Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy
A mercilessly bleak book that I’m glad I read but intend to never read again.
The Stranger, by Albert Camus
A murderer is judged by a society he cannot relate to. Told from the perspective of an indifferent, apathetic character.
The Conspiracy Against the Human Race, by Thomas Ligotti
A pessimist’s manifesto on the pointlessness of it all. A nice break from the usual propaganda.
Entangled Life, by Merlin Sheldrake
A peek into the world of fungi, from truffles to magic mushrooms. Very interesting.
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.
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.
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.
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.