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.

2015
Title Author Rating Review
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain 7/10 I want to eventually read Huckleberry Finn, so I figured I should read this one first. It's pretty entertaining, but... more
Raveler: The Dark God Book 3 John D. Brown 8/10 The most recent book in this series builds up to a grand conclusion, an last-stand battle of epic proportions, and then, once... more
Curse: The Dark God Book 2 John D. Brown 7/10 Despite an exciting opening, the second book in this series is not as good as the first. The stakes aren't as high and it feels... more
Servant: The Dark God Book 1 John D. Brown 8/10 This is a fantasy novel I picked up based strictly on the reviews and auto-recommendations online. I enjoyed it for the most... more
Falling Up the Stairs James Lileks 7/10 I know Lileks mostly as a humorous conservative commentator and a connoisseur of cheesy 50's pop culture. I wasn't sure what to... more
The Three Languages of Politics Arnold Kling 9/10 Essential reading for understanding that people who might disagree with politically are not evil or stupid, they are just... more
Something in the Shadows Vin Packer 8/10 I really do like Vin Packer's pulp thrillers. This book continues her knack for creating conflicted and dark characters who... more
2014
Title Author Rating Review
The Slow Regard of Silent Things Patrick Rothfuss 6/10 Well, this isn't the next Kingkiller book, but, fortunately, I wasn't expecting that. The author himself goes to great length... more
How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness Russ Roberts 8/10 In this book Roberts (of EconTalk fame) takes Adam Smith's other major work, The Theory of Moral ... more
The Golden Spiders Rex Stout 8/10 Nero Wolfe is a dick. It's a wonder that this mostly unlikable character spawned such a successful series of books. This is the... more
Weekend Kim Savage 6/10 A fairly blah read from Vixen Press. This one is pretty short on plot and lacks the hardboiled edge that I usually like in... more
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
2013
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
2012
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