Don’t Sleep on Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep Book Review

The Big Sleep by Raymond ChandlerMy rating: 4 of 5 starsEver since I saw the murky, black-and-white film noir (a dizzying merry-go-round of murders and mayhem with a new character and a new accusation every five minutes that was Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in a classic gumshoe and siren routine), I've been wanting to… Continue reading Don’t Sleep on Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep Book Review

‘Nature or chance or your own choice’

Besides, you are bound to bear yourself as agreeably as you can toward those whom nature or chance or your own choice has made the companions of your life. Utopia by Sir Thomas More The world’s still not utopian, and neither are the people within it perfect—including myself. Others put up with me as much… Continue reading ‘Nature or chance or your own choice’

‘The air we breathe’

Little is left to us but the air we breathe, and that appears to have been reserved with much hesitation. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott I won’t pretend to equate current pandemic restrictions with the condition of serfs under feudalism, but the sentiment is surprisingly relevant nonetheless. Here’s to the (slow) lifting of the embargo… Continue reading ‘The air we breathe’

Finding Blog Direction

2021--there's something aesthetically pleasing about the combination of numbers that symbolize this calendar year. Perhaps it's just because it's not 2020. Entirely possible. Regardless, I like the look of it. And I also want to like the look of this blog. It's been kind of depressing, sporadic, and feeling low-reward for a while. And I… Continue reading Finding Blog Direction

Varicoloured Impressions: Red Rising Book Review

Red Rising by Pierce BrownMy rating: 4 of 5 stars4 stars evenI have mixed feelings about Red Rising, but because the predominant ones ended up being really positive, it gets a high rating. But I have to still address the dissenting impressions I had throughout: the main reason being that I felt like I was… Continue reading Varicoloured Impressions: Red Rising Book Review