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

August 2018

  • Fleet of Worlds - Fleet of Worlds, Book 1, by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner - I figured I should go back and read the ringworld books I had skipped when I read the first ones more than a decade ago. Eh
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, by Chris Hadfield - A pretty great autobiography
  • Half a King - Shattered Sea, Book 1, by Joe Abercrombie - Not nearly as dark as his First Law trilogy, but still great
  • Half the World - Shattered Sea, Book 2, by Joe Abercrombie
  • Half a War - Shattered Sea, Book 3, by Joe Abercrombie
  • Dawn - Xenogenesis, Book 1, by Octavia E. Butler - Great premise, but it drags slowly
  • White Night - The Dresden Files, Book 9, by Jim Butcher - More Dresden stories
  • The Eerie Adventures of the Lycanthrope Robinson Crusoe, by Peter Clines - Trying to be clever, it's pretty meh
  • Ball Lightning, by Cixin Liu - Fomr the author of the Three Body Problem trilogy, but not as good. Starts sciencey, then goes off the rails.
  • Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis - More time travel history fiction

September 2018

  • To Say Nothing of the Dog, by Connie Willis - And more! But quite fun
  • Nightflyers, by George R. R. Martin - It's fine. But will he ever write the next SoIaF book?
  • At the Mountains of Madness, by H. P. Lovecraft - Good concepts, but a boring writer
  • Tomorrow and Tomorrow, by Tom Sweterlitsch - Amazing post-apocalyptic fiction. One of my favorite books in recent years
  • Adulthood Rites - Xenogenesis, Book 2, by Octavia E. Butler - Great in concept, but such a slog. Not sure i'll get around to book 3
  • The Gone World, by Tom Sweterlitsch - A little bit of a space horror and a lot of alternative timeline confusion. Great!
  • Crosstalk, by Connie Willis - A technology-mind-reading romantic comedey
  • Salvation, by Peter F. Hamilton - New series from one of my favorite SF authors - looking forward to the second book
  • The Wrong Stars, by Tim Pratt - Fine
  • Level Five, by William Ledbetter - Interesting nano-tech, goes a bit too military-y

October 2018

  • The Quantum Thief - Jean le Flambeur, Book 1, by Hannu Rajaniemi - Very flowery writing, but some good future concepts. Drops you in the middle of the story without explaining the context, but it gets tiring because you need all three books to really understand what's happening
  • Rogue Protocol: Murderbot Diaries, Book 3, by Martha Wells - More murder bot adventures
  • Exit Strategy: Murderbot Diaries, Book 4, by Martha Wells
  • The Fractal Prince - Jean le Flambeur, Book 2, by Hannu Rajaniemi
  • Small Favor - The Dresden Files, Book 10, by Jim Butcher
  • Turn Coat - The Dresden Files, Book 11, by Jim Butcher
  • Record of a Spaceborn Few: Wayfarers, Book 3, by Becky Chambers - Each book is a bit worse than ther last
  • Changes - The Dresden Files, Book 12, by Jim Butcher
  • Side Jobs - The Dresden Files, Book 12.5, by Jim Butcher
  • Ghost Story - The Dresden Files, Book 13, by Jim Butcher
  • The Consuming Fire, by John Scalzi - I like this world, but nothing much happens in this installment and it's super short
  • The Calculating Stars: Lady Astronaut, Book 1, by Mary Robinette Kowal - Alternative space history fan-fic. It's great!
  • Cold Days - The Dresden Files, Book 14, by Jim Butcher
  • Archangel - Drones, Book 2, by William Gibson - Short but great installment in the latest Gibson trilogy
  • State Tectonics - Centenal Cycle, Book 3, by Malka Older - A very satisfying end to this trilogy. Lots more happens than in the previous 2 books and not in the way I was expecting

November 2018

  • Thin Air, by Richard K. Morgan - Hard boiled detective on Mars
  • Shadowed Souls - The Dresden Files, Book 14.5, by Jim Butcher
  • Skin Game - The Dresden Files, Book 15, by Jim Butcher
  • Wake of Vultures - The Shadow, Book 1, by Lila Bowen - Wild west fantasy with magic
  • Conspiracy of Ravens - The Shadow, Book 2, by Lila Bowen
  • The Labyrinth Index - Laundry Files, Book 9, by Charles Stross - I was wondering where the Laundry books would go, with Bob too powerful/boring and the world/UK being taken over, but the new central character is great and the story still interesting
  • The Flowers of Vashnoi - Vorkosigan Saga, Book 14.1, by Lois McMaster Bujold - Short story
  • Working for Bigfoot - The Dresden Files, Book 15.5, by Jim Butcher
  • The Freeze-Frame Revolution, by Peter Watts - Great concept sci-fi that drops you in the middle of a world with little explanation, but in a way that works
  • Superhuman - Superhuman, Book 1, by Evan Currie - It's a bit military-porny, but fun
  • Lies Sleeping - Rivers of London, Book 7, by Ben Aaronovitch - Finally book 7 in the series. Need more!

December 2018

  • Brief Cases - The Dresden Files, Misc, by Jim Butcher
  • The Fated Sky: Lady Astronaut, Book 2, by Mary Robinette Kowal - A great installment, faster reading than the first. Lots happens in the last portion of the book, felt rushed
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms - Inheritance Trilogy, Book 1, by N. K. Jemisin - Fantasy where demons are enslaved to humanity. Not nearly as good as broken earth trilogy
  • The Great Game of Business, by Jack Stack - It's a business book /shrug
  • Gnomon, by Nick Harkaway - Strong recommend!
  • Bandwidth: An Analog Novel, Book 1, by Eliot Peper - Very easy reading, some nice concepts
  • Borderless: An Analog Novel, Book 2, by Eliot Peper - EVen less plausible than the first one
  • The Causal Angel - Jean le Flambeur, Book 3, by Hannu Rajaniemi - Glad I finished the trilogy
  • The Traitor Baru Cormorant - The Masquerade, Book 1, by Seth Dickinson - A bit of a slog

January 2019

  • Fire & Blood, by George R. R. Martin - Long and not really a story, but well written and easy to consume. But write the next actual book already
  • Red Moon, by Kim Stanley Robinson - For a KSR book, surprisingly quick and entertaining
  • Undeath and Taxes - Fred, the Vampire Accountant - Book 2, by Drew Hayes - Fun premise (accountant become a vampire, still likes accounting), is basically fastasy feel good family drama
  • Critical Failures VI, by Robert Bevan - The quality is going down over time, but hopefully the story wraps up at some point soon
  • Bloody Acquisitions - Fred, the Vampire Accountant - Book 3, by Drew Hayes
  • The Dreamers, by Karen Thompson Walker - Similar to her previous book, it's a description of normal people's lives during a weird event. Compelling
  • Shadow Captain, by Alastair Reynolds - Much more YA that previous Alastair Reynolds series. The plot that ties the books together is barely touched upon, but I really want to know what happens.
  • The Fangs of Freelance - Fred, the Vampire Accountant - Book 4, by Drew Hayes
  • Dragon Pearl, by Yoon Ha Lee - Nothing like the Machineries of Empire series, much more YA, but very quick read.
  • Star Shroud, by Ken Lozito - Mankind discovers alien ruins on pluto, it's all very mysterious. Characters are more obsessed with romantic relationships than with space or aliens.

February 2019

  • A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe - Salvagers, Book 1, by Alex White - Well written space chase where the heroes have to discover why they're being hounded by mysterious powerful forces
  • The Quantum Magician, by Derek Kunsken - Space heist by meta humans. Fun and clever
  • Star Divide, by Ken Lozito - Less impressive than the first book, reads like an episode of original Star Trek
  • Alien: Covenant Origins, by Alan Dean Foster - Political thriller that sets the stage for Covenant
  • Alien: Covenant, by Alan Dean Foster - Just like the film
  • The Test, by Sylvain Neuvel - Harrowing short story about our dystopian racist/xenophobic future
  • The Courage to Be Disliked, by Ichiro Kishimi - Weird adlerian psychology via a socratic dialog
  • Factfulness, by Hans Rosling - The world is getting better in almost all ways
  • The Pole Vault Championship of the Entire Universe, by Conor Lastowka - Dumb space comedy featuring an olympic con on a tiny island nation
  • Dead Moon - Threshold Series, Book 3, by Peter Clines - The dead are buried on the moon when we run out of space, but then they all come back to life

March 2019

  • The City in the Middle of the Night, by Charlie Jane Anders - Great sci-fi story set on a dying colony planet with failing technology and weird telepathic alien crocodiles
  • Winter World, by A. G. Riddle - The world starts cooling down and nobody knows why. Rogue scientist (urgh) is the only one who can save the day
  • Sick Puppy - Skink, Book 4, by Carl Hiaasen - Florida is a crazy place
  • A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy - Salvagers, Book 2, by Alex White - Part two of chasing of gods around the galaxy
  • Double Whammy - Skink, Book 1, by Carl Hiaasen - More Florida stories
  • Native Tongue - Skink, Book 2, by Carl Hiaasen
  • Stormy Weather - Skink, Book 3, by Carl Hiaasen
  • Skinny Dip - Skink, Book 5, by Carl Hiaasen
  • Star Island - Skink, Book 6, by Carl Hiaasen
  • Tiamat's Wrath - The Expanse, Book 8, by James S. A. Corey - More Expanse. A main character dies but is immediately resurrected - there's no tension any more. I guess I want to know how it all turtns out, but /shrug

April 2019

  • Truffle Boy, by Ian Purkayastha - Great autobiography of a young truffle dealer
  • Skink - No Surrender - Skink, Book 7, by Carl Hiaasen
  • Embassytown, by China Mieville - A truely alien-feeling race in sci-fi is a very rare thing
  • Worst. Person. Ever., by Douglas Coupland - I hadn't read any Coupland in forever and it was a nice return. Very easy read, terrible people.
  • 84K, by Claire North - Very harrowing vision of the future UK, felt like Children of Men but without the reason behind the slide into horror
  • Kraken, by China Mieville - Modern-day London fantasy with magic and gods. Goss and Subby are terrifying characters
  • Deadly Assessments - Fred, the Vampire Accountant - Book 5, by Drew Hayes - More vampire accountancy. Still pretty fun
  • Siege Tactics: Spells, Swords, & Stealth, Book 4, by Drew Hayes - I got all the "D&D is real" books confused, but this was a good episode. Not as dumb as some of the other series.

May 2019

  • Delta-V, by Daniel Suarez - Secret asteroid mining mission to space. A bit of a departure from his previous books, but worth a read
  • The Victorian Internet, by Tom Standage - The history of the telegraph. Good, quick read
  • Summerland, by Hannu Rajaniemi - We figure out a way to speak to the dead, which devalues life and creates a weird cold war
  • Warrior King: Odyssey One, Book 5, by Evan Currie - Space military adventures, with evil aliens that are basically human. Very easy read
  • The Warship, by Neal Asher - I feel like I have to read all the Neal Asher universe books, but the stories are so deus ex machina that you're not so much uncovering a mystery than you are being told about constant ratcheting technology that invalidates everything that went before it
  • Superhuman: Countdown to Apocalypse - Superhuman, Book 2, by Evan Currie - Humans get super powers from a weird alien probe thing. Not much really happens
  • Breach, by Eliot Peper - Third book in the trilogy that explores what happens when the google/facebook analog becomes a defacto nation state
  • Starship Troopers, by Robert A. Heinlein - Much less satire than the movie, much more fascist
  • Odysseus Awakening Odyssey One, Book 6, by Evan Currie
  • Odysseus Ascendant Odyssey One, Book 7, by Evan Currie
  • Infinite Detail, by Tim Maughan - Terrorists/activists take down the internet and society collapses
  • Children of Ruin - Children of Time, Book 2, by Adrian Tchaikovsky - Not as great as the first book, a lot more muddled and less sympathy for the humans

June 2019

  • Rosewater: The Wormwood Trilogy, Book 1, by Tade Thompson - Aliens comes to earth, but replace us cell-by-cell in a ship of theseus invasion. In Nigeria
  • 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami - Woman slips into a parallel world (1Q84), fights to find a childhood love and battle forces of maybe evil. Hard to describe, long, worth reading.
  • The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka - Classic kafka, quick read
  • Exhalation: Stories, by Ted Chiang - Collection of short stories, all great
  • The Light Brigade, by Kameron Hurley - I'm a big fan of weird chronologies mixed with future science dystopia and this hits all the spots
  • Fall, or Dodge in Hell, by Neal Stephenson - A good Neal Stephenson book! Set in the same extended universe as Reamde (urgh) and also Crypto/Baroque, it gets a bit bogged down in some of the VR afterlife stuff, but is generally compelling
  • An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management, by Will Larson - Management book for engineers that I found genuinely great
  • The Vexed Generation, by Scott Meyer - It seemed like the Magic 2.0 series had run out of ideas, so switching to the character's kids made sense. Still not as good as the start of the series
  • Early Riser, by Jasper Fforde - Post apocalyptic long-winter zombie thriller set in Wales

July 2019

  • Thinking in Bets, by Annie Duke - Reasoning about life based on poker
  • Trekonomics - The Economics of Star Trek, by Manu Saadia - This should have been a long medium post - not nearly enough content for how long it was
  • Hexarchate Stories, by Yoon Ha Lee - I could read a lot more stories based in the hexarchate
  • The Sol Majestic, by Ferrett Steinmetz - A resturant in space and a boy's journey to get out of his parents' shadow
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke - Magic in an alternative history version of Napoleonic england. It's long, and not much happens
  • Wanderers, by Chuck Wendig - A strange condition starts creating zombie "walkers" and changes the world. Some good twists I did not see coming
  • The Spirit Ring, by Lois McMaster Bujold - Fantasy rather than the sci-fi I has previously read from McMaster Bujold, and not too exciting
  • The Grand Dark, by Richard Kadrey - Post apocalyptic tale of a society in collapse, from the point of view of an unsympathetic drug addict bike messenger. Lots of twists I did not see coming, very compelling
  • We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin - Classic soviet totalitarian state story, that inspired 1984 and probably Brave New World

August 2019

  • Alien III, by William Gibson - If they had gone with the William Gibson script, it might have been a good movie
  • Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami - More weird Murakami. Not sure how you describe this. It all comes together in the end?
  • The Expert System's Brother, by Adrian Tchaikovsky - Short story about post apocalyptic mankind being unknowningly ruled over my the machine they built to guide themselves
  • Starfish, by Peter Watts - Underwater suspense thriller that goes nowhere for a long time before briefly finding a story, right at the end. I really liked his other novels, so maybe i'll give book 2 in the series a try
  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent, by Larry Correia - I often like comedy sci-fi, but this was pretty bad. A light sprinkling of sexism, homophobia and racism. Skip it
  • Recursion, by Blake Crouch - Time is an illusion created by memory, so change your memories and you can time travel. Time travel is terrible and the world ends, so our heros need to fix it, groundhog day style. Great premise, pretty bland ending
  • Commune, by Joshua Gayou - Post apocalyptic series setup. Nothing much happens
  • Pines: Wayward Pines, Book 1, by Blake Crouch - Creepy town, something's not right, surprising twist
  • Meet Me in the Future, by Kameron Hurley - Great short story collection, including the short that became The Light Brigade

September 2019

  • Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue, by Ryan Holiday - Trying overly hard to frame it as a conspiracy (it was - the book just repeats itself endlessly), telling the story of the hulk hogan vs gawker case from a lot of angles. Good read
  • Wayward: Wayward Pines, Book 2, by Blake Crouch - The first book was full of great twists, while this one takes a long time to do not very much
  • Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, by Mike Isaac - Everything you've read about Uber, but in a book
  • Archangel One, by Evan Currie - Earth-against-the-galaxy trope, but not too painful
  • Nemesis, by Isaac Asimov - Good classic sci-fi
  • Hatching Twitter, by Nick Bilton - Surprisingly interesting, I expected this to be less horror-story than Uber, but in many ways it's much more so
  • American Kingpin, by Nick Bilton - Silk Road history, with much of it set in San Francisco. More riviting than I was expecting
  • Permafrost, by Alastair Reynolds - Time travel book focused on saving the earth after it collapses. Great novella
  • The Glass Bead Game, by Hermann Hesse - Overly long book, which reas a lot like Anathem without ever getting interesting.
  • Switch - How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, by Dan Heath - Management book focused on making groups of people change
  • System Failure - Epic Failure, Book 3, by Joe Zieja - Dumb space adventures
  • American Heiress, by Jeffrey Toobin - Engaging retelling of the Patty Hearst story

October 2019

  • A Little Hatred, by Joe Abercrombie - The start of a new first law trilogy, with many of the old characters, set a few years after the previous books. Excellent grimdark
  • The Last Town: Wayward Pines, Book 3, by Blake Crouch - A conclusion to the series, pretty satisfying
  • Because Internet, by Gretchen McCulloch - Linguistics in the age of the internet
  • The Way of Kings - The Stormlight Archive, Book 1, by Brandon Sanderson - Plodding fantasy that eventually starts to get going, but the plot to pages ratio is infuriatingly low
  • Walking to Aldebaran, by Adrian Tchaikovsky - Messed up sci-fi short that I totally failed to predict the plot to
  • Quantum Garden - The Quantum Evolution, Book 2, by Derek Kunsken - More magic-brained geniuses pulling off complex heists, now with time travel

November 2019

  • The Secret Commonwealth: Book of Dust, Volume 2, by Philip Pullman - More golden compass stories, set ~10 years after the previous one
  • The Future of Another Timeline, by Annalee Newitz - Rebel group of time travel scientists try to save women's rights
  • Dishonesty Is the Second-Best Policy, by David Mitchell - Quick read
  • Salvation Lost - Salvation Sequence, Book 2, by Peter F. Hamilton - His stories are quite samey, but in a way where I still love to read them
  • The Audiobook of the Year 2019, by No Such Thing as a Fish - The podcast, but longer
  • Season of the Witch - Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love, by David Talbot - Sf history in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Not as well written as America Heiress, but covering more topics
  • Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir - Lesbian necromancers in space. But even better than it sounds. Amazing
  • The Rosewater Insurrection: The Wormwood Trilogy, Book 2, by Tade Thompson - We learn more about the origins of the rosewater alien and they start to negotiate
  • Noumenon - Noumenon, Book 1, by Marina J. Lostetter - Oddly dark story about a generational starship mission and how terrible humans are
  • Middlegame, by Senan McGuire - Deadly alchemy adventure set in the present day. Dark and gripping
  • Tribe, by Jeremy Robinson - There are demi gods living in chocago - starts interesting, gets dumb

December 2019

  • Auberon, by James S. A. Corey - Short story about corruption, set in the expanse universe
  • 6d6: Caverns and Creatures, by Robert Bevan - More dumb D&D short stories. I wish they were a little less puerile, but I like the genre
  • Critical Failures VII, by Robert Bevan - The long-running D&D story, where lots happens but little progress is made
  • Mavericks: Expeditionary Force, Book 6, by Craig Alanson - I'd paused on this series for 18 months - it's still slow going and every problem solved reveals a new bigger one. Fun to start with, but a very obvious conceit the further we get
  • The Poppy War, by R. F. Kuang - Forgotten magic as martial prowess in alternative timeline china. The two halves of the book have very different pacing; the first half is better.
  • Witches Abroad, by Terry Pratchett - I want to finish the discworld books, so got started again where I left off almost a decade ago.
  • The President's Brain Is Missing, by John Scalzi - Short story from Scalzi, seeminly written after coming up with a funny title. Missable
  • Head On - Lock In, Book 2, by John Scalzi - Fun whodunnit in a world where some people interact only through robot avatars
  • Dead Astronauts, by Jeff VanderMeer - I loved Jeff VanderMeer's previoud books, but this is not really a novel. The characters are not explored. Nothing happens. It's set in the same world as Borne, but is a real slog.
  • Minecraft: The End, by Catherynne M. Valente - I was recommended this one by Audible - it's a simple story set in Minecraft, that tries to be deep. It is not

January 2020

  • A Dream About Lightning Bugs, by Ben Folds - Biography of Ben Folds. Not super interesting
  • This Is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone - Great short story about two adversaries in a long running war through time
  • Every Heart a Doorway - Wayward Children, Book 1, by Seanan McGuire - Children find doorways to other worlds, and wind up fucked up in different ways
  • Cumulus, by Eliot Peper - Ex CIA operative tries to take over ~Google and it all blows up
  • Alice Isn't Dead, by Joseph Fink - The world is fully of creepy monsters everyone is just ignoring
  • The Magicians - The Magicians, Book 1, by Lev Grossman - Magic is real, hogwarts is real, but it's full of angsty teenagers drinking wine
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones - Wayward Children, Book 2, by Seanan McGuire - Prequel to Every Heart a Doorway, explaining Jack and Jill's history and a little more about the doors
  • Renegades: Expeditionary Force, Book 7, by Craig Alanson - More magical elder AI saving the universe
  • Homefront - Expeditionary Force, Book 7.5, by Craig Alanson
  • The Magician King - The Magicians, Book 2, by Lev Grossman - Second magicians book is far more bleak and less angsty. Better characters too
  • Agency - Drones, Book 3, by William Gibson - Amazing close to the Drones trilogy. Set in San Francisco, which adds to the appeal. Such a beliveable vision of the near future. Very happy the stub 'server' is never explored
  • Armageddon - Expeditionary Force, Book 8, by Craig Alanson

February 2020

  • Next, by James Hynes - I was expecting something more like Kings of Infinite space, and instead got an internal monologue of a man dissatisfied with his life and searching for what's next and scared of the present. He's very unsympahetic, but it's a great read
  • Terminus, by Peter Clines - A sort-of sequel to a previous book, "14", although that didn't become apparant until near the end. Good lovecraft horror meets the modern day
  • Horrorstör, by Grady Hendrix - Ikea clone is actually a portal to an ancient panopticon
  • Publish and Perish, by James Hynes - Novella-length stories that mix magic and academia - think horror, not hogwarts
  • The Magician's Land - The Magicians, Book 3, by Lev Grossman - Final book of the magacian's arc. Some things are explained, some not, but it wraps up well
  • The Mirror Empire - Worldbreaker Saga, Book 1, by Kameron Hurley - Long, rambling fantasy with too many similar characters to keep track of. Interesting overall plot, but too hard to follow
  • The October Man - Rivers of London, Book 7.5, by Ben Aaronovitch - Short story from the Rivers of London universe, but set in Germany. Not as good as the main-line stories.

March 2020

  • False Value - Rivers of London, Book 8, by Ben Aaronovitch - More Peter Grant, this time with a Hitch Hikers Guide inspired UK tech company that is not as it seems.
  • The Box, by Marc Levinson - A history of the shipping container and how it changed an industry and the world
  • Billion Dollar Whale, by Bradley Hope - Incredible story of the man who stole billions of dollars from malaysia and has never faced justice
  • Valkyrie - Expeditionary Force, Book 9, by Craig Alanson - More space shooting
  • The Dragon Republic - The Poppy War, Book 2, by R. F. Kuang - Starts slow, but gets back to the pace of the first half of the first book. The story actually gets developed and things happen

April 2020

  • Trigor - Pilot X, Book 2, by Tom Merritt - A nice neat sequel to the original - time travel and alternative timelines, with pie and coffee
  • Words of Radiance - The Stormlight Archive, Book 2, by Brandon Sanderson - Very long, but much more engaging than the first book. Contains actual suspense and intrigue, with things revealed and the story progressed. Looking forward to book 3
  • The Last Emperox - The Interdependency, Book 3, by John Scalzi - Wraps up the storyline quite nicely, in a way that's not entirely satisfying
  • Edgedancer - The Stormlight Archive, Book 2.5, by Brandon Sanderson - A fun, quick read, focusing on my favorite radiant (because she's fun instead of brooding), Lift

May 2020

  • Oathbringer - The Stormlight Archive, Book 3, by Brandon Sanderson - Ok, I'm definitely into this series now. Pacing is slow bu steady, characters are all growing and becoming more fleshed out, world rules are internally consistent
  • Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace, by Nikil Saval - A great history of the office
  • The City We Became, by N. K. Jemisin - The New York boroughs are actual people and they need to come together to defend the city from other-worldly invaders. Probably more appealing if you live in New York, but fun anyway

June 2020

  • Gardens of the Moon - The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1, by Steven Erikson - Complex fantasy with good world building, but bad pacing. There are 10 of these, and I'll probably get to the rest of them in time
  • Veil, by Eliot Peper - Peper is not great at making believable characters or realistic plots, but a lot of the concepts are really well done
  • Burn-In, by P. W. Singer, August Cole - Near-future AI robots in a collapsing US is far more realistic than it should be. Engaging and exciting
  • Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1, by Robert J. Sawyer - Alternative timelines collide, and neanderthals are much less terrible than humans. Wraps up neatly, with little need for a sequel, so i'll skip that
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow - Fantasy with multiple worlds connected to our own, set about 50 years ago. Good character development, a few obvious twists and a satisfying ending
  • The Starless Sea, by Erin Morgenstern - What a unique book! Amazing world building, great ideas, gets really well developed, bug the plot never comes together. Could have been so much better with a different last quarter, but still enjoyable. Why was there no plot??
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman - Great fantasy story told as unreliable memory of when a man was a young boy. Short and very well done.

July 2020

  • Network Effect - Murderbot Diaries, Book 5, by Martha Wells - More murderbot! The story was harder to follow, mostly because of some character naming confusion (I'm looking at you, TCS), but very fun
  • Deathtrap - Expeditionary Force Mavericks, Book 1, by Craig Alanson - Like the previous stories in this series, but without the best characters - meh
  • The Rosewater Redemption - The Wormwood Trilogy, Book 3, by Tade Thompson - Humanity fights back aginst the slow invasion. A nice wrap up to the trilogy. Better than the second book, but not at the level of the first.
  • Deadhouse Gates - Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 2, by Steven Erikson - Complex fantasy with many different overlapping strands. A few of the bridegburner characters get further fleshed out. A very coherent world.
  • Peace Talks - Dresden Files, Book 16, by Jim Butcher - First half of a two-part story. Takes a little while to get going, then classic up-the-ante Dresden action
  • Uncharted Territory, by Connie Willis - Love story set in a boring space frontier. fine

August 2020

  • Aurora, by Kim Stanley Robinson - Starts out really good, but comes to a really weird conclusion with a confusing message. Interesting tech that's not really dug into
  • The Sandman, by Neil Gaiman - Interesting characters and story elements, felt like it ended too soon
  • The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell - Most of the book is a pretty normal drama, but with occaisional bits of sci-fi/fantasy thrown in between things. The story builds in a really interesting way. The final third could have been removed and might have made it better. Very good, either way
  • Railsea, by China Miéville - Really interesting future dystopian vision of a planet covered by rails (The "Railsea"). Good ending
  • This Census-Taker, by China Miéville - A fairly short novel, and less weird than many of his previous works. Ambiguous ending.
  • The Broken Kingdoms - Inheritance Trilogy, Book 2, by N. K. Jemisin - Not really linked to the first book at all. In a city where gods and godlings walk among us, weird things are happening. Gods are weird
  • Squeeze Me, by Carl Hiaasen - Another Florida caper, but set in the present day and including the current (unamed) president. Pretty great.
  • Tourist Season, by Carl Hiaasen - Vintage Hiaasen, Florida is awful, people are awful. Good read

September 2020

  • Razor Girl, by Carl Hiaasen - More gangsters and less nature in this one.
  • Harrow the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir - Amazing. Very different to the first book, with a very unreliable narrator and a lot of confusion. It all comes together in the back third, but so many new questions left unanswered. Number three can't come soon enough.
  • Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen - Didn't realize this was a YA novel. Not as engaging as his adult novels
  • Bellwether, by Connie Willis - Research scientists in a sisyphean race to apply for funding, while trying to understand trends. Ends up just being a love story
  • Flush, by Carl Hiaasen - Oops, another YA novel. I'll avoid those going forward
  • Utopia Avenue, by David Mitchell - My favriote new genre is "entirely normal novels that have a brief detour into time travel". This one follows a fictional 16's rock band, and also the horologists from The Bone Clocks
  • The Trouble With Peace - The Age of Madness, Book 2, by Joe Abercrombie - There is (so far) no limit to how many books can be set in this fictional world and still be extremely compelling

October 2020

  • Skin Tight, by Carl Hiaasen - Murder plot from a plastic surgeon in Florida
  • Monetizing Innovation, by Georg Tacke, Madhavan Ramanujam - I don't often read "management" books, but this one was highly recommended. It's fine
  • Nature Girl, by Carl Hiaasen - More Florida
  • An Unkindness of Ghosts, by Rivers Solomon - Race, poverty and discrimination, all on a generational spaceship that's forgotten what it was supposed to be doing
  • Nova, by Samuel R. Delany - Solid, simple science fiction, that doesn;t fall into the trap of having to explain every detail of the world

November 2020

  • Tales from the Folly, by Ben Aaronovitch - Short stories set in the "Rivers of London" world

December 2020

  • Zero Sum Game - Cas Russell, Book 1, by S. L. Huang - The Cas Russell books, re-edited. I first read these 5.5 years ago. They've been re-cut into a more coherent series that skips the filler and concentrates on the main story line. The core conceit ("she's really good at math, which makes her a superhero") makes no more sense, but is at least explained a little more
  • Null Set - Cas Russell, Book 2, by S. L. Huang
  • Critical Point - Cas Russell, Book 3, by S. L. Huang
  • Will Destroy the Galaxy for Cash, by Yahtzee Croshaw - A sequel, this one explores the "golden age" of star pilots in a fun way. The big villain, Terrorgorn, is very well written. Looking forward to the third book
  • Spring-Heeled Jack, by Philip Pullman - A short story with too many over-the-top voice actors in the audio book. Skip it
  • Don't Panic - Douglas Adams and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Neil Gaiman - I was a big fan of tHHGttG when I was young, and this look back over it's history was fascinating

January 2021

  • And Another Thing..., by Eoin Colfer - The sixth Hitchhiker's book. It both feels like one of the series, but also doesn't bring anything new. Not surprising, but ultimately a warmer ending than Mostly Harmless, without being at all saccharine
  • Battle Ground - Dresden Files, Book 17, by Jim Butcher - This series is getting a bit too dark. The entire novel was a giant, unrelenting, fight
  • Planetfall - Planetfall, Book 1, by Emma Newman - A colony on a distant planet, but something's not right. Starts in the middle of the action, with the history gradually being revealed. Well written characters.
  • Undeading Bells - Fred, the Vampire Accountant, Book 6, by Drew Hayes - More parahuman adventures, with new characters and raised stakes, without it geeting too out of hand.
  • Forging Hephaestus - Villains' Code, Book 1, by Drew Hayes - Superheros are real, but so are super villains. They're people with super powers who don't want to be heros, just trying to get by. I really wish there was a sequel to this one. (Update: A sequel just came out, after a 4+ year gap)
  • The Outlaw Sea, by William Langewiesche - The ocean is a terrifying place, and is far less regulated than everyone imagines. It cannot be fixed.

February 2021

  • The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern - This is what The Starless Sea should have been. Mystery, interesting characters, and a plot! With an ending!
  • The Saints of Salvation - Salvation Sequence, Book 3, by Peter F. Hamilton - Great ending to this trilogy, with a lot more action and story advancement than the first two books. There are a few loose ends that could hint at further stories in this universe, but a satisfying conclusion.
  • The Furthest Station - Rivers of London Series, Book 5.5, by Ben Aaronovitch - This episode sounded familiar - because I had already read it 2.5 years ago. There must have been two different versions on Audible
  • Slade House, by David Mitchell - More horology, this time centered around a creepy house, told as a series of vignettes over time that all wrap together at the end. Need more of these books!
  • The Galaxy Game, by Karen Lord - Sci-fi that tries way too hard to be clever and is just boring. Character motivations make no sense. The whole plot is just deus ex machina garbage.
  • Billion Dollar Loser: The Epic Rise and Spectacular Fall of Adam Neumann and WeWork, by Reeves Wiedeman - Not as exciting as the Twitter or Uber books, but an interesting look at Adam's fall from grace
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell - Another horology-universe book, but where nearly all of the story happens outside of that (much like Utopia Avenue), but this time set in Japan in 1799. Great read
  • Critical Failures VIII - Caverns and Creatures, Book 8, by Robert Bevan - More D&D nonsense, hopefully driving towards some kind of conclusion

March 2021

  • Win at All Costs: Inside Nike Running and Its Culture of Deception, by Matt Hart - Nike athletes use performance enchaning drugs and there is some shady shit.
  • Trailblazer: The Power of Business as the Greatest Platform for Change, by Marc Benioff - Marc really believes in the SFDC culture.
  • A Hole in the Sky, by Peter F. Hamilton - Starts like a cross between "An Unkindness of Ghosts" and "Aurora", but is significantly better than both. It's a much lighter read than previous PFH books, but I can't wait for book two.