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Wed Dec 17, 2014 at 04:30 AM PST

What are you reading? December 17, 2014

by plf515

In this series I note what I am reading and people comment with what they're reading.  Sometimes, on Sundays, I post a special edition on a particular genre or topic.

If you like to trade books, try bookmooch

Just finished
Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. The first in the Pendergast novels; Pendergast is an FBI agent in the mode of Sherlock Holmes. In this novel, someone or thing is killing people in the American Museum of Natural History. I liked the Pendergast character but am mixed about the book and series as a whole.

Sharpe's Tiger by Bernard Cornwell. Historical fiction about the British in India at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century. Good fun and very well written. I will read more in the series.

A Slip of the Typewriter by Terry Pratchett. Pratchett is one of the great fiction writers. This is a collection of his nonfiction. It's OK but not on the level of his fiction.

Now reading
The Age of Atheists: How we have sought to live since the death of God by Peter Watson. Faith and atheism in the modern world.

Struck by Genius by Jason Padgett.  Jason was an ordinary guy; he held blue collar jobs, liked to hang out in clubs and sang karaoke. He wasn't great at school and certainly not at math. Then he got mugged and beaten up, got a brain injury and became a mathematical wizard.

Sharpe's Triumph by Bernard Cornwell.  The 2nd in the series.

Just started
What's Luck got to do with it? by Joseph Mazur. A nontechnical introduction to the role probability plays in our lives

The Mathematics of Life by Ian Stewart.  The role of math in biology. Stewart is very good at explaining things, but this isn't his strongest work. Still, it's interesting.

Computability: Godel, Turing, Church and beyond Theoretical computer science. Heavy duty but fun.

Play of the hand with Blackwood . Bridge. One of the classics of the literature on the game.

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Wed Dec 10, 2014 at 04:30 AM PST

What are you reading? December 10, 2014

by plf515

In this series I note what I am reading and people comment with what they're reading.  Sometimes, on Sundays, I post a special edition on a particular genre or topic.

If you like to trade books, try bookmooch

Just finished Now reading
Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. The first in the Pendergast novels; Pendergast is an FBI agent in the mode of Sherlock Holmes. In this novel, someone or thing is killing people in the American Museum of Natural History. I liked the Pendergast character but am mixed about the book and series as a whole.

Sharpe's Tiger by Bernard Cornwell. Historical fiction about the British in India at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century. Good fun and very well written. I will read more in the series.

The Recursive Universe by William Poundstone.  About recursion; quite a bit about the Game of Life that was invented by Conway.

The Age of Atheists: How we have sought to live since the death of God by Peter Watson. Faith and atheism in the modern world.

Struck by Genius by Jason Padgett.  Jason was an ordinary guy; he held blue collar jobs, liked to hang out in clubs and sang karaoke. He wasn't great at school and certainly not at math. Then he got mugged and beaten up, got a brain injury and became a mathematical wizard.

Just started
Sharpe's Triumph by Bernard Cornwell.  The 2nd in the series.

A Slip of the Typewriter by Terry Pratchett. Pratchett is one of the great fiction writers. This is a collection of his nonfiction. It's OK but not on the level of his fiction.

Continue Reading

Wed Nov 26, 2014 at 04:30 AM PST

What are you reading? November 26, 2014

by plf515

Happy Thanksgiving!

In this series I note what I am reading and people comment with what they're reading.  Sometimes, on Sundays, I post a special edition on a particular genre or topic.

If you like to trade books, try bookmooch

Just finished
Dark Lightning by John Varley. The continuation of the "Thunder and Lightning" series, set on a asteroid sized spaceship traveling at 3/4 the speed of light. Varley is always a good read. Full review

The Past through Tomorrow by Robert Heinlein. A collection of short stories in Heinlein's future history.

Rain on the Dead by Jack Higgins. Sean Dillon is back in this thriller about assassinations, Al Qaeda, loyalty and so on.

Now reading

The Recursive Universe by William Poundstone.  About recursion; quite a bit about the Game of Life that was invented by Conway.

The Age of Atheists: How we have sought to live since the death of God by Peter Watson. Faith and atheism in the modern world.

Struck by Genius by Jason Padgett.  Jason was an ordinary guy; he held blue collar jobs, liked to hang out in clubs and sang karaoke. He wasn't great at school and certainly not at math. Then he got mugged and beaten up, got a brain injury and became a mathematical wizard.

Just started
Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. The first in the Pendergast novels; Pendergast is an FBI agent in the mode of Sherlock Holmes. In this novel, someone or thing is killing people in the American Museum of Natural History.

Continue Reading

Wed Nov 19, 2014 at 04:30 AM PST

What are you reading? November 19, 2014

by plf515

In this series I note what I am reading and people comment with what they're reading.  Sometimes, on Sundays, I post a special edition on a particular genre or topic.

If you like to trade books, try bookmooch

Just finished
(started and finished) I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett. The fourth and final book in the Tiffany Aching series. Wonderful. Full review

Now reading

The Recursive Universe by William Poundstone.  About recursion; quite a bit about the Game of Life that was invented by Conway.

The Age of Atheists: How we have sought to live since the death of God by Peter Watson. Faith and atheism in the modern world.

The Past through Tomorrow by Robert Heinlein. A collection of short stories in Heinlein's future history.

Struck by Genius by Jason Padgett.  Jason was an ordinary guy; he held blue collar jobs, liked to hang out in clubs and sang karaoke. He wasn't great at school and certainly not at math. Then he got mugged and beaten up, got a brain injury and became a mathematical wizard.

Rain on the Dead by Jack Higgins. Sean Dillon is back in this thriller about assassinations, Al Qaeda, loyalty and so on.

Dark Lightning by John Varley. The continuation of the "Thunder and Lightning" series, set on a asteroid sized spaceship traveling at 3/4 the speed of light. Varley is always a good read.

Just started

Continue Reading

Wed Nov 12, 2014 at 04:30 AM PST

What are you reading? November 12, 2014

by plf515

In this series I note what I am reading and people comment with what they're reading.  Sometimes, on Sundays, I post a special edition on a particular genre or topic.

If you like to trade books, try bookmooch

Just finished

(started and finished) Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett. The third in the Tiffany Aching series and just as wonderful as the others.

Now reading

The Recursive Universe by William Poundstone.  About recursion; quite a bit about the Game of Life that was invented by Conway.

The Age of Atheists: How we have sought to live since the death of God by Peter Watson. Faith and atheism in the modern world.

The Past through Tomorrow by Robert Heinlein. A collection of short stories in Heinlein's future history.

Struck by Genius by Jason Padgett.  Jason was an ordinary guy; he held blue collar jobs, liked to hang out in clubs and sang karaoke. He wasn't great at school and certainly not at math. Then he got mugged and beaten up, got a brain injury and became a mathematical wizard.

Rain on the Dead by Jack Higgins. Sean Dillon is back in this thriller about assassinations, Al Qaeda, loyalty and so on.

Just started
Dark Lightning by John Varley. The continuation of the "Thunder and Lightning" series, set on a asteroid sized spaceship traveling at 3/4 the speed of light. Varley is always a good read.

Continue Reading

Wed Nov 05, 2014 at 04:30 AM PST

What are you reading? Nov 5, 2014

by plf515

In this series I note what I am reading and people comment with what they're reading.  Sometimes, on Sundays, I post a special edition on a particular genre or topic.

If you like to trade books, try bookmooch

Just finished

A Hatful of Sky by Terry Pratchett. The 2nd in the Tiffany Aching series. Wonderful.

The Peripheral by William Gibson. I got this before publication from a book review group. As usual with Gibson, he drops you in the water and tells you to swim. Complex SF on two intertwined timelines in relatively near future America. Fairly dystopian.

Now reading

The Recursive Universe by William Poundstone.  About recursion; quite a bit about the Game of Life that was invented by Conway.

The Age of Atheists: How we have sought to live since the death of God by Peter Watson. Faith and atheism in the modern world.

The Past through Tomorrow by Robert Heinlein. A collection of short stories in Heinlein's future history.

Struck by Genius by Jason Padgett.  Jason was an ordinary guy; he held blue collar jobs, liked to hang out in clubs and sang karaoke. He wasn't great at school and certainly not at math. Then he got mugged and beaten up, got a brain injury and became a mathematical wizard.

Just started

Rain on the Dead by Jack Higgins. Sean Dillon is back in this thriller about assassinations, Al Qaeda, loyalty and so on.

Continue Reading

Wed Oct 29, 2014 at 04:30 AM PDT

What are you reading? Oct 29, 2014

by plf515

In this series I note what I am reading and people comment with what they're reading.  Sometimes, on Sundays, I post a special edition on a particular genre or topic.

If you like to trade books, try bookmooch

Just finished

Now reading

The Recursive Universe by William Poundstone.  About recursion; quite a bit about the Game of Life that was invented by Conway.

The Peripheral by William Gibson. I got this before publication from a book review group. As usual with Gibson, he drops you in the water and tells you to swim. Complex SF on two intertwined timelines in relatively near future America. Fairly dystopian.

The Age of Atheists: How we have sought to live since the death of God by Peter Watson. Faith and atheism in the modern world.

The Past through Tomorrow by Robert Heinlein. A collection of short stories in Heinlein's future history.

Just started

A Hatful of Sky by Terry Pratchett. The 2nd in the Tiffany Aching series. Wonderful.

Struck by Genius by Jason Padgett.  Jason was an ordinary guy; he held blue collar jobs, liked to hang out in clubs and sang karaoke. He wasn't great at school and certainly not at math. Then he got mugged and beaten up, got a brain injury and became a mathematical wizard.

Continue Reading

Wed Oct 22, 2014 at 04:30 AM PDT

What are you reading? Oct 22, 2014

by plf515

In this series I note what I am reading and people comment with what they're reading.  Sometimes, on Sundays, I post a special edition on a particular genre or topic.

If you like to trade books, try bookmooch

Just finished

John Quincy Adams: American Visionary by Fred Kaplan.  An admiring look at a somewhat neglected president.  Well written but could have been cut somewhat from it's 700 pages. full review:

Started and finished: Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein. A lot of fun. In this young adult book, Thorby starts off as a slave and winds up very powerful. Good old-fashioned SF from one of the great story-tellers. full review:

Now reading

The Recursive Universe by William Poundstone.  About recursion; quite a bit about the Game of Life that was invented by Conway.

The Peripheral by William Gibson. I got this before publication from a book review group. As usual with Gibson, he drops you in the water and tells you to swim. Complex SF on two intertwined timelines in relatively near future America. Fairly dystopian.

Just started
The Age of Atheists: How we have sought to live since the death of God by Peter Watson. Faith and atheism in the modern world.

The Past through Tomorrow by Robert Heinlein. A collection of short stories in Heinlein's future history.

Continue Reading

Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 04:30 AM PDT

What are you reading? Oct 15, 2014

by plf515

In this series I note what I am reading and people comment with what they're reading.  Sometimes, on Sundays, I post a special edition on a particular genre or topic.

If you like to trade books, try bookmooch

Just finished

Now reading

John Quincy Adams: American Visionary by Fred Kaplan.  An admiring look at a somewhat neglected president.  Well written but could have been cut somewhat from it's 700 pages.

The Recursive Universe by William Poundstone.  About recursion; quite a bit about the Game of Life that was invented by Conway.

Gridlinked by Neal Asher.  Far future SF, part of the polity series. Pretty good but a little confusing

Just started
The Peripheral by William Gibson. I got this before publication from a book review group. As usual with Gibson, he drops you in the water and tells you to swim. Complex SF on two intertwined timelines in relatively near future America. Fairly dystopian.

Continue Reading

Wed Oct 08, 2014 at 04:30 AM PDT

What are you reading? Oct 8, 2014

by plf515

In this series I note what I am reading and people comment with what they're reading.  Sometimes, on Sundays, I post a special edition on a particular genre or topic.

If you like to trade books, try bookmooch

Just finished

How not to be wrong: The power of mathematical thinking by Jordan Ellenberg.   Ways that people misuse mathematical arguments and how to set them right. full review

The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a forgotten genocide by Gary Bass.  I doubt that Nixon and Kissinger have many fans on this site, but this is a new chapter in their infamy (at least, to me). They not only did nothing to prevent the Pakistani genocide of the Bengalis, they did a great deal to promote it. Yet we hear very little about it. This book helps to correct that. Full review:

Now reading

John Quincy Adams: American Visionary by Fred Kaplan.  An admiring look at a somewhat neglected president.  Well written but could have been cut somewhat from it's 700 pages.

The Recursive Universe by William Poundstone.  About recursion; quite a bit about the Game of Life that was invented by Conway.

Gridlinked by Neal Asher.  Far future SF, part of the polity series. Pretty good but a little confusing

Just started
Nothing this week, time for some new books

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Wed Oct 01, 2014 at 04:30 AM PDT

What are you reading? Oct 1, 2014

by plf515

In this series I note what I am reading and people comment with what they're reading.  Sometimes, on Sundays, I post a special edition on a particular genre or topic.

If you like to trade books, try bookmooch

Just finished

Now reading

John Quincy Adams: American Visionary by Fred Kaplan.  An admiring look at a somewhat neglected president.  Well written but could have been cut somewhat from it's 700 pages.

The Recursive Universe by William Poundstone.  About recursion; quite a bit about the Game of Life that was invented by Conway.

Gridlinked by Neal Asher.  Far future SF, part of the polity series. Pretty good but a little confusing

How not to be wrong: The power of mathematical thinking by Jordan Ellenberg.   Ways that people misuse mathematical arguments and how to set them right.

The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a forgotten genocide by Gary Bass.  I doubt that Nixon and Kissinger have many fans on this site, but this is a new chapter in their infamy (at least, to me). They not only did nothing to prevent the Pakistani genocide of the Bengalis, they did a great deal to promote it. Yet we hear very little about it. This book helps to correct that.

Just started
Nothing this week

Continue Reading

Wed Sep 24, 2014 at 04:30 AM PDT

What are you reading? Sept 24, 2014

by plf515

NOTE: I will be out until about 1 PM Eastern due to a couple appointments

In this series I note what I am reading and people comment with what they're reading.  Sometimes, on Sundays, I post a special edition on a particular genre or topic.

If you like to trade books, try bookmooch

Just finished

Now reading

John Quincy Adams: American Visonary by Fred Kaplan.  An admiring look at a somewhat neglected president.  Well written but could have been cut somewhat from it's 700 pages.

The Recursive Universe by William Poundstone.  About recursion; quite a bit about the Game of Life that was invented by Conway.

Gridlinked by Neal Asher.  Far future SF, part of the polity series. Pretty good but a little confusing

Just started

How not to be wrong: The power of mathematical thinking by Jordan Ellenberg.   Ways that people misuse mathematical arguments and how to set them right.

The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a forgotten genocide by Gary Bass.  I doubt that Nixon and Kissinger have many fans on this site, but this is a new chapter in their infamy (at least, to me). They not only did nothing to prevent the Pakistani genocide of the Bengalis, they did a great deal to promote it. Yet we hear very little about it. This book helps to correct that.

Continue Reading
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