Gregory G.

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (4 of 4)
Location: Colorado
In My Own Words:
I read extensively and have often relied on reader reviews when looking for new authors or different works by favorite ones, which is why I decided to start commenting on many of the books I have read. I would say the greatest American writers of the 20th Century are probably John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Kurt Vonnegut, and Hunter S. Thompson, if that helps to add a little balance to the revi… Read more


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The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror by Bernard Lewis
This book does a nice job of quickly summarizing a tremendous amount of information on the topic and trying to put it all in some perspective. It's very short, and can literally be read in several hours. It may, however, too quickly summarize and not quite put it all together.
The author is obviously an expert in the field and very adept at touching on topics ranging from the status of Arabia in the time of the founding of Islam to political factors in the Soviet / Afghanistan conflict, etc. But it just feels like maybe the author regurgitated this book to satisfy a timely niche demand on the subject of Islam. Looking at the list of titles of all his other works, I cannot imagine… Read more
Unknown Lands by Francois Bellec
Unknown Lands by Francois Bellec
First, this is a very beautiful book. Compared to similar style volumes in the same price range, I would rate it as exceptional. The paper and bindings are very high quality and there are some incredible paintings, maps, and photos in the book. Some of the maps dating to the 15th and 16th centuries are particularly interesting and add a lot to the book.
The chapters themselves are divided into rather geographical units. There are chapters on the explorations of the Indian Ocean routes, the Atlantic routes to America, the Pacific Islands, etc., so it is not a chronological history. But the presentation works very well and the reader doesn't get lost with the time jumps… Read more
Cold Snap: Stories by Thom Jones
Cold Snap: Stories by Thom Jones
I came across this book first and then moved back to 'Pugilist at Rest,' which many people cite as the better book. This one is at least as good, and may be slightly better. Great short stories are harder to write than novels, and that is why there are so few noteworthy books out there today. But Jones is fantastic and in complete control of his work. If there were more writers like this, I would probably stop reading overdrawn novels completely and only read short stories.
I once loaned this book to a friend who needed to find some short stories to use as models for form, etc. for school, and crossed out 3 of the 10 titles in the table of contents as probably suitable for… Read more