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.

2010
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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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
2011
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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
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
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
2009
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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
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.
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
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
Gods' Man: A Novel in Woodcuts Lynd Ward 8/10 Beautiful wood engravings are the reason to "read" this.
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
2006
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And Then There Were None Agatha Christie 10/10 Great page turner.
Black Hole Charles Burns 7/10 Decent and weird graphic novel. Lots on indy comic cliche.
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.
Desolation Island Patrick O'Brian 9/10 The books keep getting better.
H.M.S. Surprise Patrick O'Brian 6/10 Weakest of the first 3 Aubry Maturin books.
2017
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Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder Nassim Nicholas Taleb 8/10 Another big book about risk from Taleb filled with math, anecdotes, history and Fat Tony. This time it's all in service of his... more
Black Rednecks & White Liberals Thomas Sowell 8/10 A collection of six lengthy essays on race, history and misconceptions. The "Black Rednecks" essay is probably the most... more
Connecticut Privateer Samuel Smedley Jackson Kuhl 7/10 A short book about a lesser known hero of the American revolution. As the captain of a Connecticut privateer vessel, Smedley... more
Coolidge Amity Shlaes 6/10 This was a fawning look at Coolidge's life and tenure as the 30th President. It was okay up to a point, but there's something... more
Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story John Bloom 9/10 Eccentric Orbits is the history of the rise, fall, and eventual rebirth of the world's first (and only) global... more
Food: A Love Story Jim Gaffigan 7/10 An entertaining read that pretty much says everything funny that can be said about food. I've read a couple of these books by... more
Happy Endings Jim Norton 6/10 Norton is usually a very entertaining guest on whatever chat show on which he appears. However, I've watched his stand-up and... more
2012
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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
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.
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
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
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
2013
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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
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
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 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
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
2016
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Bad Penny John D. Brown 7/10 I enjoyed his fantasy series, so I thought I'd try out Brown's crime thriller series. This is the story of an ex-military/ex-... more
2008
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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
Cat Among the Pigeons Agatha Christie 6/10
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
2015
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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
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
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad 5/10 I read this mostly because I am an admirer of Apocalypse Now. It sorta lost me by the end so I really didn't enjoy... more
2014
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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
2007
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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
2005
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince J. K. Rowling 10/10
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