The Labyrinth Library
By Chris Gladis
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Book reviews, in no particular order. I read a wide variety of books, and review them in short podcasts.
||CleanReview 224: A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time 14)||A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson At last. At long, long last. I have been reading this series since it started back in 1990, and have followed it closely in the twenty-three years that followed. I … Continue reading →||4/24/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReview 223: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay||The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon I have long been a reader of comic books, as you probably know by now if you’ve been following my reviews. Ever since I was a kid, comic books have … Continue reading →||4/17/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReview 222: Sourcery||Sourcery by Terry Pratchett Yes, I know – I’ve gone on a Discworld bender. Just one, I thought to myself – I’ll just read Lords and Ladies and that’ll be it. But then I saw Small Gods just sitting there… … Continu||4/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReview 221: We Learn Nothing||We Learn Nothing by Tim Kreider While I was reading this book – in a faculty meeting, I have to confess – my colleague looked over, looked at the title and remarked something along the lines of, “That’s completely against … C||4/3/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReview 220: Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time 13)||Wheel of Time 13: Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson This is it, folks. We’re nearly done. Hang in there…. I’m finding this book tough to review for a few reasons. Firstly, reviewing it is kind of … Continue||3/27/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReview 219: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out||The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by Richard Feynman Here’s the problem with having high expectations: they’re so often dashed. In my years trawling the web and being a science nerd, I heard a lot about Richard Feynman. There are … Cont||3/20/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReview 217: The Secret Life of Words||The Secret Life of Words by Henry Hitchings There are many ways to write human history. Most writers of history books tend to go the traditional way – following kings and queens, wars, revolutions and invasions. The history of the … Continue r||3/6/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReview 216: The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time 12)||Wheel of Time 12: The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson Yes, of course there are some spoilers. Fewer than usual, perhaps, but still – do you want to take that chance? Imagine you have a favorite band, … Continue reading &||2/27/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
This is a book review podcast without the naval gazing. Chris keeps it short and sweet. He tells you if he liked the book or not, hits the key points of why or why not, and then reads a few bits. He’s not doing deep literary analysis or dry book reports and it works well. Chris’ delivery is also spot on. His voice is NPR smooth and his asides are quirky. I would recommend that you start at the beginning because although the episodes can be stand alone experiences there is a through line: the rise and eventual fall of Paul. I won’t spoil it but take my word, it’s riveting drama. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars because Chris’ room is incredibly messy. p.s. if iTunes hadn’t asked me not to use “profanity or overtly sexual language” this review would have been quite different.
I love this podcast. Chris gives a basic story line, let's us know what he thinks, and reads a short excerpt. More importantly, though, he shares little bits of his life and Japan (where he lives), his humor, and makes it fun with little quizzes which all make his show more human and approachable than some other book review podcasts I've downloaded. I recommend checking this podcast out!
Fun to listen to
I started listening because of the reviews of the Dresden Files, and I enjoyed those so much that I subscribed. He keeps it short, and gives a good review of the books, along with fun trivia. Loved it!