Reading Challenge Results for 2017

January 4, 2018

Welcome to my recap of my 2017 Goodreads reading challenge.  That’s right, winter has arrived, so it’s time to curl up an enjoy a good book while staying nice and warm.  Hopefully this long read will provide new books to seek out for yourself, or even better inspire you to spend more time reading.  Maybe it will even convince Paul to change his priorities and read some books in 2018!…

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The Last Jedi Isn’t the Star Wars Movie You’re Looking For (And That’s a Good Thing)

December 22, 2017

SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follows. Another December, another new Disney Star Wars movie.  While The Force Awakens and Rogue One had their detractors, The Last Jedi has attracted a vociferous reaction from irate fans.  The criticism feels short-sighted and reactionary.  This movie requires a tad more thought than previous Star Wars installments; it relies on its audience to fill in some key gaps.  It rejects most of the…

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“It” Has the Right Stuff

It Movie Poster
September 8, 2017

Spoiler Warning: This It 2017 movie review contains some spoilers I rarely make it to the movie theater nowadays.  Partially that’s financial, partially it’s schedule.  But it’s also lack of interest in most of the fare offered at the cinema.  But the end of summer 2017 offered the rare treat: two adaptations of Stephen King works.  The Dark Tower was less than stellar, that was pretty much expected of a 95…

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Find the Signal in the Noise

August 2, 2017

In our media saturated world, it can be nigh impossible to find the signal in the noise.  That is to say, we have access to so much content all the time that it’s tough to find the music, movies, books, and games that truly speak to us, that really matter to our lives, that greatly influence and stimulate our thinking.  Realistically, there is so much content that we’ll never be…

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Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

July 6, 2017

The true purpose of tidying is, I believe, to live in the most natural state possible. A wonderfully written and foundational work on the art of organization. Marie Kondō‘s book on how to tidy up your house is certainly inspirational. Her implementation of her concepts may not be for everyone (and is the cause of most of the negative reviews) but her ideas and thoughts are rock solid and provide…

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Book Analysis: The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid's Tale book cover
April 26, 2017

In 1984, Margaret Atwood penned one of the greatest dystopian novels of all time.  The Handmaid’s Tale is a terrifying look at a patriarchal society run amok.  It tackles a range of important topics, including women’s rights, gender roles, religion, and tyranny.  These issues are even more present in our day and age; they are unlikely to ever be solved as no real solution likely exists.  But that’s how the…

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Book Review: Transmetropolitan, Vol. 6: Gouge Away

February 21, 2017

“I have a cunning plan!” The sixth Transmetropolitan collection, like the previous volume, is a mixed bag. The main story, “Gouge Away,” is a strong investigative reporting tale and nicely ties together the Transmetropolitan, Vol. 5: Lonely City and Transmetropolitan, Vol. 4: The New Scum stories. Spider Jerusalem’s talents really get to shine and his articles make a huge impact after the media’s attempt to defang him with popularity. The…

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Book Review: Transmetropolitan, Vol. 5: Lonely City

January 17, 2017

“Life sucks, then you die.” The fifth Transmetropolitan collection is a bit of a hodgepodge. This volume certainly is not as strong as the first first four volumes (see my previous reviews for Lust for Life, Year of the Bastard, The New Scum). Without the presidential election the series loses a bit of steam. But digging into these six issues reveals some truly startling insights of the role journalism plays in our…

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Reading Challenge Results for 2016

January 5, 2017

Welcome to my recap of my 2016 Goodreads reading challenge.  In case you couldn’t tell from my book reviews here on Rampant Discourse, I love books of all stripes.  I spend an inordinate amount of my free time reading, especially for an engineer (my day job).  So let’s get to it! I joined Goodreads in 2012 to track my reading and hopefully interact with other bibliophiles.  While the interaction has…

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Rogue One is the Star Wars Movie You’re Looking For

December 22, 2016

This article will discuss aspects of Star Wars: Rogue One that are dependent on seeing the movie.  For maximum discourse potential, we recommend seeing the movie before reading this article. Excitement and apprehension built for months preceding the release of the first official Star Wars spin-off movie, Rogue One.  What could we expect from a new story taking place in between the established episodes, especially one between the first two…

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