Category Archives: C-

Say that you read one of these if you have a pressing ulterior motive.

The Communist Manifesto

Karl Marx

The Communist Manifesto reads like something that came out of the 19th century. I myself have never been to the 19th century, but I swear, it seems like anyone could get anything published, so long as it was non-fiction and pompous…

The Pearl

John Steinbeck

The Pearl is about a poor Mexican pearl farmer named Kino—and there’s your first problem…

Into the Dark

Nicholas Wilde

Into the Dark is one of those books that a publisher couldn’t resist, I’m sure. Not only is its main character (whose name I forget. I think it was actually David. Or maybe Christopher…) blind, but he makes friends with a ghost! How, might you ask…?

Naked Lunch

William S. Burroughs

Naked Lunch, in form and content, challenges the very notion of what a novel is. When something so radically different comes along, anyone who has ever read a novel must react to it…

The Egypt Game

Zilpha Keatley Snyder

The Egypt Game is a great read-aloud, and a fair introduction to ancient Egyptian mythology for elementary students…

The Golovlovs

Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin

You can crow up and down that The Golovlovs is an authentic Russian novel all you want: that’s not going to save it from being a poorly written, poorly crafted book of little literary merit…

The House on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango Street is entirely unremarkable. The striking images aren’t striking; the everyday occurrences that are supposed to grab the reader with their ordinariness don’t do much at all; the down-to-earth, true-to-life writing style lacks luster; the whole experience leaves the reader with little…

The Boxcar Children

Gertrude Chandler Warner

Up until now, by mine art, I have deftly avoided it, but I’m afraid that the time has come to review The Boxcar Children

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Barbara Robinson

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a very funny book, and perfect for kids that are either Christian, or just non-anti-Christian…

Summer

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton, be thee warned: When I meet up with you in the afterlife, I’m going to challenge you to a game of ping pong, and I will not hold back…!