Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Random Books

I mentioned in a post I've cleaned my office in an attempt to remove clutter. In the process I unearthed a pile of books. A few minutes ago I said to myself, "Boy, you need to remove this pile to a better location." Yeah, right.

Here are a few of the titles that sit around my desk, just the ones I can reach...I know, eclectic doesn't begin to describe my taste.

A Random Walk Down Wallstreet, Burton G. Malkiel - bet the loonies up there would love this one.

Freakonomics, Levitt and Dubner - ditto.

Galatoire's, Biography of a Bistro, Marda Burton and Kenneth Holditch - so sue me.

Libertarianism in One Lesson, David Bergland - a gift.

Jesus Out to Sea, James Lee Burke - read it, it's good.

(I will not list the gunny books, if I did this would be a six page post)

Trophy Hunt, C. J. Box - Okay read...but light.

The Forgotten Soldier, Sajer - darn fine read but depressing as hell.

John Adams, David McCullough - big hit a few years back and a good read.

Slouching Toward Nirvana, new poems, Charles Bukowski - again, sue me, I've always been a fan of Bukowski. He was real. If you haven't read him, well, it's an acquired taste.

Saving Freedom, Jim Demint - a gift and as of now unread. Give me time.

Dead Six, Larry Correia and Mike Kupari - new and my next read.

Age of Darkness, edited by Christian Dunn - go figure.

A Feast of Crows, George R. R. Martin - it's been here a while.

Out of the Ashes, William W. Johnstone - The first of his 'Ashes' series. If you read this series, and its not bad, limit it to the first three or four and forget about it.

Fire In the Ashes, see above.

Holy Bible - do I really need to explain this one. If so, get a life.

A Land Remembered, Patrick D. Smith - Florida stuff.

A Storm of Swords, George R. R. Martin - not a big fan, but his writing is excellent.

The Ultimate Hitchhiikers Guide to The Galaxy, Douglas Adams - I understand this book has a few fans.

Modern World Gold Coins, standard catalog of - One can never be too careful.

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand - my copy is a first printing dated 1957 and is about worn out. If you haven't at least tried to read this book - well my friend, I'm sorry, but when you awaken in the morning please check outside and see how many moons you're able to count...

Foreign Enemies and traitors, Matthew Bracken - a very good book written by a very nice man. He lives just a few miles south of me...give it a try.

Appetite For Life, Noel Riley Fitch, The biography of Julia Child - Hey, I like to cook and she was the master.

Enough, like I said these are but a few that clutter my desk.

What have you in your private little room?



  1. I'm reading "Lights Out" right now, it's a very good read. Atlas Shrugged took me a while to get through, but was an eye opening read. I read ALOT, I don't watch much TV, usually average 1-2 books a week. Some I borrow from Library others I find at the used book store and when I can't get a book I want from either places I brake down and buy it. I could talk books for hours.......maybe I should start a blog! ;o)

  2. Shar, I've read 'Light's Out,' several times, excellent book. Not the best writing in the world but I liked the theme. I now keep a copy on my Kindle. Yes, you should write a blog...remember, it's nothing more than your thoughts, taste in life. Not a bad way to record history for your grandchildren too. Thanks.

  3. So my read list is as follows:

    The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly,
    Worth Dying For by Lee Child
    The Drop by Michael Connelly
    Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? by Patrick J. Buchanan,
    The Forever War by Joe Haldeman,
    If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell

    I highly recommend Satori by Don Winslow (You can read the reviews on Amazon).

  4. mmasse, your list is as long as mine...thanks.

  5. Grandkids are a distant dream, my two sons are confirmed bachelors, so I guess I will have to continue to shower my affections on my little doggies!

  6. Shar, just in case you take 'that is a shame' in the wrong's a shame you'll not have grandchildren in the near truly changes your life. Here in the South we use, it's a shame, a lot. Some 'touchy' folks in other parts of this country just 'don't get it.'

  7. I’m not allowed to buy any more books until I read the ones I currently own. Right now I’m reading “The Man Who Was Thursday” in a collection of G.K. Chesterton stories and Tyrannosaur Canyon by Douglas Preston. My “to read” stack includes:

    Manhunt – James L. Swanson, about the pursuit of John Wilkes Booth

    Prisoner of Tehran – Marina Nemat

    God is Love, Salt of the Earth, The Yes of Jesus Christ, The Feast of Faith – all by Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI

    The Map that Changed the World – Simon Winchester, about the man considered to be the father of modern geology

    As I Lay Dying – Faulkner. My daughter loves Faulkner. I’m trying to give him a second chance.

    Mercator – Nicholas Crane – about the map maker of the same name

    William Clark and the Shaping of the West – Landon Jones – as in Lewis and Clark

    The Devil of Nanking – Mo Hayder, about the Rape of Nanking

    Walk in Hell – Harry Turtledove – alternative history

    Jefferson and the Gun Men – M.R. Montgomery

    Empress Orchard – Anchee Min

    Zeitoun – Dave Eggers, post-Katrina New Orleans

    One Thousand White Women – Jim Fergus

    The Ghost Map – Steven Johnson – the story of what was basically the first GIS – the assembly of data during a cholera outbreak in London in 1854 that was then turned into a map that led to the discovery of the source of the disease.

    And a buncha others… which is why I can’t buy any more books.

  8. ProudHillbilly, I truly understand which is why I now own a Kindle. I fought it, but in the end the expense of my reading habit, the full shelves of books won out. Your list is most impressive. Thank you for the comments.

  9. I am reading Survivors by JWR right now. I am waiting for you to do a review on the Barbie book.

  10. The unfortunate part is the Barbie book might have more developed characters than that of Survivors.

  11. Ran out of books awhile back, ran out of money even sooner. No kindle. Oh well.....

  12. Duke, my good friend, if it'll make a difference and give you courage and the willingness to purchase the collected works of Barbie, sure, I'll a review for you. I'll ask Little Bit if she'll loan you her copy. Now, mmasse has a point, Barbie indeed has better developed characters than Survivors, which is a shame. Survivors was a huge disappointment to me. Thanks for the comment.

    mmasse, thanks...and I do agree.

    YeOldFurt, yell, and I'll send you a few books..

  13. I made the mistake of making to around book 26 of the Ashes series. They all start to run together. Ol' Ben never will get things turned around I reckon.

  14. HillBilly, problem was 'ole William died after about the fourth book. After that it was just formula.