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Colin Cogle

Joined 4 months, 4 weeks ago

I read when I get around to it, and I write when I get around to it. You can also find me on Mastodon for my non-literary hot takes.

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reviewed The Baseball Hall of Shame by Bruce Nash (The Baseball Hall of Shame, #1)

Bruce Nash, Allan Zullo: The Baseball Hall of Shame (Paperback, Pocket) 5 stars

Here is the young fan's record book of the worst performances in batting, fielding and …

Hilarious, if you like baseball

5 stars

Content warning Some book content is mentioned.

reviewed Mister Magic by Kiersten White

Kiersten White: Mister Magic (Hardcover, 2023, Del Rey) 5 stars

Thirty years after a tragic accident shut down production of the classic children's program Mister …

One of the best I’ve read this year

5 stars

It’s not really my genre, but I picked this up for book club, and I quite enjoyed the ride. “Mister Magic” plays well on tropes about childhood nostalgia, and having a main character as a bit of a tabula rasa helps. The plot moves at a decent pace, and I loved that the ending doesn’t suck; in fact, it was all but perfect given the plot.

村田沙耶香, 村田沙耶香: Earthlings (AudiobookFormat, 2020, Blackstone Publishing) 3 stars

What the fuck did I just read?

1 star

The more you read, the less you care about any of the characters. Perhaps that was just me becoming more rational toward this irrational garbage.

The first chapter or so had me remembering summers at my grandparents’ house. That feeling is quickly ripped away in favor of whatever the hell else this book wanted to be.

Leopoldo Gout: Piñata (Hardcover, Tor Nightfire) 4 stars

Carmen Sanchez is back in her home country of Mexico, overseeing the renovation of an …

All in all, I quite enjoyed this. While I'm no expert on Mexican culture, it did provide a breath of fresh air in a typically whitewashed genre. It wasn't necessarily the greatest story ever told, but when it was all over, I enjoyed my time spent reading this.

Kazuo Ishiguro, 宋佥: Klara and the Sun (Paperback, 2022, Vintage International) 4 stars


The kind of book that makes you think

4 stars

I originally rated this three stars, but this book did something that few books do: it stuck in my head, and I kept thinking about it long after I'd finished it. The premise may seem like cheap sci-fi up front, but it makes you think about life, planned obsolescence, and more.