People do all sorts of things to pass the time when they retire, from traveling the world, to taking up new hobbies, to sitting somewhere where Eric Spoelstra can feel you watching him as you count the days until you take his job. Or even read stuff at an absurd pace, as evidenced by My Dad Reads Too Many Books.
MDRTMB's the work of a retired finance gent perfectly content to golf near his sometimes-home in Palm Beach, watch Barca soccer matches, and (gasp!) read a dangerous number of books, which he reviews in a bone-dry, straight-to-the-damn-point fashion, then emails to his son to post, as he "doesn't do the Internet", so he's got two reasons to never visit ChatRoulette. Everything's based on a rating of one to five "Ambivalent Shrugs", which he applies in addition to super quick-hitting yet remarkably revealing plot synopses, like, for Robert Crais' The Sentry "A former soldier of fortune and loner (who shows great emotion by a slight twitch of his lips) and his private eye friend come to the aid of a damsel-in-distress whose past puts everyone she meets in serious danger." -- so wait, it's about Lenny Dykstra's wife? Retired Dad also throws in his own editorial comments, like for James Thompson's Snow Angels, "More than you probably want to know about Finnish customs, language and life in the dead of winter", and for Harlan Coben's Caught, "Going viral on the Internet can be good and bad" -- again, something he'll apparently never learn from ChatRoulette.
He also made his son post a list of his top 12 books of 2010 (all of which received five "highly enthusiastic, ambivalent shrugs"), including Strip by Thomas Perry and Jonathan Tropper's This Is Where I Leave You, which's what Riles will be saying to Spoelstra at a seedy rest stop Cracker Barrel.