Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats Fruit Medley Review

I couldn’t pinpoint the moment when I decided to start doing cereal reviews for my blog, but given my lifelong fondness for cereal and my regular consumption of it, it seemed like a logical step to take. Going forward I’ll purchase cereal with more of an eye towards what will make for an interesting review,…

Shinola Cola Review

I knew the Shinola name long before I discovered just what the modern Shinola company was—a luxury goods brand which uses the name of the shoe polish brand (which gave us the phrase “you don’t know shit from Shinola”), but focuses on making watches, bicycles, journals, and a great deal else—including this cola, which I…

THE STEAM PIG Review

In apartheid-era South Africa, two dead women are brought to the same mortuary: one an elderly, homeless alcoholic, the other a young music teacher with a bad heart. One is marked for prompt cremation and the body of the former is duly sent into the furnace—but it was supposed to be the latter. And this…

2018: The Books I’ve Read – Q4

Obviously, this post is incredibly late in coming, in large part because I didn’t even finish Dune until late January, by which point my attention was more taken up with awards-season matters (and external personal matters). So apologies for that. I’m strongly considering moving to a “one book, one post” model for 2019, especially since we’re well…

CLIMAX Review – ***½

Where is the line between freedom and abandon drawn? When does the supreme comfort of being able to be totally yourself, surrounded by those who embrace and embrace themselves, teeter over into the supreme terror of having no control over yourself or what others will do to you? In Climax, that line is drawn by…

Sprecher Diamond Lychee Review

Having reviewed Sprecher Diamond Asian Pear just a few days ago, now I turn my attention to the other Diamond flavor in my possession, a comparably unique soda flavor to pear and lemongrass: lychee! I do think there is a lychee variant of Ramune (there is, I just looked it up), but as the fruit…

Sprecher Diamond Asian Pear Review

Sometimes miracles do happen. After I reviewed the Lemongrass variant of Sprecher’s mysterious Diamond line, I was curious about the other three flavors in the line, but was told they had been discontinued and the remaining stock had been bought up. So I figured that was that, and, disappointed, added them to the list of…

Orange Vanilla Coca-Cola Review

Once I heard that Coke, the soda so iconic its very name is synecdoche for all soft drinks in parts of the world, was coming out with a new flavor—let alone one as hypothetically appealing as orange-vanilla—I knew I’d have to review it. Not just because everyone who cares about soda is talking about it….

2018: The Books I’ve Read – Overview

I still need to finish up the last set (well, pair) of 2018 book reviews, but here are the 14 books I read this year, ranked top to bottom (which is somewhere between best to worst and favorite to least favorite: