I read, constantly. I write up my reviews in the way that I read my books, in short stacks of four…
3. The Physics of Everyday Things – I love “how things work” books – this is at least my third this year. It’s laid out differently than others I’ve read – following objects you might encounter on a typical day, chronologically. (ex: you wake up > alarm clock > coffee maker > toaster > etc.) Some, maybe a lot of the text was kind of dry – but some of the physics FASCINATED me. They explain why traffic slows down for no reasons, comparing it to the tides of the ocean in a way that was so easy to grasp, and so *poetic* that I will never travel through a traffic jam the same way again. I say read it just for that part, if for nothing else. You’ll find other glimpses of brilliance as you understand HOW the objects around you work (like, your tolltag is a GENIUS). Worth getting through the slow bits.
4. Dead Men Can’t Complain & Other Stories – I’ve been a big fan of Peter Clines ever since I’ve read 14 (which is excellent & worth putting on your list ASAP). This was an exclusive collection of Clines’ short stories read on audible.com. They were so entertaining! Most of them were a cross between classic scifi, a 40’s film noir gumshoe format, with a dash of Lovecraft thrown in for good measure. If you haven’t read Clines’ books, this is a great introduction to his style. If you enjoy it read 14, The Fold, and The Junkie Quatrain (all Clines) next.
Stay tuned for my next review. My next Short Stack will include: Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons; North American Lake Monsters: Stories by Nathan Ballingrud; The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell; and Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade by Christopher Lane.