Categories: Reviews, Books, Films

Reviews: The Crow Road, Freedom From Fear, Dark Star Safari

September 10th, 2009
The Crow Road by Iain Banks - 7.5/10 It was alright. I mean, Banks knows how to write, so the reading was fun. But the book wasn't what I'd call exciting, and although the characters were interesting they weren't particularly easy to associate wit… more »

Have You Read? List of 100 books

August 6th, 2009
I found this to be a good list of seminal works (available in English); very genre open-minded. Lots of books here I really ought to read; so far I've read almost exactly a third (33) of them. It does lack any Mark Twain. Also: 4 Jane Austen novels? Com… more »

Reviews: Star Trek, Up, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

July 17th, 2009
Star Trek - 8/10 Star Trek was fun. Where it really excelled was, I think, the characters - the actors really captured the essence of these long-familiar characters without in any way aping or attempting to channel the actors who portrayed them origi… more »

Review: Lords of Finance

July 17th, 2009
Almost forgot about this one! Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed - 8.5/10 A very readable tale of four central bankers, who oversaw the world financial system from World War One through the Great Depression - and h… more »

Reviews: Newton and the Counterfeiter, Battle Cry of Freedom

July 16th, 2009
Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist by Thomas Levenson - 8/10 An excellent smallish book about Isaac Newton. During the course of the book I learned more not only about Newton but about counter… more »