Mark Nenadov

"arm-chair reader"
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That's me..
Top Reviewer Ranking: 746
Helpful votes received on reviews: 64% (93 of 145)
Location: Essex, Ontario Canada
Birthday: March 21
In My Own Words:
I'm a Candian bibliophile. My career is in software development, but I try to be a generalist and try to be well-read in a variety of other areas..

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history, theology, philosophy, fiction, computer science, etc.
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 746 - Total Helpful Votes: 93 of 145
The Obsession Book of Timbuktu by Bruce Meyer
This book makes me want to go to Timbuktu. This has got to be one of the best and most innovative books of contemporary poetry released in the last few years. I say that both in terms of the design elements of the book (the graphics, the fonts, the layout) and the content (the cohesiveness of it all to a theme, the colourfuness/craftmanship of language, the thoughtfulness of it, the obvious delight of the poet, the connection to history and other literature). How refreshing it is to see a book of recent poetry that is thematically sophisticated and plunges the reader into a historically and geographically astute journey. I mean, how many books of poetry have you seen that have a Dramatis… Read more
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, June 26 2014
The Help is an excellent read. It really drew me in. Normally it takes me at least a month or two to finish a book of 200 or so pages. This book weighs in at just over 450 pages and I finished it in well under a month. That's pretty remarkable for me. At no section of the book did I get impatient or become tempted to skip some pages. It was captivating throughout.

The reader is treated to a rich portrayal of the complex social life of white and black women in Mississippi in the early 1960s. Filled with racism, alienation, ambivalence, and vicious ugliness, no doubt, but also camaraderie and sisterhood. The characters are well done: Eugenia (Skeeter), Miss Hilly, Aibileen, Celia,… Read more
Basil of Caesarea: His Life and Impact by Marvin Jones
Though I have no special expertise with the early church fathers, Ive recently read Basils Hexaemeron as well as Dr. Michael Haykins wonderful introduction to the fathers, which has a section on Basil. So, it was with considerable excitement that I began this book. I must tip my hat to Jones for taking on this project. Ive always pictured it as being hard to write a biography of a figure from over 1,000 years ago. That said, there are at least some advantages to the lack of proximity in time!

Basil is a 4th century Christian leader, a hero in the history of Christian orthodoxy. He was a skilled preacher and a theological heavyweight, so to speak. And yet, he was a dedicated… Read more

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