Category Archives: Reviews

Bicentennial Man: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough This movie came out in 1999, and I am sorry to report that I only saw it last fall. It is fairly faithfully based upon the award-winning novella from 1976 that we probably all have read, … Continue reading

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How to Be World Class

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Anders Ericsson has finally written the book I’ve wanted to read ever since Malcolm Gladwell gave a quick and dirty summary of Ericsson’s work in his book Outliers. Peak: Secrets From the New Science of Expertise, written with the help … Continue reading

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  The perpetual balance in the arts is between novelty and tradition. Originality is essential. But all the customers like, the artist complains (in Sunday in the Park with George, the quintessential show about creativity), is what … Continue reading

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Great Reads for a Rainy Winter Day

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The redwoods have been getting their fair share of the rain, and I’ve been holed up with a pile of wonderful books. Some of these came from my gigantic “To Be Read” bookshelf and others fall under the category of … Continue reading

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A Tale for the Time Being

A Tale for the Time Being

I seem to be reading more good literary novels of late. They seem to fall into two categories: realistic stories and ones that incorporate elements from fantasy, science fiction, or both. The realistic ones that I’ve enjoyed have been detailed … Continue reading

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The Martian: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  I love near-future SF! You can have your galaxies far far away. Give me NASA! And in The Martian we get everything the space-SF fan could ever desire. Gravity slingshots! Settling new planets! It is like … Continue reading

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Fictive history and THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS

Last month I was involved in a book discussion that sprawled over the entire landscape of literature, as they do. At one point a person began deriding the recent crop of YA steampunk-Victorians, naming some best selling authors in a … Continue reading

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Scathing Reviews

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Like every other published writer I know, my work has garnered rave reviews and anti-rave reviews. (Or perhaps that is rave anti-reviews?) Both ranged from insightful and well thought out to haring off after irrelevancies (like the reader who posted … Continue reading

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Jane Eyre: A Very Short Review

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by Brenda W. Clough  The latest trend in theater is filming a performance, and then showing the film. Most of the time they don’t do this — it’s difficult enough to get paying butts into the seats in the theater, … Continue reading

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Quick! Go Read NeuroTribes

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Steve Silberman’s NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity makes a forceful case that autism and related conditions are not caused by some error in human development but rather are examples of the natural diversity of human … Continue reading

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