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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
I had put off reading this book because I'm not usually excited by horror stories (with the notable exception of some Stephen King) and the premise (" ...more
Jun 25, 2013
Jul 01, 2013
Impulse (Jumper, #3)
I wouldn't have called Jumper one of the best books I've ever read -- it's a fairly predictable SF novel. But Gould tells a good story with a compelli ...more
Mar 02, 2013
Mar 02, 2013
I always get excited about a new Neal Stephenson novel. But I often end up waiting a while to read them because they're so big. In the case of Reamde ...more
Apr 06, 2013
Apr 07, 2013
Soon I Will Be Invincible
I've actually met the author Austin Grossman at a game industry event (although he probably doesn't remember me). So that made me want to get this boo ...more
Feb 18, 2013
Feb 18, 2013
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
You've probably heard some garbled version of the premise: exceptional "can't happen" events are surprisingly common, and by definition unanticipated. ...more
not set
Dec 08, 2012
Ready Player One
Having worked in virtual worlds, I found a lot to like and a lot to criticize. One big problem was that a fundamental premise of the book is that an A ...more
Aug 18, 2012
Dec 06, 2012
Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim, #1)
It's been a long time (12 years?) since I read any of Neil Gaiman's Sandman graphic novels. I remember liking them but not finding the character very ...more
Feb 12, 2013
Feb 12, 2013
Burning Man
I bought this book a) on sale, and b) with the recommendation that it's a mystery novel with a dog as the lead character. I thought that sounded cute ...more
Jun 20, 2013
Jun 25, 2013
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
This book starts out like Harry Potter if Harry had been a senior in high school and a little smarter. And then it sort of morphs into The Secret Hist ...more
May 19, 2013
May 09, 2013
The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs
As a bike rider and fairly avid follower of bike racing, I watched the Tour de France during the years when Lance Armstrong won it 7 years running. I ...more
Dec 20, 2012
Dec 05, 2012
Sandstorm (Sigma Force, #1)
I got this because I felt the need for a book in this category -- the sort of Dan Brown genre book. The series is well rated on Amazon so I thought I ...more
May 13, 2013
May 09, 2013
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
Mary Roach is either a researcher who publishes too much, or a reporter who researches too much. The result is fascinating. Her books take an interest ...more
May 09, 2013
Apr 20, 2013
Invasion (The Secret World Chronicles #1)
The concept is interesting -- similar in concept and style to the 1632 series (namely, a series of related stories by multiple authors loosely tied to ...more
Jan 26, 2013
Jan 26, 2013
Lilith's Brood (Xenogenesis, #1-3)
This was a well-crafted trilogy-in-one-volume. I read the first third, then put it down because I wasn't quite sure what I thought of it. Two books la ...more
Jan 04, 2013
Dec 23, 2012
The Bug
This novel mostly takes place in 1985, which is around the beginning of my career as a software engineer. The book is not about programming, but it at ...more
Dec 15, 2012
Dec 06, 2012
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
Viewed as a humorous novel (which is kind of how it's sold), this didn't work for me. But if you think of it as a trenchant philosophy book wrapped in ...more
Dec 18, 2012
Dec 16, 2012
Austin Grossman is a game developer (he's a designer). So am I (I'm mostly an engineer). The protagonist of this book is also a game designer, so it h ...more
Jun 09, 2013
May 09, 2013
The Divine Comedy Part 1: Inferno
Ok, it's like this. If you want to consider yourself at all literate in the ways of Catholicism and the history of the church, not to mention the hist ...more
Jan 1978
Jan 18, 2009
A Theory of Fun for Game Design
Delightful and very readable (i.e., not particularly academic) discussion of "fun" in the context of game design. Well-considered and should be on eve ...more
Mar 2007
Jan 18, 2009
Zoo City
I really wanted to like this book -- it's got a great concept and is both tech-savvy and culturally interesting. Perhaps because I mostly read it on m ...more
Dec 31, 2012
Dec 23, 2012
Pirate Cinema
Doctorow is never shy about driving his point home. He also pitches his books for young adults, so he's not particularly sophisticated about it either ...more
Dec 20, 2012
Dec 06, 2012
Red Thunder (Thunder and Lightning, #1)
John Varley's written some of the most entertaining SF of the last couple of decades. This novel and its first sequel Red Lightning are aimed pretty s ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 22, 2009
The Human Division (Old Man's War, #5)
Scalzi has become one of my favorite writers. He writes straight-up SF with humor, a modicum of science, and a whole lot of humanity. It's approachabl ...more
May 29, 2013
May 14, 2013
CookWise: The Secrets of Cooking Revealed
If you're a food science geek like me, this is a great reference. Not quite as approachable as Alton Brown (but you might have seen her on the Alton B ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 18, 2009
Reflex (Jumper, #2)
A further, more adult extension of the first book, Jumper, taking us deeper into the realm of an emotionally damaged person with a unique ability. Tou ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 05, 2009
Jumper (Jumper, #1)
This was a much better book than movie, so if you saw the movie, ignore it.

The book is a really interesting study of some of the moral choices you mig
Jan 1998
Jan 05, 2009
SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper
For some reason I like to read military books on a plane. This time I bought some military fact. Interesting read and contains a different take on the ...more
not set
Dec 07, 2012
The Forever War
Wow. I bought this almost out of a sense of obligation, but I had more hope since I'd seen the author on The Daily Show. I'm glad I did -- it's not a ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 22, 2009
Tamara Drewe
I grabbed this graphic novel because it caught my eye in a bookstore just when the movie was being advertised. I never saw the film, but the book is a ...more
not set
Dec 07, 2012
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
I enjoyed reading this book, and I know a lot of people have found it really important and even life-changing. For me, I came away thinking that the s ...more
Feb 2008
Jan 05, 2009
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