Reading List

A 2018 interview in Entrepreneur mentioned that I read more than 140 books in the previous year, and a lot of people asked for my reading list. It's a lot a science fiction of highly variable quality. I do not necessarily suggest you read the same trash that I have.

I've been tracking every book I read in a spreadsheet, for about the last 20 years. Starting in 2005, I have tried to read one book a week (or 52 books a year). Some time around 2014 I switched to primarily audiobooks (via Audible), though I still mix in kindle and paper books.

January 2018

  • The Punch Escrow, by Tal M. Klein - Fun, fast near-future with teleportation
  • Mirrorworld, by Jeremy Robinson - Don't remember this one at all
  • Apocalypse Machine, by Jeremy Robinson - Pretty bleak apocalypse stuff
  • The Nightmare Stacks, by Charles Stross - Two more Laundry novels I'd missed when they came out. The characters actually grow a bit, which plauged the first few
  • The Delirium Brief, by Charles Stross
  • War Factory: Transformation, Book 2, by Neal Asher - Nice deep sci-fi
  • The Medusa Chronicles, by Stephen Baxter, Alastair Reynolds - Interesting portrayal of aliens
  • The Algebraist, by Iain M. Banks - RIP :(
  • The Killing Star, by Charles R. Pellegrino & George Zebrowski - Sci-fi plus apocalypse in an uncaring universe is my sweet spot
  • Dark State, by Charles Stross - I wish the Merchant Princes series was better, but I keep reading it anyway
  • Elysium Fire, by Alastair Reynolds - Alastair Reynolds writes really really good future-of-mankind fiction with deep characters
  • Soon I Will Be Invincible, by Austin Grossman - Very fun "what if superheros were real"
  • Contact, by Carl Sagan - Had somehow never read this

February 2018

  • Space Team 6: Return of the Dead Guy, by Barry J. Hutchison - Enjoyable space trash
  • Critical Failures V - C&C, Book 5, by Robert Bevan - This series started out well, but is so purile that I can't really recommend it
  • The Scar: New Crobuzon, Book 2, by China Mieville - The New Crobuzon world is fascinating
  • Iron Council: New Crobuzon, Book 3, by China Mieville
  • A Burglar's Guide to the City, by Geoff Manaugh - Non-fiction; architecture from a burglar's point of view
  • Blood World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 8, by B. V. Larson - Another series that I started with and should probably quit
  • Blackout, by Connie Willis - A don't know how I started this, but time travel fiction with very little science
  • A Closed and Common Orbit: Wayfarers ,Book 2, by Becky Chambers - Not as good as the first one
  • All Clear (Blackout Book 2), by Connie Willis - The ending is pretty sad
  • Earth, by David Brin - Future-prediction sci-fi from ~30 years ago that's scarily accurate
  • Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight - Founding story of Nike - very strong recommendation

March 2018

  • A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller, Jr - Multi-timespan post-apocalypse civilization rebuilding. Good, but slow going at first
  • The Postmortal, by Drew Magary - What would happen if we cured aging?
  • Queen of Angels, by Greg Bear - Murder and identity in a utopian/dystopian future
  • Mogworld, by Yahtzee Croshaw - A novel set inside World of Warcraft
  • Jam, by Yahtzee Croshaw - Jam as a runaway super weapon
  • Differently Morphous, by Yahtzee Croshaw - Magic is real, but kept hidden. Aliens arrive and get framed for magic murders
  • The Audiobook of the Year, by No Such Thing as a Fish - I'm a big fan of the podcast, and this is like 9.5 hour version of that
  • Steelheart, by Brandon Sanderson - What if superheroes were real, but evil?
  • Firefight, by Brandon Sanderson
  • Mitosis, by Brandon Sanderson
  • Calamity, by Brandon Sanderson
  • Leadership & Self-Deception, by The Arbinger Institute - Non-fiction management book
  • The Curse of Chalion, by Lois McMaster Bujold - Fantasy with heavy religous messages; stick to LMB's sci-fi

April 2018

  • Starship Liberator (1 of 3), by B. V. Larson, David VanDyke - I need to stop reading BV Larson books
  • Icehenge, by Kim Stanley Robinson - More approachable that other KSR books; all of the characters are bearable
  • Grey Sister, Books of the Ancestor, Book 2, by Mark Lawrence - The second "war nuns" book
  • Orconomics: A Satire, by J. Zachary Pike - Fantasy meets econonmics. Very fun
  • Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection, by Alexander C. Kane - If superheroes were real and had franchises and logistical issues
  • The Dungeoneers, by Jeffery Russell - Fun fantasy
  • The Dungeoneers: Blackfog Island, by Jeffery Russell
  • All Systems Red - Murderbot Diaries, Book 1, by Martha Wells - Short story about murder cyborgs
  • Space Opera, by Catherynne M. Valente - The world will be destroyed unless we can compete in an intergalactic eurovision
  • Crucial Conversations, by Kerry Patterson - Non-fiction management book
  • The Refrigerator Monologues, by Catherynne M. Valente - Femininst superhero short stories
  • Null States, by Malka Older - Second book in the series about future micro democracy. Very good
  • The Shadow of the Torturer - The Book of the New Sun, Book 1, by Gene Wolfe - A disgraced torturer learns about how this post-apocalyptic world works
  • The Claw of the Conciliator - The Book of the New Sun, Book 2, by Gene Wolfe

May 2018

  • The Sword of the Lictor - The Book of the New Sun, Book 3, by Gene Wolfe
  • Only Human, by Sylvain Neuvel - Final book in the "giant robots are found on earth and maybe aliens are amongst us" series
  • The Citadel of the Autarch - The Book of the New Sun, Book 4, by Gene Wolfe
  • Artificial Condition - Murderbot Diaries, Book 2, by Martha Wells - More murderbots
  • Semiosis, by Sue Burke - Living with a giant sentient plant
  • The Soldier - Rise of the Jain, Book 1, by Neal Asher - More Neal Asher intrigue-in-space
  • Galaxy Outlaws (The Complete Collection), by J. S. Morin - 16 stories and 6 short stories, totaling over 85 hours of audiobook. Sci-fi plus magic, with real character growth

June 2018

  • Son of a Liche - The Dark Profit Saga Book 2, by J. Zachary Pike - More fantasy economics
  • 5d6: Caverns and Creatures, by Robert Bevan - Short stories from the C&C universe
  • Space Team 7: Planet of the Japes, by Barry J. Hutchison - More dumb space adventures
  • The Singularity Trap, by Dennis E. Taylor - Really unlike his bobiverse books, this reminded me of the recent sci-fi movie "Life", but with much slower pacing
  • Trouble on Paradise: Expeditionary Force, Book 3.5, by Craig Alanson - Catching up this mil-sci-fi series which is fine. Skippy remains the best character, but the constant threat to earth gets kinda boring
  • Black Ops: Expeditionary Force, Book 4, by Craig Alanson
  • Zero Hour: Expeditionary Force, Book 5, by Craig Alanson
  • Out of Spite, Out of Mind - Magic 2.0 Book 5, by Scott Meyer - Not as good as the first book; nothing really progresses by the end. Still enjoyable
  • Revenant Gun: Machineries of Empire, Book 3, by Yoon Ha Lee - The end to this trilogy explains a lot of what has been happening. Strong recommendation
  • Dark World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 9, by B. V. Larson - My comment on book 8 was that I should stop reading these. I was correct
  • Dial D for Deadman, by Barry J. Hutchison - Spin off from space team, just as dumb/fun
  • Bad Blood, by John Carreyrou - Favorite non-fiction book I've read in many years. Theranos was an amazing dumpster fire

July 2018

  • Platoon F, by Christopher P. Young , John P. Logsdon - collection of 5 stories, like Space Team with less likeable characters
  • Storm Front - The Dresden Files, Book 1, by Jim Butcher - Magic in modern Chicago, with hard boiled detective-ing. With 15 novels (currently) in the series, I'll need to take some breaks
  • Fool Moon - The Dresden Files, Book 2, by Jim Butcher
  • Grave Peril - The Dresden Files, Book 3, by Jim Butcher
  • Summer Knight - The Dresden Files, Book 4, by Jim Butcher
  • Death Masks - The Dresden Files, Book 5, by Jim Butcher
  • The Furthest Station: Peter Grant, Book 6.6, by Ben Aaronovitch - Can't wait for the next full installment - magic in the modern day, mixed with delightful english narration
  • The Enemy Within: Omega Force, Book 4, by Joshua Dalzelle - I read the first 3 in 2017. Takes itself a bit too seriously, but well-rounded characters
  • Return of the Archon: Omega Force, Book 5, by Joshua Dalzelle
  • Apocalypse Nyx, by Kameron Hurley - I don't know how I came to read this. A collection of stories, but I didn't realize that until the end (I thought it was just poorly linked). The middle of a series about this character and universe. It probably helps to read the first books first, but a really interesting future of post-apocalyptic magic/bio-tech/murder
  • Blood Rites - The Dresden Files, Book 6, by Jim Butcher
  • Dead Beat - The Dresden Files, Book 7, by Jim Butcher
  • Proven Guilty - The Dresden Files, Book 8, by Jim Butcher