Robert Wm. Gomez's

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 Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami 5/10 This book started off okay enough and was pretty interesting for the first hundred pages or so. The premise was that a man and... more
Warm Voices Rearranged Brandon Kearney & Gregg Turkington 7/10 The subtitle of the book is "Anagram Record Reviews" and that pretty much sums it up. Take a record artist and title, rearrange... more
Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning Jonah Goldberg 8/10 The thesis here is that, despite the constant cries of "fascism" when talking about right-wing policies, the real heirs of... more
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown 6/10 Amazon recently gave this ebook away for free as a promotion for the sequel Inferno. It was my beach read for spring... more
How to Piss in Public: From Teenage Rebellion to the Hangover of Adulthood Gavin McInnes 9/10 When I started this book I was apprehensive. As much as I love Gavin's current incarnation as a wild libertarian/conservative... more
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable Nassim Nicholas Taleb 7/10 Admittedly, I didn't finish this book. There's a point about halfway through when he tells the casual reader that now would be... more
Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You Greg Gutfeld 8/10 Another enjoyable read from Red Eye host Greg Gutfeld. The thesis as I see it is that liberals own the definition of cool... more
Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il Michael Malice 9/10 I have read quite a few books that give an account of what it is like to live under the control of a totalitarian regime, from... more
The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion Virginia Postrel 7/10 Virginia Postrel is a great, thoughtful writer and, although I am not terribly interested in the topic of glamour, I enjoyed... more
Title Author Rating Review
Baby Shark's Grass Widow Legacy Robert Fate 10/10 Another thoroughly enjoyable book in this series. This time Kristen is told to take some time off from all the revenge killing... more
Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets Nassim Nicholas Taleb 8/10 I've heard a few interviews with Taleb and he can be very interesting so I tried to give one of his books a try knowing that... more
Let's Tell a Story Together Jimmy Maher 8/10 I'm a regular reader of Jimmy Maher's blog The Digital Antiquarian which documents the history of the early days of... more
Venus in Furs Leopold von Sacher Masoch 7/10 After seeing Jess Franco's movie of the same name, I noticed that this ebook was available for free at Amazon. The book and the... more
The Thrill Kids Vin Packer 8/10 Another yarn about corrupted youth from Vin Packer. This time it's four disenfranchised teenage boys who become a vigilante... more
The Galaxy Primes E.E. Doc Smith 3/10 I don't think I really like science fiction. Sure there have been a few stories I liked, Dune, The Ender series, and... more
Baby Shark's Showdown at Chigger Flats Robert Fate 9/10 Another enjoyable story filled with shooting, kicking and revenge. This story is much more straightforward than others in the... more
Unfaithful Wives Orrie Hitt 8/10 Another quality pulp novel from Prologue Books. This one is filled with at least half a dozen cheating spouses and/or lovers... more
The Lone Wolf #1: Night Raider Mike Barry 6/10 This is essentially a Death Wish style vigilante story about a cop who really, really doesn't like... more
Baby Shark's Jugglers at the Border Robert Fate 9/10 Although I don't think it's hardly the best book in this series, I burned through this one in just a few days. These Baby... more
Baby Shark's High Plains Redemption Robert Fate 10/10 I love these Baby Shark books. They are just great, action packed reads. I burned through this book in a few days and... more
The Silent Wall Peter Rabe 7/10 This is the story of an American GI who returns to Sicily years after the war to find the girl he loved only to find himself... more
The Screwball King Murder Kin Platt 6/10 A pretty straightforward detective mystery which, despite the cover of the book, has very little to do with baseball. Even... more
Title Author Rating Review
Baby Shark's Beaumont Blue's Robert Fate 10/10 The second Baby Shark story is just as brutal and action packed as the first with great characters and writing.
The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage Greg Gutfeld 8/10 Gutfeld's latest is a bit more focused than his last book. The primary theme of the book is that people who say they are... more
The Evil Friendship Vin Packer 8/10 I started reading this book without knowing anything about it. I had previously read and very much enjoyed Vin Packer's The... more
Wyrd Sisters Terry Pratchett 8/10 Another solid Discworld novel with lots of vivid characters and humorous situations.
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
Title Author Rating Review
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.