Books, I Read It First

I Read It First: The Revenant

Leonardo DiCaprio is going after that elusive Oscar win again, taking on the role of beleaguered but resourceful frontiersman Hugh Glass just before the 2015 film season closes. This has "Oscar-bait" written all over it. I see what you are doing, DiCaprio, but you may have torn off more than you can chew with this… Continue reading I Read It First: The Revenant

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Books, I Read It First

I Read It First: The Jungle Book

Yet another children's book! Admittedly, the Jungle Book is in a pretty separate category from most of the YA I've read this year, but it makes up for it with that complicated racial and colonial history. Let's talk about native kids portrayed as animals! The Book: the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling Genre: YA, fantasy, colonial imperialism...? First… Continue reading I Read It First: The Jungle Book

Books, I Read It First

I Read It First: Frankenstein

I'm glad this project finally gave me a kick in the pants to actually read Frankenstein, which is often hailed as one of the first-ever science fiction books. It's a grandmother of the genre, and for good reason: the ideas and moral implications that it grapples with are enormous, and it has a really nuanced and… Continue reading I Read It First: Frankenstein

Books, I Read It First

I Read It First: Child 44

For the first time, my initial impressions of a book were wrong! It turns out I don't hate Child 44. Just, like, the first 200 pages of it. And like 50% of the pages thereafter. What I am saying is that this book is way too long. The Book: Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith Genre:… Continue reading I Read It First: Child 44