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Reading List

Read 406 books since Jan '03

See also: Books I'm Reading and Books I want to read

July 2019
Saturn's Children by Charles StrossRecommended by Matthew at my bookgroup. As much as I like Charles Stross, I didn't really like this book. It wasn't as complex as Accelerando but I found it hard to follow. Partly because I just didn't care about the characters. It actually picked up a little in the last couple of chapters, so I may read the others in the series. Back burner for now though.
June 2019
Children of Ruin by Adrian TchaikovskyThis was an excellent sequel, I didn't enjoy it as much as the first - maybe it's more difficult to empathise with a mollusc mind than a spider mind, for me, for some reason but the book had some excellent ideas, and featured the creature I like that reminded me of the motiles from the Commonwealth Saga.
April 2019
Contagious by Scott SiglerEnjoying this sequel so far. Hive minds and aliens! Finished: Lotta fun.. Will read the third in the series soon.
March 2019
Infected by Scott SiglerReading this as part of my bookgroup topic 'Alien horror'. Enjoying it so far. Finished: This was really good. Gorier than I expected. I think I'm gonna move on to the rest of the trilogy.
February 2019
The Three Body Problem by Cixin LiuI enjoyed it, and the beginning got me pretty hooked. Generally this book was pretty out there (n dimensional single proton computers with its circuitry/gates composed of strong/weak forces), though that would make it super fast (like the machinery described in Dragon's Egg). Anyhoo, interesting, I might get around to reading the next book from Cixin Liu.
January 2019
Rika Mechanized: A Rika Prequel (Aeon 14: Rika's Marauders Book 0) by M.D. CooperThis was interesting, I'm not sure I'm sold though. Rika and her tech is definitely interesting, but I've already read about much more advanced stuff. Apparently the future books focus more on the society/AI type stuff, so I might continue later.
December 2018
Watch Them Wander: Book 1 (Colossus of Rhodes Series) by Oscar RelentosNot sure why I chose this, I liked the line of the synopsis 'until the day she discovers an animatronic genie in the sand capable of reversing her fortunes' and had to find out what it'd be like. The book was ok, but don't think I'll follow up.
November 2018
Singularity Sky by Charles StrossMunro recommended this as an interesting book that dealt with cornucopia machines and their impact on society. I enjoyed it and would be interested to hear more about The Festival. Definitely going to be reading more Stross when I get the chance, I still think about Acclerando often.
October 2018
Inhuman by David SimpsonContinuing on with the next/last book in the series. This was pretty good, the best one was, I think, the third book, but the whole series was worth a read.
The Skinner by Neal AsherFirst book in the Spatterjay series, and I think this is my first Neal Asher. I'd had a couple of recommendations of this author and decided to start with this one as it mentions a hive mind and immortality. Enjoy it so far. Finished: I liked this. It has some interesting ideas (the virus, the hornet hive mind, the thrall units, reification etc). I'll definitely read some more.
Children of Time by Adrian TchaikovskyWhen someone at my bookgroup summarised the story (intelligent spiders and ant colonies acting as computers) I was sold. This is one of the better sci-fi books I've read this decade. So many fascinating ideas, and the evolutionary histories of the creatures involved was fantastically done. I should check out anything else this guy does. I also want to read a non fiction book on some spider/ant species now.
September 2018
Salvation by Peter F HamiltonI tried to put reading this off until he'd written one or two more, but in the end I couldn't, so read it in a couple of sittings when I was in a particular mood for PFH. It was a good book, I didn't enjoy it as much as his other works, but there were some interesting ideas and I'll definitely be getting the next ones when they come out.
Fall of Giants by Ken FollettRecommended by Naomi. Part of the Century Trilogy. I'm enjoying it so far, only a few chapters in, but I like the style so far, and how the stories intertwine. Nice change from sci-fi for a bit too. Finished: I enjoyed this plus I feel a know a bit more about some of the developments leading up to WW1. I'll try to read the rest of the trilogy after a short sci-fi interlude.
August 2018
Hyperion by Dan SimmonsThis has been on my list since 2003. Paused reading it to read Bedlam (so we could talk about Bedlam as a group at WW). Finished: I really enjoyed this, almost nothing happened (it's the background stories of 6 people travelling) but those stories really opened the world up and explored some fascinating stuff (cybroids, AI, ergs, The Shrike etc). Gonna read the next one when I get a chance.
Bedlam by Christopher BrookmyreSuggested by Lionel. I enjoyed this. I feel like I've read similar things in the past (though not as game orientated and I can't quite put my finger on what exactly). I kinda knew where it was going from the outset, but I enjoyed the read. It was interesting to have so much Scottish humour (and humour in general), not used to seeing that in my sci-fi.
June 2018
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre DumasI'm enjoying this, especially as I read parts of it while in France. Such a big book, think it's gonna take me another couple weeks to complete. Finished: This was great, probably overly long, but I'm glad to have read it. I felt like I was thinking in the same word choice/style as the author by the time I finished it. Gonna watch some of the movies now and see how they compare.
April 2018
Sub-Human by David SimpsonI enjoyed this, and I'm pretty happy with the order I read it all in (published chronological). Will seek out the 5th book.
Human Plus by David SimpsonThis was quite different from the last two books, far more interesting and the writing seemed better. Interested to know more now.
Trans-Human by David Simpson
March 2018
Post-Human by David SimpsonRecommended by Natalia. I didn't enjoy this so much, I felt the writing was a little too hand-wavey/gee-whizzy, but there were a couple interesting ideas, and I was keen to see where it might lead.
All These Worlds by Dennis TaylorI enjoyed this series a lot. It ticked all my boxes. Good fun.
For We Are Many by Dennis TaylorSecond book in the Bobiverse series, I'm enjoying it.
We Are Legion by Dennis TaylorStumbled across a one line description on Reddit and couldn't resist. Can't put it down so far. First of the Bobiverse series. Finished: I'm not sure how much merit this book deserves, it was a little simplistically written, but I enjoyed it immensely, straight onto the sequel.
January 2018
The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M BanksLast book in the series, enjoying it so far. Finished: Well, that's me done. I enjoyed the whole series, it's a shame it's over, no more Culture stories. I'll always remember Excession for introducing me to the world. Might go back and read the first 1-3 in a few years.
Matter by Iain M BanksContinuing the series. Finished: Excellent, enjoyed it. Last one to go, gonna be sorry when it's over.
November 2017
Look to Windward by Iain M BanksContinuing the series. Finished: Decent addition. First mention of the e-dust assassin. Brutal and interesting. Two books left. I'll be sad when they are done.
Inversions by Iain M BanksThis was pretty confusing. No mention of the culture, AI or technology at all. I enjoyed the book but I hardly saw the connection. Yeah, there was a scene or two that could have been SC tech, and I caught some of the references, but I wasn't sure what the end goal of the protagonists were. Meh, decent book, but I'll be glad to get back into the Culture swing of things with book 7.
Excession by Iain M BanksRe-reading as part of the series. Great book, I've spoken about this to so many people over the years - and probably will continue to. Neural lace! Finished: Loved it. In hindsight, I must have been pretty confused reading this first in the series, but I enjoyed it back then, even more so now. Looking forward to reading more.
October 2017
Dark Harvest by Norman PartridgeRead this over the course of a few hours in time for a Halloween book group meeting. I enjoyed it, some really beautiful writing.
The State of the Art by Iain M BanksI really enjoyed this. The whole series was discounted on Amazon, so I bought the whole lot. Moving on to #5 (Excession) even though I've already read it, 'cause I'm so into the story again. Some great ideas and descriptions of the minds so far.
July 2017
The Bees by Laline PaullRecommended by Naomi Moo, set inside a bee hive. Always been fascinated with bee colonies. Finished: This was pretty interesting, not sure I'd recommend it to anyone, unless you were really into bees.
May 2017
Night Without Stars by Peter F HamiltonI was saving this for a rainy day, but was missing my Peter F Hamilton fix. Only a chapter or two in and it's good! Finished: I enjoyed it, a lot, sad it's all over now. Think I've read almost all of his work except maybe one or two stand-alone books (which I'll read next). The ending was fine, but there were a lot of loose ends tied up in a bit of a contrived way, better than just ignoring them I guess.
April 2017
Old Twentieth by Joe HaldemanThe synopsis attracted my attention - space travel and virtual worlds and I'd always meant to read more Haldeman after enjoying The Forever War. After: I enjoyed it, I checked to see if there was a sequel and was disappointed there wasn't. Some interesting ideas.
Wake by Robert J SawyerMunro recommended this. I enjoyed it (read it in two sittings) and will read the sequels (I felt it was just getting started when it ended). I found a lot (most) of the dialogue irritating (overly simplistic/forced to match the narrative), and I just don't think his writing style meshed well with me. I wanted to keep reading though, so, jury is still out.
January 2017
Starquake by Robert L ForwardEnjoyed the first installment. I've had the sequel on my wish list since Nov 2010. Just realised I have a hard copy, it was a gift. It's now December's bedside book. Finished, this was pretty fascinating, the electromagnetism/gravity stuff was a bit too in-depth, but all very interesting.
December 2016
Use of Weapons by Iain M BanksI enjoyed this, but it wasn't my favourite of the Culture novels. Some interesting ideas as usual though. Didn't realise I'd read them so out of order. Think I'll continue on and try to read Inversions next.
The Man Who Folded Himself by David GerroldThis had been on my reading list since August 2005. I didn't realise how short it was. I read it in about 2 hours. It was superb. Exactly the sort of book about time travel I'd like to have written. It gave me loads to think about as well. I think I'll be talking about this for a while.
November 2016
Brightness Reef (Uplift book 1) by David BrinWas recommended to me at a book group, interesting premise. I was reading some other stuff, but it still took quite a while for me to get through. I enjoyed it, the other alien species were all pretty unique and interestingly described. I was kinda hoping for much more to happen though. Maybe I should read the rest of the trilogy.
September 2016
The Running Man by Richard BachRead this for the dystopian category for a bookgroup. I guess I shouldn't have expected the movie when I read this, but sheesh. About the only thing in common with the movie were the names. He volunteered for The Running Man game, there were no gladiators (except one guy at the end) and.. well.. I won't give a spoiler even though the entire thing was ruined by Stephen King's preface/intro (which I luckily didn't read until after I'd finished the book). Anyway, bottom line, this story has been done a bunch of times before and better.
August 2016
The Dispossed by Ursula K LeguinReading an 'anti-hero' book for a sci-fi/fantasy book group. Feeling like I'm waiting to spot the 'anti-heroness'. Interesting so far. Finished; this was okay. I was pretty confused through most of the book, as I was reading it bits and pieces with a lot going on, I didn't quite realise how the story was laid out (alternating chapters), plus I was waiting on hearing about the ansible and was thinking "Wait, they don't know anybody further than a few days travel?" Anyway, while I guess it had some interesting things to say, from a utopia point of view, I was hoping for a little more science.
July 2016
Catch 22 by Joesph HellerChristmas present from Vikki. Been meaning to read it for a long time and its been on this list for an even longer time - I've been putting a lot of things before it, and I think I've started trying to read it before as well. Finally bit the bullet and started to read it [again] on holiday. I'm not enjoying it that much so far (about 20% of the way in). But I plan to finish it - reading it on my kindle but I also have at least two physical copies. Interesting to note when I picked up my copy during my holiday that it's the #1 best seller on Amazon for American literature. Finally got through it. I'm still not sure what I think. It wasn't what I expected, and the characters will probably stick with me for a while but it just left me feeling slightly 'miffed' for lack of a better word. There was a seriously annoying amount of repetition in the book too, maybe that's just me.
June 2016
Redshirts by John ScalziI'm filling this out way after the fact (Jan 2019), not sure why it was missed being recorded, but I was reminded of it again after a recent bookgroup. I enjoyed it a lot. Comical parody of the genre with some interesting takes on reality etc. I plan to read more of Scalzi's work (The Old Mans War).
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel KeyesThis had been recommended a few times. I read it in two sittings, while sitting outside in the sun in Lanzarote. It was a little strange to read, I was getting drunker as he was getting smarter - made me smile. Interestingly written story, but nothing too ground-breaking.
The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F HamiltonTaking a break from the Reddit Top 200 books to treat myself with a Peter F Hamilton story. I was putting this off until he'd finished the sequel so I could read it directly after, but I was in the mood for some Void stories and couldn't wait. Read it mostly sitting outside the apartment in Lanzarote. Enjoyed it, as always, some interesting ideas and characters, patiently waiting for the sequel now.
May 2016
Accelerando by Charles StrossI enjoyed this a lot. Some fascinating ideas about VR, space travel and matrioshka brains. I'll try to read more Stross soon.
March 2016
Anno Dracula by Kim NewmanReading this for a sci-fi/fantasy book group. I'd been meaning to read it for a while. Interested to see where it's going. Finished: Not bad, some interesting ideas for vamipre lore and society. Don't think I'm going to continue the series though, just not enough in it.
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared DiamondRecommended and referenced by Scott Orson Card in the epilogue to Shadow of the Hegemon, looks like I'd learn something from this book. Sheesh, it's been on my list since April 2004. About a quarter of the way through so far (I think it'll take me a while). It's a little frustrating that some points he labours home and others (that I find fascinating like the artificial selection/evolution of crops) he completely skims over. After: Sheesh, this took me a while to get through. Excellent book, but it could have been 1/3 the length, very verbose.
December 2015
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeWorking through a Reddit top 200 book list, this was the fourth highest in order that I hadn't read yet (not sure I even read this in school actually). Finished. This was ok, but I think I kinda spoiled it for myself by already reading some Bukowski and Kerouac
November 2015
Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman! by Richard FeynmanI'm enjoying this so far. Always been meaning to read it. Finished: Fascinating guy, I liked the book and enjoyed a lot of his stories, others annoyed me a little but overall, fascinating. Still working through some of his lectures on youtube.
October 2015
Catcher In The Rye by JD SallingerJust started working through a Top 200 books referenced on Reddit post (I'd read about 50 of them and this was the highest rated one I hadn't read). I'm glad I've read it (one of the classics off the list) but I didn't get all that much from it. Maybe if I'd read it younger or (I say this all the time) if I'd read it before books by Bukowski or Jack Kerouac it would have been more memorable, but when I finished this book I was just glad I could get onto the next one. Meh.
The Forever War by Joe HaldemanContinuing with some classic science fiction. Enjoying this so far. Finished: Wow, excellent book. I thought I'd read this as a kid but realised I obviously hadn't, some fascinating ideas about the development of human society. I'm gonna read Forever Peace and see what else Haldeman has written.
Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur ClarkeI enjoyed this. I was sure I'd read it before, but maybe I was just getting it confused with something similar. Either way, I hadn't written it down. I read this unusually quickly, in about 4 hours.
September 2015
Anathem by Neal Stephenson10% in, I'm really struggling with this book so far. Weird terminology and obscure references to their timeline/abilities/math. I'm persevering though, because it's Neal Stephenson - I'll be disappointed if it doesn't pick up soon though. Finished: Sheesh. That took me far too long. There were definitely some interesting ideas, but, gah, so much redundant terminology and something generally just bugged me about the monastic sensibilities.. I sort of enjoyed it, but I can't imagine recommending anything but skimming over the wikipedia page to anybody.
August 2015
Code Breakers by Colin F BarnesSome interesting ideas regarding the society and the AI, but the book seemed a little like an airport purchase (I think it was free on Amazon). I might read some more of his stuff, possibly.
July 2015
The Resurrection Tree and Other Stories by Tony CooperNot sure why I ended up reading this, might just have been an Amazon recommendation. It was pretty interesting and enjoyable though. Might look this guy up again.
Time Travel in Einstein's Universe by Richard GottRead this because I'd heard Gott mentioned other scifi novels that quote his work, fascinating. This book has been on my wishlist since July 2005, sheesh. Interesting book, his formula for the longevity of a civilization (or anything) at a non special moment in time reminded me a little of Asmiov's histronics.
June 2015
The Martian Engineer's Handbook by Eric NabityInteresting short book expanding on/critiquing some of the ideas in Weir's novel. I could have absorbed much more (he didn't touch much on the practicalities of travelling around and the launch).
Artificial Evil: The Techxorcist by Colin F BarnesThis had some interesting ideas about HCI and AI, but the characters annoyed me a little. Part of the twist made things more palatable but everybody still felt a little cliche and the ending was a little unsatisfying and it was little more than a segue into the sequel. I'd consider reading the next one in the series, dependent on the synopsis.
May 2015
A Quantum Murder by Peter F HamiltonJust continuing the trilogy. Enjoying it, but not as much as the others trilogies. Finished: This was okay, nowhere near as good as his other works. I'm just not that into Greg or this earlier (in time) world of his. Meh.
March 2015
Mindstar Rising by Peter F HamiltonStarting on his early work now that I've worked through almost everything else. I like this main character Greg Mandel so far. Finished: Enjoyed it, but not as much as his other series (I prefer more tech!) I'll finish the trilogy.
February 2015
Manhattan in Reverse by Peter F HamiltonBought this hardcover in the pound shop as my 'bathroom book'. I would have paid the RRP for this, 14.99. Poundshop for the win! Really enjoying the first story so far, sort of alternative history detective story where human technology is way more advanced (genetic fingerprinting in the 1850s and space travel before 1900). Finished, enjoyed that book a lot. Helps pad out some of the other works in his trilogies (the Angel/higher Earth encounter).
January 2015
The Robert Sheckley Megapack by Robert SheckleyHis short stories were recommended on a reddit thread, and noticed this was less than a pound on Amazon. There were some interesting stories (particularly The Status Civilization - prison planet) but a lot of old school 1950s scifi shlock as well.
December 2014
The Evolutionary Void by Peter F HamiltonI really enjoyed this series, the story of the Waterwalker was fascinating and there were some interesting alien species and tech.
November 2014
Judas Unchained by Peter F HamiltonContinuing the Commonwealth Saga. Excellent, I enjoyed this just as much as The Night's Dawn Trilogy. On to his next series I think.
The Temporal Void by Peter F HamiltonWorking through the trilogy. I'm enjoying this just as much as the Night's Dawn trilogy. Just the right mix of action, interesting ideas/storylines and new technologies (ANA, biononics, Highers, memory inserts, dyson spheres, telekinetics) and alien encounters. Finished this; it was excellent. I'll be reading the rest of Peter F Hamilton's works. One thing that stood out from this trilogy; Mr Bovey - that's what I want, multiple bodies, multiple experiences, multiple opportunities and essentially guaranteed immortality.
September 2014
Pandora's Star by Peter F HamiltonStarted this just in time for my holiday in Lanzarote, enjoying it. Finished; I enjoyed this a lot. The Primes are pretty fascinating. Bought the next book the moment I'd finished the first.
July 2014
A Dance with Dragons by George RR MartinSold as two individual kindle books. A lotta reading, took me through May/June, at one point I was struggling to keep ahead of the disjointed TV show, but I managed it. Enjoyed them, looking forward to the next.
March 2014
On Basilisk Station by David WeberFree kindle book, the cover attracted me because it was so old-style sci-fi kitch. So far okay. After: I enjoyed it, I'll try to look out more of the series.
February 2014
The Dreaming Void by Peter F HamiltonEnjoyed this. Working through the next trilogy, while also currently reading this short stories.
Raft by Stephen BaxterBeen meaning to read this for a while. I enjoyed some of this other series. It feels like an age since I read some proper traditional sci-fi. Finished: I like it, ended quite suddenly though. I'll probably get around to the sequels.
January 2014
Sodium:1 Harbinger by Stephen ArseneaultThis was recommended to me via reddit - it's a free kindle book, with the subsequent sequels being a few quid each. I enjoyed it and will probably pick up at least the next one.
November 2013
Hallucinations by Oliver SacksThis was okay. A little dry, I much preferred The Man Who Mistook
October 2013
Ash by James HerbertI hadn't read a James Herbert book in ages, so I thought I'd try this one out. It was very cheap on the amazon store. Not sure what I think so far, it's extremely cheesy, with sex/flirting scenes that are just making me feel awkward for the guy. The premise is pretty interesting, if a little illuminati-y. Meh, finished, the end was a bit too packaged.
Mogworld by Yahtzee CroshawGot distracted with Games of Thrones halfway through reading this. I enjoyed the book though, not a great fan of the ending, but it was a pretty fun read. I think I'd read more by the author.
July 2013
The Giver by Lois LowryThis had been on my list since September 2010, but a post on reddit "books that made you think wow" recently inspired me to go read it. I enjoyed it more than I expected, I'd previously read nothing about the plot so even the title was unknown to me. It didn't make me say wow though - maybe if I'd read it when I was 10 or so, before Fahrenheit 451 etc. Not bad, but I probably won't chase down the rest of the quartet.
A Feast For Crows by George R MartinWorking my way through the series, enjoying it.
May 2013
A Storm of Swords by George R MartinThird book in the Game of Thrones series. Looking forward to getting in to it. Finished it; I enjoyed it as much as I expected to. Was gonna have a break from the series but decided to continue on so I can hold a conversation with Helen without worrying about spoilers :-p
January 2013
Day by Day Armageddon by JL BourneI read this very quickly, enjoyed it, quite similar to a lot of other stuff I've read, but I will get to the sequel.
November 2012
Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon RonsonThis was a reasonably well written book but I just don't really care much about the subject material. Felt like I read it in minutes compared to having just worked my way through the very long Peter F Hamilton novels.
October 2012
The Naked God by Peter F HamiltonThird in the trilogy. I enjoyed this, the universe it describes is fascinating. The ending was a little too Scooby-Doo/deus-ex-machina for my liking but I'll allow it.
September 2012
The Neutronium Alchemist by Peter F HamiltonSecond part of his trilogy. I'm quite impressed so far. Okay, finished, it was really good book, so many questions. I've got plenty of other things to read, but I'm ploughing on to the third in the series.
July 2012
Before I Go To Sleep by SJ WatsonKaren recommended we read this together. It was a decent book, kinda eerie.
June 2012
A Clash of Kings by George RR MartinEnjoyed it. Will work through the rest of the series.
April 2012
The Reality Dsyfunction by Peter F HamiltonDespite numerous recommendations over the years, I've finally gotten around to reading Peter F Hamilton. Seems interesting so far. Just finished it, I really enjoyed it. Lots of interesting ideas and technologies. Will get the next few in the series.
March 2012
The Psychopath Test by Jon RonsonBook for the March 2012, Skeptics book group. Seems quite interesting. After: very readable book, makes me want to read some of the other 'corporate psychopath' books he mentioned.
Ready Player One by Ernest ClineReading this for the March 2012, sci-fi book group. Read this over a day or two, I really enjoyed it, it was a little cheesy, but I love that sorta stuff and couldn't put it down. I got pretty much every non-music geeky reference, I could almost have solved that egg hunt myself :-p It's definitely up there with the geekiest book I've read, Wizardry Consulted :-p I'll look out for the next book this guy does.
The Jaunt by Stephen KingShort story, interesting enough, was pleased to see he mentioned Bester.
December 2011
Zoo City by Lauren BeukesNovember sci-fi bookgroup book. Meh, it was okay. I liked the general idea of the animalled, but didn't care much for the characters or setting, or that annoying pseudo South Afrikaans.
October 2011
Contact by Carl SaganSheesh, been on my list since 2003. Reading it for the October Sci-fi bookgroup. Finished it in less than a week. I enjoyed the novel, the religious crap started to annoy me though.
August 2011
Farnham's Freehold by Robert A HeinleinI enjoyed this, read it on the way back from Orkney. Felt like two different novels though; a survivalist story for half the novel, and then came the science fiction. I read a first edition, it was almost 50 years old, looked new.
Room by Emma DonoghueThis was quite an interesting book. Read it on the Kindle for iPhone.
July 2011
Twisted Metal by Tony BallantyneSci-fi book group book for July. I enjoyed it. Will try to read the sequels.
For The Win by Cory DoctorowMay 2011 book from the sci-fi bookgroup I'm in. It's okay, taking me a while to work through it though. Quite an interesting read.
June 2011
A Game of Thrones by RR MartinAnother novel that has been on my list since 2003. I was expecting a lot more fantasy but I'm enjoying it so far. Just finished; it was a superb book. Coincidentally I finished reading just in time for the TV series on HBO. I will look out the sequels.
April 2011
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo IshiguroThis was my first (legitimate) ebook purchase (Kindle for iPhone), though I've been reading ebooks since the mid 90s. I'm reading this for the sci-fi bookgroup which I still haven't gotten around to attending despite having read half their selections. I think I completely ruined the start of this book for myself by reading the first two lines of the synopsis on wikipedia. Ho hum. Meh, finished, it was mediocre. Kinda reminded me of Spares by Michael Marshall Smith with all the interesting and exciting parts cut out.
November 2010
Dragon's Egg by Robert L ForwardMentioned on some TV show, sounds interesting, life on a nova star. Just read this. It's been on my list for six years. I really enjoyed it, fascinating story and some really interesting ideas. Definitely need to look for some more of Forward's novels.
October 2010
Flow my Tears, The Policeman Said by Philip K DickBeen on my list since 2004. Was quite disappointed with this. The first 70% of the book was quite interesting but the ending was pretty terrible. Which seems to be what I usually find with Philip K Dick. Oh well.
September 2010
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton EllisBeen on my list since May 2003. Kinda what I expected. It was quite interesting.
Replay by Ken GrimwoodRecommended on the Internet Top 100 SF/Fantasy List. Been on my list since 2003, somebody mentioned it as "a full life Groundhog Day". I love this book, probably in my top 15 of all time. Fascinating idea, lovely story, well written.
Jonathan Living Seagull by Richard BachFascinating little novella. Been on my list for six years. This should have been required reading in school. Took about 20 minutes to read but I'll probably be thinking about it in years to come.
The Space Merchants by CM KornbluthI didn't like the first part of this book, but as he arrives in the 'Chicken Little' factory it really began to pick up. Interesting read. It's fascinating that it introduced so many expressions into modern language, like 'R&D', soyaburger, or 'survey' as a verb.
August 2010
Can Robots Be Human? by Peter CaveI read this book in one sitting, in The Drake on Woodlands Road. I was hoping for a lot more, but so much was glossed over and a lot of it was very tedious. He also misused the word paradox at almost every opportunity. Meh.
To Your Scattered Bodies Go by PJ FarmerThis has been on my list for a long time. I enjoyed it, will read the rest of the series.
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. MillerThis was okay, I'd have preferred not to have jumped around in time quite so much - I wanted to hear more about some of the particular characters, but it was a decent post apocalyptic novel.
July 2010
A Fall of Moondust by Arthur ClarkeThis was okay. A pretty tame plot.
May 2010
The Light Fantastic by Terry PratchettI enjoyed this as much as the first, will continue to read the series.
April 2010
The Stars My Destination by Alfred BesterJaunting, interesting. Been on my list for almost five years. It was a decent book.
Beyond The Blue Event Horizon by Frederick PohlThe second of the Heechee series. I enjoyed it, answered enough of my questions, while still leaving some intrigue.
March 2010
Gateway by Frederick PohlEnjoyed this book, read it over a day or so. I want to know more about the Heechee though. Will read the others in the series.
The Colour of Magic by Terry PratchettI've been meaning to read the Discworld series for years. Enjoyed it, will read more I think.
It Looked Good on Paper by Bill FawcettMentioned on slashdot. Christmas present from Hugh and Liz. I enjoyed it. Will try and look out for his other collections.
February 2010
The Call of Cthulhu by HP LovecraftWas expecting a lot more from this. Maybe I need to be Victorian.
Invisible Monsters by Chuck PalahniukReading as part of a new bookgroup. It was an okay book, kinda interesting, not quite sure what it was trying to say though. I could also have done without some of the repetition.
The Stand by Stephen KingReading as part of a new bookgroup. Didn't realise it was so long. It was a decent book and it made me appreciate how good the film adaptation was.
December 2009
Do Polar Bears Get Lonely? by New ScientistI love these books, I've read all the others but for some reason, I've not written them down here. If I could only read one type of book for the rest of my life, it'd be books like these - I have a penchant for science trivia.
November 2009
Deadly Friend by Diana HenstellJust realised I've seen the movie of this, it was dire. Book is kinda interesting though, if a bit ridiculous. Not sure I liked the ending either. Meh. It was pretty much exactly what I expected. Nothing worthwhile here.
September 2009
Area 7 by Matthew ReillyIt's been a month of guility pleasures ;-)
August 2009
Supersense: Why We Believe The Unbelievable by Bruce M. HoodBrights bookgroup selection. Meh, was pretty much what I expected. I hate the term 'SuperBright', plus I didn't agree with any of his examples, but then, I'm not superstitious. I would wear the cardigan.
July 2009
Origin by Stephen BaxterI liked this, but didn't enjoy it as much as the previous two in the series. I like Stephen Baxter's hard science approach though, I'll read more.
Pastwatch by Scott OrsonI enjoyed this, particularly the last third.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia PlathInteresting.
The Survivalist: The Nightmare Begins by Jerry AhernThe second book in my hedonistic apocalypse-fest.
The Survivalist: Total War by Jerry AhernBit of a trashy read, but I enjoyed it, read it over two days. I'm probably gonna work my way through the series.. Just googled.. Sheesh.. All twenty-six of them!
June 2009
God: The Failed Hypothesis by Victor J. StengerThis was okay but nothing overly new presented, though I was interested to hear what he had to say about cosmic constants.
Hatchet by Gary PaulsenThis was okay, pretty much what I expected/what it says on the tin. I particularly liked the beginning aboard the plane and the ending was well done I thought.
Prey by Michael CrichtonThis was a bit of a trash novel, I enjoyed it though. The software stuff was a little preachy.. all night coding sessions are getting so cliche.
Watchmen by Alan MooreMeh, heard so much about this graphic novel. It was really built up in my mind. I bought an original 1987 edition, but flicking through the pages it never really grabbed my attention.. it's been sitting on my shelf for almost five years. I read it in one sitting - I didn't like it all that much - it didn't seem to have much depth. Maybe I should read a critique. It'll be interesting to see how they handle the film though.
Dr Bloodmoney by Philip K DickThis was a pretty strange novel. I didn't like it all that much, couldn't really care about the characters.
May 2009
Eleanor Rigby by Douglas CouplandI enjoyed this. Everything Coupland writes is quite unique.
April 2009
Heavy Weather by Bruce SterlingHmm.. this took me basically the whole month to read. I really didn't like it, ended up glazing over after every few pages. I'm not that interested in weather and the descriptions were so painfully verbose. There were a couple of precocious ideas and the smart rope and pursuit vehicles were interesting though.
March 2009
Consider Phlebas by Iain M BanksI enjoyed this. Always been meaning to read more Culture novels.
The Black Cloud by Fred HoyleI liked this, though I wished I hadn't read any reviews, one gave away too much of the plot. The science aspect/explanations were interesting. Was fun to see Hoyle push his anti-big bang theory toward the end :-p Originally recommended by Dawkins in a lecture.
February 2009
Fast Food Nation by Eric SchlosserFascinating book. Should have read this sooner, I think Edward recommended it in like 2003.
The Machine Stops by E.M. ForsterSlashdot recommendation. Interesting story, quite prescient for 1909.
Children of the Dust by Louise LawrenceThis was ok, very similar to Brother in the Land, though this one seemed a little more 'soppy', not that Brother in the Land wasn't.
January 2009
Brother in the Land by Robert E. 'Bob' Swindells
The Sound of Laughter by Peter KayChristmas present from Liz. I enjoyed the book, read it in just a few sittings, there was quite a bit of crossover from his stand-up material though.
Anansi Boys by Neil GaimanChristmas present from Vikki, really enjoying it so far. Fascinating characters.
Descartes' Secret Notebook by Amir D. AczelBorrowed from Dick Henry. Interesting, I didn't know much of Descartes life. The book was terribly overly romantic though.
Wish You Were Here by Mike GayleBorrowed this from Vik and read it in two sittings. It was certainly readable and I enjoyed it, but it's my least favourite of Gayle's work. It felt a little trite and the dialogue seemed pretty, for lack of a better word, malevolent.
December 2008
The Ringworld Engineers by Larry NivenI enjoyed this. Always meant to read it after really enjoying Ringworld. Some fascinating imagery.
Earth by David BrinI enjoyed this. Not quite sure I was happy with the last quarter of the novel nor the final resolution, but it has some interesting ideas. Not to mention the whole 'World Data Net', Brin describes this wonderfully, it was a pretty accurate prediction of the current state of our internet.
Cloud Atlas by David MitchellPicked this up on a whim and really enjoyed it. I found one section a little hard to read (Sloosha's Crossin' an' Ev'rythin' After - I'm sure I counted seventeen apostrophes in one sentence) but really enjoyed the world Sonmi-451 lived in - I'd like to see more of that. I'm not 100% sure I got the overall message of the book, the interconnected aspect, I might go read some critical reviews. Will try to read some more David Mitchell.
Temple by Matthew RileyDidn't enjoy this anywhere near as much as Ice Station, the first Riley book I read. Far too over the top (not that Ice Station wasn't) and just didn't engage me. Hasn't put me off the author when I'm in the mood for something light though.
November 2008
Whit by Iain BanksI liked this, Isis was a fascinating character. The ending seemed a little contrived, but it could have been worse.
Roderick by John SladekThis was a strange book. I enjoyed it, there were some interesting ideas. The entire premise was a little shaky.. Roderick enroles in school - he has tank tracks, a square steel body and tries to convince everybody he is a robot - they all assume he's crazy and is a boy in a special iron lung.. then he starts to slowly replace parts of his body all the while trying to convince people he is a robot, but nobody believes him.. Also, there were numerous strange paragraphs of gibberish.. unconnected words and phrases.. I'm not sure if that was to illustrate his mental processes but it was very frustrating. Anyway, worth a read.
October 2008
Hell Island by Matthew ReillyMeh, kept me entertained. Pretty much the definition of an airport novel.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch AlbomGreat book. I'm gonna try to get hold of Tuesdays with Morrie.
September 2008
Ice Station by Matthew ReillyThis was an unbelievable, unrealistic, over the top, mindless novel, not the sort of thing I normally read. I loved it though :-)
Space by Stephen BaxterI preferred Time to this book, but I still enjoyed it.
Wolves Eat Dogs by Martin Cruz SmithI got this because I read (I think in slashdot) that it "deals extensively with radiation and radiation poisoning" - if I'd know it was part of a (I assume, from the synopsis) detective series I might not have bothered - I'll give it a try though. Just read it, meh, it was alright, not what I was looking for though.
August 2008
East of Eden by John SteinbeckIt took me a while to get through this - not quite sure why - it was a superb book, might even be up there in my top ten. One of the few fiction novels I'd consider reading again some day too.
July 2008
Down and Out In the Magic Kingdom by Cory DoctorowI liked this, will try to read more of his work.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK RowlingFinally got around to reading the last in the series. The story was okay, the dialog was far too preachy and moral for my liking though.
June 2008
Little Brother by Cory DoctorowLiked it. I plan to work my way through a good chunk of the bibliography.
May 2008
The Definitive Book of Body Language by Allan PeaseI was reading this for a small insight into some poker bluffing. It was okay, I guess I learned a lot of this information already elsewhere.
The Postman by David BrinI enjoyed this, the idea behind the postman is fascinatingly complex. I'll get around to watching the movie soon I think.
The Amber Spyglass by Philip PullmanNot that bad. Nothing special though. The reason I read this entire series was to find out about the wheeled creatures Dawkins made a reference to. There wasn't much about them really. I definitely enjoyed the first book in the series more than the second or third.
Idlewild by Nick SaganI enjoyed this a lot. I'll definitely look out for the sequel. Reminds me a little bit of the Ender's Game series.
The Life and Times of Thunderbolt Kid by Bill BrysonI enjoyed this, it's only my second Bryson book (the other was A Short History of Nearly Everything), so I haven't actually read his main staple, the travel books yet. Next on my list.
The Snow by Adam RobertsThis was a birthday present from Vikki. I chose it 'cause of the post apocalyptic aspect. I liked it.
The Subtle Knife by Philip PullmanIt was okay, not much of plot though, it certainly feels like a bridge between the first and third in the trilogy. I'll read the third one next though.
Harrington on Hold 'em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments, Vol. 2: Endgame by Dan HarringtonThis was okay, my end game needed work. I think I'll go back and read Vol 1 before moving to Vol 3 though.
April 2008
Perdido Street Station by China MievilleSlashdot recommendation - Got this back from Sandy after having left it at his flat for nearly a year. I'm trying to figure out where I left off, think I got it. Just finished, it was a good sci-fi book, some fascinating characters in that strange world
The Cutting Room by Louise WelshSomebody recommended this to me as 'a female version of Bukowski' - it's certainly not that. I did enjoy the writing, though the whole premise was a little tame.
Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan DoyleI've read this before - it's one of my favourite Holmes stories. I read it again in preparation for the Literati bookgroup next month, still as enjoyable. Reminds me strongly of the old audiobook I had when I was very young, damn scary hound howling noises (and there seemed to be a lot more running away from the hound on the moors). The theme was Ride of the Valkyries.
The Bridge by Iain BanksI enjoyed this a lot. I'll definitely read more of Iain Banks (as well as his sci-fi alter ego), I've only read The Wasp Factory to date, enjoyed that too.
March 2008
The Eye of Sibyl Other Stories by Philip K DickSome interesting ideas but left wanting as usual.
Just A Geek by Wil WheatonInteresting book, I'd like to read his other one, Dancing Barefoot.
Principles of Economics by Peter NavarroThis was a lecture series handout, it was interesting, I've added one of Navarro's books to my list.
Slant by Greg BearI enjoyed this book, some interesting ideas - like a network of toilets that diagnose public health concerns - although I kind of found the overall plot lacking a bit of substance. I figured out this was the sequel to Queens of Angels, haven't read that yet, will add it to my list.
February 2008
The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford and Other Stories by Philip K Dick
Half of a Yellow Sun by Douglas AdamsThis was a present from my mum in Christmas 2007. I decided to read it as a change from a lot of technical stuff I've been reading recently. It was a great book, I felt completely drawn in from the very beginning - which I didn't expect from a book dealing with the Nigeria-Biafra war.
January 2008
Bringing Down The House by Ben MezrichRecommended by my mum, it was an interesting book. Really wants me to go look further at blackjack theory now.. :-p
Ham on Rye by Charles BukowskiRead this while I was boarding in France, it was a decent book. Was interesting to see his early years, though I prefered the weathered character.
The Darkness of Wallis Simpson by Rose TremainNovel for Dec bookgroup.
Miles and Me by Quincy TroupeThis was recommended alongside a number of other books (including The Dharma Bums and Unnberable Lightness of Being). I liked the novel. It was a little strange and I'm not quite sure what I think of Miles. However, I've gotten hold of two of his albums and plan to listen to them later.
December 2007
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Rainbow's End by Vinge VernorInteresting book. Nothing really new though. A little contrived at times.
November 2007
Harrington on Hold'em: Volume I: Strategic Play by Dan HarringtonDecent poker book.
The Dharma Bums by Jack KerouacThis was okay, was expecting something more Bukowski-like but this was mellow in comparison, I couldn't be less interested in Zen or meditation at this stage of my life.
October 2007
Dance Dance Dance by Haruki MurakamiI enjoyed reading this book, but it annoyed me quite a bit. There were so many unanswered questions and things I'd like to have known. I'll still be reading some more of Murakami's stuff though.
September 2007
South of No North by Charles BukowskiA few great shorts in this collection.
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver SacksFascinating book.
Little Green Book by Phil GordonBorrowed this from thinker. Not the best poker book I've read, the theories were fine, but I wasn't interested in reading a play-by-play account of how he'd play particular hands only for him to indicate his play would change 'depending on the table situation', obviously.
August 2007
The Eyre Affair by Jasper FordeA recommendation from bigkev. I enjoyed the book, quite a surreal read.
July 2007
The 5th Horseman by James PattersonVikki's dad gave this to me a while ago. It's a bit of a trashy novel but I enjoyed it, read it very quickly as well - it's one of those Da Vinci style novels, 137 chapters..
June 2007
Time by Stephen BaxterRead about it on Byte's booklist, sounds interesting.
Hocus Pocus by Kurt VonnegutThis was okay.
If Chins Could Kill by Bruce CampbellI love this guy. This was an excellent book.
Fluke by James HerbertThis is a small paperback Vikki got me for my birthday, I've been reading it when I'm in the sauna. Haven't read any James Herbert for at least seven or eight years..
Eccentrics by David WeeksThis, along with the Shakespeare tomb, is my 'bathroom book'. This was reasonably interesting. There was an interesting parallel between eccentrics in society and darwinism for the social organism.
May 2007
The Magic Goes Away by Larry NivenThis was an excellent book. I'd like to read the others in the trilogy. I almost read this in one sitting, partly in the park and then later in the pub. I was worried reading it out doors though, my copy is a present from Vik, a signed first edition. There are some interesting parallels to be drawn between mana and our current natural resources. 2007-05-04.
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt VonnegutThis is the meetup.com bookgroup book for June. I enjoyed the style.
The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef PenneyThis is the book for the Phoenix book group, May 2007. It was the 2006 Costa Book of the Year.. not sure who votes for that however.. It was a decent book, sometimes I felt that large parts could have been missed out completely though.
Time And Again by Jack FinneyThis was a good book. I was expecting more science fiction, but still enjoyed it.
April 2007
The Divine Invasion by Philip K DickThis was a fascinating premise.
The God Delusion by Richard DawkinsFound this again after having lost it for a while. It's inspired me to add a whole load of new books to my wish list so far. Superb book.
High Fidelity by Nick HornbyI like this book. Read it in almost one sitting (cat nap in between) when I couldn't get to sleep whilst staying at my parents over Easter. I wasn't sure if I'd already read the book.. I've read the screenplay and watched the movie so I couldn't quite remember. I enjoyed reading it though, I like the style. I have his other novel 'How to be Good', Vikki got it for me, I'll read that soon.
March 2007
Love Eternally by Deborah WrightThis was Vikki's book that I found in the bathroom, I'm reading it on and off. Interesting idea, guy dies and becomes a ghost, has to learn what love truly is before he can 'pass on'.
Selling The Wheel by Jeff CoxI like the way this was presented, with a story. Didn't get much from it though.
February 2007
Explorers of the New Century by Magnus MillsThis is the February sci-fi bookgroup novel, I enjoyed it.
Jennifer Government by Max BarryThis was a good book, I enjoyed it. The anti-virus virus was interesting. Was a birthday present from Vikki.
The Virgin Guide to Poker by Alex TannerThe first in a series of books I plan to read before I go to my first live game on the 19th of this month.
Small Island by Andrea LevyThis is the Ottakar's bookgroup novel for Feb, I enjoyed it.
Stewie's Guide to World Domination by Steve CallaghanThis was a bit of a waste of time to be honest.
Why Don't Penguins Feet Freeze? by New ScientistI enjoyed this - I plan to look out for the other compendiums of the Last Word column.
January 2007
S is for Silence by Sue GraftonI recommended this to one of the bookgroups I'm in because we couldn't decide on anything else and this was a book I recently noticed had spent the most time (or a lot of time) in the New York Times Bestseller List this year. after: This book was okay, but I didn't realise it was part of a huge crime series, otherwise I wouldn't have recommended it. It was interesting, and made me want to know what happened, however there were a few moments that reminded me of The Three Investigators or the Secret Seven, things happened too easy or conveniently for the main character..
Post Office by Charles BukowskiI'm glad I read Woman first. This novel didn't stir up the same feelings (and, hell, admiration) that Woman did. Though I enjoyed it.
Arthur & George by Julian BarnesThis is for January's Ottakar's bookgroup. - Just finished a few days before the group, this was an excellent book. It makes me want to read Doyle's autobiography (and more of Barnes' books).
Northern Lights by Philip PullmanI read some great things about this trilogy as a whole (evolution creating a creature that utilizes seedpods for wheeled locomotion) looks good, enjoying this first book so far. Borrowed from my little sister. after: This was good, I'm looking forward to the next two in the trilogy.
December 2006
For a Breath I Tarry by Roger ZelaznyExcellent short story.
Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'BrienThis was a Christmas present from Vikki, she said it was one of her favourite books from school. It sounds like my favourite genre. Just finished it a few days after Vikki gave it to me, I enjoyed it. There were a couple of things that made me think, particularly, harvesting wheat, barley and other crops simply to keep the species from going extinct..
Climbing Mount Improbable by Richard DawkinsAnother good book of Dawkins'. The 'dance of the bees' and it's evolution were particularly interesting.
November 2006
Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
So You Want to be a Wizard? by Diane DuaneI listened to the unabridged audio book of this. It was interesting to see how many similarities exist between it and the Harry Potter series. It wasn't bad, I would have preferred to have read it as the voices were quite annoying. I simply don't like Kitt's mexican accent and Fred sounded like a retired chain-smoking drag queen. Interesting ideas behind magic and wizardry though.
The Rest of the Robots by Isaac Asimov
October 2006
Put What Where?!: Over 2,000 Years of Bizarre Sex Advice by John NaishThis was recommended somewhere, Vikki bought me it as a birthday present. after: Does what it says on the tin, but this book was pointless. I shouldn't have bothered. I have no real interest in all the mistakes and fallacies previously made by non-scientists.
Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About by Mil MillingtonI've been subscribed to Mil's mailing list for a long while and bought this for Vikki, always meant to read it myself too. after: Enjoyed it. I didn't really click with Pel though..
Cal by Isaac Asimov
Frustration by Isaac Asimov
Left To Right by Isaac Asimov
The Instablity by Isaac Asimov
River Out of Eden by Richard DawkinsOnly the second of Dawkin's book that I've gotten around to reading (after the Blind Watchmaker). I'm going to track down The Selfish Gene and read that before getting his new book, The God Delusion. Fascinating writer.
Minority Report by Philip K DickBeen meaning to read this for a while. Didn't realise it was so short. The book entitled Minority Report is actually a collection of his short stories. I've decided to list them here individually as I read them so I can keep track of which of his stories I've actually read. The book was okay. Meh.
Rautavaara's Case by Philip K Dick
September 2006
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki MurakamiThis was the September 2006 bookgroup novel. I enjoyed it, very surreal. There were a few parts I'm not sure I understood. Thought it was a new novel (read it in one night, because I hadn't got around to it and the bookgroup was looming) but no, 1985.
The Perfect Store: Inside Ebay by Adam CohenThis has been recommended in a list of 'books entrepreneurs should read', though I'd always planned to get around to reading this (along with a few other dotcom success stories). Coincidentally, I bought this on ebay.
August 2006
Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down by Stuart PayneI enjoyed this book, it wasn't anything like I expected (I was expecting more of a story, this is actually notes of dunking biscuits, sitting down and the history of biscuits) - actually I'm not sure why it made my list - I've never heard of www.nicecupofteaandasitdown.com. It was a 24th birthday present from Vikki. Got through it very quickly and learned some tea and sitting down related trivia.
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel ShriverThis is the August 2006 Ottakar's book group novel. Not bad, kept my attention.
Soul of a New Machine by Tracey KidderIt was listed among a list somewhere of books all geeks should read. It's interesting. after: I liked this book, it's old now, written around the time I was born but still an interesting book. I feel like a learn a little about management too, mushroom management.
Ringworld by Larry NivenJamie recommended this, but it's a classic I've been meaning to read for ages, didn't realise it wasn't already on my wish list. Got it as a 24th birthday present from Vikki. after: Good book, the author uses the phrase ego-smashing to describe the view afforded by the ringworld to it's inhabitants at night. Fascinating idea, fascinating book.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert KiyosakiOne of those cult self-help books, the first of a bunch I plan to read. The book was kinda interesting although some of his advice included "Join the marines, or a religious order" to learn discipline and signing up to these pyramid style schemes to learn marketing. Hmm.. I've read he is a repetitive writer, so I read the abridged version and still thought it was repetitive.
July 2006
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina LewyckaThis is the July 2006 Ottakars book group novel. Not sure what I thought of it. I think I liked it, it kept my attention either way.
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K DickI liked this, interesting novel.
The Witches of Chiswick by Robert RankinThis was a present from my dad at Christmas. The idea was interesting, but the writing was awful. Tedious nonsense, it seemed like Rankin was trying for a surreal Douglas Adams feel but I didn't think he pulled it off at all.
June 2006
All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye by Christopher BrookmyreEmma bought me a signed copy of this last year because I love using the expression in the title. I hadn't got around to reading it yet, partly because I didn't really know what it was about. It is our bookgroup book this month. I loved it. I got to about page five and it reminded me of Jagged Alliance: female mercenary computer hacker, I thought 'cool'. It's also based on some characters from Lanarkshire and Glasgow, so I liked some of the local references.
The Lovely Bones by Alice SeboldI think Vikki bought this as a present for me, she has read it already though. Looks interesting - it was mentioned in the foreword to one of my favourite books, The Time Traveller's Wife.
First Meetings in the Enderverse by Scott Orson CardVikki bought this for my 24th birthday. I love the Ender series so it was interesting to read the original short story and hear a bit more about Ender's parents. I couldn't get to sleep one night so read the whole thing in one sitting.
The Da Vinci Code by Dan BrownWhere do I start with this. It's been on my list for more than two years. I'm surprised I hadn't got around to reading it yet. I enjoyed it, though I was expecting more contravesy after all I've heard about it. I'll be checking up on all the 'facts' soon.
May 2006
By His Bootstraps by Robert A Heinlein
The Algebraist by Iain M Banks
Under The Skin by Michel FaberThis was our bookgroup book this month. I liked this book.
How to Walk in High Heels by Camilla MortonVikki has left this in the bathroom, so I'm slowly reading it whenever I'm in there, ahem.
April 2006
21 Ways to Build a High Profit Business by Brian TraceyJust a random choice in my effort to read a host of business books, this is common sense babble
March 2006
Player of Games by Iain M BanksGood book, I think I've liked everything I've read of Banks' so far, will try to read more
February 2006
Alien 3 Screenplay by William GibsonDidn't know he had even written this first rejected first draft, it was ok, far better story than the actual Alien 3 at least.
Women by Charles BukowskiMy first Bukowski book. Read this as part of the Ottakars book group. Really enjoyed it, I'm trying to get hold of some of his other novels and his poetry.
January 2006
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison
The Last Question by Issac AsimovInteresting short story, referenced in a slashdot article dealing with google and the singularity
How To Walk In High Heels by Camilla Morton
Lives of the Monster Dogs by Kirsten BakisReferenced in a novel I read recently, can't remember which. Sounds good. after: I ended up reading this as the first book in the Ottakar's book group I joined, I enjoyed it.
December 2005
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick
The Demolished Man by Alfred BesterRecommended on the Internet Top 100 SF/Fantasy List
Legend by David GemmellRecommended on the Internet Top 100 SF/Fantasy List
November 2005
Life of Pi by Yann MartelSlashdot recommendation
Basic Rights: Information for Young People in Scotland by Bob Stead
The Dilbert Future by Scott Adams
The Time Traveler by Audrey NiffeneggerA present from Vikki, never heard of it before, but just started the first two chapters, it seems like I'll enjoy it. after: One of the best books I've ever read
October 2005
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
September 2005
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling
Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland23rd birthday present from Vikki
August 2005
Redrobe by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Remix by Jon Courtenay GrimwoodBought this on ebay after Edward recommended it (though it made its way onto my list before that)
July 2005
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K LeguinI enjoyed this. Had some interesting ideas. Time dilation, a clockwork device to keep your beer liquid in a world that was constantly frozen.. Multisexed individuals.. Fascinating.
Red Prophet by Scott Orson Card
Seventh Son by Scott Orson CardExcellent book, looking forward to getting into this series, the main character is cool.
The Wasp Factory by Iain BanksI enjoyed this book, very gothic, delightfully wicked, and nice twist. I'm making a point to read more of Iain Banks.
June 2005
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas AdamsBought this for Vikki to read before the movie comes out, thought I'd refresh my memory too
The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe by Douglas AdamsBought this for Vikki to read before the movie comes out, thought I'd refresh my memory too
Cyborg by Martin CaidinThis is the book on which The Six Million Dollar Man was based. Should be interesting.
Super Toys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss
Robots and Empire by Issac AsimovBought this in Nantwich after James' wedding to read in the car on the way home. Battled through it a little, I find some of the dialogue frustrating. That is, unnecessarily aggresive and condescending.
I,Robot by Issac AsimovBought this in Nantwich after James' wedding to read in the car on the way home.
Linux Server Hacks by Rob Flickenger
May 2005
Hey Nostradamus by Douglas CouplandKimberly bought this for my Christmas, 2004
Generation X by Douglas Coupland
His 'n' Hers by Mike Gayle
April 2005
The Wizardry: Consulted by Rick Cook
The Wizardry: Compiled by Rick Cook
Steal This Book by Abbie Hoffman
The Wizardry: Cursed by Rick Cook
March 2005
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Blood Music by Greg BearReferenced in wikipedia entry for grey goo. "The classic sci-fi novel about ecophagy."
February 2005
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill BrysonSlashdot recommendation
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Mr. Commitment by Mike Gayle
January 2005
Without Remorse by Tom Clancy
The Straw Men by Michael Marshall Smith
Just One Look by Harlan CobenRecommended by Emma, one of her favourite books.
December 2004
Against A Dark Background by Iain M Banks
November 2004
The Cuckoo's Egg by Clifford Stoll
Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
The Island of Doctor Death by Gene WolfeRecommended on the Internet Top 100 SF/Fantasy List
Wizard's Bane by Rick CookBook 1 of the Wiz Biz series. Recommended by Jamie
October 2004
Last Chance To See by Douglas Adams
ASP.NET Database Programming by Multiple authors
September 2004
The Nanny Diaries by Nicola Kraus
August 2004
Tik-Tok by John SladekApparently a parody of Asimov's 3 Laws. Sounds fun.
Second Foundation by Issac Asimov
Foundation by Issac Asimov
Foundation and Empire by Issac Asimov
July 2004
Carmilla by J Sheridan Le Fanu
June 2004
TAP by Greg Egan
Permutation City by Greg Egan
May 2004
Bill The Galactic Hero by Harry Harrison
April 2004
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
Shadow Puppets by Scott Orson CardLast book in the excellent Ender series.
Ender's Shadow by Scott Orson Card
Shadow of the Hegemon by Scott Orson Card
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK RowlingElaine convinced me it would be a good idea to read these. I'm writing this after I've just finished the third book. The first two were okay, I went through with reading them because I like keeping up with popular literature. I did quite enjoy the thir
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
March 2004
The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul by Douglas AdamsListened to this as an audio book. Was pretty weird, Norse gods? Hmmm..
The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry HarrisonQuite liked this, sort of a Dirk Gently in outer space.
Children of the Mind by Scott Orson Card
Thirty Something by Mike Gayle
Black Dog by Stephen F BoothAnother of Sarah's books, not bad either.
February 2004
The Surgeon by Terry GerritsenOne of Sarah's books. Not too bad.
January 2004
Sudden Wealth by Robert Llewellyn
December 2003
Xenocide by Scott Orson CardExcellent, really enjoying this series, must get the next one.
Ender's Game by Scott Orson CardExcellent Book. I'm working my way though the series now.
Speaker for the Dead by Scott Orson Card
Flatland by Edwin A AbbottWeird, but cool.
Just For Fun by Linus TorvaldsBorrowwed this from Richard at 2600, have wanted to read it for ages.
Excession by Iain M BanksAn excerpt from this book is on Martin Ling's website, got me interested. Just finished, excellent book. I'll need to look out for more Banks' novels.
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
November 2003
I Am Legend by Richard MathesonThis is the book on which The Omega Man was (loosely, I hear) based. Just read it in one go, interesting idea, pretty different from The Omega Man, its got vampires in it for a start.
Spock vs Q by Cecelia Fannon
Red Dwarf: Better Than Life by Grant Naylor
Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers by Grant Naylor
Zodiac by Neal Stephenson
The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams
October 2003
All Tomorrow's Parties by William GibsonThird part of the bridge trilogy. Not really enjoying the trilogy as much as I have Gibson's other stuff..
Cyberpunk by Bruce Bethke
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken KeseyBorrowed this from Avril, one of the classics I've got to read. Update: Read it, great book.
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey EugenidesI'm reading this but I've a sneaking suspicion I read this sometime before I started recording what I'm reading...
Stealing The Network: How to Own The Box by Multiple authorsAmazon review was favourable, I like the idea of fictional stories carrying the reader to the technical ideas.
September 2003
Spares by Michael Marshall Smith
Microserfs by Douglas CouplandI've heard so much about this book over the years, I should have read it long ago. If you're a geek you should read it, was enjoyable with some cool ideas and observations. One thing that bugged the hell out of me though: sometimes Coupland's use of lan
Idoru by William Gibson
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer JohnsonMajor7 recommended and loaned this book to me. Said it changed his life. I've read far too much psychology for this to be anything more than self-help business mangement nonsense.
My Legendary Girlfriend by Mike GayleLiked it, am looking for more of Mike Gayle's books after reading one I borrowed from Sarah (this one I borrowed from bigkev). Seems like light reading - I get through them very quickly, but some of the ideas are quite thought provoking. I just recommen
Plague Dogs by Richard AdamsBy the guy who wrote Watership Down, good story, but I'm finding some of the author's style irritating. This might be on the 'current' list for a while, I'm only reading it when I'm in certain moods. (Done, took about a month, good book though).
A Midsummer-Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
August 2003
Red Star, Winter Orbit by William GibsonShort story, but I'm noting it here so I don't read it again (only by about 2/3s of the way through this sitting did I realise I'd read it before and knew the ending).
Virtual Light by William Gibson
Sherlock Holmes and the case of The Empty House by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes and the case of The Sussex Vampire by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Virtual Reality by Howard RheingoldWaste of time. I read the first couple of chapters before realising the book was written in 1991, thus horribly out of date, but curses, I can't not read a whole book no matter what I think of it half way through. Goes on far too much, in a creepy way,
Dinner For Two by Mike GayleGood book, fun dialogue. Am going to look for more of his stuff. Borrowed from Sarah.
Sherlock Holmes and the case of The Disappearing Scientists by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Elegance by Kathleen TessaroI keep reading all these girly books belonging to Sarah and am enjoying them alot, its creeping me out a little.
Rim: A Novel of Virtual Reality by Alexander Besher
1984 by George OrwellRead this ages ago, but felt like reading it again. Just finished, opinion doubleplusgood.
July 2003
The C++ Programming Language (3rd Ed) by Bjarne Stroustrup
Web 2027 by Stephen BaxterDon't read this, its a bunch of recycled Neal Stephenson plots written by, what sounds like, the people responsible for Scooby Doo, probably with the assistance of Enid Blyton.
Tempest by William Shakespeare
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert PirsigExcellent book, famous, has to be read. There is a sequel which I'll have to get hold of.
Computer Crimes & Capers by Issac AsimovWaste of time, most ideas are preposterous.
The Difference Engine by Multiple authorsWas looking for a good cyberpunk book to escape into, this is set in the 19th century, good book, but not his usual metaverse stuff.
June 2003
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John GrayPopbook, had to be read.
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Scottish Business Law by Chris Willett
Database Systems Management and Design 3rd Ed. by Multiple authors
May 2003
The Bonfire Of The Vanities by Tom WolfeGood novel.
Red Dwarf: Last Human by Doug NaylorFine, but if you've seen as much Red Dwarf as I have you'll know 90% of the content already.
Stupid White Men by Michael Moore
April 2003
Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan
Philip and Alex's Guide to Web Publishing by Philip GreenspunI borrowed this from Edward, its the big coffee table edition so I don't carry it around with me, giving me less opportunity to read it (which is why its taking so long). The author is really annoying me. He is proud of an email address he has had for 1
Paradox by John Meaney
What Women Want Men To Know by Barbara DeAngelisNot the worst book of its type.
The History Of The Devil by Clive Barker
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
The Man Who Drew Cats by Michael Marshall Smith
To Receive Is Better by Michael Marshall Smith
Two Shot by Michael Marshall Smith
Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams
Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith
More Tomorrow by Michael Marshall Smith
100 Linux Tips & Tricks by Patrick Lambert
The Dark Land by Michael Marshall Smith
Missed Connection by Michael Marshall Smith
Starship Troopers by Robert A Heinlein
The Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Higher Mathematics by Multiple authors
March 2003
The Vagina Monologues by Eve EnslerIf I say I took nothing from this book I haven't read in a hundred related books I'd be accused of not understanding it, so I'll say nothing. It's a popbook, has to be read I suppose.
Farmer In The Sky by Robert A HeinleinSo boring, so mid-fifties, so "gee! thats swell pa!".
The Art Of Deception by Kevin Mitnick
PHP4 and MySQL Web Development by Laura ThomsonI'd recommend this for beginners.
Count Zero by William Gibson
Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson
February 2003
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Helliconia Winter by Brian Aldiss
Burning Chrome by William Gibson
Helliconia Summer by Brian Aldiss
O'Reilly's Learning Perl 3rd Edition by Randall L Schwartz
January 2003
Helliconia Spring by Brian Aldiss
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
The Blind Watchmaker by Richard DawkinsExcellent book, I keep recommending it. I'll need to buy a copy (I borrowed Edward's) just so I can lend it to people.
The Simolean Caper by Neal Stephenson
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

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