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Don't Point that Thing at Me

 Thumbs up for Don’t Point That Thing At Me by Kyril Bonfiglioli. Suspense.

I was delighted to find another one of these delightful, nasty little jewels. Think Robert B. Parker but British, with a lot more booze and women and cowardice. Bonfiglioli nevers sets a step wrong. These books deserve much better than the anonymity they have fallen into.

“Somewhere in the trash he reads Martland has read that heavy men walk with surprisingly lightness and grace; as a result he trips about like a portly elf hoping to be picked up by a leprechaun.

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Nature Via Nurture : Genes, Experience, and What Makes Us Human


Thumbs up for Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience & What Makes Us Human by Matt Ridley. Science.

The beginning of this book fascinated me. Unfortunately, Ridley makes his point too well, too early (that the realization of genes is influenced by environment, and that “nature” is not mutually exclusive from “nurture”) and by the second half I’d already felt I’d gotten what I was going to get out of it.… >> Read more

Treasure Island


Thumbs up for Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Young adult.

I was (quite unfairly) wary of a repeat of my experience with Robinson Crusoe – one of the most agonizingly boring books I’ve ever dragged my way through – but this came highly recommended by my coworker. He was not wrong; it is indeed a delight. Yo-ho-ho!

“‘Marooned three years agone,’ he continued, ‘and lived on goats since then, and berries, and oysters.

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Old Man's War


Thumbs up for Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. Science fiction.

To start with, it’s FUNNY. And smart. And, to me as a writer, inspirational, because it has a very simple story arc but is nevertheless brilliant. There are almost no books I wish I’d written, but this comes close. If you like any variety of science fiction, you should run and buy all of Scalzi’s books right now.… >> Read more

Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise

Two thumbs up for Just A Geek: Unflinchingly Honest Tales of the Search for Life, Love, and Fulfillment Beyond the Starship Enterprise by Wil Wheaton. Memoir.

If you are a geek, you just grinned, because you already read WWdN. If you are not a geek, you said to yourself: “Who is Wil Wheaton? And why doesn’t he spell his name with two L’s, like a normal person?” Is okay.… >> Read more

Fever Dream


Thumbs up for Fever Dream by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Suspense.

Going from Cormac McCarthy to Preston & Child: Ow. No offense to them, but I think they would be the first to agree that one does not read their books for the prose. But I stuck with it, and after I relaxed into the fact that it was what it was, I enjoyed just as much as always the gleefully over-the-top adventures of ultra-rich ultra-brilliant bullet-dodging DSM-IV-quoting Southern gentleman who is Special Agent Pendergast (he has an evil brother, does that tell you anything about this series?).… >> Read more