Robert Wm. Gomez's

July 2008

Revisiting Old Music Part (De-Di)

Devo - Now it Can Be Told
Despite being recorded during the waning years of Devo, this live album is actually pretty great. They even make the bad Total Devo tracks seem almost good.
Devo - Smooth Noodle Maps
Devo's last release is okay. I bit more consistant than Total Devo. But still nothing close to their glory days.

The Bottoms by Joe. R. Lansdale (9/10)

To Kill a Mockingbird with a serial killer.

The Hundred Days by Patrick O'Brian (9/10)

I'd recommend any book in this series. They have their highs and lows, but all-in-all I think this is one of the better entries in the series. I tend to favor the more Maturin-centric tales like this.

Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt (9/10)

A straightforward and methodical look at the economic principal of accounting for both the seen, and unseen effects of a given economic policy. Bastiat's broken window fallacy applied to all sorts of situations. Great stuff.

Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy by Thomas Sowell (6/10)

Not bad, but I was expecting a more basic econ textbook rather than, what more often than not, feels like a purely political analysis (not that I disagree with his positions, just not what I was looking for).

The Commodore by Patrick O'Brian (8/10)

Ending is pretty anti-climactic, but the meat of the story is very interesting.

Ringworld by Larry Niven (5/10)

Rather boring and pointless.