Book Review: Jordanetics (2018)

Jordan Peterson makes for an interesting Rorsach test. You can tell a lot about a person’s gut instincts by how deeply and quickly they adore/dismiss his ideas. He has more than his fair share of the critics on all sides of the aisle: far-left, far-right and far-center. He also has a large base of supportersContinue reading “Book Review: Jordanetics (2018)”

Book Review: The Way Things Ought to Be (1992)

With the tragic passing of Rush Limbaugh, I’ve been thinking a lot about his legacy. I’ve been thinking a lot about his legacy for the past year as his cancer has flared and surged multiple times. I keep wondering what he’ll be remembered for. I wonder if he’ll be remembered at all. That’s part ofContinue reading “Book Review: The Way Things Ought to Be (1992)”

GUG Review: Star Wars – The High Republic – Light of the Jedi (2021)

This month marked the launch of the fascinating multi-media experiment Star Wars: The High Republic. The initiative brought together a group of fantasy and YA authors together to tell an original story within the canon of the franchise and to expand the setting into new places Their first entry to hit store shelves was CharlesContinue reading “GUG Review: Star Wars – The High Republic – Light of the Jedi (2021)”

Book Review: The Magicians Nephew (1955)

It’s well known that the Narnia books all borrow elements from Christianity to form the backbone of their narrative. At time, the narrative can be mere suggestion or buried in subtext. In other books like The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, the subtext is less subtle. Aslan is Narnia’s representation of the incarnate ChristContinue reading “Book Review: The Magicians Nephew (1955)”

Guest Book Review – Lucky Jim (1954) – How it’s Laying Siege to the Academic Ivory Tower

In recent years there have been complaints about both the university environment and the standard of education being provided. It seems that pretension and bogus studies have taken precedent over material that should help enlighten and civilize the student. What value does it have despite higher education being a profitable industry worth billions of dollarsContinue reading “Guest Book Review – Lucky Jim (1954) – How it’s Laying Siege to the Academic Ivory Tower”

Book Review: Letters From Father Christmas (1976)

A huge aspect of the life of JRR Tolkien was the relationship between his work and his children. His works like The Hobbit were initially written as children’s stories that he read to his four children. This relationship lived on in the work of his son Christopher Tolkien who dedicated his entire life to sortingContinue reading “Book Review: Letters From Father Christmas (1976)”

Lovecraft for Christmas: ‘The Hound’ and Holiday Comfort Reading

In my tortured ears there sounds unceasingly a nightmare whirring and flapping, and a faint, distant baying as of some gigantic hound. It is not a dream—it is not, I fear, even madness—for too much has already happened to give me these merciful doubts. St. John is a mangled corpse; I alone know why, andContinue reading “Lovecraft for Christmas: ‘The Hound’ and Holiday Comfort Reading”

Book Review: A Christmas Carol (1843)

I’ve been trying to make it a yearly tradition to read Charles Dicken’s perennial novella once a year each December. I haven’t succeeded thus far. The only reason why is because I have a hard time dedicating time to rereading old books I love when my new book stack is covering 4 shelves on myContinue reading “Book Review: A Christmas Carol (1843)”

Book Review: In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash (1966)

Jean Shepard’s 1966 comedic memoir is most remembered for the media that has since eclipsed it’s prominence. It’s the novel that A Christmas Story is based on. That reputation has certainly gone a long way to maintaining its longevity. When it’s paperback was republished in 2010, the book shot up to the top of Amazon’sContinue reading “Book Review: In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash (1966)”

One Hillbilly’s Perspective on Netflix’s Hillbilly Elegy

“My grandma would say if someone else calls you a hillbilly, you might need to punch them in the nose. But if we call ourselves hillbillies, it’s a sort of a term of endearment, something that we have co-opted.” – J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy If we are to believe Netflix, America has been fairly intriguedContinue reading “One Hillbilly’s Perspective on Netflix’s Hillbilly Elegy”