read any good books lately? i have. i've always wanted to try and keep track of all the stuff i've read, but i never seem to do so. i'm hoping that if i make the list public, i'll be more prone to keep it updated. the ratings are out of a possible 5. a strikethough means i finished the book.

First off. A few of my favoriter writers, in no particular order, and for all sorts of reasons. William Faulkner, Roddy Doyle, Nick Hornby, Cormac McCarthy, David Foster Wallace, Joseph Conrad, David Antrium, Tim O' Brien, Tom Wolfe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Chabon, David Brooks, Bob Schacochis, PJ O Rourke (pre-90s), Bill Bryson, Nelson Algren, Neal Pollock, and Mat Honan.


2002 Reading List

Carter Beats the Devil, Glen David Gold -
This is a fantastic novel based on real characters from San Francisco's early 20th century. The book also chronicles the end of the era of theater, and the rise of the movies and television. It's hefty, but it has a damn good plot, and I tore through it in just a few days.
Thursday, September 26, 2002

Boonville, Robert Mailer Anderson -
This is a hell of an entertaining story about the wild country just a few hours north of San Francisco. It starts of a little hackneyed, but then really picks up into a rolling tale that's hard to put down.

I bought this book after we drove through Boonville on the way to Elk. I had briefly heard the author interviewed on the radio, but didn't know too much about the book. When we stopped in Boonville, however, I asked a local merchant if this was the town that the book was named for. She recoiled like I'd slapped her. Without answering my question, she replied, "that's just a work of fiction! It's not really about the town. I knew then that I had to read it.
Thursday, September 26, 2002

Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser
I tore through this one, I couldn't put it down for anything. Every American should read this book. The chapters on the working conditions in the meatpacking industry, alone, made me rethink my diet. But it's the shit-in-the-beef chapter that really, um, grabs you.
Friday, July 26, 2002

The Return of the King , J.R.R. Tolkien -
I don't really know what to say about this book, other than I almost cried when I finished it.
Friday, July 26, 2002

The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien -
I read The Hobbit and the LOTR trilogy when I was a kid, I think around the time Iw as in 7th grade. I'd forgotten what an incredible story, and how well-written the trilogy is. After a slow start (it took me a little while to get used to Tolkien's style), I tore through this book. It's just an incredible tale. Up there with The Odyssey or The Aeneid in terms of classical myth making. Positively awe-inspiring. Frodo Lives, yo.
Sunday, June 23, 2002

Genius : The Life and Science of Richard Feynman, James Gleick -
I'm not going to finish this one, I don't think. Which is a shame because I really liked the two books by Feynman I read. But this bio just isn't doing anything for me.
Friday, April 19, 2002

A Light In August, William Faulkner -

Tuesday, February 26, 2002

The Elementary Particles, Michel Houellebecq -
(One of those books where I found myself underlingin all sorts of passages. Thought-provoking.)
Tuesday, February 26, 2002

Celebration, Harry Crews
(This is the second Crews book I've read. They kind of remind me of watching Nascar. Starts slow, builds to a furious crescendo, and then is suddenly over and you have no idea if you're happy with how it ended or not.)
Tuesday, February 26, 2002

The Tesseract, Alex Garland
(Great read, incredibly entertaining, and Garland does some interesting stuff with narrative technique.)
Tuesday, February 26, 2002

Money: A Suicide Note, Martin Amis
(I probably won't finish this one, just like I didn't finish the last Amis book I read. I like Amis' style,for short periods. But it gets to be too much after a few chapters. Too often his words obscure the story for me.)
Tuesday, February 26, 2002

Miss Wyoming, Douglas Coupland
(A great read, but not particularly thought-provoking.)
Tuesday, February 26, 2002

In the Lake of the Woods, Tim O'Brien -
(What an amazing book. An incredible story. Very thoughtful. Well-writen. I stayed up late into the night finishing it. An all-around great book.)
Tuesday, February 26, 2002

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