|Books read, 2nd quarter 2010
||[Jul. 13th, 2010|07:06 pm]
Party Animals: A Hollywood Tale of Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll Starring the Fabulous Allan Carr by Robert Hofler
Amazing gossipy book about the producer responsible for Grease, Can't stop the music, and the fiasco of the 1989 Academy Awards skit with Rob Lowe and Snow White. Lots of decadence and gay scandal. Recommend- yes.
Bill Bryson's African Diary by Bill Bryson
A slender little volume written for CARE as a charity thing. Too slight to really bother with unless you're a Bryson completist. okay
Zioncheck for President: A True Story of Idealism and Madness in American Politics by Phil Campbell
Story (written by his former campaign manager) of a failed idealist running for Seattle City Council and almost winning, despite an overzealous plan for building a monorail. Soon to be a movie with Jason "pie-fucker" Biggs. Worth reading if you're a Seattlite.
Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan by Jake Adelstein
Meet a legal system that treats the Yakuza as a fraternal organization (like the Elks club) despite knowing what their rackets are. Also great look at Japanese corporate journalism and great anecdotes about cultivating police sources by visiting cops at home and bringing their kids ice cream. recommend!
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America by Bill Bryson
Fun and light, but it you're going to read just one book like this, William Least Heat Moon's "Blue Highways" is the better choice. meh.
Tiki Road Trip: A Guide to Tiki Culture in North America by James Teitelbaum
A guide to tiki bars, tiki-decorated buildings and attractions (hotels, mini golf, etc), including defunct tiki bars. Nice pics of memorabilia (matchbooks, ads) as well. good if you need a guidebook for this sort of thing.
Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson
The travels in Northern Norway were particularly amusing. Good.
Last rituals : an Icelandic novel of secret symbols, medieval witchcraft, and modern murder by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
typical thriller made more interesting by Nordic worldview and setting. Also interesting medieval magic plot. Okay.
The Last Town on Earth: A Novel by Thomas Mullen
During the 1918 influenza epidemic, a (fictional) Washington state logging town decides to quarantine itself to keep out illness. Then a sick soldier shows up at the roadblock...Pretty good, plus nice labor union/Everett Massacre content.
My Soul to Take: A Novel of Iceland by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Sequel to "Last rituals". 50 year old murder/haunting. Nazis. incest. new age healing hotel. okay, nothing special.
Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
Way lighter than "American Gods", but has the same idea: What if ancient gods lived among us but had no power since no one believes in them anymore. Only this one is set in London, is funny, and short. recommend- yes.