Reading

Finished reading: Service of All the Dead by Colin Dexter πŸ“š Probably not going to continue with these. I wish someone could do tie-in novels based on the “Endeavour” prequel TV series.

Finished reading: Inspector Morse: The First Three Novels by Colin Dexter πŸ“š

Finished reading: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir πŸ“š

Currently reading: The Edge of the World: A Cultural History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe by Michael Pye πŸ“š

Finished reading: One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War by Michael Dobbs πŸ“š

Finished reading: Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation by Elaine Pagels πŸ“š

Richard II

The Lionheart and the Peach

Finished reading: King Richard: Nixon and Watergate–An American Tragedy by Michael Dobbs πŸ“š Incredible. Fascinating. Hard to put down.

(The fact that I went directly from an audiobook about King Richard I, by Marc Morris, to a book about Richard M. Nixon called King Richard is entirely coincidental. πŸ‘€ So is the fact that, according to this book, Nixon was named after Richard I, “Lionheart,” though that is a different Richard than Richard I, known as “Longshanks,” son of Henry III. Morris’ book explains the discrepency in numbering, having to do with the Norman Invasion. He didn’t refer to Richard the Lionheart as Richard I, though. Interesting too that the Morris book has “Great and Terrible” in its title, a point, though maybe not in those exact words, Dobbs makes about this “King” Richard, a dualism. [Though “terrible” in the 13th century probably meant “inspires terror.”] So the two books combined lead to the title of this post.)

I remember seeing on TV, when this was going on, a news report about protesters calling for the impeachment of the president. The camera panned down a line of people holding up signs. One after the other, the signs read “Impeach Nixon,” “Impeach Nixon.” At the end of the line was a little old lady holding up a sign that read: “Nixon Is a Peach.”

[Slight spoiler ahead about the book’s content]

I was disappointed that Dobbs wanted to structure the book a certain way that only covered the 100 days following Nixon’s second inauguration. It stops when the fight over the tapes begins. It’s an abrupt ending and I wanted to read about the rest. It’s otherwise an amazing book that draws extensively from the tapes themselves.

Currently re-reading after several decades but stuck halfway through: Logan’s Run: Vintage Movie Classics (A Vintage Movie Classic) by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. πŸ“š The striving for style gets in the way and I can detect differences in the chapters indicating, possibly, which writer wrote which. As for the term “vintage classic” in this printing, I can go with “classic,” but “vintage”? This book, and I, are not that old. And what is a “vintage classic” anyway?

Finished reading: In Plain Sight: An investigation into UFOs and impossible science by Ross Coulthart πŸ“š

More than pleased to discover that theΒ e-book ISBN for Logan’s Run contains the numbers “1138” in that order. πŸ“š