Books, March and April 2009

Posted on Apr 28, 2009

At the end of last year we realised that it was somewhat profligate to buy lots of books that we might read only once and resolved to use our local libraries more. That, combined with building a list of books to read on Delicious has resulted in a little more variety. The following are a few that I’ve remembered.

  • Brisingr by Christopher Paolini. As the third book in a four part series, it’s unlikely that you would want to read this in isolation. Paolini’s books seem to be targetted at a teenage market (which is how we got the first one). The series as a whole has plenty to keep both teenage and adult readers interested, even if the back story is not as complete as Tolkien.

  • The Dreaming Void and The Temporal Void by Peter F. Hamilton. A new story line set some time after the events of The Commonwealth Saga, yet with some returning characters from the earlier trilogy. The books are classic Hamilton - highly recommended.

  • Tau Zero by Poul Anderson. Originally published in 1970, this is old fashioned hard sci-fi. Some of the technology looks quaint but the story line is compelling until the end.

  • Bringing Nothing to the Party by Paul Carr. The tale of some success and lots of failure during the latter part of the internet boom. Carr writes a column for the Guardian and the book is very similar - a long anecdote about getting drunk, getting funded and getting fired (not necessarily in that order). Interesting to see how some things worked, but not earth-shattering.

  • In Your Dreams by Tom Holt. The back of the book said that I wouldn’t stop laughing. I didn’t even start.

  • The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross. From the outside this looks somewhat similar to the Tom Holt book, but Charlie’s grasp of technology and the ability to spin it into his story set the whole series apart from other attempts in the same vein.

  • Anathem by Neal Stephenson. As usual, Stephenson never says something in five words if he can use fifty, but also as usual the book drags you along until the end. Still no clue to the whereabouts of Enoch Root :-(