I came into this book, after having read Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow and a few other things that I can’t immediately recall, thinking that the basic premise of this book was an historical fact agreed upon by all knowledgeable people. The CIA helped funnel cocaine into American cities as a way of helping to fund the Contra’s in the 1980s. Whether this was all a concerted effort on the part of the white establishment to intentionally suppress African American agency is an issue I don’t feel qualified to fully tackle in this review. Gary Webb’s series of articles […]
Check out what the participants of CBR10 have been reading in the first quarter of 2018. Which were the most popular books and authors? Who has read the most books so far? Ingres77 crunches the numbers and tallies up the totals in this stats recap.
So, much of my reading for CBR has come via audiobooks. Sadly, my work schedule has changed recently, thus depriving me of much of the time I have to listen to books, so I expect there’s no way I’m going to achieve my goal this year. But I’m still here, though, so I guess all is still well. I’m going to get this out of the way up front: I’m not a conspiracy theorist. 9/11 was the result of fundamentalist Islamic terrorists hijacking airliners. Chemtrails aren’t a thing. Everyone (barring medical issues) should vaccinate their children. And JFK was killed […]
Honestly, this book is nothing like I expected. And what I expected can best be summarized with a photo: There’s pretty much nothing about this that appeals to me. But this isn’t what Rambo is. At least, that’s not the Rambo that David Morrell created. That Rambo isn’t about an underdog beaten down by society, taking a stand against political indifference and small town stupidity. Morrell’s Rambo is about the political divide that nearly tore the country apart in the late-60s and early-70s, and the generational gulf that led to so much animosity between the baby boomers and their parents. […]
Believe it or not, I haven’t disappeared. This is actually my fifteenth book this year, but the ten unreviewed books are part of a series that I’ll probably be reading for the rest of the year. But I needed a break, so I jumped on this. I picked up I’ll Be Gone in the Dark having no knowledge of who the writer was, or the specifics around the case. In fact, it wasn’t until about halfway through the book that I even realized this was about the Original Night Stalker, also known as the East Area Rapist, also (also) known […]
A quick recap of the first book and basic outline of the universe, here (with some minor spoilers of the first book): these books are set more than a hundred years in the future. Humanity has been ravaged by devastating global wars, and is on the brink of extinction. Their only recourse is salvation by recolonization to be orchestrated by the AI Bob, who was created from the cryogenically frozen brain of a mid-21st century tech entrepreneur. Alongside this, the Bob (who has cloned himself numerous times) is exploring the universe both in the hopes of finding new worlds in […]
I’m still alive! Almost three weeks into CBR10, and I’ve finally updated the data for both December and CBR9. This year end post won’t be as…..long as last years, but I think the information is presented better. As has been established, we’ll be doing something different for CBR10. I’ll be getting some help, and we’ll be updating less often. Hopefully, you won’t enjoy the updates any less, though. On with the stats! December stats: 510 reviews (Last month: 217) Average rating: 3.79 stars (Last month: 3.71) Most popular book: The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard and Hunger: A Memoir […]
Towards the end of my review of Rising Sun, I said, “Michael Crichton was kind of an asshole, right? I’m not off-base in saying that?”. With his follow-up novel, Disclosure, I can, without reservation, firmly assert that I think Michael Crichton was unquestionably an asshole. Disclosure, which Crichton alleges is based on a true story, tells the story of Tom Sanders, a department head for Digicom, a tech company on the cusp of a big merger. Sanders’ hopes for a big promotion are foiled by the hiring of Meredith Johnson, an old girlfriend and, now, new boss. On their first […]