And here’s my book list arranged by rating: best to worst.
After finishing The Name of the Wind, I wanted to continue my fantasy novel kick. A Game of Thrones is a similar... more
I had thought that this was the conclusion of the entire Song of Fire and Ice series, but aparently this is... more
Great page turner.
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
A satisfying ending to a wonderful series of books. The rating reflects my opinion of the series more than... more
It was a good read even though it’s about wizards and other nerdy things.
This book is massive. Over a thousand pages filled with colorful photos, poster art and columns upon columns of... more
It has been a while since I’ve read a contemporary novel that I liked this much. Motherless Brooklyn is a pretty... more
An extremely well written fantasy novel that steers clear of most of your standard fantasy fiction clichés. Sure, there... 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
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
The third book in The Witcher series brings the story back to the quality that was shown in the... more
I still chuckle every time I read the name Hieronymus Cock. Maybe I’m just an immature fool, but Hieronymus... more
I have read quite a few books that give an account of what it is like to live under the... 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
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
The third Discworld novel starts a completely new storyline with no crossover with the first two books. I actually... more
Another great Hornblower tale. The action picks up right at the end of the previous book and keeps going... more
Philip Guston started as a WPA muralist, then became one of the leading figures of abstract expressionism. He is... more
An excellent catalog of graphic artworks by this famous student of Dürer. A good chunk of this deals with... more
When I started this book I was apprehensive. As much as I love Gavin’s current incarnation as a wild... more
My post-Game of Thrones decent into pure phantasy nerdom continues with the Mistborn trilogy. This first book in the series... more
I read this knowing the ending but I still think it is a top-tier Poirot mystery. The confined setting... more
So far, my favorite of the MOTU series. I think I liked this one because there is some grounding... more
I enjoyed this one a lot more than Phantom Encounters. The historical accounts are more fact-based rather than anecdotal and... more
John Stossel is awesome. I’ve been a fan ever since I was in the seventh grade and watched him... more
Racing the Beam is a fairly accessible look at the technology behind the Atari 2600 video game console. Apparently the... more
While wood engraving was the method of illustrating books for at least a century, there doesn’t seem to be... more
Another exciting Hornblower sea tale. This one was a much better read than the last, although, outside of the... more
The second collection of Witcher short stories is actually the first or something like that. You’ll need to Google... more
To Kill a Mockingbird with a serial killer.
One of the best looking books on printmaking I’ve seen. Printed on a think matte stock, with over 100... more
Another Aubry/Maturin book. This one has both sea and espionage elements.
The Hero of Ages picks up a year or so after the events of The Well of Ascension. This final volume... more
I’d recommend any book in this series. They have their highs and lows, but all-in-all I think this is... more
Malice takes a break from trolling to clarify what exactly “The New Right” is. The dear readers are guided through the intellectual... more
A very well done Aubry/Maturin story. More Maturin centric than usual, which is refreshing.
Required reading for anyone who is sick of the political name calling and soft bigotry that permeates every single... more
Essential reading for understanding that people who might disagree with politically are not evil or stupid, they are just... more
Book two in the Mistborn series continues this the storyline directly after the climactic events of the first novel. This... more
Apparently, I liked this one.
My copy was bought used and man-o-man does it smell musty. The odor is, at best, like a stack... more
A very good read that is a critical analysis and brief history of text adventures. The first half gets... more
Book two in this excellent series is just about as good as the first. The story picks up right... more
I read a large chunk of this book in draft form as he serialized it on his Substack blog.... more
There are very few books detailing the technical aspects of wood engraving out there. This is about as close... more
In the past (“the past” get it… oh, wait you haven’t read the next bit yet), I have tried... more
The third book in this series is finally bringing things together for most of our main characters. I am... more
Another big book about risk from Taleb filled with math, anecdotes, history and Fat Tony. This time it’s all... more
He starts off with a typical comedian’s memoir and, after about three pages, Norm gives up and go total... more
Although I was disappointed by The Blade Itself, I decided to continue on with the series to see if all... more
A collection of six lengthy essays on race, history and misconceptions. The “Black Rednecks” essay is probably the most... more
The first official book in The Witcher series is not as jam-packed with action as the short story volumes... more
This is a nice companion piece to his book on Bosch. There quite a bit more to talk about... more
Filled with art featuring death (for the most part that means a skeleton… spooky, no?) taunting the living. The... more
I recently discovered Prologue Books—a publisher devoted to re-releasing old pulp novels in ebook form. This is a company that... more
Outside of Helter Skelter, I have not read much true crime literature. I picked this one mainly because is was co-written... more
Another Philip Marlowe mystery featuring excellent hard-boiled prose. The story is filled with drug addicts, drinking, mobsters and crooked... more
I’ve heard a few interviews with Taleb and he can be very interesting so I tried to give one... more
Beautiful wood engravings are the reason to “read” this.
In this book Roberts (of EconTalk fame) takes Adam Smith’s other major work, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, and makes it understandable in a... more
I decided to try this one out on a whim. I like Adam Carolla and his humor translated pretty... more
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn brings us more thrilling tales from the gulag! This is his fictionalized account of life in the... more
This was a PlanetMonk Kindle reprint of a 50s pulp novel. I was expecting tons of scary drug use... more
I’m a regular reader of Jimmy Maher’s blog The Digital Antiquarian which documents the history of the early days of home... more
I’ve been watching The Expanse lately and wanted to get a taste of the novels that the show is based upon.... more
The thesis here is that, despite the constant cries of “fascism” when talking about right-wing policies, the real heirs... more
A good collection of political writings spanning from Hobbes to Marx. Hobbes and Locke lay down a nice foundation... more
This was an enjoyable fantasy about a world that’s been turned to blight everywhere except a single kingdom which... more
So, I’m now four books into the Discworld series and I think I will keep going with it (only 33 more... more
The chapters on Free Masonry and The Golden Dawn were pretty informative. I think my big takeaway about these... more
Transformations is divided into three main sections: native American shapeshifters, werewolves and vampires. The shapeshifters chapter is filled with interesting images... more
It’s been years since I read me some Poirot and it was refreshing to dive back in. I am a better... more
Another enjoyable read from Red Eye host Greg Gutfeld. The thesis as I see it is that liberals own... more
Another nice entry in the Aubry Maturin series.
I’m slowly working my way through various artist monographs I have collected over the years. Up until now I... more
I couldn’t be bothered to write a review.
The historical fiction version of A Feast for Crows with the church versus the crown. It’s a thick but quick-paced read... more
Johan Norberg wrote one of the clearest accounts of the 2007 financial meltdown and, after that dismal tale, he’s back with... more
The most recent book in this series builds up to a grand conclusion, an last-stand battle of epic proportions,... more
A nice collection of works by Eric Ravilious. This isn’t too text heavy, but each print gets a few... more
Leave it to The Phantom Surfers to release an instrumental surf record without any music, singing, talking or audio... more
This is a fantasy novel I picked up based strictly on the reviews and auto-recommendations online. I enjoyed it... more
This is the first Western I’ve ever read. Written in 1933, Silvertip is the story of a gray-templed gunslinger who likes... more
Another rambling philosophical tome from Taleb. It expands on the idea that good policy emerges from the participants having... more
This was my first cyberpunk novel (if you don’t count getting stuck in Neuromancer on the IIgs). I thought it was... more
I really do like Vin Packer’s pulp thrillers. This book continues her knack for creating conflicted and dark characters... more
The second book in this series moves along nicely as the various characters continue to do the things they... more
Published in 1964, this book presents itself as a scientific analysis of swinger culture. The opening chapters are filled... more
Nothing to see here.
Billed as a travelogue, this book covers the culture, politics and history of the Nordic countries from the perspective... more
Gritty crime fiction. Basically the blueprint for the entire genre. The writing and language are a tier above most... more