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
Title Author Rating Review
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
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.
2007
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.
2006
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.

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