And so another year circles to its end. I read eleven books during December (plus a couple of abandonments) and, although nothing blew me away, a couple came close and I enjoyed most of the rest.
The links go to my often rather scrappy Goodreads notes:
- The Man Who Stalked Einstein: How Nazi Scientist Philipp Lenard Changed the Course of History by Bruce J. Hillman, Birgit Ertl-Wagner, Bernd C. Wagner
- One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline
- We’ll Always Have Murder: A Humphrey Bogart Mystery by Bill Crider
- Sadie When She Died by Ed McBain
- Black Plumes by Margery Allingham
- The Undoing by Averil Dean
- What You Don’t Know by JoAnn Chaney
- Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
- The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
- High Priest of California by Charles Willeford
- The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji
2017 has been a vile year on so many fronts it’s hard to tally them, and the destruction that’s been waged during it by our science- and reality-deficient overlords will redound for decades to come: our descendants are going to have to cope somehow with a severely damaged world. (My own book Corrupted Science — in a new edition nearly double the size of the 2007 one and coming in May — discusses a lot of this.) If this weren’t too much of a hostage to fortune, I’d say 2018 could hardly be worse than its predecessor. As it is, I guess we just have to hope for the best, while working each in our own way to improve things.
Gloomy, I know. Even so, here’s hoping the coming year brings you joy.