Sandydog's 2015 journey

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Sandydog's 2015 journey

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gen. 24, 2015, 9:41am

Ok, I got a bit side-tracked in 2014, but I read a whole lot of books and had a lotta fun! Let's see how 2015 turns out!

1. The Coldest Winter ****
A significant abridgement (not fair to review!) but I'm sure this audio version was an excellent abridgement. An incredible combination of hubris, idiocy and cowardice at the leadership and staff levels, and valor and tenacity in the trenches. A must read, although it is very disturbing. As for finishing the entire doorstop, I shall return.

gen. 26, 2015, 7:03pm

gen. 31, 2015, 3:10pm

3. The Stupidest Angel ***1/2
Silly. The literary equivalent of Mad Magazine.

feb. 14, 2015, 4:50pm

4. The Sixth Extinction ****1/2
Terrible. The subject, that is.

feb. 21, 2015, 6:24pm

5. The Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill ***1/2
A funny guy...

Editat: març 5, 2015, 7:08pm

6. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn ***1/2
An ok coming of age story. This was printed as a"Victory Book" in 1943. I'm sure it was very popular among the troops as they reminisced about good ol' NYC.

març 12, 2015, 9:35pm

>6 Sandydog1: I liked that one more than you did. I gave it 4 1/2 stars when I read it a couple years ago.

Editat: març 22, 2015, 1:38pm

I guess I was a bit critical, I'm lower than the 4.34 avg. Compared to anything by Willa Cather, this was pure excitement!

7. The Autobiography of Mark Twain ***1/2
Speaking of slow spots, I listened to Volume I (all 20 CDs) and got an occasional flavor for why Twain is one of my all time favorites....

He's best when discussing US Grant, his Children, wife and other family members and relatives, work experiences, politics, and Europe.

març 23, 2015, 9:46am

Wow, 20 CDs just for Volume 1. How many volumes are there?? :)

març 31, 2015, 9:08pm

Just two!

8. Man Seeks God ****
Wonderfully entertaining, NPR-esque, spiritual pablum.

abr. 4, 2015, 10:39pm

abr. 9, 2015, 9:35pm

10. Think Like a Freak ****
Fun, easy-reading.

abr. 19, 2015, 1:34pm

11. Spy the Lie ****
Very useful, fun (and creepy) reading.

abr. 19, 2015, 1:35pm

abr. 29, 2015, 8:08pm

13. On Bullshit **
Dry and tedious and mercifully short. I think this was jotted down during someone's study hall.

abr. 30, 2015, 9:13am

>15 Sandydog1: I *love* that review. :)

maig 15, 2015, 2:29pm

14. Predictably Irrational ***1/2

Not as entertaining as the books of those Freakonomists, but still a very interesting and worthwhile work.

juny 13, 2015, 9:45pm

15. Lies My Teacher Told Me ****
Amazing, albeit, probably a skinch outdated.

juny 13, 2015, 9:45pm

15. The Forever War ***1/2

Editat: juny 23, 2015, 9:51pm

16. The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England ***1/2

A nice overview, but a bit overwhelming. Al the names just blend and blend and blend....

jul. 18, 2015, 7:26pm

17. Argo ****

jul. 19, 2015, 7:32pm

18. The Radioactive Boy Scout ****
Ok, 'not the best researched or written investigative report, but it is a fast, entertaining read and a 5-star topic. I mean really, 'building a nuclear breeder reactor by a troubled teenager, in a Detroit suburb, inspired by a merit badge?

jul. 20, 2015, 8:25am

Hmmm. Gonna have to see if I can find this one.

ag. 4, 2015, 9:09pm

There are some really interesting follow-up blogs about David Hahn...

19. Mythologies

Whoah. And now, something completely different, Semiotics. Not exactly a beach-read....

ag. 30, 2015, 10:31pm

Editat: set. 5, 2015, 3:23pm

21. Seven Pillars of Wisdom ***

122 chapters of post Edwardian desert blather.

Editat: set. 27, 2015, 8:22pm

22. A Foot in Connecticut Journeys in Natural History ***
Touchstone not working; 'apparently too obscure. This is by Eric D.Lehman, 2013, Homebound Publications

oct. 7, 2015, 9:56pm

24. Your Inner Fish ****
Pure fascination and entertainment.

oct. 7, 2015, 9:58pm

oct. 9, 2015, 3:00pm

26. Giraffes? Giraffes! ****
'Best children's natural history book, ever. '

oct. 10, 2015, 7:15pm

27. Whatever You Do Don't Run ****
If even half of the content provided by this Australian kid in Botswana, true, then this book is amazing.

oct. 25, 2015, 7:51pm

28. Complete Stories, Dorothy Parker ****1/2
Brilliant. Neurotics, Mars vs. Venus, Bat-shit crazy people. Parker is a bit redundant, but amazing.

nov. 11, 2015, 9:32pm

29. Lawrence in Arabia ****
Remarkably dense.

nov. 15, 2015, 3:39pm

nov. 22, 2015, 4:55pm

nov. 22, 2015, 5:00pm

32. Modern Scholar Ideas the Shaped Mankind ***
One long, rambling philosophical sermon. Listen to it just to hear Professor Arnesto's dramatic rants.

Editat: nov. 29, 2015, 7:18pm

33. Earth: The Sequel ****

A bit dated (2008) but an excellent overview of alternative energy systems and the inventors, and investors, who support them.

Editat: nov. 29, 2015, 7:18pm

34. Homage to Catalonia *****
The best book I've read this year.

des. 12, 2015, 8:49pm

Editat: des. 24, 2015, 10:08pm

36. Brief Candle in the Dark ****1/2
This is a 5-star memoir, but, unfortunately, I spaced a bit on the last third of the book, which more or less explains Dawkins' most significant and dense thoughts. Aw, hell, at least I'm honest. It is a wonderful overview of Dawkns' work and I can't wait to read many of his works, including its prequel.

des. 29, 2015, 1:43pm

37. Stuff Matters ***1/2