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Literature is a relative term.

  1. Nonfiction

    The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

    by Steven Novella

    B+: 4 stars (out of 5)
    A still from The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe by Steven Novella (2018)

    A practical guide to critical thinking in the information age. Novella and his colleagues illuminate cognitive biases and logical fallacies with understandable examples. They then apply them to assorted topics, including ghosts, extrasensory perception, assorted conspiracy theories, and global warming. Continue reading...

    29 Oct 2022
  2. Novel

    The Shining

    by Stephen King

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)
    A still from The Shining by Stephen King (1977)

    Alcoholic writer Jack Torrance uproots his wife Wendy and five-year-old son Danny from New England to Colorado, where they’ll serve as winter caretakers for the Overlook Hotel. The hotel, a premier destination with a shady past, houses a malevolent presence bent on claiming Danny for its own ends. Continue reading...

    29 Oct 2022
  3. Novel

    Moonraker

    by Ian Fleming

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)
    A still from Moonraker by Ian Fleming (1955)

    James Bond investigates a popular self-made millionaire with surgically enhanced looks, an interest in rockets, and a relentless, larger-than-life personality. Continue reading...

    16 Oct 2022
  4. Novel

    'Salem's Lot

    by Stephen King

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)
    A still from 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King (1975)

    Stephen King’s sophomore novel transplants the Dracula story to a remote New England town named Jerusalem’s Lot—`Salem’s Lot to the locals. Continue reading...

    14 Oct 2022
  5. Nonfiction

    Can't Hurt Me

    by David Goggins

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)
    A still from Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins (2018)

    David Goggins escapes an abusive home and overcomes a dead-end career to become a Navy Seal and world-class endurance athlete. Continue reading...

    13 Oct 2022
  6. Novel

    Out Are the Lights

    by Richard Laymon

    C-: 3 stars (out of 5)
    A still from Out Are the Lights by Richard Laymon (1982)

    In a small California town, the Haunted Palace cinema specializes in horror films. Between showings of The Hills Have Eyes and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, they play exclusive shorts featuring madman Otto Schreck. But unbeknownst to the audience, the horrific murders in these grainy films are real. Continue reading...

    11 Oct 2022
  7. Nonfiction

    What Doesn't Kill Us

    by Scott Carney

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)
    A still from What Doesn't Kill Us by Scott Carney (2017)

    Journalist Scott Carney investigates Wim Hof’s cold exposure and breathing methods. He enters a skeptic but emerges a believer, joining Hof on a record-breaking ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro. Continue reading...

    04 Oct 2022
  8. Novel

    The Big Sleep

    by Raymond Chandler

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)
    A still from The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (1939)

    Raymond Chandler’s debut novel. Los Angeles private investigator Philip Marlowe takes on an aging tycoon’s blackmail case that spirals into a labyrinthine series of murders. Continue reading...

    24 Sep 2022
  9. Nonfiction

    Consider This

    by Chuck Palahniuk

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)
    A still from Consider This by Chuck Palahniuk (2020)

    Chuck Palahniuk relates the tools he learned from his years in Tom Spanbauer’s minimalist writing workshop. Continue reading...

    22 Sep 2022
  10. Novel

    Carrie

    by Stephen King

    B-: 4 stars (out of 5)
    A still from Carrie by Stephen King (1974)

    Stephen King’s debut novel. Carrie White is a fat, pimple-faced, black-haired girl who’s endured nothing but torment from her high-school peers and oppression from her deranged mother. But Carrie harbors a hidden talent. She can move things with her mind. Continue reading...

    19 Sep 2022

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