Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Quarterly Update - 1st Quarter 2010

Young Men in Spats, by P.G. Wodehouse

Rating: 6 out of 7 giant inflatable monkeys.

The Armchair Economist, by Steven E. Landsburg

Rating: 6 out of 7 giant inflatable monkeys.

Fair Play, by Steven E. Landsburg

Follow-up: I speculated in the review that, based on the level of his sentimentality for his daughter, Landsburg was either dying of an incurable disease or he was recently divorced. Last week I went to a lecture he gave and he mentioned being in a new relationship.

Rating: 6.5 out of 7 giant inflatable monkeys.

Never Mind the Pollacks, by Neal Pollack

Rating: 6.5 out of 7 giant inflatable monkeys.

Whoa, am I a pushover or what? Reading my reviews makes me feel like the other critics on the staff of the Springfield Shopper when Homer becomes the food critic: "'Nine thumbs up'? What the hell is that?!" But what can I say: I only read books I think I'm going to like (although as Landsburg points out in The Armchair Economist, those are the books that should disappoint me the most).

The Grateful Fred, by Greg Trine

Rating: 5 out of 7 giant inflatable monkeys.

Petropolis, by Anya Ulinich

Rating: 5.5 out of 7 giant inflatable monkeys.

Nicholas and the Gang, by René Goscinny and Jean-Jacques Sempé

Rating: 5.5 out of 7 giant inflatable monkeys.

Wake Up, Sir!, by Jonathan Ames

Rating: 3 out of 7 giant inflatable monkeys.

Everyday Probability and Statistics, by Michael W. Woolfson

Rating: 6 out of 7 giant inflatable monkeys.

The Pearl of Great Price, by Joseph Smith, Jr. (trans.)

Rating: Although I'm fairly certain God has a sense of humor, assigning monkey ratings to scripture might be pushing Him a little too far.

The Revenge of the McNasty Brothers, by Greg Trine

Rating: 5 out of 7 giant inflatable monkeys.

Nicholas in Trouble, by René Goscinny and Jean-Jacques Sempé

Rating: 5.5 out of 7 giant inflatable monkeys.

A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens

Rating: 5.5 out of 7 giant inflatable monkeys.

The Sausage Situation, by Darrel and Sally Odgers

Rating: 6 out of 7 giant inflatable monkeys.

The Book of Mormon, by Joseph Smith, Jr. (trans.)

Rating: again, not going to chance it.

Winston Churchill, by John Keegan

Rating: 5 out of 7 giant inflatable monkeys.

Mary Poppins, by P.L. Travers

Rating: 5.5 out of 7 giant inflatable monkeys.

Looking for Alaska, by John Green

Rating: 5.5 out of 7 giant inflatable monkeys.

The Winner's Curse, by Richard H. Thaler

Rating: 3 out of 7 giant inflatable monkeys.

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