Iím giving Gibson another chance because Neuromancer was good.† I just started this one.† Itíll probably go quickly once I have a block of time.
John J. Nance
This is a pretty good book about fire bombers and smoke
jumpers fighting forest fires in the
The Golden Ratio
This is a really fun book on numbers, specifically (1 + sqrt(5))/2.† Sounds like a real page-turner, huh?† Well, actually it was for me.† This is a good book to read immediately before Kakuís Hyperspace.
Hyperspace is a good introduction to some of the leading edge ideas in physics and cosmology (not cosmetology).† Excellent.
GŲdel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas R. Hofstadter
This is probably my favorite book of all time.† It will raise your IQ by ten points.
The Code Book
Why am I into this kind of book so much lately?† This one is terrific and explains the basics of cryptography in a fun to read format.
Digital Fortress, Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code
Angels and Demons was my favorite of these.† I really like how Brown bases his books in history and fact (?) but tells a great story as well.
This is a classic menís book.† It really strikes a chord with me and almost certainly every other man.
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
This book about John Harrison and his quest for an accurate clock was really interesting and a very easy read considering the subject matter.
The Difference Engine
William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
The book has a very interesting premise, clackers hacking 19th century steam-powered computers.† You expect arty disjointed writing with Gibson, and this book meets the expectation.
Blade Runner meets the Matrix.† I think Gibson is the person who inspired the Cyberspace fiction genre.† This book is arty but entertaining.
The Gunslinger, The Drawing of
the Three, The
I donít see what all the hype is about, but these books were enjoyable nonetheless.
Not Brownís best, but still better than many on this list.
Solid murder mysteries.
This is a murder mystery for men.† Women will be turned off by DeMilleís 50ís-era sensibilities.
The Stone Monkey
Deaver is a great suspense writer.† This is a good book.
The Four Agreements
Don Miguel Ruiz
This book probably sells well because it claims to be able to help people a lot.† I think it stunk.† Sorry Don Miguel Ruiz.
The Gift Ė Poems by Hafiz, the Great Sufi Master
Daniel Ladinsky, Translator
This book looked good but turned out to not be that good.
Douglas R. Hofstadter
This is a compilation of articles from Scientific American column with some additional commentary.† I was spoiled by GŲdel Escher Bach and this pales by comparison.
The Society of Mind
Minski tells you unequivocally how everyoneís mind works.† If that sounds a little ambitious, it is.