Recent Reads

Context by Cory Doctorow
A collection of essays by Doctorow. A few are dated, but overall it will remain worth reading for a long time to come.

The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins
It’s by Richard Dawkins and the subtitle is “Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design”. What more could I say about it?

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
I just started getting into the James Bond books. They’re pretty fun, and they’ve held up over time.

Moonraker by Ian Fleming
See above.

Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming

‘I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a great negro criminal before,’ said Bond, ‘Chinamen, of course, the men behind the opium trade. There’ve been some big-time Japs, mostly in pearls and drugs. Plenty of negroes mixed up in diamonds and gold in Africa, but always in a small way. They don’t seem to take to big business. Pretty law-abiding chaps I should have thought except when they’ve drunk too much.’

‘Our man’s a bit of an exception,’ said M. ‘He’s not pure negro. Born in Haiti. Good dose of French blood.’

Oh wow. This is awkward.

The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality by Brian Greene
Brian Greene does a great job of making really tough concepts approachable. I can probably credit most of my understanding of time dilation to his writing. And yet I don’t really enjoy reading these books. I think the seemingly unending Simpsons and X-Files analogies wear me out.

The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos by Brian Greene
See above.

Wormhole  by Richard Phillips
The conclusion to The Rho Agenda. Highly recommended sci-fi, appropriate for all ages.

A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
The 14th and final book in the Wheel of Time. The end of an era. I was happy with how it ended.

Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
And I call myself a Neal Stephenson fan! I don’t know why it took so long to get to this one. It’s a neat story, and one of the three weirdest stories I’ll mention in this post.

Singularity it Near by Ray Kurzweil
Published in 2006, already seems like a classic. It’s quite a bit to tackle, but worth the effort. It’s a good starting place for exploring the world according to Kurzweil.

Decoding Reality by Vlatko Vedra
As Wikipedia put it the book, “proposes information as the most fundamental building block of reality.” Interesting idea.

No Easy Day by Mark Owen
I’m not even sure how this got in my queue. It’s perfectly good military fantasy, if that’s your thing.

New New Rules by Bill Maher
Really just a collection of the New Rules from the end of Maher’s show. It’s written by his staff. I recommend the audio edition, which Maher reads.

Not Taco Bell Material by Adam Carolla
Nothing new for listeners of the show. The audio and print editions are different since it’s “read” by Carolla and he’s a functional illiterate.

Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
I’m a long time Zelazny fan and one of my favorite books of all time is Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. How are those things connected? Well, this book… LSD.

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Another classic, which I read in Jr High. I don’t believe I understood it then. What a strange, strange trip.

I’m a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson
AKA Notes from a Big Country, subtitled “Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away”. Not my favorite of his works, but to be fair it’s a collection of articles he wrote in the 90s.

Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan
For you young whippersnappers, back in the 80s and 90s Carl Sagan was our Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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