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What are you reading? July 3, 2013

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Just finished

Island of the Sequestered Love Nun by Christopher Moore. Moore is one of the funniest writers alive, but I don’t think this is his best work.  I think his humor is so bizarre that it works better with a simpler plot (like, e.g. that of Lamb: The Story of Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal

Now reading

Thinking, fast and slow  by Daniel Kahneman.  Kahneman, most famous for his work with the late Amos Tversky, is one of the leading psychologists of the times. Here, he posits that our brains have two systems: A fast one and a slow one. Neither is better, but they are good at different things. This is a brilliant book: Full of insight and very well written, as well.

On politics: A history of political thought from Herodotus to the present by Alan Ryan. What the subtitle says – a history of political thought.  

Woodrow Wilson by John Cooper, Jr. A fairly admiring look at Wilson.

Algorithms Unlocked  by Thomas Corman  A gentle introduction to computer algorithms

Robert Oppenheimer: A life in the center by Ray Monk  Oppenheimer was one of the most interesting people of the 20th century. In this biography Monk (a wonderful writer) attempts to cover both his physics and his many other interests.

Eminence: Cardinal Richelieu and the Rise of France by Jean-Vincent Blanchard.  Richelieu, best known to many from The Three Musketeers was a master of the dark arts of politics. And 16th and 17th century politics was no place for wusses.

Just started

A Question of Blood by Ian Rankin. Another in the Inspector Rebus series of Scottish noir police procedurals. A gunman has killed children in a school and then himself. Rebus and his colleagues are investigating. There’s also a question of how Rebus’ hands got scalded, while at the same time a lowlife who he was talking to burned to death.  


  1. HappyinVT

    and have Lady Jane Grey by Eric Ives waiting in the wings.

    I’m on a “Ladies of Tudor England” kick at the moment.  Finished a book on Mary Boleyn earlier in the week.  Going to hunt for a book on Anne of Cleve next if one exists.

  2. slksfca

    It was a lot of fun from beginning to end (which came too soon for my taste).

    Now I’m on an Agatha Christie kick. Hercule Poirot to be exact. And I’m realizing how spot-on David Suchet’s portrayal of the little Belgian really is. 🙂

  3. Kysen

    the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind.

    Pretty typical, perhaps even formulaic, fantasy stuff. Easy summer reading…far from deep…but it is entertaining enough. The bonus is that each book is fairly long and there are a dozen or so books in the series.

  4. Rereading Tony Hillerman’s three Jim Chees stories The People of Darkness, The Dark Wind and The Ghostway. After that I’m going to read Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas books. I am trying to get books read that I can write about for Monday Murder Mysteries on GOS. I do every other week. If there is an interest in mysteries I can cross post my reviews here.

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