absolutely delightful, though it lost more and more luster as it went on. major echoes of catch-22. also, since when does short trade paperback fictiabsolutely delightful, though it lost more and more luster as it went on. major echoes of catch-22. also, since when does short trade paperback fiction cost $20?!? that is some horseshit....more
copied from facebook. sorry for the context-free list and poor formatting; i didn't know about this format. i'll do better next year.
--------------- itcopied from facebook. sorry for the context-free list and poor formatting; i didn't know about this format. i'll do better next year.
--------------- it's time for an annual tradition, Nick's Pretentious Year in Books! This year i read fifty new books, averaging 420(!) pages each. As is typical in my advanced age, i reread about twice as many, but we're only rating books read for the first time in 2016. I'll hopefully get another two or three in before the year ends (last year i managed 53, and a smooth 60 in 2014).
*ONE STAR, BECAUSE ZERO STARS IS NOT AN OPTION Benchley: jaws--good movie, shockingly bad book
**TWO STARS, DO NOT RECOMMEND Pratchett: the color of magic Pratchett: the light fantastic--this guy is hugely overrated Harris: red dragon--big letdown compared to Lambs Dickens: a tale of two cities Lee: the fortune cookie chronicles, adventures in chinese food King: 11/22/63 Halpern: bad paper, chasing debt from wall street to the underworld Robertson: the games that changed baseball Wilcox: venomous, the biochemistry of earth's deadliest creatures
***THREE STARS, NOT BAD IN A PINCH Commager: the story of world war ii Roach: stiff, the curious life of human cadavers Kranz: failure is not an option, mission control from mercury--apollo13 Dick: the man in the high castle Díaz: the brief wondrous life of oscar wao Murakami: kafka on the shore Bacigalupi: the windup girl Gwynne: empire of the summer moon, the rise and fall of the comanches Jennings: maphead, charting the wide world of geography wonks Raab: the whore of akron, searching for the soul of lebron james Wilson: letters to a young scientist Ullrich: hitler, the years of ascent 1889--1939 Ford: building the h-bomb, a personal history Yong: i contain multitudes, the microbes within us
****FOUR STARS, WELL WORTH READING Puzo: the godfather Hall: dock ellis in the country of baseball Jennings: brainiac, adventures in the world of competitive trivia buffs Nicholson: the ulysses guide, tours through joyce's dublin Loeber: building the bombs, a history of the nuclear weapons complex Baker: the mezzanine Weinberg: cosmology McCullough: 1776 Graves: i, claudius Graves: claudius the god Mantel: wolf hall Mantel: bring up the bodies Hitchens: arguably, essays Forsyth: etymologicon, a circular stroll through the english language Zee: einstein's gravity in a nutshell Weinreb: season of saturdays, a history of college football Scull: madness in civilization, a cultural history of insanity NoFX with Alulis: the hepatitis bathtub and other stories Morgan: the sport of kings
*****FIVE STARS, BUY COPIES OF THESE BOOKS IMMEDIATELY Weinberg: the biology of cancer McGee: on food and cooking, the science of the kitchen Wilde: the picture of dorian gray Flynn: gone girl Aaronson: quantum computing since democritus happy reading!...more