Book Reviews

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

I finished reading this novel (published in 2003) for my Third Tuesday Book Club (which meets tomorrow evening, November 21st), and I very much enjoyed it. It is a book about living as an outsider, and also about relationships, goals, and families. Continue reading

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The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2018

The Old Farmer's 2018 Almanac

For many years now I have gotten the Old Farmer’s Almanac, and this year was no exception; and as usual, I have enjoyed reading it, and will be happily using it during the coming year. Continue reading

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Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc by Hugh Aldersey-Williams (Ebook)

Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

This is a book about the elements that make up everything about us; but it is also a book about how various elements have been regarded throughout history. As such, it is a fascinating book, and one that I enjoyed reading. Continue reading

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The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler (Ebook)

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

As is my normal procedure, I have finished reading this novel (via Kindle) a day ahead of our Third Tuesday Book Club meeting tomorrow (October 17th, 2017) to discuss the book. This is a novel full of secrets and family issues, with carnivals, Tarot cards, and horseshoe crabs thrown in for good measure, and I very much enjoyed reading it. Continue reading

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The Cutthroat by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott, Read by Scott Brick (Audiobook)

The Cutthroat by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott, Read by Scott Brick

I finished listening to this Audiobook, the latest in the mystery series starring Isaac Bell, the Chief Investigator of the early Twentieth Century Van Dorn Detective Agency.  This book is a worthy addition to the series, and I enjoyed listening to it. Continue reading

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Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself — While The Rest of Us Die by Garrett M. Graff

Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself... While The Rest of Us Die by Garrett M. Graff

In 1945 the world woke up to the reality that one nation might take over another nation using nuclear bombs or warheads. This book is about the efforts of the United States government to maintain Continuity of Government in the event of a nuclear strike upon our nation, and it makes fascinating reading. Continue reading

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Selected Stories by Theodore Sturgeon (Ebook)

Selected Stories by Theodore Sturgeon

This book, published in 2000, contains thirteen short stories by Theodore Sturgeon (died 1985), most of which he wrote from the mid-1940s to the late 1960s. Sturgeon was most known for being a science fiction author, but also branched into other genres, and this collection nicely showcases his varied interests. And I very much enjoyed reading this collection. Continue reading

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Blister by Jeff Strand (Ebook)

Blister by Jeff Strand

I finished this novel, as usual, a day ahead of my Third Tuesday Book Club meeting (September 19th, 2017) to discuss the book; it is a very funny, very dark book, full of humor and various kinds of assorted mayhem, and I very much enjoyed reading it. Continue reading

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The Child Thief by Gerald Brom

The Child Thief by Gerald Brom

This book was lent to me by my son and daughter in law; it is a very dark, sometimes harrowing, and sometimes humorous retelling of the story of Peter Pan, reaching back to the original stories by J. M. Barrie and even further back into Welsh and Norse mythology. I very much enjoyed reading it, even though at times it was quite bloody and violent. Continue reading

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The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems…and Create More by Luke Dormehl (Ebook)

The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems...and Create More by Luke Dormelh

I finished reading this non-fiction book about algorithms last night. It is about how algorithms are now being used for all kinds of uses, and how some of those uses are very problematical, and I very much enjoyed reading the book. Continue reading

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The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout

The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout

This nonfiction book by a clinical psychologist is about sociopaths, those one out of twenty-five people (on average) who have no sense of conscience. In a larger sense, it also covers why the rest of us do have consciences, and I very much enjoyed reading this book. Continue reading

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

This book is one that I have always loved, although the last time I read it was before I started keeping my Books Read lists in 1999. I finished re-reading the book ahead of our Third Tuesday Book Club meeting tomorrow night (August 15th, 2017) to discuss the book; it is a novel that centers around a notorious murder, but it is more about bullying and isolation than about the murder. Continue reading

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The Waking Engine by David Edison

The Waking Engine by David Edison

I was lent this debut novel by my son and daughter-in-law; it covers, with a very broad canvas, life and death, and rebirth, in a mix of fantasy and science fiction. I very much enjoyed this book, though I will not claim to understanding all of it (whether that is failure on my part, or the author’s, I have no way of knowing). Continue reading

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Hemingway Didn’t Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations by Garson O’Toole (Ebook)

Hemingway Didn't Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations by Garson O'Toole

This non-fiction book is a wonderful exploration into how quotations that everyone knows can be attributed to the incorrect persons. I very much enjoyed reading this book. Continue reading

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Kiss My Asterisk: A Feisty Guide to Punctuation and Grammar by Jenny Baranick (Ebook)

Kiss My Asterisk: A Feisty Guide to Punctuation and Grammar by Jenny Baranick

I finished reading this non-fiction book yesterday before bed, and I enjoyed having my grammar lessons given in such a humourous way. Continue reading

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

the brief wondrous life of oscar wao by junot diaz

I first read this book in June 2009 for my Third Tuesday Book Club, and I have now read the book again as the 2008 Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It is a powerful, funny, heartbreaking book about love, curses, and the Dominican Republic, and I enjoyed reading this book. Continue reading

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Sycamore Row by John Grisham (Ebook)

Sycamore Row by John Grisham

As usual, I finished this book a day ahead of my Third Tuesday Book Club meeting tomorrow night (July 18th, 2017); it is a stand-alone sequel to A Time To Kill, and is a great book, which I very much enjoyed reading. Continue reading

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Beethoven’s Skull: Dark, Strange, and Fascinating Tales from the World of Classical Music and Beyond by Tim Rayborn (Ebook)

Beethoven's Skull: Dark, Strange, and Fascinating Tales from the World of Classical Music and Beyond by Tim Rayborn

This is a fun and breezy non-fiction book about music in general and musicians and composers (or decomposers, in some cases) in particular. I very much enjoyed reading this book. Continue reading

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