Reading: 2022

Titles Read = 21

Prisoner’s Dilemma — Richard Powers (+)

The Last Chronicle of Barset — Anthony Trollope
Desilu could easily turn this into a half-hour comedy.

Under the Wave at Waimea — Paul Theroux
I’ve seen this movie. True, though; it’s impossible to capture the spirituality of surfing in prose. I rate it right up there with double-orgasm and the pull of a big bass on four pound line.

Cloud Atlas — David Mitchell
Have to admire author’s complexity of narrative. Note that movie treatment is even more confusing (AKA messy).

The Golden House — Salman Rushdie

The Comedians — Graham Greene
American Exceptionalism at it’s worst.

Trunk Music — Michael Connelly
Interesting to consider how the screenwriters based an episode of the Amazon series on this novel.

Darwin’s Ghosts — Ariel Dorfman

Cass Timberlane — Sinclair Lewis

Beautiful World, Where Are You — Sally Rooney

Disclaimer — Renée Knight

Coming Up for Air — George Orwell

1933 Was a Bad Year — John Fante

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics — Carlo Rovelli

The Televangelist — Ibrahim Eissa
A good discussion of the natur of religion over time, wrappedup in an engaging narrative.

Hazards of Time Travel — Joyce Carol Oates
A time traveller is convenient to comment on political or social themes from the future that defy common understanding (Cell phones? Too crazy!). But JCO insists on including a love story that ruins the narrative.

Two On a Tower — Thomas Hardy
A little science and a little feminism but still a 19th century novel.

Hard Case Crime: Web of the City — Harlan Ellison (-)
Although at best a juvenile stew of clichés and stereotypes, it was the author’s first book.

Mary Ann in Autumn — Armistead Maupin

Swans Over the Moon — Forrest Aguirre
Fantasy. Not my style.

Second Place — Rachel Cusk
Interesting fictional treatment of a real experience.