Book Nook: The Dogs of Venice, by Steven Rowley

The Dogs of Venice is a short story about Paul, a recent divorcee who escapes to Europe in search of himself, or something. The book encomposses Paul’s last couple of days on his trip, as he deals with how to move on, and finds a strange mentor…a mut roaming from table to table looking for scraps. At just 1 hour, 21 minutes of an audiobook, this was a freebie on Audible. I’m honestly not even sure how it wound up in my library. I’m guessing it was the “Read by Neil Patrick Harris” on a free book. I’m not sure … Continue reading Book Nook: The Dogs of Venice, by Steven Rowley

Book Nook: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

A couple weeks back, I was watching the Marvel 616 documentary series on Disney+. One of the episodes was on inclusion within comics. They interviewed several women for the show and the female side of Marvel. One of them was Amy Reeder, a writer and artist who was part of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, a comic series about a time-traveling dinosaur and a pre-teen Inhuman who wants to change the world but is also afraid to change herself. Reeder talked about the reaction she got from little girls at some of the comicons and such. How much their faces … Continue reading Book Nook: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

Book Nook: What Unites Us, by Dan Rather

I’m 43. I’ve had the conversation with some of the elder generations at the newspaper that I was largely the last generation that grew up wanting to be a “newsman”. Kids younger than me really didn’t grow up seeing newspapers or magazines as a possible future. I was lucky to have a couple of strong newsmen to look up to locally. Nationally, I grew up on Dick Schapp and Peter Gammons in sports. For news, it was Dan Rather. He was the news voice of my childhood. I’m not sure why it was Rather, and not Brokaw or Jennings or … Continue reading Book Nook: What Unites Us, by Dan Rather

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: 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