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A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

After reading A Game of Thrones, I concluded that G. R. R. Martin is like a little boy who likes to create a big tower out of blocks, carefully laying one on top of the other, so the column reaches a great pinnacle that amazes. As mom’s running to take a picture, he gleefully smashes it down and watches the pieces scatter all over the room.…

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl depicts how people forge intimate bonds with media images of beautiful crime victims while demonizing the suspects with perfect, biting satire. This book befriended me in my time of illness and self-pity. It was a twisted friend, one that fed upon my sickness and bad feelings. …

Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare

Known as the English bard’s most violent play, “Titus Andronicus” had all the foul elements to be right up my alley. As a lover of the horror genre in all its forms, a tale filled with dismemberment, filicide, abduction, murder, tongue-cutting, adultery, beheadings, throat-slashings, and regicide should have made me quiver with terror. While I enjoyed it, I was not moved by the ceaseless calamities nor by Shakespeare’s less than usually stellar dialogue.…

Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code By Dan Brown

Far from being the engaging blockbuster that I had heard, I found The Da Vinci Code to be an unremarkable let-down filled with flat characters and silly “twists.” Christians of all stripes, Gnostics, atheists, agnostics, historians, lovers of art, readers who enjoy characterization or fast-paced thrillers or even mildly entertaining books, all these people should be offended, because if you’re paying good money for an appealing story, this isn’t it.…

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