Here you'll find a list of books I've read. I try to write a short note about each.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Sunday, 23 February 2014

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a murder mystery (of sorts), is told from the point of view of Christopher Boone, a 15-year old boy with autism. It is funny and heartbreaking.

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, Book 1)

Thursday, 29 August 2013

I've been meaning to read Stephen King's Dark Tower series for years. I'm not sure why I waited so long. "The Gunslinger" is a fun tale, and I'm looking forward to the remaining books.

The Sugar Frosted Nutsack: A Novel

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Books about gods messing with humans are always fun. Books about stories about gods messing with humans are even more fun. "The Sugar Frosted Nutsack" is such a book. Mark Leyner is a showy genius and this book is one of those in which you can "see the writing." Some people dislike that. I'm not one of those people. When the writing is this much fun, I want to see it all.

How to Sharpen Pencils

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

When David Rees started an "Artisanal Pencil Sharpening" service I laughed right along with everyone else. Secretly though, I wished I had thought of it. In his book, "How to Sharpen Pencils," Rees describes in great detail every possible component of artisinal pencil sharpening; both real and imagined. It's funny. And for those of us who love pencils, it's helpful too. He is, after all, "The number 1 #2 pencil sharpener."

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Saturday, 27 July 2013

As a fan of Neil Gaimann I was excited to read his new book, "The Ocean at the End of the Lane." I'm glad I did. There was much to like and I enjoyed it while it lasted. The problem I had was that, once finished, I wasn't sure what the book was for. It didn't really add up for me. I'd still recommend it, though.

Joyland

Thursday, 4 July 2013

I always come back to Stephen King whenever I just feel like reading a good story, well-told. Joyland did not disappoint. Joyland is a simple coming-of-age story taking place in and around an aging amusement park. There's murder, mystery, love, ghosts and Speed Graphic cameras. That's everything, right?

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Fascinating look at the daily grind of many artists and intellectuals. I learned that Scotch and or barbiturates are a requirements.

Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives

Thursday, 2 May 2013

An imaginative collection of vignettes describing different possible afterlives.

How to Archer

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Everything about Archer makes me laugh, including this book.

Sirens of Titan

Friday, 29 March 2013

I choose Sirens of Titan as my first Vonnegut book and was unexpectedly disappointed. I found it occasionally funny, but otherwise empty of things to keep me interested. The only character I cared about was Salo. "He" showed up late, and then it was over.

Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens

Friday, 15 March 2013

Reading Christopher Hitchens thrills me. I am thrilled by his range and depth and ability to make me shake my head or my fist. Stimulating.

Kurt Vonnegut: Letters

Friday, 1 March 2013

I have never read any of Vonneguts books, but after reading "Letters" that will have to change. I had no idea that the guy was funny; very funny. His letters made me laugh, but also moved and inspired me.

If On a Winter's Night a Traveler

Sunday, 17 February 2013

It would be easy to dismiss If on a Winter's Night a Traveler as overly clever by half, but that would be a shame because it's a terrifically fun read. It's like reading an Escher print.

More Baths Less Talking

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Nick Hornby writes about reading in More Baths Less Talking: Notes from the Reading Life of a Celebrated Author Locked in Battle with Football, Family, and Time Itself. It's funny and insightful and great fun.

The Handmaid's Tale

Monday, 28 January 2013

Finally got around to reading The Handmaid's Tale. I found it riveting from beginning to end. This is the first thing I've read by Margaret Atwood. Terrific writing and much to think about. The book ended in a way that was both disappointing and perfect.