Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

Angela’s Ashes is Frank McCourt’s charming and uplifting memoir about 252577living in severe poverty in 1930s and 1940s Ireland. The kind of romantic poverty that involves no food, no proper clothing, fathers leaving, fleas everywhere, siblings dying, and getting a full time job at fourteen to support the family. All the sorts of things that prove that social programs are not needed.

Spoiler Alert: The main character, Frank McCourt, eventually writes a memoir.

I give this 4 out of 5 Guinness Pints.

Next week’s review, a book on the totally not tragic battle for Stalingrad!


A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. MartinA Dance With Dragons US.jpg

An exciting read of people plotting, planning, talking, traveling … It’s basically the same as the last book except with better characters. It’s even set during the same time as the last book, so little progress is made in the storyline!

Spoiler Alert: You’ll read 900 pages of filler to get to 100 pages of awesomeness.

I give this 2.5 out of 5 Killed Off Characters.

Next week’s review, a breezy read about terrible poverty.

Ready Player One by Ernest ClineThumbnail for version as of 13:33, 12 September 2011

In the year 2044, only a video game and the power of 1980s nostalgia can save a declining world. Wait, what?

Spoiler Alert: There are literally pages upon pages of 1980s trivia, references, and quotes. What an exciting read!
I give this 2 out of 5 Atari Games.

Next week’s review, back to the sensible, and totally not dragged out, world of George R. R. Martin.

A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin

After the epic A Storm of Swords, comes a book filled with secondary characters you barely care about, completely leaving out anyone interesting. You will bite your nails as vaguely remembered characters talk, travel, talk, wander around, and talk.

Spoiler Alert: If you enjoy almost a thousand pages of filler, you’re in for a treat.
I give this 2 out of 5 Killed Off Characters

Next week’s review, an episode of “I Love the ’80s.”

A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin AStormOfSwords.jpg

The action packed sequel to A Clash of Kings, which features even less battles than the last book and a ton of weddings, mazel tov! I can’t wait for the next book to completely fulfill my high expectations after this one.

Spoiler Alert: Winter is still coming, but no one gives a damn at this point.
I give it 4.5 out of 5 Killed Off Characters

Next week’s review, pretty much more of the same.

A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin

In the thrilling sequel to A Game of Thrones, everyone becomes a king and all the characters talk about battles that were not included in the book. And there’s still a wall that no one gives a damn about.

Spoiler Alert: Winter is still coming, but I think it was delayed by snow.
I give it 4 out of 5 Killed off Characters

Next week’s review, the sequel to the sequel to A Game of Thrones. Oh man, I can’t wait for everyone in the book to live.


In this episode, Sam talks with Sienna Morris, the artist behind Numberism. The two talk SCIENCE! and history as well as the challenges facing education in those fields. And then they geek out over Sherlock!



Intro music: “French Kiss” by Mrs. Howl

California by Edna LepuckiCalifornia

In a post-apocalyptic world without zombies, nuclear war or anything exciting, a couple keeps secrets from each other for some reason. Then some slightly more interesting things happen.

Spoiler Alert: You will be overwhelmed by the mild suspense of this book.
I give it 3 out of 5 Non-Zombie Apocalypses

Next week’s review, returning to the “everyone dies” world of George R.R. Martin.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 19288043

It’s like a Dateline Murder Mystery, until it’s not. Then the ending trips and falls on its face.

Spoiler Alert: Someone goes missing, possibly a girl.
I give it 3.5 out of 5 Missing Persons Reports

Next week’s review, a book recommended by both Stephen Colbert and Sherman Alexie, what could go wrong?

Dune by Frank Herbert Dune

A gripping tale about political intrigue and religious fervor on a desert planet, though access to dune buggies would have made the book shorter and more interesting. Also cinnamon/spice lets you consolidate power as well as make delicious baked goods.

Spoiler Alert: I’m pretty sure the planet is inhabited by those creatures from the movie Tremors.
I give it 4 out of 5 Dune Buggies

Next week’s review, gone is a girl.