The Pothunters

First up on the tour through the works of PG Wodehouse is The Pothunters. This was originally published in 1902, according to the information on the copyright page. Before it was a book, however, it was first published as a serial in Public School Magazine in January-March of the same year. This is one that I've … Continue reading The Pothunters


Turns out the idea that JK Rowling was a hack who caught lightning in a bottle isn't such a far-fetched idea after all. Here's one of the best kinds of book review: one that eviscerates its subject. An excerpt from the review:Five years after the final installment in the Harry Potter series was released, Little, … Continue reading Vindication

Brothers K

So I finished my first Dostoyevsky novel and it was everything I hoped and more. True, I didn't have high expectations, but it was still a very good book. I'm debating with myself whether or not it was good enough to knock Making Sense of It All from its perch up on top of my … Continue reading Brothers K

Books in May

Rob Neyer, who (I think) got his start writing books with Bill James, takes his cue from Mr James and calls this book Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Lineups. Despite that, he comes across as having less of an ego than Mr James; though that doesn't seem to be difficult. It's a very interesting … Continue reading Books in May


I posted about none of the books I read in April excepting Judas Unchained and that because it was the sequel to a book I read in March. It's been nearly three weeks without a post in fact. But, since I have about 10 or 11 books that I would normally have reviewed, I'll just … Continue reading Slacking

Great snakes!

I read the first Nero Wolfe novel, Fer-de-Lance, (I'm planning to read them in chronological order this year) and found it to be about what one would expect. The mystery itself wasn't the best of them all, though the plot was sufficiently unique to provide some enjoyment. The book's denouement clearly showed the influence of … Continue reading Great snakes!