52 Books – Q1 Progress Report
I’m trying to read 52 books in 2007, a book a week. I’ve still got a little cushion, but I’m slowing down. Been lucky, with lots of good books. Here’s a list, with a one-line review, link to more detailed review. Starred books are particularly good.
52 Books in 2007 – Q1 Results
- *A Clockwork Orange (f), by Anthony Burgess
Wonderfully inventive, dark satire about a hyper-violent future.
- Kafka on the Shore (f), by Haruki Murakami (review)
Disappointing outing, tho still worth a read for Murakami fans.
- The God Delusion (nf), by Richard Dawkins (review)
Cheap, lazy book by a once-great author. Please: more science, less pop psych and bad philosophy.
- *Programming the Universe (nf), by Seth Lloyd (review)
Is the universe a big computer? Fascinating book.
- *Lullabies for Little Criminals (f), by Heather O’Neill (review)
Beautiful novel about kid growing up in the skanky streets of Montreal.
- A Beginner’s Guide to Anarchism (nf), by Ruth Kinna (review)
Decent intro to anarchism, but missing key connections, especially to the hacker world.
- Now is the Hour (f), by Tom Spanbauer (review for Books in Canada)
Coming-of-age-in-the-small-town-60s story of a teen figuring out he might be gay.
- The Human Stain (f), by Philip Roth (review)
Slick and assured writing by a great American novelist, lacked something, not sure what.
- Prochaine Episode (f), by Hubert Aquin (review)
Twisted tale of a Quebecois spy, or a writer, or a lunatic, or all three.
- King John of Canada (f), Scott Gardiner (review for Books in Canada)
Canada gets a king. Satire ensues.
- *The Wealth of Networks (nf), by Yochai Benkler (review)
The text to read for a comprehensive and detailed study of the open movement in all its guises.
- Slow Man (f), J.M. Coetzee (review)
Man gets hit by car, loses leg. Metaphysical musing, good Coetzee; not great Coetzee.
- Crazy about Lili (f), William Weintraub (review)
Fun fluff about a young McGill student in the 1940s, and his friendship with stripper Lili L’Amour (a fictionalized Lili St-Cyr).
- America at the Crossroads (nf), Francis Fukayama (review)
Maybe the neocons were a bunch of idiots after all. So says a former neocon.
- *A Complicated Kindness (f), Miriam Toews (review)
Mennonite girl smokes pot and screws. Funny, sad, and fantastic.