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Quarterly review: FY14Q3

Each quarter I do a quick roundup of the book and film reviews that I do on Goodreads and Letterboxd. These reviews are too short and off-the-cuff to be included with the more indepth reviews I do on this site.


Well, I completed my my 2014 Goodreads reading challenge a bit earlier than usual. I suppose I should bump it to 50 books next year. That is almost a book a week!

Just a note that the Literary Review of Canada put my review of The People’s Platform outside of it’s paywall. It is a worthwile read, even if I had problems with it. See Occupy the Internet! at the LRC.

This quarter’s mini-reviews include:

★★★★★ The Handmaid’s Tale

★★★☆☆ The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

★★★★☆ The Magician’s Land

★★★☆☆ No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the Surveillance State

★★★☆☆ The Ocean at the End of the Lane

★★★★☆ Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield

★★★★☆ The Tombs of Atuan Tombs of Atuan

★★★☆☆ Ready Player One


I finally watched the entire Luther series, something that was recommended to me long ago. It was great fun. I have also been turned onto Homeland, and am on the third season now. I still have a bunch of series queued up, not to mention the latest Doctor Who, Agents of SHIELD and Arrow seasons that are back this fall. I have been engrossed in television and my film-watching this quarter lagged. I only watched 13 films, and offer only 3 mini-reviews:

★★½☆☆ The Amazing Spiderman 2

★★★½☆ Dirty Wars (see my review of the book as well. Spoiler: the book is better.)

★★★★☆ The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz 2014

Make sure you see that last one.