Charlie Stross has invented a new vice! Struck down by the flu and too ill to dash off another novel, he went to Amazon and looked up one-star reader reviews of great novels. Here's one, for Catch-22:
I personally don't read that many books, but this is one of the worst books I ever read. First, they're are too many characters. This book has too many characters that I can't remember even one of them in my head. They include many minor characters that nobody cares so you get confused about it. Second, it has too many mini-stories. It has lots of short stories that doesn't relate to any of the other stories and they are usually pretty boring. Third this is none sense. It doesn't have a major theme or anything and it's just talking about air force men being board of the war and just being crazy.
He's posted a batch of ripe reviews ranging from Sense and Sensibility to The Lord of the Rings on his blog. You can read them here.
Above: That quiet building across the street from my house, nestled sideways between row houses, was built in Colonial times. If you didn't know that, you wouldn't look twice. Oh, and it snowed! Third time in two weeks, which is astonishing for Philadelphia.