Category Quickshots

Jotting down some quick ethics notes

Random small essaylet I cam up with after a discussion on Twitter, putting it here for my own reference. In a recent discussion with someone defending the concept of good as fulfilling a function, the other party agreed with me that something can only be said to have a function at all if it’s part […]

Horror reviews!

As promised, friends, here are all the reviews I left on for the horror novels I bought on Kindle recently! 😀   The Specimen: Let me get the bad out of the way first. The writing in this story doesn’t rise far above ‘competent’ (indeed, any book with a chapter titled “The Man With […]

Quick book review (maybe a little more than a quickshot-Necrom)

Another book review for you today, my friends, of one of the books I mentioned in this list. Check it out! Book Review: Mick Farren, Necrom. New York: Ballantine Books, Del Rey, 1991. My Score: 3/5 The story starts off with Joe Gibson, a former rockstar who’s now a washed-up nobody. He’s managed to get […]

Random Thoughts on James M. Mcpherson’s Battle Cry of Freedom (x-posted from my Tumblr)

So after finishing up James L. Stokesbury’s “A Short History of the Civil War,” on a whim I picked up the much less short “Battle Cry of Freedom,” a more comprehensive study of the American Civil War by James M. Mcpherson. Reading it, I was struck by two things: 1: Just going from this book, […]

Quick Thoughts on W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk

As promised, brothers and sisters, here’s my quickshot review of William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (Du-Boys)’s 1903 masterpiece, The Souls of Black Folk. All the page numbers you’ll see come from the 1989 Penguin Edition.The bibliographic citation would be this: Du Bois, W.E.B (Introduction by Donald Gibson, Notes by Monica Elbert). The Souls of Black […]

(Very) Quickshot review of Ira Berlin’s Many Thousands Gone

A *very* quickshot review for you guys today. Just finished reading Ira Berlin’s Many Thousands Gone and wanted to give my thoughts on it. Actually, probably a little less than my full thoughts on it. I already read this for a few of my previous classes, but I may have to read it again and […]

Gender Benders: Gunlord’s Quickshot Review of Manga Girl Seeks Herbivore Boy

Gender in Japanese society captures more than a bit of attention these days, mostly in the form of “Oh Japan, u so crazy” type articles. Any gender-related search term—or, heck, any term, really—and Japan will bring up articles on panty vending machines or wacky Japanese tentacle rape anime or a piece on transsexuals that goes […]

Quickshot Review of The Long Night by Steve Wick

I’ve a bit of disappointment to offer you today, my friends. I’d wanted my quickshot review of The Long Night: William L. Shirer and the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by Steve Wick, to be detailed and in-depth, but I confess that I’ve found I have very little to say about it. Steve […]

Man and Mortality: Gunlord’s Quickshot Review of William L. Shirer’s Twentieth Century Journey: A Native’s Return, 1945-1988

After reading the final volume of William L. Shirer’s autobiography, I have to admit one thing above all: I don’t know if the 21st century will be as bloody and chaotic as the 20th. I’m not sure if it’ll even be as exciting. While I can hope for the latter and hope against the former, […]

William L. Shirer and World War II: My Quickshot Review of The Nightmare Years

The second volume of William Shirer’s autobiography is titled Twentieth Century Journey: The Nightmare Years, 1930-1940. It starts off where his first volume left off, almost—he doesn’t go into much detail on his time in India, since he already wrote about his experiences there in Gandhi: A Memoir. It rather begins in Kabul, where he […]