I noticed I’ve stockpiled a couple too many “write a brief book review” tasks in my to-do list, so this is an attempt at clearing them out. None of these are in-depth, but that’s OK, since if you care enough you’ll read the book (or a sample thereof).
‘s “Japanland: In Search of Wa
” was fantastic. Every single chapter tells a wonderful story about the author’s year in Japan. One of the final stories is about how she undertook the famous Shikoku pilgrimage
. The story of her received o-settai
made me tear up a bit.
I’m a big John Rain
fan, so when Barry Eisler
came up with a new (relatively…) novel, “The Detachment
,” I snapped it up. It sat unread in my Kindle app for a while, then I randomly noticed it on the beach a couple of weeks ago. Fast-forward about 24 hours later, and I greatly enjoyed the book. All the John Rain novels are a ton of fun, including this one.
I also read the related short story, “Paris is a Bitch
,” also by Barry Eisler, and much of the same applies, although it all takes place in Paris, without the usual Tokyo shenanigans.
‘s “Playing for Pizza
” was the first non-detective, non-lawyer-type book I read from this famous author. It’s a well-written, fascinating story about a failed NFL quarterback moving to Italy to play, and adjusting to the local life.
‘s “Water for Elephants
” was interesting. I didn’t enjoy it as much as friends suggested I would. It’s an unusual book, and it’s well-written, but I just didn’t find it as engaging.
‘s “You Deserve Nothing
,” on the other hand, was great. I don’t remember how I found out about this book, but I’m happy I read it.
I’m in the middle of the Singularity Series by William Hertling
, and it’s amazing. There are three books: “Avogadro Corp
,” “A.I. Apocalypse
,” and coming soon, “The Last Firewall.” These books are incredible: fascinating, tight, well-written, wow. I found out about them from the Feld Thoughts blog
, which is also recommended.
OK, that’s the last few weeks of books. While I’m clearing out my to-do list, maybe I’ll toss a couple of my fav recent wines on here.
Stag’s Leap “Hands of Time
” from 2010 was surprisingly smooth and delicious. It’s not a wine they bottle on a regular basis, and so it’s extra-challenging to obtain, but if you see it, snag a case.
Maybe the most interesting wine I’ve had recently is an Alvarelhão
, Forlorn Hope “Suspiro del Moro” 2012, from Silverspoons Vineyards
. It’s an unusual grape, small production, especially outside its homeland. The winery also has several other unusual wines, exactly the kind in which I like to invest.
Conundrum, from both 2010 and 2011, has been consistently excellent. A great wine with some raw bar or shellfish on a hot summer day.
|A great bottle for a Newport summer sunset.
My favorite rose of the sprint / summer so far is the Isola del Nuragi
from Serra Lori. It’s a great balance of tasty and light. Perfect with some Island Creek Oysters, for example…
Whew, that feels good.