Book Nook: Ready Player Two

Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is one of my favorite books. It is not intricately written prose by any means. Think more Hemingway than Longfellow or Homer. Still, it is one of my favorites, with a serious nod to the fact Ready Player absolutely is catered to someone of my tastes–a nerd from the 80s. For someone like me, Ready Player One was a book full of Member Berries. Still, when Cline’s sequel came out last year, I did not immediately jump on Ready Player Two. By the time I had downloaded it, I had already been told to lower … Continue reading Book Nook: Ready Player Two

Book Nook: Rebuilt 2.0, by Joe DeFranco

This is only sort of a book by my reading log standards, but my list, my rules, right? I’ve been training heavy for quite a long time now, training mostly 5/3/1 the last few years. As I plug along through my Masters I years in competitions, that means, well, it means I’m constantly battling some sort of ding. Ankle arthritis/gout, knee pain/possible meniscus tear, shoulder pain/possible rotator cuff, elbow tendinitis. At this point in my career, I’m lucky to have never had a major injury, but the nagging ones have piled up. So, as I drove to a game a … Continue reading Book Nook: Rebuilt 2.0, by Joe DeFranco

Book Nook: Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, by T.S. Eliot

This was a bar conversation recommendation a couple nights ago, and since it took less than an hour to consume, I went ahead and knocked it out. One of Eliot’s more whimsical poems, or collection of poems, written as letters to his godchildren. These were the poems that formed the basis of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats, which I admit I have never actually seen. Spotify has an audio version of these poems read by Eliot, and that is how I read this one. It was short enough and just idiosyncratic enough to keep me listening, but I’m not sure … Continue reading Book Nook: Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, by T.S. Eliot

Book Nook: Pearls Awaits The Tide, by Stephen Pastis

I’m a newspaper guy. And yes, that includes the newspaper comics. When I saw a tweet in December from Stephen Pastis about his latest treasury of Pearls Before Swine strips, I knew my christmas shopping just got a little easier. I ordered five copies. Each of my co-hosts on Take The Points got a copy, plus my future brother-in-law. Pearls Before Swine has become my favorite strip. I use to be a Dilbert guy, but I think Pearls has surpassed even peak Dilbert. I read comics and have read strips for years, but I actually think this might have been … Continue reading Book Nook: Pearls Awaits The Tide, by Stephen Pastis

Book Nook: Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

Went back in time once again for a classic. I’ll admit, I never watched any of the old Universal monster movies. Never got into Frankenstein, werewolves (except Underworld), vampires, etc. What I didn’t realize was just how good this book was. I knew not how articulate the monster became, the chase and chaser, etc. The running joke among the “well, actually” crows is “well, actually, Frankenstein was the scientist.” To which, I can now say , “well actually, wasn’t Frankenstein the true monster?” And then sip some fancy port or something which I would assume I have in my hand … Continue reading Book Nook: Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

Book Nook: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow–Evangeline, A Tale Of Acadie

This was the second Longfellow epic poem I have read in the past year, following The Song of Hiawatha. I enjoyed Evangeline much more. I almost took it out of the list after Hiawatha, as I was only “meh” (technical term) on that one. I’m glad I didn’t. Evangeline is a tale of a woe and perseverance following a love-stricken Acadian maiden, written in 1847. I’m a fan of Homer’s work, and it was been said Longfellow was reading Homer as he wrote this. The takeaway I believe is suppose to be to keep hope alive. I’m more of a … Continue reading Book Nook: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow–Evangeline, A Tale Of Acadie