The unofficial start of Summer is here. It is already too hot and muggy where I am! But to those of you who love Summer, happy Summer!
Finished Vicious Circle (Persephone Alcmedi, Book 1). This started as a bad urban fantasy, and I was expecting to either put it down or at the very least not read the rest of the series. It took a turn for the better about 1/3 of the way through and while I can’t say it brings much new the genre, I will probably read the rest of the series.
I just finished The Algebraist by Iain M Banks and have now started The official DSA Theory Test for car drivers - my partner has decided I finally have to get my drivers license so until I past my written test I won’t be reading anything else
I gave this up after a few more stories. None of them were well-done, and the subject matter was just bringing me down.
Next up, Guys Read: Funny Business, short stories by some well-known authors. This is the first of a series aimed at young men to foster more interest in reading. My fourteen year old son liked it and said he would look for more.
Wizard of Lies, Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust, is excellent and not too technical so far. The guy cheated so many people and for so long. It makes you want to cash out of every financial instrument you own in favor of gold, canned goods and a shotgun.
I’ve been blazing through the Tess Monaghan books by Laura Lippman, partially because I wanted to reread them and partially because they are available from the library without my ever having to get off my butt. I love ebooks.
I just finished e by Matt Beaumont, a book done entirely in the form of E-mails from and to denizens of a London ad agency. A strange and delightful book, the style being totally foreign to aging technophobe me.
Serendipitously, I’m reading e² (subtitle: New year. New ads. Same sh*t). Some very funny sections, but the voices seem less distinctive to me than they did in e and the humor a bit predictable and brittle. It’s kind of like one very clever smartass emailing himself from 20 different sock accounts. Still, it’s pretty entertaining and a pleasant relief after Before My Helpless Sight: Suffering, Dying and Military Medicine on the Western Front, 1914-1918, which is officially the most depressing book I’ve ever read.
Almost finished with The Picture of Dorian Grey. A bit darker than I was expecting, what with all the death. But the language is fantastic - the accumulation of images really gives the book a deep and haunting presence. There was one passage, detailing gemstones and fabrics, that was so very vivid I could almost run my hands through it.
I’m in the middle of The Psychopath Test by Joe Ronson. It’s full title is The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry. It’s interesting so far. One case involves a guy who was arrested for GBH and to avoid about 7 years in prison, he claimed to be insane thinking they would send him to a cushy mental hospital. Instead they sent him to Broadmoor! He has admitted that he lied and is actually sane but the doctors don’t believe him. The Scientologists have taken up his case. Apparently they hate psychiatrists (I did not know that) and to them this guy’s case is another example of shrinks playing God.
Yep, I’m about 75% through it now, it’s really a great book. Seriously great, as in I recommend it to anyone who likes non-fiction. As you say, you don’t need to be particularly interested in the dust bowl to find this book fascinating.