Gene Lewis Perry

If life were like fairy tales, I'd have been devoured by trolls already.

book review: Annals of the Former World

I’ve been returning to this book off and on for the last two years and finally finished it.  In fairness, it’s five books in one volume, each covering a segment of the author’s geological journeys across the United States. But don’t let 660 pages about rocks intimidate you. McPhee combines detailed explanations of geology with […]

book review: my stroke of insight

This is a quick and easy read (I finished it in two days), but don’t let that fool you. It’s full of fascinating insights into our brains from the unique perspective of a neuroscientist who temporarily lost half of hers to a stroke. Her story is invaluable for stroke victims and their friends and families. […]

book review: the natural

The Natural: The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton This is a very insightful and well-written look at the Clinton presidency.  It falls flat in a few places, especially when he tries to talk about events in 2000-2001 under Bush (it was published in 2002).  But where he has the greater perspective of history, Klein does […]

book review: The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories

While reading this book I kept thinking of this quote by Neil Gaiman: “Books have sexes; or to be more precise, books have genders. They do in my head, anyway.” The stories in “Ladies of Grace Adieu” exist in the same universe as Clarke’s fantastic first book, “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.” Both masterfully blend […]

flashback from small times

Bear with me; I will be filling my nerd quotient for the week with this post. I devoured the Lone Wolf books as a kid. They were sort of a “choose your own adventure plus.” It was the same format, where you turned to different sections of the book based on whatever decision you made, […]

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