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1984, by George Orwell: An Authoritarianism Book Club Review

This is not the first time that I’ve read 1984. But now, the world of Oceania, of purge and Newspeak and Airstrip One and betrayal and IngSoc, doesn’t seem all that far off. It is April 5, 2017, and the … Continue reading

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Fire, Burn! by John Dickson Carr: A Review

As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, John Dickson Carr is well-remembered for his locked-room puzzles, his sometimes-whimsical, sometimes-haunting mysteries, and his entertaining detectives, Dr. Gideon Fell and (written under the nom de plume of Carter Dickson) Sir Henry Merrivale. Together, … Continue reading

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Mrs. Bridge, by Evan S. Connell: A Review

My callow youth probably went on for longer than it should have done. In an early part of it, I worked in a mall bookshop in the Kansas City area while I went to college nearby. I’ve always loved books, … Continue reading

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The Sherlock Holmes Companion, by Michael Hardwick: A Short Review

There have been many books devoted to Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous creation (I’m sure Brigadier Gerard will forgive me for saying so). Michael and Mollie Hardwick’s little volume is a comparatively early entry into the stakes, published to coincide with … Continue reading

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The Ascent of Man, by Jacob Bronowski: A Review

Before James Burke’s The Day the Universe Changed, before Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, and before David Attenborough’s Life on Earth or any other great multi-part science and nature documentary that you care to name, there was 1973’s The Ascent of Man. Intended as a complementary … Continue reading

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Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks, by Alan Coren: A Short Review

This collection, published a year after Alan Coren’s untimely death in October, 2007, is a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining volume. Edited by Coren’s son Giles and daughter Victoria, Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks: The Essential Alan Coren features pieces from across forty … Continue reading

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Mystery Mile, by Margery Allingham: A Review

As the first novel to feature the character of Mr. Albert Campion in a central role, 1930’s Mystery Mile went in for a memorable start. An affable, if somewhat foolish-seeming individual, Campion is first described as “a pale young man … Continue reading

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