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
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
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
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.
Title Author Rating Review
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.
Title Author Rating Review
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.
Desolation Island Patrick O'Brian 9/10 The books keep getting better.
The Mauritius Command Patrick O'Brian 8/10 Much better than the last book in the series.
Black Hole Charles Burns 7/10 Decent and weird graphic novel. Lots on indy comic cliche.
H.M.S. Surprise Patrick O'Brian 6/10 Weakest of the first 3 Aubry Maturin books.
Title Author Rating Review
Mysterious Stranger David Blaine 5/10 Some interesting magic history, a few neat tricks and lots of David Blaine's self-hating magic style-endurance artist crap.
Haunted Chuck Palahniuk 3/10 Starts out with some amusing short stories but never amounts to much. The main plot line is barely existent and the stories are... more
Zardoz John Boorman 4/10 Yeah that's right, a novelization of Zardoz. It's just as inexplicable as the movie.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince J. K. Rowling 10/10