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Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
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I didn't get into Neal Stephenson's baroque cycle of books when they first came out since I knew him as a sci-fi author and found he genre shift jarring -- plus the first one seemed to start a bit slowly when I tried it. But reading Anathem reminded...more
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Vigilante by Stephen J. Cannell
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A fine end to the Shane Scully series of novels. Goodbye Mr. Cannell!
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Double Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
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Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Anathem
by Neal Stephenson
read in January, 2010
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Stephenson has a way of taxing the reader, such as the first 100 or pages of this book which the characters spend winding a clock. But he richly rewards such effort, sucking you into a believable yet complex world. Not an easy read, but worth the eff...more
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Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt
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An intriguing look at how the tools used in economics can be used to understand many other areas of life, from drug-dealing to sumo wrestling to progress (or lack thereof) on standardized tests. The book is full of lively examples, and gives you a ne...more
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Shanda by Neal Karlen
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Neal Karlen's honest and funny story about his love-hate relationship with his Jewish heritage is a great read. By turns hilarious and poignant, Shanda captures a faith journey that many Americans will resonate with.
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The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven
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This was my introduction to the collaborative works of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, and indeed to the world of science fiction. Going far beyond the stereotypical "but-eyed monster" storylines of schlocky sci-fi, Niven and Pournelle create a full...more
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Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon by Larry Millett
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Larry Millett uses the wonders of public domain to appropriate Sir Arthur Conan Doyls's best-known character and place him in Minnesota during the time of the great Hinckley fire. Millett doesn't quite has Doyle's touch, and at times the book moves a...more
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Gateway by Frederik Pohl
Gateway (Heechee Saga, #1)
by Frederik Pohl
read in December, 1990
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Frederik Pohl introduces his "Heechee" saga, but perhaps more importantly introduces a world with believable artificial intelligence, where intelligent systems act as proxies to answer our calls, handle our routine business, and even act as counselor...more
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