Read: Barkskins

Maybe it was too late when the first hominid awoke and stared at the world. This is perhaps the underlying theme of this VAST and EPIC book. Now, a little background. Barkskins was given to me by a friend who … Read More

Read: The Western Star

I needed a book like this. Given to me by a friend, The Western Star, is another book(Longmire #13) in a long line of books from Craig Johnson who is the creator of the “Longmire” series, which is now a … Read More

Read: The Razor’s Edge

I know. I know, I know, I know, I know, I know. I’ve read this book about a hundred times. And I will read it again. One of my all time favorites. Not only do I like the period and … Read More

Read: The Time in Between

So I have mixed feelings about this book. I have no idea where I got this book or how it ended up in my house, but it was there, so I read it. This book received a lot of recognition … Read More

Read: American Wolf

Okay, Nate Blakeslee’s “American Wolf” made my blood boil. I’m guessing you are familiar with the wolf situation in the American West, but I know there are more than a few Euro types who read this site, so let me … Read More

Read: The Reluctant Fundamentalist

This is a beautiful book. So smoothly written it felt EFFORTLESS. The entire book is based on one conversation, in one cafe in Pakistan. In short, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is about the changing shape of humanity and the global, interconnected … Read More

Read: The Mediterranean Caper

FIRST POST OF NEW YEAR. PLEASE ALERT THE MEDIA Yes I read a Clive Cussler. Damnit there are 150,000,000 copies of his books in print, so what the Hell. I had to do it. I know what you literary snobs … Read More

Read: A Town Like Alice

I’m not telling you to go get this book. A Town Like Alice was first published in 1950, and subsequently reprinted many, many times, but it’s written in a very 1950’s way. You may or may not like this. Either … Read More

Read: A Visit From The Goon Squad

This is quite a book. Unique in my mind. I’m not really sure how to describe it, other than it snaps you off with precision, twisting and turning with a single paragraph. One chapter, toward the back, is all diagrams. … Read More

Read: Hard Rain Falling

Just before I read this book I read a blockbuster crime novel by a famous author I had never read. It was almost 600 pages. Although I get why this author is so successful I kinda felt like I was … Read More

Read: The Lifeboat

There was one thing I took away from this book. Anytime I read something like this, which is very much what the title suggests, I always do the “What would I do?” thing. Most of the time the answer isn’t … Read More

Read: Fencing the Sky

Okay, I doubled down on Galvin, just like I have with various other authors, but unlike various other authors Galvin’s work is so painfully close to home. Fencing the Sky is a beautiful book filled with not so beautiful things. … Read More

Read: State of Wonder

This was a beautiful book. Certain writers are so smooth you can hardly believe the prose. This was my first Ann Patchett book but won’t be the last. State of Wonder follows a doctor into the depths of the Brazilian … Read More

Read: The Forever War

This is the first sci-fi book I’ve ever read. Loved it. Written by a vet, the book is a space reflection on the Vietnam war. Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War is a scary look at a potential future. The imagined … Read More

Read: Bull Mountain

Bull Mountain was a recommendation from my friend Andrew. There are at least three Andrews who frequent this site, so which one is it? You have to guess. I was trying to figure out how to describe this book other … Read More

Read: Underground Airlines

This book really got me. Got me thinking. What if? In a way, and the author will probably hate this, reminded me of World War Z, but this book has nothing to do with zombies. World War Z was written … Read More

Read: Joe

Another recommendation from my friend Jack. Another good one. Another Southern writer, but don’t let that allow you to think of him as a “regional writer,” which is a strange title I hear from time to time. The characters in … Read More