Books Read in May

I was only able to read 2 books this month, so I’m not very happy. Some inconsistent timings at work changed my routine a bit so my reading took a hit.

The Battles of Tolkien, by David Day

A book to be held. With lovely illustrations and binding, it is a joy to read. Quite short though, and I was expecting a bit more depth in many of the sections.

How the World Works, by Noam Chomsky

A collection of 4 books, collecting interviews given by Chomsky in a variety of topics. An excellent summary of his worldview.

Trek To Yomi

This is a lovely little game that came out on Game Pass this week. I was able to finish a full play through in a couple of days. The game is just exquisite to look at! The gameplay is alright, with enough variety to keep things fresh for its size. But again: the visuals are just something to pause and stare at.

Books Read in April

Alex Through the Looking-Glass, by Alex Bellos

I’ve read Alex Bellos before and quite liked the first one. This one is good too, barring the first chapter which feels more like a chapter on numerology/favourite numbers etc.

Olympos, by Dan Simmons

The sequel to Ilium and quite enjoyable, although massive. Somehow the author makes it all work in a way that is quite satisfying.

The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin

My first Le Guin. A scientist from an anarchist moon colony escapes to the mother planet and is faced with a clash of ideas. I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this but was pretty happy with how nuanced the cultures were.

Books Read in March

Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke

A short fantasy from the author of the excellent Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Recommended.

American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis

Um this one is extremely disturbing. I don’t what I expected going in, maybe something like Dorian Grey if he was a yuppie. But this book was quite gruesome.

Knowledge, Reality, and Value: A Mostly Common Sense Guide to Philosophy, by Michael Huemer

A phenomenal introduction to philosophy. Skips all the boring bits, has great examples, and has some really good sections on critical thinking. I wish I’d read stuff like this when I was much younger.