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Entries from November 26th, 2009

“Band of Brothers”, Stephen Ambrose

November 26th, 2009 · Comments Off on “Band of Brothers”, Stephen Ambrose · History, War, WW2

Synopsis: The late entrepreneur historian Stephen Ambrose recounts the WWII experiences of E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from domestic training to the seizure of Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest.  A very American history book. My Take: I found “Band of Brothers” to be a deeply frustrating book to read. On the one hand, the story of […]

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“The Call of the Cthulhu”, H.P. Lovecraft

November 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Sci-Fi, Short Stories, Under-Rated

Synopsis: The nephew of an eccentric Professor of Anthropology discovers the horrors of the inter-galactic, flying cephalopod worshiping “Cthulhu Cult” while investigating the circumstances of his grand-uncle’s death. First-rate, tongue-twisting horror. My Take: While I’m not much of a science fiction fan (relative to its real adherents), as a general principle I do try to […]

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“Flowers for Algernon”, Daniel Keyes

November 23rd, 2009 · 1 Comment · Sci-Fi

Synopsis: Intellectually impaired factory cleaner undergoes experimental surgery to triple his IQ, dramatically changing his inner-life, his relationships and his outlook on the world. “Of Mice and Men” meets “Frankenstein”. My Take: You know you’ve written a story that has really had an impact on popular culture when it forms the basis of not one, […]

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“The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”, Junot Diaz

November 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment · Japanese

Synopsis: Overweight Dominican uber-nerd battles a ‘fuku’, a Caribbean curse that has beleaguered his family across two countries and over three generations, in his quest for love and the fame of becoming “The Dominican JRR Tolkien”. My Take: Strangely enough for a recent Pulitzer Prize winner, I only heard about Junot Diaz’s “The Brief and […]

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