Book Review: Zen in the Art of Writing

Zen in The Art of WritingZen in The Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is a collection of Bradbury’s essays grouped together around the topic of writing. It was part memoir and part advice. I gleaned a couple of book recommendations and I thought the title essay was the strongest.

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Book Review: My Man Jeeves

My Man Jeeves (Jeeves, #1)My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A good collection of Jeeves stories. I am not a big fan of the Reggie Pepper stories, though I suppose an historian must consider him canonical as a part of the Bertie Wooster origin story. A fun read as usual.

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Book Review: Candide

CandideCandide by Voltaire
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I will have to check with the patent offices to be sure, but I don’t think anti-gravity boots had yet been invented when Voltaire (aka Francois something or other) made walking on air while mocking God look so easy almost anyone could do it. This profane ramble is a ham fisted satire including ill-fate and contrived providences to fill in the gaps. The story is basically the old atheistic theodicy argument dressed up in lipstick-on-a-pig fashion. But he faults at the start because walking on air turns out to be walking on nothing after all.

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Book Review: The Man With Two Left Feet

The Man With Two Left Feet (Jeeves, #0.5)The Man With Two Left Feet by P.G. Wodehouse
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another fun collection of short stories. These are early stories and the first story of Jeeves and Wooster. Both of those characters would grow and develop later on. I quite enjoyed it.

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Book Review: The Code of the Woosters

The Code of the Woosters (Jeeves, #7)The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a book! Bertie Wooster gets thoroughly into the soup and gets out again. This is Wodehouse on his game and a whole lot of fun.

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