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  • ScottBooks shared from Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
    a chalkboard menu about ninety percent full of things that don’t really belong in coffee, like dairy products of various types and temperatures, and weird nut-based flavorings, and many other assorted pollutants.
    Note: Damn straight.
  • ScottBooks shared from No Land's Man by Aasif Mandvi
    Let me first say that I am a huge fan of profanity. I know many people consider it to be coarse and uncivil and I would agree with them in most cases, but it can also be one of the most powerful tools we humans have to express something that cannot be expressed in any other way. Profanity is the chili pepper of language. If used by an idiot or a clod, it can overwhelm the discourse so the meaning is lost, but if used by a linguistic master chef, it can insert a piquant passion to the point where even though your ears may burn and you may want to rinse your mouth out, you cannot say it doesn’t...
    Note: Damn right.
  • ScottBooks shared from What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
    There’s no material safety data sheet for astatine. If there were, it would just be the word “NO” scrawled over and over in charred blood.
    Note: I love this book.
  • ScottBooks shared from The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
    It’s the small things that hurt the most. The white waitress who wouldn’t take an order, Tonto, the Washington Redskins.
    Note: From a 20 year old book...a fine definition of racism.
  • ScottBooks shared from The Five Faces (The Markhat Files Book 8) by Frank Tuttle
    Chapter One
    Note: Gotta love Tuesday morning preorders!
  • ScottBooks shared from One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
    Most of us, given a pad of paper, a pencil, and a few minutes to think, could come up with a reasonably respectable list of writers who were at work in the 1920s: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, Dorothy Parker, Ezra Pound, and so on.
    Note: Bill has a *much* higher opinion of the great unwashed than I do.
  • ScottBooks shared from Burglars Can't Be Choosers (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series Book 1) by Lawrence Block
    “I thought you never lie.” “I occasionally tell an expeditious untruth.”
    Note: Dialogue like this is why the Burglar books are so much fun.
  • ScottBooks shared from The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
    How is it, I wondered, that they all look so similar to one another when the dress is so eccentric? Surely there was one among them who had been first to outfit himself in such a way. Had this man been pleased when the others imitated him, or annoyed, his individual sense of flair devalued by their emulation?
    Note: This refers to some fur trappers. Bet you thought goths or rappers.
  • ScottBooks shared from One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
    Burleigh Grimes of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who was famously bad tempered, set a record of sorts by once throwing at a batter in the on-deck circle.
    Note: Now that's how you brush somebody back.
  • ScottBooks shared from One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
    It wasn’t all froth and melodrama, however. Eugene O’Neill produced his longest and densest play in 1927, Strange Interlude, which took five hours to perform and gave audiences an expansive, not to say exhausting, look at insanity, abortion, heartbreak, illegitimacy, and death. Audiences watched the first part of the play from 5:15 to 7:00 p.m., had a break for dinner, and then returned at 8:30 for a further three and a half hours of punishing gloom.
    Note: Haven't had the chance to see this one. Revival time?
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