The Twelve Best Books Ever Written

January 10, 2015 at 9:35 am | Posted in Daily blogs and thoughts | Leave a comment
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I ain’t no English Professor.  Don’t know a participle from an infinitive, and Word keeps telling me my writing is passive.  That’s okay, though, because I don’t think any English Professors are following me, just regular people who might like my feeble attempt at wit.  Or is that just my feeble wit?

What follows are the top twelve books that I think should be required reading for everyone. It should even be a law that you have to read these books.  In no particular order, here they go:

  1. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.  If you think war is nuts, read the backstory.
  2. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut.  Not only is it a critical look at art, but it has really short (bowel-movement length) chapters and little drawings.  I know, a lot of critics say Slaughterhouse Five is his best, but I figure there aren’t many critics reading my blog.
  3. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.  Published in 1726, a million times better than the Jack Black movie of the same name.  If you can’t handle something with more than 3 pages, read Swift’s “A Modest Proposal,” and then decide if you can make the time.
  4. The Road by Cormac McCarthy.  Answers the question, after the apocalypse, who needs punctuation?
  5. Hamlet by William Shakespeare.  I can hear you all groaning.  This play has some of the best action and inaction ever written.  Get yourself some Cliff’s Notes or Sparks Notes if you need help with the language – but it’s really not that hard if you’ll give it a chance.
  6. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells.  For a good time, you can’t beat an alien invasion.   The original story takes place in England.  Sorry, movie fans.
  7. The Crucible by Arthur Miller.  Well, it’s a play, not a novel.  The Salem witch trials of 1692, brought to life with all their insantiy.
  8. Lord of the Flies by William Golding.  Great story about power, instinct, civilization and a fat kid with Asthma.  For heaven’s sake folks, read the book, don’t watch the movie.
  9. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  Americans never seem to get enough of picking on the odd guy.  I’ve never seen the movie because it’s in black & white.  Maybe one day they’ll remake it in color with some cool CG.
  10. Rise to Rebellion by Jeff Shaara & The Glorious Cause by Jeff Shaara.  One story, sold as two books to double the publishers’ profits.  A novelization of the American Revolutionary War.  History; humanized and dramatized for the “regular guy.”  If this book was available when I was in High School, I would have done so much better in Social Studies.
  11. American Tabloid by James Ellroy.  Communists, Cuba and JFK.  If you always wondered what it meant when a reviewer called something “gritty,” here’s the answer.
  12. Chasm by David Felder.  Hey, it’s my blog, I can say what I want.  And you can download this soon-to-be classic for only $4.99.

 

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Dave’s one-line movie reviews IX

March 15, 2014 at 4:45 pm | Posted in Daily blogs and thoughts, movie reviews, Numbskull observations | Leave a comment
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Sorry I haven’t posted any reviews in the past month.  It’s been a busy couple of weeks, I’m working on a scuba diving blog and  a medical training video script (which I can’t share).  I haven’t been to the movie theater in over two months, so I’m going to have to review only “available on TV” movies.  There’s a few new ones and a few older ones, the choice in films being completely at the whims of my insomnia and drinking problems.

“Admission” with Tina Fey and Justin Bateman.  Er, Paul Rudd.  Sorry, I always get them confused.  A few plot twists as some off-beat student tries to get into Harvard.  Er, Princeton.  That memory problem again.  Lily Tomlin steals the show as Tina Fey’s redneck mother.   I enjoyed the movie, and would much prefer it to a visit to the dentist.

“Arbitrage.”  With a name like that, I thought this was going to be a Wolf of Wall Street kind of film, but it was more of a sneaky husband cheating on his wife movie.  Richard Gere is always enjoyable to watch, but I prefer Susan Sarandon when she sings ” touch-a touch-a touch-a touch me.”

Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies.”  I’m trying to review movies that begin with the letter “A” this time.   This film covers the time period between the battle at Gettysburg and Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address.  You see, a Zombie infection has fallen upon a Confederate fort and Honest Abe leads a battalion of tuxedo dressed secret service agents to decapitate the walking dead in this gore fest.  Hmm, don’t remember any of that from History 101.  Lots of violence, and a very Hamlet-esque scene where John Wilkes Booth tries to assassinate Lincoln.   Emancipate this!

Enough with the “A” list.

“Dallas Buyers Club” –  Great movie.  By now, you’ve probably heard about the plot and the star.  If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor: go to your living room couch, dig out the change behind the pillows, and rent this movie.  The cast is great.  As usual, the government and big pharma are the bad guys.

“W” – The George Bush story staring Josh Brolin.  The movie needs to be taken with a grain of salt.  Obviously the director, Oliver Stone, isn’t  president of the local branch of the  GWBush Fan Club.  The story is a biography of a bull locked in a China shop.  Enjoy the fun as he breaks everything.    Elizabeth Banks is stunning as usual.

“Sea Beast” – Invisible amphibious monsters slaughter and kill the locals in this low budget made for DVD film.  Think “Predator” vs. “Humanoids from the Deep.”  (go look that one up.)  CG effects are about sophmore college level.  An armed posse is slaughtered by the mosters, but teenagers with knifes defeat them.  Don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler,  you knew how it was going to end.

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