Sunday, March 29, 2015

2015 Books Part II

Mental: Funny in the Head by Eddie Sarfaty - The author bounces along through funny episodes from his life, then he hits you with a poignant tale. Warning: Sarfaty is gay and there's some hot dude-on-dude action (in case that bothers you). 4 stars

The Urban Hermit by Sam MacDonald - This book wasn't what I expected. MacDonald isn't really a hermit, he just stops going to the bar. His diet is interesting but brutal. Overall the book has its moments, but it isn't great. 3 stars

Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong by Juliet Macur - As a former fan of pro cycling, I've read many books about Armstrong from the hagiographic to the accusatory (six from this book's Selected Bibliography plus at least two more). Cycle of Lies is exceptional. If you want to know the whole story from childhood to scandal, this is the book to read (though Macur doesn't get into the blow-by-blow of the now-tainted races). Moral of the story: If you are going to cheat, don't be a dick. Armstrong burned too many people who knew too much. 5 stars

Pornification by Andrew Benjamin - Twenty years ago, I was at a bar with a couple of female friends who loved the X-rated movie title Edward Penishands (I don't recall whether they actually saw the film). They challenged me to pornify some movie titles. I remember they said Pulp Fiction and I replied with Pump Friction. Pornification is that game in book form. It's funny sometimes but for the most part I could have written it myself a long time ago if I thought enough people would buy it (in fact, Pump Friction appears on page 37). Maybe it's worthwhile if you find it cheap like I did. 2 stars


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