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.

2011
Title Author Rating Review
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
2010
Title Author Rating Review
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
2009
Title Author Rating Review
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 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
2008
Title Author Rating Review
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