review: high fidelity

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby (1995) An intriguing fun fact: High Fidelity is a first novel.  I read Juliet, Naked last year and thought it was okay but not great, and got about halfway through A Long Way Down before putting it down and never picking it back up.  I have wanted to love a…

review: guards! guards!

Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett (1989) Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett is the starter novel in the City Watch story arc and the eighth book in the Discworld series. The cast of characters in this novel is extensive, but it works because the plot itself has a lot of different layers and intricacies.  We have…

review: vanity fair

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (1848) I have now read Vanity Fair by William M. Thackeray twice.  Four years have passed since my first reading, and I was curious to see if my opinion of the novel would change after reading it a second time and discussing it with my students.  I wanted to…

review: loitering with intent

Loitering with Intent by Muriel Spark (1981) I discovered Loitering with Intent by Muriel Spark by accident last year when I was reviewing novels to teach in a class focused on the 20th century British novel.  I just completed my third reading of this book, and with each reading I like it more and more….

the stopping point

It’s mid-term of the fall semester.  Like the fall semester of 2011, I have elected to give my students (and myself) a day off during this week.  They deserve it, and I need it.  But to say that today has been a “day off” or that I have any expectation that tomorrow I will be…