Category Archives: Reviews by Bethany

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 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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A Review of Olivia Manning’s School for Love

This novel is about Felix, a British boy whose mother has just died. Felix and his mother lived in Baghdad back when Iraq was a British colony, so Felix, whose father is also deceased, has to make a long journey … Continue reading

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A Review of John Kaag’s American Philosophy: A Love Story

If nothing else, this memoir will make book lovers everywhere envious of John Kaag. Some six or seven years before he wrote this book, Kaag was in rural New Hampshire helping to organize a conference on William James. He was … Continue reading

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