10 thoughts on “Weekend Question Thread

  1. Zealot, by Reza Aslan, and Nailed: Ten Christian Myths Showing Jesus Never Existed at All , by David Fitzgerald. Made for a good pairing.

  2. I haven’t been able to do all that much reading this year, but it’s either Euler: Master of Us All or Hard Luck Hank – Screw the Galaxy.

    Euler did all sorts of math before anyone had a clue of why or how it worked, so it’s all stuff a bright high school student might come up with. Since he was the first one there and he managed to follow through so well, he came up with all kinds of wonderful mathematics. (For example, he’d multiply two infinite series with no idea of whether the result would converge or not.) That’s why he’s the e in e-to-the-x. The book covers a lot of ground, but so did Euler.

    Hard Luck Hank was science fiction. Hank was a mutant on an underworld planet where he is noted for being hard to damage. Needless to say, he does a lot of work as a bodyguard and all around tough guy. He might not be able to dish it out, but he can sure take it. If Damon Runyon had written science fiction, this is what he would have written. It’s full of underworld bosses, alien races, whacky drugs, weird ass mutants, killer robots, and deadly outer world threats. Somehow it all ties together, and it is hilarious.

    Here’s to 2015 in words.

  3. Adam Hochschild, To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918

  4. i don’t read ‘books’ anymore. i am up to mid F of my 1891 set of encyclopedia britannica. and still working on the 7 volume FAMOUS ORATIONS, edited by william kenning bryant, pub 1906. but i will give a HUGE shout out to a WW1 embedded reporters book by floyd gibbons. a very worn book i picked up at an estate sale. turn out it was an amazing read. could be a HBO series like band of brothers. the book lost some zip after he was injured, but his writing s from the hospital were great. and the end i must say wrapped up the war w/ zip. i can see why it was read & reread. i HIGHLY recommend it.

  5. Not a prolific year in the novel category for me, but I really enjoyed “Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children” by Dave Newman.

  6. “The Monkey’s Voyage,” by Alan de Queiroz, a work on biogeography. I don’t read many novels these days…

  7. “Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East” by Scott Anderson

  8. I started re-reading William Gibson’s “Neuromancer,” now 30 years old, and although I haven’t finished it yet, it’s still the best novel I read in 2014.

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