Category Archives: Book Reviews

Reviews of Books that I’ve read.

Average Views of the Apocalypse

By definition, much of what passes in this world is middle-of-the-road; not everything is top of the line. Much of life is working for the center, the average. This includes what I read; books can be, well, average. This post … Continue reading

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Zombies: A Good War

What makes a good novel? Zombies? Well, not necessarily. We can look at results, first. There are plenty of lists of best fiction works, at least in English. There’s even a meta-site than combines 10 different lists, some popular, some … Continue reading

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Life and Death and One Second After

It’s been not the best summer in my Louisville. Most people I know in this town are associated with Bellarmine, and in the summer I don’t see them as often. I don’t receive as much invigorating interaction with students. It’s … Continue reading

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This was influenza, only influenza.

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a potential pandemic flu floating around now, enough to make the US government have a website. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention publishes alerts like “Interim Guidance for People who have Close Contact … Continue reading

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Top Books

In the spirit of the “15 Books” meme on Facebook, I decided to look at my bookcase and figure out exactly what books would receive a 5 under the Book Rating System. As a reminder, here’s what a rating of … Continue reading

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Not Good to Great

I’ve mentioned the book Good to Great before, as it was where I read about The Stockdale Paradox. It’s worth quoting again, as great philosophy. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end — which you … Continue reading

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Patriots

On Memorial Day, I decided to delve into a different culture and read a book from a former military man. That book, by James Wesley Rawles, has an appropriate title, Patriots. The subtitle gives a strong hint of the content, … Continue reading

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Basketball in Dangerous Places

Two similar books get quick reviews tonight: Basketball on Paper by Dean Oliver, and The World’s Most Dangerous Places by Robert Young Pelton. It seems a little strange to put these books together, so why do I? Because they’re both … Continue reading

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Thinking about dimensions

A romance of many dimensions, says the subtitle to Flatland. It was written in the 1880s, and is out of copyright, so I’m linking to the Project Gutenburg free version. It’s a short read, much talked about by mathematicians. I … Continue reading

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Killing the White Swan

Finally, after almost two years, I’ve gotten around to reading the much talked about book The Black Swan, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The term Black Swan has entered financial vocabulary, so it’s good to evaluate the source. Overall, it’s a … Continue reading

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