Books I’ve Read Recently

I never think to create a draft post and write a few sentences about the latest book I’ve read, which is probably what J-Walk does. My last Books I’ve Read Recently post was in June, 2007, yet I read at least one book a week.

  • pillars of the earth book cover by ken follettThe Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett 7 out of 10 stars (7/10)
    This is an epic story that takes place in England in the 1100s, which is fun to read about: knights, earls, tyrants, monks, etc.. It’s a good book, but an easy read. You get to know the characters well, wanting to see how they turn out, wondering who dies and lives. Predictable at times, but the era portrayed is compelling.
  • Andromeda Gun by John Boyd 8 out of 10 stars (7/10)
    A science-fiction western written in 1974 that I enjoyed, where an alien possess a cowboy in the 1800s, trying to mend his unlawful ways. Well written and intelligent, it will make you think about morality. This is one of a thousand paperbacks I have that I’m slowly weeding through.
  • Lisey’s Story by Stephen King 4 out of 10 stars (4/10)
    I couldn’t finish it. Too wordy. It’s about a women grieving over her husband who was an author. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood for it.
  • Welcome To The Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut 9 out of 10 stars (9/10)
    One of the best collection of short stories. A classic. Most have a science-fiction theme, but they’re accessible by all, I think: funny with ideas and images that will stick to you like tar. Read this.
  • Saturday by Ian McEwan 8 out of 10 stars (8/10)
    A day in the life of a man in London, England, whose perspective of life is changed after an encounter with a thug that threatens his family. Lots of think about in this novel, where the protagonist expresses views about modern events and politics. It didn’t bore me, but it didn’t stick with me either; I don’t remember much about it now; however, I did enjoy it.

3 Replies to “Books I’ve Read Recently”

  1. I recently saw a movie base on a book by Ian McEwan (I think he’s the guy). A good movie too. I’ll post about it next Wednesday.

    Gotta go hook me a salmon now. See you in a few days.

  2. How do you get the hook onto the can? Jesus Atlantic..wild Atlantic salmon?….that there is a rare beast…you might as well go hunting for a unicorn with an elephant gun…..can you actually get a “wild” atlantic salmon anymore? And what the hell do you have your computer for while your fishing…eeesh…

    hey I like that tag line..kinda my political stratagy every monday night at council…

  3. The Vonnegut book is already on my list and I think I will put the Ian McEwan book on there as well. That one sounds like its right up my ally.

    I just finished reading Soul Catcher by Michael White. I really enjoyed it.

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