Books

So since I have been taking mass transit over here in NYC So I got some extra reading time.  One of these days I want to make something that will show when it was written and when I read it.  Here are some of my favorites in vaguely reverse chronological order:

  • The Martian – Andy Weir  THIS.  This is a really awesome book.  This is a nerdy book.  This is an awesomely nerdy book.  Turns out this is going to be turned into a movie!  I haven’t read a hard scifi book this good in a long time.  So hard…So scifi.
  • Silo Saga – Hugh Howey…General feeling is that the first book is the best, but the rest of them aren’t really too bad.  I think that they didn’t really take away from the first book.
  • Looking for Alaska – John Green Neato…Compared to that guy I’m a well adjusted and not that nerdy…Unfortunately, I still think that guy still got more play.
  • Reamde – Neal Stephenson Another great book by Neal.  Cryptonomicon, Snow Crash, were also in this author binge at some point.
  • An Abundance of Katherines and Paper Towns…Epically sappy teenlit from John Green
  • The Human Division…Another awesome set of characters blasting through space…by John Scalzi
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore Robin Sloan
  • The Hobbit
  • Percy Jackson Series – Rick Riordan
  • Dog Stars
  • Night Circus Erin Morgenstern…Gotta read this again…
  • Terry Pratchett’s DiscWorld…Why didn’t someone tell me about this series!!! [Urinating Dog][Urinating Dog][Urinating Dog]
    (So far: The Color of Magic, Equal Rites, Interesting Times, The Light Fantastic, Mort, Sourcery, and in the middle of Reaper Man)
  • Physics of the Future from Michio Kaku
  • Devil Said Bang – Richard Kadrey
  • I Will Fear No Evil – Robert Heinlein
  • A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
  • vN – Madeline Ashby (A nice robopocalypse action book for the whole family)
  • Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert A. Heinlein (I really should have read all his books by now.  All of them so far are awesome and timeless)
  • Redshirts: An Act in Three Codas – John Scalzi (It’s just as good as all those fans say it is.  You laugh you cry and I wish there were like 2 more codas…but it wouldn’t really have worked.)
  • Old Man’s War – John Scalzi (Yes it sounds just like Starship Troopers, and Yes the sequel is a shameless use of Ender’s Shadow gimmick, but I love each and everyone of the characters in that book and series.  So that’s gotta count for something…right?)
  • The Sandman Slim Series – Richard Kadrey
  • The Windup Girl – Paolo Bacigalupi
  • The Dark Materials from Philip Pullman
  • Everything Michael Crichton (Sphere, Jurassic Park, Prey, Next, Micro, Andromeda Strain, Binary, The Terminal Man, The Great Train Robbery, Congo, Rising Sun, Disclosure, Airframe, Timeline, and State of Fear are the ones I read.  Surprisingly, that is not even all of them.)
  • Enders Game (and most of the sequels) – Orson Scott Card
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
  • Atlas Shrugged and Fountain Head – Ayn Rand
  • Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
  • Everything by Chuck Palahniuk
  • American Gods and Anansi Boys  Good Omens – Neil Gaiman  Probably his best book…Which is hard to say since he has so many gems.  (Neverwhere, Graveyard Book, Coraline, American Gods, and Anansi Boys?  All awesome.  I just liked GO a little better.)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
  • Terry Brooks Sword, Elfstones, and Wishsong of Shannara
  • Everything by Tom Robbins
  • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  • 1984 – George Orwell This is the first book that I enjoyed reading…Maybe that isn’t a good sign.

Why are space books so much fun?!

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