Here are all the books I have logged in this site arranged in alphabetical order.
In the past (“the past” get it… oh, wait you haven’t read the next bit yet), I have tried... more
Apparently everything is going to kill us. There are a handful of insights among the doom and gloom, but mostly... more
The third book in this series is finally bringing things together for most of our main characters. I am... more
Not quite as gripping as the first book in the series, but Martin maintains much of the same level... more
I was late to the whole A Game of Thrones thang (but, for the record, I was like totally in to... more
After the first three rousing volumes of the Song of Fire and Ice series, this book is a huge disappointment. I... more
After finishing The Name of the Wind, I wanted to continue my fantasy novel kick. A Game of Thrones is a similar... more
The title of this one is a bit deceptive. The book is actually a history of British wood engraving. It starts... more
The premise here is that the outsiders and the misfits, by rejecting puritanism and pushing the limits of what is... more
I had thought that this was the conclusion of the entire Song of Fire and Ice series, but aparently this is... more
Nothing to see here.
I was disappointed when I came to the realization that this was more of a collection of short stories... more
I want to eventually read Huckleberry Finn, so I figured I should read this one first. It’s pretty entertaining, but... more
I think it’s telling that throughout this book the author in constantly having to backtrack and clarify what he... more
This is a collection of the Aliens comics that were released by Dark Horse in the late eighties. These came out... more
Billed as a travelogue, this book covers the culture, politics and history of the Nordic countries from the perspective... more
Great page turner.
Having read her other books, I felt obliged to read this novella. It’s a fairly literal take on individualism... more
Another big book about risk from Taleb filled with math, anecdotes, history and Fat Tony. This time it’s all... more
I really liked this noir-ish crime novel set in the dingy pool halls of rural Texas. Lots of great... more
The second Baby Shark story is just as brutal and action packed as the first with great characters and writing.
Another thoroughly enjoyable book in this series. This time Kristen is told to take some time off from all... more
I love these Baby Shark books. They are just great, action packed reads. I burned through this book in a few... more
Although I don’t think it’s hardly the best book in this series, I burned through this one in just... more
Another enjoyable story filled with shooting, kicking and revenge. This story is much more straightforward than others in the... more
I enjoyed his fantasy series, so I thought I’d try out Brown’s crime thriller series. This is the story of... more
The third book in The Witcher series brings the story back to the quality that was shown in the... more
The French comic upon which the movie was based. Stunning 60’s stylized artwork, but the story is just a... more
The was a companion book to the The Tower and the Tree series which at the moment (I’m about... more
He starts off with a typical comedian’s memoir and, after about three pages, Norm gives up and go total... more
Not bad, but I was expecting a more basic econ textbook rather than, what more often than not, feels... more
Although I was disappointed by The Blade Itself, I decided to continue on with the series to see if all... more
I think I would have liked this book better if I had listened to the audiobook version instead. As... more
Gritty crime fiction. Basically the blueprint for the entire genre. The writing and language are a tier above most... more
Decent and weird graphic novel. Lots on indy comic cliche.
A collection of six lengthy essays on race, history and misconceptions. The “Black Rednecks” essay is probably the most... more
Admittedly, I didn’t finish this book. There’s a point about halfway through when he tells the casual reader that... more
Once again, I am off in search of fantasy books to match the greatness of the A Song of Fire... more
The first official book in The Witcher series is not as jam-packed with action as the short story volumes... more
Not the strongest book in the series. It doesn’t help that many of the regular characters are gone in... more
To Kill a Mockingbird with a serial killer.
This is a nice companion piece to his book on Bosch. There quite a bit more to talk about... more
I still chuckle every time I read the name Hieronymus Cock. Maybe I’m just an immature fool, but Hieronymus... more
I generally like the various Ben Shapiro “Destroys” videos I come across on the webs. He is an excellent... more
This the second book in The Expanse series. It felt like a bit of a retread but with less interesting characters.... more
Another solid pulp novel from Prologue Books. This time the story follows a group of ex-soldiers out for revenge... more
Sometime during my late teens I started reading a bunch of H. P. Lovecraft books. His style never fully... more
I never wrote a review for this one.
More of a character study of a completely unappealing character than a plot-driven novel. Not my thing.
The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization
This is yet another summation of Western philosophical thought. In this case it’s presented as a perpetual oscillation between the spiritual... more
One of the best looking books on printmaking I’ve seen. Printed on a think matte stock, with over 100... more
Why do I do this to myself? I am always disappointed with classic science fiction. This stuff is so... more
Ok. I may have goofed on the first book in The Tripods series earlier, but these are actually pretty fun reads. It’s not... more
I did not like this nearly as much as The Righteous Mind, but there are a handful of decent insights... more
I’m continuously on the lookout for a new fantasy series to fill my Kingkiller Chronicles/Song of Fire and Ice void. I’ve... more
Ending is pretty anti-climactic, but the meat of the story is very interesting.
A disappointing follow-up to the last Hornblower novel. This one has Hornblower in Russia helping out during the siege... more
A short book about a lesser known hero of the American revolution. As the captain of a Connecticut privateer vessel,... more
This was a fawning look at Coolidge’s life and tenure as the 30th President. It was okay up to a... more
Pulpy science fiction about a remote planet on which the inhabitants are convinced exists a super-computer that could solve... more
So far, this is my least favorite book in this series. Astrology is just not a very interesting topic... more
This book analyzes America’s proclivity towards an ever expansive and powerful executive branch—admittedly not the most exciting read. As... more
Despite an exciting opening, the second book in this series is not as good as the first. The stakes... more
Amazon recently gave this ebook away for free as a promotion for the sequel Inferno. It was my beach read... more
Filled with art featuring death (for the most part that means a skeleton… spooky, no?) taunting the living. The... more
This one is a collection of art criticism essays from the early 70s. They mostly grapple with the perceived... more
I have read quite a few books that give an account of what it is like to live under the... more
Poirot on a plane, a blow dart, and many suspects all with reasons to kill the old hag. I... more
This was a nice manifesto of sorts that hits all the right marks in terms of what it means... more
The books keep getting better.
Michael Lucas is best known as the schtick-loving bassist of The Phantom Surfers. This book was self-published under his... more
James Bond #4 pits Bond against the mob in America. I’m surprised at how little actual spy-craft takes place... more
Sowell is always an interesting read. However, I find that he can be a bit repetitive in his points... more
I primarily have this book because I am interested in the spectacular Gustave Doré wood engravings. The text is... more
I recently discovered Prologue Books—a publisher devoted to re-releasing old pulp novels in ebook form. This is a company that... more
Eccentric Orbits is the history of the rise, fall, and eventual rebirth of the world’s first (and only) global satellite... more
A straightforward and methodical look at the economic principal of accounting for both the seen, and unseen effects of... more
I like Andrew Klaven. His Klaven on the Culture videos are good natured and entertaining little bits of political satire that... more
The third Discworld novel starts a completely new storyline with no crossover with the first two books. I actually... more
Outside of Helter Skelter, I have not read much true crime literature. I picked this one mainly because is was co-written... more
I started reading this book without knowing anything about it. I had previously read and very much enjoyed Vin... more
I know Lileks mostly as a humorous conservative commentator and a connoisseur of cheesy 50’s pop culture. I wasn’t... more
Another Philip Marlowe mystery featuring excellent hard-boiled prose. The story is filled with drug addicts, drinking, mobsters and crooked... more
This book presents a history of the current financial crisis thingy in a way that tries to be as... more
Another great Hornblower tale. The action picks up right at the end of the previous book and keeps going... more
An entertaining read that pretty much says everything funny that can be said about food. I’ve read a couple... more
I’ve heard a few interviews with Taleb and he can be very interesting so I tried to give one... more
Another Aubry/Maturin book. This one has both sea and espionage elements.
I was bored silly by this classic sci-fi book. I wanted to like it. It’s voted as the greatest... more
Well, this is why I write these reviews. I got about a quarter the way into this book and... more
Bond travels to Istanbul to meet with a rogue Russian agent who claims to be in love with him.... more
Postrel makes the case for decentralized, dynamic systems. The obvious application of this is in free-market versus command-style economies,... more
I don’t think I really like science fiction. Sure there have been a few stories I liked, Dune, The Ender... more
A short, fun read with a simple plot and one-dimensional characters, but that should go without saying for just... more
Beautiful wood engravings are the reason to “read” this.
Nero Wolfe is a dick. It’s a wonder that this mostly unlikable character spawned such a successful series of... more
This autobiography was pretty uninformative. Reads more like a compilation of unrelated essays about with a little bit of... more
This massive book has been sitting on my shelf taunting me for twenty-plus years. Ages ago it was recommended... more
Starts out pretty good, but decends into the idiotic by the end.