Books Read in May

I was only able to read 2 books this month, so I’m not very happy. Some inconsistent timings at work changed my routine a bit so my reading took a hit.

The Battles of Tolkien, by David Day

A book to be held. With lovely illustrations and binding, it is a joy to read. Quite short though, and I was expecting a bit more depth in many of the sections.

How the World Works, by Noam Chomsky

A collection of 4 books, collecting interviews given by Chomsky in a variety of topics. An excellent summary of his worldview.

Books Read in April

Alex Through the Looking-Glass, by Alex Bellos

I’ve read Alex Bellos before and quite liked the first one. This one is good too, barring the first chapter which feels more like a chapter on numerology/favourite numbers etc.

Olympos, by Dan Simmons

The sequel to Ilium and quite enjoyable, although massive. Somehow the author makes it all work in a way that is quite satisfying.

The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin

My first Le Guin. A scientist from an anarchist moon colony escapes to the mother planet and is faced with a clash of ideas. I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this but was pretty happy with how nuanced the cultures were.

Books Read in March

Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke

A short fantasy from the author of the excellent Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Recommended.

American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis

Um this one is extremely disturbing. I don’t what I expected going in, maybe something like Dorian Grey if he was a yuppie. But this book was quite gruesome.

Knowledge, Reality, and Value: A Mostly Common Sense Guide to Philosophy, by Michael Huemer

A phenomenal introduction to philosophy. Skips all the boring bits, has great examples, and has some really good sections on critical thinking. I wish I’d read stuff like this when I was much younger.

Books Read in February

Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe, by Thomas Ligotti

The dreaming, slumbering ghost of Lovecraft is alive and well in this collection of horror stories.

Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe, by Steven H. Strogatz

Fairly light reading. Does not go too deep but gives a sense of how wide-spread Calculus is. Some nice historical examples show how it has been used across the years.

Look at the Harlequins! by Vladimir Nabokov

Nabokov’s last published novel. This protagonist here feels like the one that’s the closest imitation of the author. Beautiful, lyrical prose as always.

Supergods, by Grant Morrison

Grant Morrison looks at Super Heroes across the years, and weaves in his own childhood and career. Recommended for comic lovers.