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2012 Half-Over Book Review

We’re directly in the middle of 2012. Here’s what I’ve read so far, with a brief summary of each book.

William S. BurroughsNova Express – Don’t let people or machines or language control you.

Margaret AtwoodThe Handmaid’s Tale – Women are stripped of freedoms to ensure their “protection,” and are forced into a very awkward mating ritual with an old guy and his wife.

James DickeyDeliverance – It’s okay to murder a hillbilly who sodomized your friend.

Robert GravesI, Claudius – Weak simpleton becomes emperor of Rome.

Dave RamseyThe Total Money Makeover – Guy who used to be rich, then went bankrupt, then got rich again tells you that if you don’t spend money, you’ll have more money to spend.

Frank MillerThe Dark Knight Returns – Batman, now 55 years old, comes out of retirement.

Thomas PynchonThe Crying of Lot 49 – Oedipa Maas searches for the Trystero.

Robert Anton WilsonPrometheus Rising – Widen your reality tunnel.

-The Illuminatus! Trilogy (co-written with Robert Shea) – An 800 page philosophical, psychological, historical, mythical, science fictional, psychedelical trip through various conspiracy theories.

Philip K. DickDr. Futurity – A doctor is transported to a future where death is glorified and saving lives is frowned upon.

-Ubik – People search for Ubik as they uncontrollably travel backwards in time.

Robert A. HeinleinStranger In a Strange Land – Man with human parents who has been raised by Martians is brought to Earth. Mucho grokking ensues.

Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching – It’s all about the art of non-action. My kind of book.

H.P. LovecraftAt The Mountains of Madness – Weird alien things found in Antarctica.

Hunter S. ThompsonHell’s Angels – The Strange And Terrible Saga Of The Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs – Thompson hangs out with the Hell’s Angels for a year.

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