My Reading Log

Here's where I keep track of all the books I have been reading lately. This is mostly for my own personal benefit so that I don't forget what I have read.

Title Author Rating Review
The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas Jonah Goldberg 8/10 The main thesis of Tyranny of Clichés begins with the notion that conservative and libertarian arguments tend to get… more
Silvertip Max Brand 8/10 This is the first Western I've ever read. Written in 1933, Silvertip is the story of a gray-templed gunslinger who… more
Baby Shark Robert Fate 10/10 I really liked this noir-ish crime novel set in the dingy pool halls of rural Texas. Lots of great characters and a Kill… more
The Captain Must Die Robert Colby 8/10 Another solid pulp novel from Prologue Books. This time the story follows a group of ex-soldiers out for revenge against their… more
Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations) Michael J. Sullivan 7/10 This was a fairly by-the-numbers fantasy story with the usual characters: a wizard, a prince, a dwarf, a thief and a fighter.… more
The Substance of Style Virginia Postrel 7/10 Does look and feel matter? That's one of the questions posed in this book about the ever increasing emphasis on visual style in… more
The Twisted Ones Vin Packer 8/10 The Twisted Ones was another 1950's pulp novel reprinted as an eBook by Prologue Books and available for free download… more
Don't Cry For Me William Campbell Gault 8/10 I recently discovered Prologue Books’a publisher devoted to re-releasing old pulp novels in ebook form. This is a company that… more
Foundation Isaac Asimov 4/10 I was bored silly by this classic sci-fi book. I wanted to like it. It's voted as the greatest sci-fi series of all time. I'm… more
No, They Can't: Why Government Fails-But Individuals Succeed John Stossel 9/10 John Stossel is awesome. I've been a fan ever since I was in the seventh grade and watched him debunk pro wrestling and, in the… more
Sourcery Terry Pratchett 7/10 I enjoyed the first half of the book in which the Discworld is introduced to the first all-powerful sorcerer they have seen in… more
Mort Terry Pratchett 8/10 So, I'm now four books into the Discworld series and I think I will keep going with it (only 33 more to go). Mort… more
How We Decide Jonah Lehrer 7/10 I am not usually a non-fiction reader outside of the occasional political tome, but I bought this after it was recommended by… more
Equal Rites Terry Pratchett 9/10 The third Discworld novel starts a completely new storyline with no crossover with the first two books. I actually liked this… more
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Robert Heinlein 2/10 This sci-fi classic starts off interestingly enough: in an authoritarian society on the Moon, an engineer befriends a self-… more
The Light Fantastic Terry Pratchett 8/10 The story picks up right where The Colour of Magic with our heroes tumbling off the edge of the world. Book two in the… more
The Colour of Magic Terry Pratchett 8/10 I'm continuously on the lookout for a new fantasy series to fill my Kingkiller Chronicles/Song of Fire and Ice… more
We the Living Ayn Rand 6/10 Okay, I'll admit it. I'm one of those nuts who actually likes The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. It has… more
Pictures of the Socialistic Future Eugene Richter 7/10 An incredibly prescient book from the 19th century that basically lays out everything that is wrong with the practical… more
Last Argument of Kings Joe Abercrombie 7/10 The final book of the First Law trilogy was a sort of step backwards from the previous book. In the previous book I grew to… more
The Declaration of Independents Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch 8/10 This was a nice manifesto of sorts that hits all the right marks in terms of what it means to be an "independent" in today's… more
Before They Are Hanged Joe Abercrombie 8/10 Although I was disappointed by The Blade Itself, I decided to continue on with the series to see if all that plodding… more
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward H. P. Lovecraft 7/10 Sometime during my late teens I started reading a bunch of H. P. Lovecraft books. His style never fully caught on with me. He… more
The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane 6/10 Catching up on a classic I missed in high school. I thought it was okay, but not the sort of plot-driven narrative I enjoy.
The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity Russell Roberts 8/10 This book is really an economics lesson presented in layman's terms. The plot and characters are merely a device to get you… more
The Bible of Unspeakable Truths Greg Gutfeld 7/10 I think I would have liked this book better if I had listened to the audiobook version instead. As it is, it's an enjoyable… more
A Dance with Dragons George R. R. Martin 9/10 I was late to the whole A Game of Thrones thang (but, for the record, I was like totally in to this waaayy before the… more
The Future and its Enemies Virginia Postrel 8/10 Postrel makes the case for decentralized, dynamic systems. The obvious application of this is in free-market versus command-… more
Empire of Lies Andrew Klaven 7/10 I like Andrew Klaven. His Klaven on the Culture videos are good natured and entertaining little bits of political… more
The Cult of the Presidency: America's Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power Gene Healy 6/10 This book analyzes America's proclivity towards an ever expansive and powerful executive branch’admittedly not the most… more
Wise Man's Fear Patrick Rothfuss 9/10 Book two in this excellent series is just about as good as the first. The story picks up right where we left off last time and… more
Where Keynes Went Wrong: And Why World Governments Keep Creating Inflation, Bubbles, and Busts Hunter Lewis 7/10 That title is quite a mouthful, ain't it? I am continuing my recent excursion into econ-type books that are probably a bit over… more
Old Man's War John Scalzi 7/10 This is a science fiction tale based on the premise that, sometime in the distant future, our planetary defense army would be… more
The Hero of Ages Brandon Sanderson 9/10 The Hero of Ages picks up a year or so after the events of The Well of Ascension. This final volume of the… more
The Well of Ascension Brandon Sanderson 9/10 Book two in the Mistborn series continues this the storyline directly after the climactic events of the first novel. This one… more
Racing the Beam Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost 9/10 Racing the Beam is a fairly accessible look at the technology behind the Atari 2600 video game console. Apparently the… more
In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks Adam Carolla 8/10 I decided to try this one out on a whim. I like Adam Carolla and his humor translated pretty well into book form (although I… more
Devil Born Without Horns Michael A. Lucas 9/10 Michael Lucas is best known as the schtick-loving bassist of The Phantom Surfers. This book was self-published under his own… more
The Blade Itself Joe Abercrombie 6/10 Once again, I am off in search of fantasy books to match the greatness of the A Song of Fire and Ice series. Amazon… more
Financial Fiasco Johan Norberg 7/10 This book presents a history of the current financial crisis thingy in a way that tries to be as plain-spoken as possible. Some… more
Mistborn: The Final Empire Brandon Sanderson 9/10 My post-Game of Thrones decent into pure phantasy nerdom continues with the Mistborn trilogy. This first book in the… more
Rock Stardom for Dumbshits Phantom Surfers, The 8/10 Leave it to The Phantom Surfers to release an instrumental surf record without any music, singing, talking or audio of any kind… more
When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish Martin Gardner 5/10 Martin Gardner died around the time this book was released. Like many of his books, it compiles articles and essays that he has… more
Orphans of the Sky Robert A. Heinlein 5/10 Another old sci-fi novel by Heinlein that cares more about the concept than the story. Even at 120 some pages, it still felt… more
A Feast for Crows George R. R. Martin 6/10 After the first three rousing volumes of the Song of Fire and Ice series, this book is a huge disappointment. I get… more
A Storm of Swords George R. R. Martin 10/10 I had thought that this was the conclusion of the entire Song of Fire and Ice series, but aparently this is book three… more
A Clash of Kings George R. R. Martin 9/10 Not quite as gripping as the first book in the series, but Martin maintains much of the same level of quality throughout this… more
A Game of Thrones George R. R. Martin 10/10 After finishing The Name of the Wind, I wanted to continue my fantasy novel kick. A Game of Thrones is a… more
The Name of the Wind Patrick Rothfuss 10/10 An extremely well written fantasy novel that steers clear of most of your standard fantasy fiction cliches. Sure, there is… more
Lovers and Madmen Barry Devlin 7/10 Above average 50's pulp trash. See my Bent Pages recap.
Motherless Brooklyn Jonathan Lethem 10/10 It has been a while since I've read a contemporary novel that I liked this much. Motherless Brooklyn is a pretty… more
Barbarella Jean-Claude Forest 7/10 The French comic upon which the movie was based. Stunning 60's stylized artwork, but the story is just a series of bland sci-fi… more
Aliens Omnibus Various Authors 4/10 This is a collection of the Aliens comics that were released by Dark Horse in the late eighties. These came out before… more
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War Max Brooks 8/10 A bit of speculative fiction showing how the world would deal with a zombie apocalypse. The book is written as a collection… more
Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies C. S. Forrester 6/10 I was disappointed when I came to the realization that this was more of a collection of short stories rather than a full novel… more
Lord Hornblower C. S. Forrester 7/10 Starts out nicely with Hornblower sent off to deal with a mutinous crew and keeps up the pace for about half of the book.… more
Commodore Hornblower C. S. Forrester 6/10 A disappointing follow-up to the last Hornblower novel. This one has Hornblower in Russia helping out during the siege of Riga… more
Time for the Stars Robert A. Heinlein 7/10 A fairly good sci-fi novel about a pair of telepathic twins separated when one goes off to survey new worlds in a near-light… more
Flying Colours C.S. Forester 9/10 Another great Hornblower tale. The action picks up right at the end of the previous book and keeps going all the way to the… more
Ship of the Line C. S. Forester 9/10 Another exciting Hornblower sea tale. This one was a much better read than the last, although, outside of the title character,… more
Tunnel in the Sky Robert A. Heinlein 8/10 A well-paced survival story about a bunch of teenagers abandoned on a desolate planet. There is some delving into civics which… more
Twisty Little Passages - An Approach to Interactive Fiction Nick Montfort 9/10 A very good read that is a critical analysis and brief history of text adventures. The first half gets a little bogged down in… more
Groucho And Me Groucho Marx 5/10 This autobiography was pretty uninformative. Reads more like a compilation of unrelated essays about with a little bit of… more
The Happy Return (aka Beat to Quarters) C. F. Forester 8/10 Thought I'd give this series a try after finishing the Aubry/Maturn series. Hornblower is definately a simpler read, and it's… more
The Gunslinger Stephen King 4/10 Starts out pretty good, but decends into the idiotic by the end.
Blue at the Mizzen Patrick O'Brian 7/10 Not the strongest book in the series. It doesn't help that many of the regular characters are gone in this book.
Gods' Man: A Novel in Woodcuts Lynd Ward 8/10 Beautiful wood engravings are the reason to "read" this.
King Jesus: A Novel Robert Graves 4/10 I loved "I, Claudius" but was utterly bored by this. Maybe I would have appreciated more if I had more than a passing knowledge… more
The Bottoms Joe. R. Lansdale 9/10 To Kill a Mockingbird with a serial killer.
The Odessa File Frederick Forsyth 8/10
Peril at End House Agatha Christie 8/10
The Hundred Days 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… more
Economics in One Lesson 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… more
Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy 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… more
The Yellow Admiral Patrick O'Brian 8/10
Cat Among the Pigeons Agatha Christie 6/10
The A.B.C. Murders Agatha Christie 8/10
The Commodore Patrick O'Brian 8/10 Ending is pretty anti-climactic, but the meat of the story is very interesting.
The Wine-Dark Sea Patrick O'Brian 9/10
The Truelove Patrick O'Brian 6/10
The Nutmeg of Consolation Patrick O'Brian 8/10
Ringworld Larry Niven 5/10 Rather boring and pointless.
Remainder Tom McCarthy 6/10 Mildly amusing tale of a guy who choses to recreate memories down to exacting detail. Reminded me of how pot heads talk (and a… more
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J. K. Rowling 10/10 A satisfying ending to a wonderful series of books. The rating reflects my opinion of the series more than that of this one… more
The Thirteen Gun Salute Patrick O'Brian 7/10 A hu-hum offering in the series. I accidently skipped a book... didn't seem to matter.
The Reverse of the Medal Patrick O'Brian 9/10 A very well done Aubry/Maturin story. More Maturin centric than usual, which is refreshing.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Agatha Christie 7/10 The ending was spoiled for me, but a clever twist indeed.
On the Far Side of the World Patrick O'Brian 8/10 Another nice entry in the Aubry Maturin series.
Prisoner's Base Rex Stout 7/10 Decent mystery. A nice change of pace from A. Christie.
The Man Who Folded Himself David Gerrold 6/10 Interesting with a nice ending, but lacks any real plot complications to hook me in.
Treason's Harbor Patrick O'Brian 8/10 This book in the Aubry/Maturin series benefits from a clear plot line of espionage.
Passenger to Frankfurt Agatha Christie 4/10 The first third is intriguing then it just jumps ship.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles Agatha Christie 7/10 Pretty good mystery.
The Ionian Mission Patrick O'Brian 8/10 Listened to it as a book on tape. Good but lacked an over arching plot.
And Then There Were None Agatha Christie 10/10 Great page turner.
Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger 6/10 More of a character study of a completely unappealing character than a plot-driven novel. Not my thing.
The Shroud of the Twacker Chris Elliott 7/10 Loses steam about 150 pages into the book.
The Surgeon's Mate Patrick O'Brian 6/10
The Fortune of War Patrick O'Brian 9/10 Another Aubry/Maturin book. This one has both sea and espionage elements.
I Am Jackie Chan Jackie Chan 5/10 Mildly amusing but poorly written memoir.