Matter, Energy, and Life of Michael A. Castello.

Tag: books

  • Review: Everything That Remains

    Everything That Remains by Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus Perhaps it is fitting that my review of the memoir authored by The Minimalists is brief. Overall I enjoyed the book even with the style choice of having commentary in endnotes (I maintained two bookmarks so I could flip back and forth). Using a memoir to […]

  • Review: The Slow Regard of Silent Things

    An ethereal, emotional sort of story of the sort I immensely enjoy.

  • The Wise Man’s Fear

    I first heard about The Name of the Wind from a post on Penny Arcade, and I was quickly impressed. Perhaps more telling is that I excitedly shared it with Rachel and she was impressed, reading it at a pace at least double mine as is her fashion. A while back I finally finished reading…

  • The Shambling Menace

    Okay, I admit it. I have a deep-seated irrational fear of zombies. I know, I know, they’re fictional and scientifically improbable if not impossible—but if they were real, the situation is ghastly. There’s something about the zombie apocalypse that invokes a more holistic fear than your typical doomsday scenario: Even beyond the devouring horde’s exponential…

  • Articulatory Excellence

    Not only is Lolita excellent writing, it tells a tragic story worth reading.

  • Missing the Point

    It looks like a few suits over at Penguin publishing decided to “connect with this whole internet thingy” by turning their eBooks into applications. Because what’s missing when you read a book is a little self-contained social network / entertainment platform. This is the kind of mistake that stems directly from the mistaken idea that…

  • Accio Harry Potter

    Rachel is a big fan of the Harry Potter books, managing eventually to convince me to read the series myself. Naturally, she’s been super-excited about the upcoming film adaptation of the sixth seventh book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, so we planned on seeing it when it comes out July 15th. Last night, after…

  • Why Cancelling Dollhouse Might Not Have Been Such a Bad Thing

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m almost as happy Dollhouse got picked up for another season as are the acolytes of Joss Whedonism. It had some real downers (I’m not sure I could really accept the “blind girl with camera eyes infiltrating a cult for ATF and FBI” plotline), but I think all but the querulous…