As the US government shut down drags on, I figured it was time to learn more about the threat the Trump presidency poses to the day-to-day running of America. Turns out that, like basically every political story from anywhere in the world at the moment, it’s significantly worse than I thought. Michael Lewis books are almost their own specific little sub-genre now – relatively light and readable looks at deeply boring topics. The Fifth Risk has less of an overarching narrative than previous works like The Big Short or Moneyball. Instead, it’s three separate novella-sized looks at three opaque […]
Episode 2-02: 1/16th Choctaw Wherein I read: 4. Ex-Communication (Ex-Heroes #3) by Peter Clines 5. Verses for the Dead (Agent Pendergast #18) by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child As I type this sentence, I wonder why Peter Clines amazing superheroes battling zombies series hasn’t already been optioned and turned into your favorite series yet. As I type THIS sentence, I wonder if Preston & Child got notes from some marketing douche and wrote this book like “Is this what you wanted, you f**kface?”
What a terrible cover!! I ignored this book for months totally put off by it and I’ll admit the book blurb too. But it popped up on a few “best of 2018” lists so I gave it a try. I loved it, and will be re-reading it shortly. I’ve read some other Talia Hibbert’s so I am not sure why I waited so long (oh yes, the cover!). Ruben is our wayward Prince (of a small made up Scandinavian island) and he meets Cherry at a school in the UK, where she works in HR. She’s sent by her co-workers […]
I’ve just finished this book, having bumped it way up my TBR list based on a review I read on here a short while ago. On the surface, it’s an engaging story about a bunch of misfit species on a space ship that tunnels wormholes in space to help faster interstellar travel. Our erstwhile captain is given a lucrative contract to build a new tunnel near a new planet, which has been taken over by an extremely war-like species that somehow are now part of the greater space coalition. I’m a bit woolly on that bit to be […]
I read the first book in this series a couple of years ago and liked it, but I never got around to finishing the series. Probably should have read it closer together . . . This was a perfectly serviceable follow up to The Amulet of Samarkand, and honestly I think my ‘meh’ reaction to it is mostly on me. The only real criticism I have of the book is that it was too long. This is supposed to be children’s/middle grade book, and it’s 562 pages with pretty small font. I suppose that wouldn’t matter (coughHarryPottercough) if I were […]
In which Siege has an early contender for her favorite book/poet of the year.
Wanderlust is Elizabeth Eaves’ memoir of her travels from her late teen years to her mid-30s, and like any travel memoir it suffers somewhat from the delusions of grandeur of its main character/author. The friend who lent it to me did so with the disclaimer that, “she’s a bit pretentious, but aren’t all travel writers? I think you have to be in order to think that other people are going to be interested in your travel diary.” My friend is not wrong. I love to travel and so I’m primed to like a good travel memoir- Eat, Love, Pray, and […]
I have yet to read Graham Greene’s famous spy satire Our Man in Havana, but I’m familiar with the premise and am well aware that John Le Carré is aping it here. He’s having a blast splattering colored paint on the immaculately white walls of British imperialism. Until he remembers that these characters have stories, hearts and lives too. That’s what makes The Tailor of Panama so fascinating. Transparently a satire of western intelligence work, Le Carré also paints vivid portraits of characters whose lives are impacted by their failed pursuits at advancement in western culture. There’s Harry Pendel, the half-Scottish half-Jewish secretly […]