Archive for the ‘Book Reviews’ Category
  • This is a review of the book Poetic Knowledge by James Taylor. Poetic knowledge is a term that our rational, scientific society doesn't think about too much.  When we hear the word poetic, we automatically think of poetry, or maybe a good bit of prose that is heavy with beautiful, figurative language.  We might go as far as identifying an experience as poetic...meaning that it was the type of experience that poems are written about.  This last example is getting close to poetic knowled... more »
  • This is a review of the book Create Your Writer Platform by Chuck Sambuchino. I enjoyed this book and thought it was well written.  Mr. Sambuchino coaches the aspiring writer (primarily of non-fiction, although fiction writers will also find some good tips in this book) on creating a solid platform from which they can best reach their target audience.  He stresses the importance of having a well-oiled platform up and running before attempting to pitch a book, and being keenly aware of y... more »
  • This book gets 3/5 stars for feeling somewhat disorganized and repetitive.  The writing kind of felt like a long magazine article rather than a book.  Much of the material comes from author interviews, but it feels as if Ms. Stone tried to organize her book around the material from her interviews, resulting in some material that didn't seem to fit neatly into her categories.   Also, the writing style used is very fact-driven, and I felt like I never really heard the author's voice.  Des... more »
  • This book was first published in 1932.  Despite its age, it offers some important insights into the art of writing.  Dorothea doesn't speak much about the actual craft of writing, but rather advises beginners on how to become disciplined, hard-working, inspired writers.  In most cases, it is only through consistent effort that a writer can hope to find the elusive genius: the part of her that surfaces when her conscious, logical side and unconscious, artistic side have learned to work tog... more »
  • My review of The History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer Completed September, 2010 This book took me quite a while to get through, but reading it was most definitely worth the time spent. Bauer is skilled at turning the facts of history into a compelling story. It is very easy to get bogged down in ancient history, with the rises and falls of kings and empires that seem to rarely learn from each other but rather get stuck on repeat. Truly there is nothing new under the sun. ... more »
  • I have been doing a lot of research on the food industry and our food supply over the last couple years.  It started around the time Food, Inc. and a couple other books/documentaries came out that brought the unethical (and government supported) methodologies of these industries to the public eye in a big way.  Since that time, my family has been seeking out food that comes from farms that use sustainable practices, and raise animals in traditional ways rather than to maximize profit at the ex... more »
  • This book is simply fantastic. If you were to buy one book on Greek mythology to read to your children, this should be it. The stories are clearly and poetically written. The mythology covered includes the origins of the world, the Titans, and some background on each of the Greek gods. Also included are many stories about the gods' interactions with humanity, stories of their many half-mortal children and their adventures (for good or bad), as well as the stories of the Greek heroes,... more »