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A Review of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One

I didn’t time my review of this novel with the weekend of its film adaptation’s release on purpose. I started this book in December but put it down after a hundred pages for some reason, in spite of the fact … Continue reading

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A Review of Philip Pullman’s The Subtle Knife

This review contains what the young people call “spoilers.” Read at your own risk.  The second installment in this trilogy is my favorite, I think. In this book – which is also the shortest of the three – we learn … Continue reading

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A Review of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass

Recently I was reminded of a core truth: teachers don’t read much in the fall. Nor do we blog, as you have seen. Come to think of it, my blogging life began within days of my resignation from full-time teaching … Continue reading

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A Long-Ago PFP Board Meeting

This is Jill and me on the beach at Tahoe just a little over four months ago. The day after this photo was taken, I woke up before dawn, drove back to the Bay Area, and started my new job … Continue reading

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A Review of Lawrence Osborne’s The Forgiven

A month ago I could have written a fantastic review of this book – its tension, its creepiness, its unlikeable protagonist, the works. But for now, here are the basics. This is a novel about David Henniger and his wife … Continue reading

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A Brief Review of Julie Otsuka’s When the Emperor Was Divine

This is one of those “quietly good” books I keep meaning to read more of. Though only 144 pages long, it tells a complex story from five distinct points of view: one chapter each from the third-person perspective of a … Continue reading

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A Review of Elif Batuman’s The Idiot

When we were freshmen in college, Jill gave me a book of cartoons for Christmas called I Went to College… and it Was Okay. I looked for the book before I started writing this review, and I couldn’t find it. … Continue reading

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