zerosleeps

Since 2010

Reading log

2024

10 entries for 2024: 9 completed plus 1 abandoned

May 2024

The Prison Doctor

Amanda Brown
★★★★☆

Really interesting. Makes me grateful for what I have.

April 2024

The Guest List

Lucy Foley
★★★★☆

Very much enjoyed the story being told from the perspective of different characters and from different times. It worked well. I also appreciate that no loose ends were left. Satisfying.

Project Hail Mary

Andy Weir
★★★★★

One of my “must read at least once a year” books. Fifth read of this I think.

March 2024

The Caretaker

Gabriel Bergmoser
★★☆☆☆

A Kindle daily deal. When will I learn? Started skipping pages towards the end when I realised I couldn’t have cared less what the outcome was.

Also, the baddie removed one spark plug from the main character’s getaway car, and they keep talking about “the spark plug”. There are 17 occurrences of “the spark plug” in the book according to Kindle search. Nobody in the publishing pipeline picked that up??

February 2024

Concorde

Mike Bannister
★★★★☆

It took a while for the guy to actually get to Concorde, but having his backstory helped in the end. I know a bit about Concorde but I had no idea there was such a lengthy criminal investigation after Air France Flight 4590. Also new to me was the information that the original verdict was overturned after more evidence was found and a new theory as to the cause of the crash emerged.

Shuggie Bain

Douglas Stuart
★★★☆☆

This one was a bit of a slog, but I never reached the point of not enjoying it. It was a well told but very long and repetitive story. And I don’t know why Shuggie’s sexuality was mentioned so often because it never paid off.

January 2024

Bridge Burning and Other Hobbies

Kitty Flanagan
★★★★☆

Short and fun! She got several laugh-out-louds from me as well.

The Box

Marc Levinson
Abandoned

I’ve been picking at this one for a couple of months, but I’m never going to finish it. I got about a third of the way through and I’m convinced that what it took the bloke 200 pages to say could have been handled in about 15 pages.

I gave up when, in chapter 7, the author spent 20 pages detailing an absolute clusterfuck of bureaucracy, then took a pause and opened the next section with “The process of standardisation was proceeding nicely”. What?!

The Martian

Andy Weir
★★★★★

Starting the year with my favourite.

Meltdown

Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik
★★★★☆

A good mix of stories about real-world screw-ups, results of related research, and actionable advice.