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.

2013
Title Author Rating Review
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
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
2011
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.
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

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