Read: The Quantum Spy

So I just finished LAB 257 which was like having my head placed in a vice with the handle slowly turning. I needed something easy, something fresh, something doable. Enter The Quantum Spy by David Ignatius. It’s a spy book. … Read More

Read: Sixty Meters to Anywhere

This is a quick read, but don’t let that fool you. A memoir. Good kid with bad problems does wrong, survives and attempts to make right. What pulls him from the edge of the abyss is family, luck, drive and … Read More

Read: The Girl on the Train

A slow motion train wreck, but that’s the point. This was a great story by an author who knows the weaknesses of both the human mind and the human body, but also knows that even inside the deepest, darkest hole … Read More

Read: Rough Animals

Okay, so here’s the deal. I found out about this book at a small party in Santa Fe. It was recommended to me, and I’m glad it was, but it was recommended on the suggestion that the author was potentially … Read More

Read: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Not gonna pretend I completely comprehend the contents of this book, but I will venture back to it from time to time. I would buy this book in paper form and leave it on the shelf with the other books … Read More

Read: Epidemic

This was a great f^%$%^% book, but not in the traditional elegant way of an English novel or book of poetry. This book read like a spy novel only it was all too real, documenting the Ebola outbreak in West … Read More

Read: The Modern Mercenary

Just a little light reading about private military contractors. For those of you looking for a light read, a tale of adventure, a few quick notes about PMC’s followed by two hundred pages of first person “I could die out … Read More

Read: The Water Will Come

This from today’s Guardian. Sea level rise in Florida. Now to matters at hand. I’ve said since The Freak got elected that in some ways we deserve this buffoon. When the population is so greedy, so selfish, so uneducated and … Read More

Read: Dark Matter

A quick but fun read. Kinda like a version of The Terminator that never quite got made. Author probably hates that description but I enjoyed the book, so it’s all for good. And I remember where I was when I … Read More

Read: Finding Ultra

I’m late to the party once again, but a book is a book and I know that many of you would feel incomplete, even despondent, were it not for my book “reviews.” Wink, wink. Rich Roll is a guru of … Read More

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 Line Becomes a River

Whoever recommended this book, thank you. If you have any interest in the border then read this book. What is this book? A detailed, historical look at the region? No. A book of facts and statistics? Not really. This book … Read More

Read: Pieces of White Shell

Warning. If you are someone with a love of the open spaces, of Native American culture, history and story then this book will consume you. But this is a quiet book. “Simple.” It gives you the recipe but then it’s … Read More

Read: Basin and Range

Here we are again. John McPhee. Sick of me yet? Sick of him? Hope not. Okay, in short, if you aren’t into geology and things like plate tectonics, continental drift and zeolites then don’t bother with this book. Or if … Read More

Read: The Road

This is an old school book. Written in 1907. Jack London’s “The Road” is about his life as a hobo. Jumping trains, begging for food, escaping the railroad “Bulls” and enduring the rough aspects of life on the rail. It … Read More

Read: The Survival of the Bark Canoe

So, am I going to build a bark canoe? Probably not. Would I like to? Yes, I would actually. Working with my hands isn’t something I’ve done since my youth, and even then it was mostly manual labor jobs. But … Read More

Read: Patagonian Road

My singular question about this book is the title. I’m not entirely sure why the title is what it is because the author travels solo from Guatemala to Argentina with the ghost of Paul Theroux as her only guide, so … Read More