Tuesday, May 28, 2024

A Sincere Warning About The Entity In Your Home, by Jason Arnopp

Title: A Sincere Warning About The Entity In Your Home
Author: Jason Arnopp
Purchased from Amazon Kindle Edition
Started: 5/27/2024
Finished: 5/27/2024

Really a short story but recording it since it is sold as a stand-alone.  Not as good as I'd hoped, based on other things I've read by Arnopp.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, by Denis Johnson

Title: The Largesse of the Sea Maiden
Author: Denis Johnson
Purchased from Audible 
Started: 5/20/2024
Finished: 5/23/2024

I've had this final Johnson book on my list for years.  I'm a big fan of Johnson and just kept putting off this final work.  Like Johnson's other writings, it's beautiful, funny, terrible -- he's just such a great writer.  

Thursday, May 16, 2024

For We are Many, by Dennis E. Taylor

Title: For We are Many
Author: Dennis E. Taylor
Purchased from Audible 
Finished: 5/16/2024

Book 2 in the Bobiverse series.  Still not sure how I feel about these.  Sometimes I'm really enjoying them, others I'm bored.  Since they're costing me money I'll probably take a break and see if I want to revisit.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

We are Legion (We are Bob), by Dennis E Taylor

Title: We are Legion (We are Bob)
Author: Dennis E Taylor 
Purchased from Amazon Kindle & Audiobook 
Started: 5/11/2024
Finished: 5/14/2024

I found Dungeon Crawler Carl via numerous Reddit postings praising that series and I fell in love immediately.  

These Bobiverse books are another series with tons of praise on reddit so I decided to give them a try.  Didn't love this first book, but it grew on me as I worked through it so I'll give the second a shot and decide from there.  

Sunday, May 12, 2024

The Exchange, by John Grisham

Title: The Exchange 
Author: John Grisham 
Borrowed from Queen Anne County Public Library Audiobook 
Started: 5/10/2024
Finished: 5/12/2024

The follow up to The Firm.  The Firm was great, The Exchange was not.  

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

The Firm, by John Grisham

Title: The Firm
Author: John Grisham
Borrowed from DC Public Library Audiobook
Started: 5/6/2024
Finished: 5/8/2024

Haven't read this book since it was first published in 1991.  I know that was more than 30 years ago so some of what I'm going to say is obvious.  But since this is a blog for one, I might as well entertain that person (me).

First -- I was about 18 or so in 1991 and didn't know anything about law firms.  As it turned out, that's where I've spent my entire professional career (as a law librarian) but the firm/billing/retreats were all very similar to what my first law firm experience was like (I was there almost 20 years).  

Second -- while I'm aware of inflation, this book really brought it home, what it looks like over decades.  Top of his class Harvard grad is being recruited by DC/NY/Chicago firms.  Their salaries ranged between about $56,000 to $68,000.  And that is thought of as big money.  The Firm (in Memphis) is offering $80K which is get rich money.  The Firm's head librarian is paid the unheard of salary of $40,000 a year.  

Third -- interest rates for a home purchase are about 10% and the firm is offering a discount down to 7%.  This one was a bit easier for me since my student loans from the late 90s were in the 9% range.  But of course 7% rates now (2024) are considered high....

Anyway, to the book -- I enjoyed this a lot. Probably more than when it first came out.  But I'm 30 years older and have worked in law firms for 25+ years.  Decided on the re-read since Grisham wrote a follow up.  I don't expect it to be good, but wanted a refresh on the original.

Monday, May 6, 2024

A Haunting on the Hill, by Elizabeth Hand

Title: A Haunting on the Hill
Author: Elizabeth Hand
Borrowed from Queen Anne County Public Library Audiobook
Started: 5/3/2024
Finished: 5/6/2024

Confession time -- when I finished book 6 in the Dungeon Crawler Carl series, I tried to start another book but could not get into it.  Instead I started a re-read of all six books in the DCC series.  I read the whole thing again.

Once I finished book six for the second time, this new title had come through on my holds list for the public library.  

I've always loved the original The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.  I recently discovered Elizabeth Hand's novels and have enjoyed those quite a bit.  So this was a great fit for me, Hand revisiting Hill House.  I liked this book quite a bit.