Thursday, March 30, 2017

Books of 2017

Just keeping a chronological post this year.

  1. A Dance with Dragons - George R.R. Martin - 5/5 stars
  2. Splinterlands - John Feffer - 3/5 stars
  3. Trashed - Derf Backderf - 2/5 stars
  4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams - 5/5 stars
  5. The Gunman - Jean Patrick Manchette - 3/5 stars
  6. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future - Ashlee Vance -3/5 stars

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Books of 2016 - #17 "Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book One" by Ta-Nehisi Coates

"Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book One" by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Short Version: Enjoyable comic book centering around the leader of the African nation of Wakanda by a great writer.

I bought this for my wife and read it on the plane ride home from the Christmas holiday. Hadn't read any comics since I was a teenager, was nice to get back into the format for a bit. Most likely the last book of 2016 - I'll try again for 25 in 2017, hopefully easier as I'll be done with Game of Thrones :-).

Books of 2016 - #16 "Adulthood is a Myth" by Sarah Andersen

"Adulthood is a Myth" by Sarah Andersen

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Short Version: Great little book of cartoons by Sarah Andersen. I started following the author on Twitter, and thought my wife would like her cartoons, so I bought this for her as a gift. Neat comics about growing up, being a woman, an introvert, and other topics.

Books of 2016 - #15 "A Feast for Crows" by George R. R. Martin

"A Feast for Crows" by George R. R. Martin

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Books of 2016 - #14 "A Storm of Swords" by George R. R. Martin

"A Storm of Swords" by George R. R. Martin

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Books of 2016 - #13 "A Clash of Kings" by George R. R. Martin

"A Clash of Kings" by George R. R. Martin

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Books of 2016 - #12 "Game of Thrones" by George R. R. Martin

"Game of Thrones" by George R. R. Martin

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Short Version: First book of the series that became the HBO show. I'm making my way through these (just finished the fourth). TBH I don't differentiate a ton book to book in terms of quality, so I'm not reviewing separately. The show represents the books quite well IMO, though obviously with less detail. There's an incredible history in these books and tons of characters, many of which get little or no screen time. There are also some pretty significant major events that are omitted from the show. I'd seen all seasons before I started reading. If you enjoy the show, give the books a shot. They are an investment though - about 1000 pages each. That's what's killed my goal of 25 books this year, but it's been worth it.