Tomís Bookshelf

Books Iím Reading

Idoru

William Gibson

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.

 

Fire Flight

John J. Nance

This is a pretty good book about fire bombers and smoke jumpers fighting forest fires in the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.Nance is a commercial pilot and his experience with the genre gives full flavor to this book.

Books I Liked

The Golden Ratio

Mario Livio

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

Michio Kaku

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

Simon Singh

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

Dan Brown

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.

 

Iron John

Robert Bly

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

Dava Sobel

This book about John Harrison and his quest for an accurate clock was really interesting and a very easy read considering the subject matter.

Books That Were Pretty Good

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.

 

Neuromancer

William Gibson

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 Waste Lands, Wizard and Glass

Stephen King

I donít see what all the hype is about, but these books were enjoyable nonetheless.

 

Deception Point

Dan Brown

Not Brownís best, but still better than many on this list.

 

City of Bones, The Black Echo

Michael Connelly

Solid murder mysteries.

 

Plum Island

Nelson DeMille

This is a murder mystery for men.Women will be turned off by DeMilleís 50ís-era sensibilities.

 

The Stone Monkey

Jeffery Deaver

Deaver is a great suspense writer.This is a good book.

Books I Didnít Like

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.

 

Metamagical Themas

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

Marvin Minski

Minski tells you unequivocally how everyoneís mind works.If that sounds a little ambitious, it is.