Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Posted: 27th June 2012 by Mister Critic in Books

Stop what you are doing and read this book right now.

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Posted: 9th March 2011 by Mister Critic in Books

Reviewed by Ms. Critic I looked around for a chair not too close to someone while I discreetly tuck the cover around the book. This was not a book you really want to be reading in public. Well I guess you can, but people may think you are kooky. A book all about dead people…cadavers. […]

Reviewed by Mister Critic When I was young, I once tried to read the dictionary all the way through from A to Z. I don’t know why I thought that was a good idea. I made it a couple words into the As before I died from boredom. Had the dictionary been written like David […]

Reviewed by Mister Critic I will confess something if you promise not to make fun. Okay, I’m a little freaked out by old movies.  You know, old like black and white, silent movies old. There is something about the double time speed combined with the grainy picture so you’re not sure what you’re seeing. I […]

An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin

Posted: 3rd February 2011 by Mister Critic in Books
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Reviewed by Mister Critic If Mister Critic had to live by one simple rule which he had divined from one of the best Steve Martin songs, Grandmother’s Song, that rule would be: “be obsequious, purple, and clairvoyant.” But if he had to live by two rules found with in that song then he would also […]

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Posted: 14th December 2010 by Mister Critic in Books
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Reviewed by Mister Critic I am so tired of vampires.  They are everywhere now.  I get it. They’re young and hip and and stay out all night and drink blood. Good for you.  So many rules: no sunlight, no crosses, no holy water, no garlic, no stakes to the heart.  No thank you. And don’t get […]

The Ask by Sam Lipsyte

Posted: 20th November 2010 by Mister Critic in Books

You can’t escape the media frenzy over the engagement news of Prince William and Kate. Not even on Mister Critic. I only mention them because while consuming every bit of gossip that was being forced down my throat, I was treated to a video that I thought was perfect to make my point in this review. I always dreamed this day would come, and here […]

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

Posted: 16th November 2010 by Mister Critic in Books

Reviewed by Mister Critic I predict, that “in the not-so-distant future, next Sunday A.D.,” you’ll have the following encounter with your children or your children’s children. Their inquiring minds will want to know, “What was a newspaper?” And you’ll struggle to remember, thinking back to the last time you had read a newspaper. Actually now that you think about it, […]

The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers by Thomas Mullen

Posted: 8th November 2010 by Mister Critic in Books

Normally the obligatory SPOILER ALERT is required when I tell you that the main characters of the novel die. However, knowing that the Firefly Brothers have been killed is where the fun begins. The Fireson brothers, nicknamed the Firefly Brothers by their fans, are notorious bank robbers during the height of the Great Depression. The […]

These Children Who Come at You With Knives by Jim Knipfel

Posted: 13th September 2010 by Mister Critic in Books

Reviewed by Mister Critic I had so much hope for this book. The concept of a collection of modern, humorous, adult fairy tales sounded so good. It seemed to be getting good reviews, the title grabs you, and look at that cover. So much potential. And yet, so much disappointment. The author captured the “feel” […]