Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Best Lately

Lately I have read quite a few note worthy books - here are some of the best:

Richer than God by David Conn - More than twenty years ago, Nick Hornby wrote an absolute masterpiece about football called Fever Pitch, now Conn has done a very similiar thing.  Writing about the rise of Manchester City and their trillionaire Oil Sheik owner, he is able to contrast the Premier League's business feel of today with the feeling of years ago when he was a boy.  The combination is incredible and his conclusions show just how much of a business it all is.  A fantastic read for any sports fan.

Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg - A reissued noir horror classic, this novel about a private detective who has to track down a missing singer in the years after WWII is a stunner.  Dark, twisted and downright horrifying, it pulls the reader into a deep and horrifying hole.  The final twist is a shocker of epic proportions.  A great spooky read for Halloween.

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean - How interesting is the periodic table of elements?  According to Kean, it is very interesting and he proves it with his fascinating and well written book about the elements we take for granted.  He delves into how each came about and breathes live into a fantastic cast of historical characters.  Additionally, he gives you brilliant tidbits about the stuff that makes up our lives and just how fragile it all is.  A wonderful read even if you do not love all thing science.