about my mixed feelings concerning King's attempts at science fiction in books like The Tommyknockers and Under the Dome, but his old school horror is always entertaining, especially The Shining.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga: The Battles that Doomed the Confederacy by John Bowers

My review.  Some local history.

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

My review.  Who says Presidential murder can't be funny?

The Disaster Artist: My Life inside the Room by Greg Sestero

My review.  If you've seen the cult classic film, The Room, which has been dubbed "the Citizen Kane of bad movies," you must get this.  I listened to the audio book on a long road trip, which had the added benefit of the author's Tommy Wiseau impressions.  I am overjoyed that we live in a universe capable of producing someone as thoroughly strange as Tommy Wiseau.

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