Sandydog's 2015 journey

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Sandydog's 2015 journey

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1Sandydog1
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.

2Sandydog1
gen. 26, 2015, 7:03pm

3Sandydog1
gen. 31, 2015, 3:10pm

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

4Sandydog1
feb. 14, 2015, 4:50pm

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

5Sandydog1
feb. 21, 2015, 6:24pm

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

6Sandydog1
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.

7thornton37814
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.

8Sandydog1
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.

9drneutron
març 23, 2015, 9:46am

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

10Sandydog1
març 31, 2015, 9:08pm

Just two!

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

11Sandydog1
abr. 4, 2015, 10:39pm

12Sandydog1
abr. 9, 2015, 9:35pm

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

13Sandydog1
abr. 19, 2015, 1:34pm

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

14Sandydog1
abr. 19, 2015, 1:35pm

15Sandydog1
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.

16drneutron
abr. 30, 2015, 9:13am

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

17Sandydog1
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.

18Sandydog1
juny 13, 2015, 9:45pm

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Amazing, albeit, probably a skinch outdated.

19Sandydog1
juny 13, 2015, 9:45pm

15. The Forever War ***1/2

20Sandydog1
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....

21Sandydog1
jul. 18, 2015, 7:26pm

17. Argo ****

22Sandydog1
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?

23drneutron
jul. 20, 2015, 8:25am

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

24Sandydog1
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....

25Sandydog1
ag. 30, 2015, 10:31pm

26Sandydog1
Editat: set. 5, 2015, 3:23pm

21. Seven Pillars of Wisdom ***

122 chapters of post Edwardian desert blather.

27Sandydog1
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

29Sandydog1
oct. 7, 2015, 9:56pm

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

30Sandydog1
oct. 7, 2015, 9:58pm

31Sandydog1
oct. 9, 2015, 3:00pm

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

32Sandydog1
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.

33Sandydog1
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.

34Sandydog1
nov. 11, 2015, 9:32pm

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

35Sandydog1
nov. 15, 2015, 3:39pm

36Sandydog1
nov. 22, 2015, 4:55pm

37Sandydog1
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.

38Sandydog1
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.

39Sandydog1
Editat: nov. 29, 2015, 7:18pm

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

40Sandydog1
des. 12, 2015, 8:49pm

41Sandydog1
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.

42Sandydog1
des. 29, 2015, 1:43pm

37. Stuff Matters ***1/2