Rainbows End: A Novel With One Foot In The Future by Vernor Vinge
The end was a bit dull but overall this was a very fun read.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Slow and creepy. And still I could not put it down. It has a very powerful message about the will to live and how right and wrong can exist in any context. I recommend it.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Nothing spectacular but I enjoyed it. A little hard to understand what the fuss was all about. Cursing is not that bad and at the same time, I don’t see why this is a required read for high school.
Glasshouse by Charles Stross
Started out good but then it became really boring. And Charlie’s biases really get into the way. I mean, even out in space the priest is always the bad guy? Please.
Halting-State by Charles Stross
Very weak. It felt like he wrote this in a day and nobody revised it. It was the final drop in the bucket and made me get out of the Charlie’s wagon for good.
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Another book that I enjoyed but could not understand what the fuss is about. Why do people consider this a classic? Just because the main character is a loser?
America: The Last Best Hope (Volume II): From a World at War to the Triumph of Freedom by William J. Bennett
Very good. That is the kind of book that should be required in high school…
American Empire: Blood & Iron by Harry Turtledove
The plot is interesting but for some reason I could not read it until the end. Just too detailed and too slow.
Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power by John Steele Gordon
Another great history book that should be required to anyone who is at least interested to understand why the US became the great country that it is today.
Tales of H. P. Lovecraft by H. P. Lovecraft, Joyce Carol Oates
I enjoyed some of the stories (best one was “The Shunned House”) but this also felt like an over hyped author. I thought “The Call of Cthulhu” was like a mediocre X-Files episode.
Century Rain by Alastair Reynolds
Solid Sci-fi. I recommend it.
Ulysses by James Joyce
Truly unreadable. Only recommended to masochists.
Rama II: The Sequel to Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
Very good, but not as much as the original. A bit too much fluff and too little Rama.