Kurt McKee

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Books (July)

Posted 30 July 2008 in books and review

The Food of the Gods - H.G. Wells (1904)

The book's cover caught my eye: giant baby chickens and a mass of bewildered onlookers. The story begins with two men inventing a chemical which significantly increases the size of things (beast, plant, and man). The book was fast paced, and I was rewarded with wonderful encounters between mortal man and enormous vermin. Unfortunately, the story I wanted -- action and adventure -- ended with chapter three. I trudged through the rest of the plot, which spanned two decades and dealt primarily with the social implications of, and political reactions to, 35-foot men. Read Well's short stories instead. 2 stars
The Fifty-Minute Hour - Robert Lindner (1954)

The true stories of five patients of a psychoanalyst. An absolutely fascinating book. The author chose wonderful patients to share with the reader. The stories are graphic but frank, and document many different backgrounds and disorders. The analyst's stories were also interesting because they capture concerns and theories from a half-century ago -- in particular, fears of communism and fascism, and reliance on Freudian psychology. An excellent read. 5 stars