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.

2008
Title Author Rating Review
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.
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.
2005
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