Recent Books I've Read

Early in my life I liked to read. Not loved to read. Just liked. I enjoyed it, but I found it difficult to do. It required focus, attention and … um … something else. And I've always had trouble reading because I felt the words seem to get in the way - in a "can't see the forest through the trees" kinda way. That's why I normally stick to comics. More pictures, less words - much like good porn (but that's another story). Recently I completed three books. That's right, three books. Two of them I had been reading on and off for the past 6 months (or more) and one of them I read in one night. And now I feel compelled to talk about them - in the order in which I completed them.

#1, The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow. This is a non-fiction book about randomness, with the bulk of the book discussing the history of the scientific and philosophical breakthroughs in the field of randomness - and the remainder how randomness actually affects our lives. It's narrative is limited, considering it's non-fiction and I felt the last part of the book was rushed - but all in all - I really liked the book. This book took the longest to read as I was constantly making notes and highlights. It gave me pause to think and I like that.

#2, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith. This was the first of the 3 books that I started reading. Between the time I started it and completed it, a movie version, written by the author was released. The movie was pretty cool, but had very little resemblance to the book. There was also another drama about Lincoln released during this time - it has little resemblance to this book - but in a different way. I highly anticipated reading this. I LOVED it. It's written as a historical biography, using Abe's own diary as the driver for the story. It has vampires, civil war, politics and historical events. If you like Lincoln, but want it to be a bit juicier - this is for you.

#3, Mile 81 by Stephen King. This is a "Kindle Single" which really means short story. This is the one I read in one short sitting. I really enjoyed this fictional account of an abandoned rest area (at exit 81). It had a typical King-ness about it. People die, unexplained things happen and, well, shit happens. Very cool, doesn't take long to read. I'm a slow, slow, slow reader and I finished in the same evening I started it!

That's all I had to say. Tune in next time when … never mind.