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 Also, it’s dystopic visions for the future seem out of date these days.