Recent Books — Disappearing Earth, Mr. Penumbra, James Lee Burke, The Spinoza Problem

  • Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips. I have read 0 books set in Kamchatka, an interesting look into the lives of isolated and distressed women on the peninsula.
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Just OK. Fun precept but characters were less than 2 dimensional.
  • House of the Rising Sun by James Lee Burke. Haven’t ever read a Burke. Western with archetype characters and a lot of action. Fun but probably not meaningful.
  • The Spinoza Problem by Irvin Yalom. Huh I knew nothing of Spinoza sadly, this was a very interesting fictionalized introduction to him and his thinking.