Weinersmith’s Book Club #6

Nov 10 – Songs of the Doomed (Thompson)

Review: Enjoyable prose because it’s Thompson, but I usually feel like Thompson’s stories are more entertaining than enlightening. He was part of a culture that seemed to consider chaos objectively desirable, which I’m sympathetically opposed to.

Nov 10 – Epigenetics (Francis)

Review: Not great. Some interesting stuff, but alternatingly too in depth or too shallow. Also, a remarkably amount of discussion of Jose Canseco’s shrunken balls (seriously).

Nov 11 – Hallucination (Sacks)

Review: Fun stories by Oliver Sacks. As always, a bit overwrought, a bit redundant with his other books, and thoroughly enjoyable, a bit like an old uncle who’s gotten very good at telling his great stories.

Nov 13 – Caliban’s War (Corey)

Review: Written by my friends, so NO REVIEW FOR YOU INTERNET.

Nov 15 – Singularity Rising (Miller)

Review: Written by someone I know, so NO REVIEW FOR YOU INTERNET.

Nov 16 – Climax of an Empire (Morris)

Review: Very long, but very good. Morris is probably a bit rosey on the old empire for most people, but he’s open about this, and does a lot of work to present what was bad as well.

Nov 18 – The 39 Steps (Buchan)

Review: Corny mystery, but its oldness makes it a bit more fun. Evil Germans and a man tailed by a “monoplane.” Solid.

Nov 20 – Light Verse from the Floating World (Uedo, ed.)

Review: Lovely Senryu, which we would recognize is haiku about mundane topics. Kelly and I read this together.

Nov 23 – An Anthropologist on Mars (Sacks)

Review: More good Sacks.

Nov 24 – Long After Midnight (Bradbury)

Review: Ech. I love Bradbury, but when he’s not great, he’s the height of cornball. This was largely a collection of the latter.

Nov 25 – A Leg to Stand On (Sacks)

Review: Yet more good Sacks.

Nov 25 – A Manual for Living (Epictetus)

Review: Very quotable, but it’s no Marcus Aurelius, and a bit too far toward the nihilistic end of stoicism for my taste.

Nov 26 – Starburst (Pohl)

Review: An interesting book, though it has the sci fi author’s frequent flaw of worship for technocrats. Also, it’s dystopic visions for the future seem out of date these days.

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4 Responses to Weinersmith’s Book Club #6

  1. Jibba says:

    How many books do you own?

  2. John Smith says:

    Aww I preferred the old 4/5 star system :(

  3. Tom Eric says:

    Now I have to do reading before I read, bring back the stars.

  4. Danielle says:

    You probably get this question a lot, sorry if it’s repetitive: How have you learned to read so quickly, yet thoroughly? I love reading but it’s my great shame that it takes me months to get through a book (even ones I enjoy!). I guess my mind wanders or something. Any tips?

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