Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Today's additions to my to-be-read pile

I got asked in my Yahoo! Groups newsgroup today what was in my to-be-read pile.

Well, as it happens, my favorite ebook retailer, Fictionwise.com, is having a big sale right now, so I picked up the 27 books below. Some -- Isaac Asimov's I, Robot; William Gibson's Neuromancer; and James Alan Gardner's brilliant collection Gravity Wells -- I already had in dead-tree editions; the rest are things that I think I'll enjoy reading:
  • 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time by Michael Brooks

  • Adapting Your Novel for Film by Pauline Baird Jones

  • The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics by Leonard Susskind

  • City at the End of Time by Greg Bear

  • Declare by Tim Powers

  • Don't Know Much About History by Kenneth C. Davis

  • Going for Infinity by Poul Anderson

  • Gravity Wells by James Alan Gardner

  • Guerrilla P.R. 2.0: Wage an Effective Publicity Campaign Without Going Broke by Michael Levine

  • A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

  • I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

  • Ilium by Dan Simmons

  • Olympos by Dan Simmons

  • Lilith's Brood [Xenogenesis Series Omnibus] by Octavia E. Butler

  • Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the 20th Century by Orson Scott Card

  • Neuromancer by William Gibson

  • The Odyssey: Deluxe Edition by Homer & Robert Fagles

  • Old Twentieth by Joe Haldeman

  • The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms by Oxford University Press

  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely

  • Saturn's Children: A Space Opera by Charles Stross

  • Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician's Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks by Michael Shermer

  • Simplexity: Why Simple Things Become Complex, and How Complex Things Can Be Made Simple by Jeffrey Kluger

  • Speaking of the Fantastic: Interviews with Classic Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors by Darrell Schweitzer

  • The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments by George Johnson

  • Vacuum Diagrams by Stephen Baxter

  • The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream by John Zogby
First up, I think, will be Charlie Stross's new one ...

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At August 26, 2008 2:35 AM , Blogger .e. Jim Shannon said...

I tried reading "Old Twentieth" by Joe Haldeman a year ago. I couldn't get into it. His book "Camouflage" was way better, it wass a great read.

At August 26, 2008 4:28 PM , OpenID jamietr said...

I've got City at the End of Time on my to-be-read list, as well as The Last Theorem (Clarke and Pohl), Marsbound (Haldeman), Saturn's Children and, of course, part 1 of Wake.

I agree that Camoflage was generally better than Old Twentieth, but given the subject of some of Rob's own books, I think he might enjoy it.


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