zerosleeps

Since 2010

Reading log

2024

6 entries for 2024: 5 completed plus 1 abandoned

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.