‘The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism’ by Kristin Dombek – Review and Thoughts

The Selfishness of Others

As the culture of selfies, live streams, Twitter updates, Instagram, Snapchats, sexting and all other forms of broadcasting ourselves to the world has exploded over the last few years, concern has grown that our new culture is breeding a society of self-involved narcissists. Books and blogs tell us that “personal branding” is one of the most-important things we can do, and we carefully curate a portrayal of ourselves to show the world the version of ourselves that we’ve determined is the one we want people to think we are. Looking…

Like ‘The Girl on the Train’ or ‘Gone Girl?’ Read ‘Give It Back.’

Being a male, there are a few genres that I generally don’t dip into, like romance, erotica, etc. But one thing I do love is a good thriller. The thing is, I generally read thrillers written by males, with male protagonists. Maybe it’s because there are so many of them, or I just think I’ll be able to relate better to the main character. I’m also a huge film fan, with one of my favorite modern directors being David Fincher. So, of course when ‘Gone Girl’ came out as a…

Read This Book: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

The Book of Strange New Things

I’m a pretty voracious reader – so far this year I’ve read 41 books, and the majority of them have been pretty good. Unfortunately though, up until yesterday, none of the books I’ve read in 2016 have been absolutely fantastic. Michel Faber’s 2014 book, The Book of Strange New Things, however, simply blew my mind. Supposedly his final book, he wrote it while his wife was dying, and it’s simply one of the most beautiful explorations of love I’ve ever come across. Set sometime in the future, the story follows Peter…

The Five Best Books Ever: A List

Over the past few years I’ve been making a concerted effort to dive in to a lot more “classic” literature. I’d already read a fair amount of it, mixed in with modern day thrillers and adventure stories, but until less than a year ago, I hadn’t even read a book by Steinbeck. Huxley has been a favorite of mine for quite a while, and I’ve slowly been working my way through his entire bibliography, but last year at a sale at the local library I picked up a few other…

Review of ‘Tree Spiker’ by Mike Roselle

As I keep working on various short stories to break up the writing of my next novel, I have quite a few ideas on the back burner. One of them involves a radical environmentalist who gets stuck in a tight situation, and as part of that I’m doing additional research on environmental agitators and extremists. I picked this book up at a big discount at a major retailer when I saw it in their used clearance section, hoping to get some research in to make this new character more fully…