Books I Read Recently

No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy 8 out of 10 stars (8/10)
Engrossing, well-written novel about a sheriff tracking down a killer who’s after someone that stumbled on some drug money in the middle of a desert. I wouldn’t want to see the well-reviewed movie if it portrays the violence in the book.

Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer 7 out of 10 stars (7/10)
A science-fiction novel that won the Hugo and Nebula Awards. As I’ve written before, Sawyer comes up with brilliant ideas, but his mainstream writing style is boring, plus he fills his books with too many popular cultural references; I got tired of coming across them. Still, I couldn’t put the damn thing down.

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle 4 out of 10 stars (4/10)
Another Canadian (Sawyer above is one), Oprah popularized this. I couldn’t get past the first 50 pages. Mumbo-jumbo garbage about living one’s potential in society, trying to acheive personal fulfillment. Someone told me to just read Chapter Four, but I haven’t; what I read turned me off completely.

4 Replies to “Books I Read Recently”

  1. There’s a scene in the movie No Country For Old Men that you sent me (youtube, I think), I think (I couldn’t find a post on SWT about it), where the killer’s in a gas station and tells the guy to flip a coin. The movie scene was taken verbatim from the novel; it’s excellent.

  2. just started re reading the hornblower series from start to finish….ten or eleven books…..fluffy….formulaic…but I love em as a go to bed fall asleep read….” get up into the top gallents…reef those sails….be smart about it or feel the lash of the cat….” ohhhh arrrgghhhhh

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