2006 reading list, with reviews!

Posted: November 19, 2008 in Books, writing
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2006………………………………………………… 33

The Darwin Awards 3

Rurouni Kenshin vol. 2 Nobuhiro Watsuki

Rurouni Kenshin vol. 3 Nobuhiro Watsuki

Rurouni Kenshin vol. 4 Nobuhiro Watsuki

Excession Iain M. Banks

Eye to Windward Iain M. Banks

Song of Stone Iain Banks

The Skies of Pern Anne McCafferey

The Kingdom of the Cults Walter Martin

Ai Yori Aoshi vol. 1 Kou Fumizuki

Consider Phlebas Iain M. Banks

The Player of Games Iain M. Banks

Complicity Iain Banks

Inversions Iain M. Banks

The First 90 Days of Marriage Eric & Leslie Ludy

Dragonsblood Todd McCaffrey

Dragonholder: The Life & Dreams (so far) of Anne McCaffrey Todd McCaffrey

The Cassini Division Ken McCloud

The Sky Road Ken McCloud

Overthrow Stephen Kinzer

“Overthrow” by Stephen Kinzer is about America’s century of regime change from Hawaii to Iraq. This book was pretty cool. It’s kind of like a secret version of history that you don’t learn in school. Now I know why South America doesn’t like us. Or the Philipines. Or IRAN! We started it!

The Lotus Caves John Christopher

Green with Envy Shira Boss

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind T. Harv Eker

The Automatic Millionaire David Bach

“The Automatic Millionaire” by David Bach is all about setting up your accounts and things so that you accumulate wealth…automatically! Basically set up a 401 k early and contribute at least 10 % of your income for as long as you can. Second, buy a house, don’t rent. You will never get rich renting. Also don’t use credit cards. That’s about it.

Selected Stories of Phillip K. Dick Phillip K. Dick

Neuromancer William Gibson

“Neuromancer” by William Gibson is like the father of all cyberpunk novels. A cool trip for today even though it was written quite a while ago in current sci-fi terms.

The Dance of Molecules Ted Sargent

“The Dance of Molecules” by Ted Sargent is all about the current and future of Nanotechnology. A really cool book that gives you hope of what humanity can and will accomplish in the future fields of medicine, the environment, and communication. Very interesting but sometimes very technical and slow.

Against a Dark Background Iain M. Banks

“Against a Dark Background” by Iain M. Banks is another one of his sprawling space sagas although this doesn’t take place in the universe of “The Culture.” Still a very cool book with lots of varied landscapes and worlds. I love anything by this author. Strangely enough though, I really don’t like his regular fiction he writes under Iain Banks. No M.

Crunchy Cons Rod Dreher

“Crunchy Cons” by Rod Dreher. This is about the neo conservative movement in America. Crunchy means “earthy.” This was a thought provoking book. He went through different sections like food, housing, religion, education, etc and how conservatives feel about each issue. For example, he would rather have an older house with good quality construction in an established neighborhood than a new, fast built, huge, McMansion in a new subdivision.Or how he would rather eat hormone free, vegetarian-fed beef than whatever comes wrapped in plastic at the grocery store.

The State of the Art Iain M. Banks

“The State of the Art” by Iain M. Banks. Short stories from one of the masters. It includes the story where the Culture comes into Contact (he he, get it? No? Just read one of his Culture based books.) with planet Earth.

Feersum Enjinn Iain M. Banks

“Feersum Enjinn” by Iain M. Banks. This takes place in a huge Castle. It’s so big that there’s one character who lives in the pupil of the eyeball of one of the Gargoyles on the Wall. This is about as close to cyberpunk as Banks gets. Still a good story with vivid imagery and crazy concepts of time perception in regards to cyberspace vs. reality.

Learning the World Ken MacLeod

“Learning the World” by Ken MacLeod. This is about a colony ship who realizes that the system they are approaching to colonize is already inhabited and how they deal with the situation. The planet-bond civilization is humanoid but developed from bats so they have leathery wings and fly around and perch upside down to sleep. The plot builds very well. This is one of Ken’s least political books I’ve read and I have to say I liked it alot.

The Pirates! In an adventure with Scientists Gideon Defoe

“The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists” by Gideon Defoe. This author is a genius! These books are hilarious! Anyone who has the slightest affection for pirates needs to read these books. All his main characters don’t have names. They are just, The Pirate Captain. or The Pirate with Gout. or The Pirate with a Red Scarf. One pirate dies of scurvy because he only eats the lime Skittles instead of real limes. So they are not entirely historically accurate but still great swashbuckling fun.

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