[LEC] History of the Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

[Editor’s Note: As a new feature on Ephemeral Pursuits – I’ll begin featuring my reviews of the PRODUCTION of books published in the past by The George Macy Companies. Those books usually consisted of the best literature from the Western Canon and selected contemporary literature. The original books were published as part of the Limited Editions Club (LEC), with a… Read more »

[EP] Allegory Pens & The Etch: A Review

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I’ve previously written about my preference to write things daily – especially in longhand if I’m unable to write something on the computer. That focused on Field Notes Brand as being my preferred notebook of choice. But I’ve never written about what I like to write with, mainly because I’m in a constant state of flux about what I enjoy… Read more »

{FC} Scissors by Stephane Michaka, Translated by John Cullen

Literary readers will already know who Raymond Carver is. If by some chance you haven’t heard of Carver, then this book is an absolute delight to read blind, without any prior knowledge. If that’s you – then ignore the rest of this review and go ahead and preorder the book. Slated for publication on August 13, 2013 by Nan A…. Read more »

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

Citizens, gather ’round this blog post. It’s time for America’s Best Story of 2013! Our intrepid hero, Adam Johnson has begun writing a story called ‘The Best North Korean Short Story of 2005’.¹ Eager to please his capitalist masters, who were hungry for more and more, Johnson channeled his inner Henry James and wrote installment after installment. No, cried his… Read more »

Dark Eden by Patrick Carman

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Dark Eden by Patrick Carman is an interesting twist on the typical “dystopian” or “science fiction” young adult novels being currently published. The other major series/trilogies published recently that I would place into the same category as Dark Eden would be The Hunger Games, Divergent, Tunnels, and Marie Yu’s Legend. All have their own twists and turns based on something unique to… Read more »

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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Insurgent picks up where Divergent left off, so we can see what Tris and company have been up to after the exciting ending of Divergent. Some more answers are revealed in this book – such as the background of Four and how the relationship between the two of them deepen, alter, and change throughout the book, just like an angsty… Read more »

[GN] Binky Brown Meets The Holy Virgin Mary by Justin Green

It’s about time that I began reviewing a component of my reading diet that happens to be especially large. The graphic novel or “comics”, whichever you want to call these works of literature accounts for roughly half of my reading over the past couple of years and probably a full quarter of my entire lifetime reading list. I’m not talking… Read more »

Director’s Cut: Behind On Translation & The Little Prince

Considering that there are several blogs out there (all of which publish far more frequently than I do), I figured that now was as good a time as any to discuss the process by which I author a blog post for Ephemeral Pursuits. Sometimes (as in the case of a book review of a non-fine edition), I merely take some… Read more »