Sequential List of books read. I have read an infinity of good
books. There is no end really. I would love to write a good
book.... What could the subject be!! ?? I always wanted to
write a dynamite science fiction..... Maybe I will yet. (no grade means it has not yet been read)
B Indian Country Slightly amusing dig at modern day
liberal scenario. The violence probably turns most people
The War of the Three Gods
The Vikings and Their Enemies
Detailed book about weapons, etc. Have to be really into history
to read some of these.
B The Knights of Bushido Chronicle of Japanese atrocities
in WWII hard to read! Another demo on why Pacific was much worse than
A 1421- the year China Discovered America Gavin Menzies
Completely floored by this book. Very controversial, but hard to
believe there is not a lot of accuracy here.
The Philosophy Book
The First Salute A View of the American Revolution Barbara Tuchman
Very, very detailed history. A lot about the Dutch revolt against
the Spanish, precursor to the American revolution.
C America's First Civilization Michael Coe Interesting archaelogical read. Olmecs, Maya, Aztec and many in between!
A How to Bake Pi - Eugenia Cheng, wonderful read!
B+ The Dark Valley - Piers Brendan, Extraordinary detail, good reading,
read about 1st half. Had to quit. 100 pages on Italy's
invasion of Ethiopia e.g.
B+ Fierce Patriot - Robert O'Connell, bio of William Tecumseh Sherman
A murder of Quality - A George Smiley novel John LeCarre
Seveneaves - a novel Neil Stephenson -- could not get into this.... surprising for Stephenson!
B Measuring the World - a Novel Daniel Kehlmann Novelized story of Humboldt and Gauss
C+ Sleeping Giants Sylvain Neuvel interesting concept.
C The Bitcoin Tutorial Good early explanation, but still very complicated later!
B+ Only Yesterday: An informal History of the 1920s Very good read
The Venitians Paul Strathern
Gallows Thief Bernard Cornwell
A- Leviathan Wakes James Corey. First of Expanse books.
very good scifi. maybe 10% too much. may not read
B+Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal James D. Hornfischer
Amazing detail, couldn't get thru it all. Unspeakable/unthinkable
what happened in the Pacific really.... How did we/my Uncle get
C The shape of Ancient Thought
C Pagans, the End of Traditional Religon
A Out of the Flames: The Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar, a Fatal Heresy, and One of the Rarest Books in the World
Wonderful readable story, beginningof printing, reformation.
Fascinating story of deal between Charles V, Pope Leo and the sale of
indulgences and how that led to the reformation.
B+ The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain, and the Rise of American Imperialism
Mark Zwonitzer. Very detailed, very readable. America was very imperialistic to Phillipines!! and Cuba!!
Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience Michael Gazinaga
Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto) Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England Marc Morris
B God's Debris: A thought experiment Scott Adams Very
interesting. Some quotable stuff in here. I should read
C The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafor sort of Barcelona after
WWII. Interesting if you are Spanish I think. OK, but I
stopped 1/3 way thru
B The Ruin of the Roman Empire James O'Donnell Incredible
incredible detail. Where/how can they get all this is
amazing! I drowned in the detail, had to stop.
B The Great Movies Roger Ebert
A Charlemagne Richard Winston A
wonderful, short history of Charlemagne. I really never
understand his prominence. Wow. Perfect sense that he was
crowned Holy Roman emperor at the time.
The Art of Betrayal Gordon Corera
B+ Sextant: A Young Man's Daring Sea Voyage and the Men Who Mapped the World's Oceans David Barrie Very nice history of use of astrolabe, sextant, chronometer. Some wonderful tales.
A The Great Siege: Malta 1565 Ernie Bradford Wonderful
history. Knights of Malta moved from ?? to here. Held on in
spite of overwhelming Muslim forces.
B Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea. Amazing.
Hard to believe the world puts up with this place. People are
totally indoctrinated. Worse than Stalinist state.
B+ A Young Man's Daring Sea Voyage and the Men who mapped the World's
Oceans. Wonderful read in parts. Understand now how
chronometer was good, but didn't really solve longitude problem.
1945 Year of Decision by Harry Truman. Read most of first half
for feeling on RUssia, A bomb. Decent read, little pedantic?
B+ The Fall of Japan William Craig. Very interesting story of final half year or so.
The Bat Jo Nesbo Got about half way thru. Not bad, but not good enough to spend time on
B+ Thermopolyae Ernie Bradford Very nice history of greek-persian wars. Never knew about Sicily invasion.
B+ The Czars James Duffy History I have never read. Very interesting. Endless emperors, stories, tales
The Quantum Rules
Spies, Sadist and Sorcerers Dominic Selwood
C The Sword of Moses Dominic Selwood - can be a good read...
but I did not finish. I feel like I have read this book a dozen times
A With Wings Like Eagles - a History of the Battle of Brittain. Michael Korda. Wonderful wonderful history.
Marching Orders -Magic and Ultra. Bruce Lee. Incredible
page after page detail of the use of Ultra and Magic in WWII.
Amazing stuff. Not sure I can finish this, scanning it.
B The Map that Changed the World-William Smith By Simon
Winchestor. Didn't finish, but got a good feel. First guy
to understand geology/earth's structure. 1800 England!
B All My Sins Remembered Joe Haldeman. SciFi. I think I could lke Joe Haldeman.
A 1453 -The Holy War for constantinople. Roger Crowley Fascinating detail, very well written and readable.
B The Atomic Times Personal story of a guy who was a GI forced to
witness the A-bomb tests on Eniwetok Island 1951. Interesting,
C Killing Orders V.I. Warshawski Not bad detective story.
B Dr M's SevenX Plan -- trying to learn about gut health. Got probiotic yogert and melatonin.
A Empires of the Sea Roger Crowley. Amazing that they can get this kind of detail. 16th century Mediterranean.
The Man from Beijing Henning Mankel - the Wallander author.
Very good read, still not sure why he killed all these people tho..
Red Flag Girl - China during the cultural revolution. Could not
complete, too depressing. This girl is maybe 10 years younger
than me. China could have been like N Korea if Mao had had
children to rule after him. So depressing. You really
appreciate America/West as a special place compared to most of the
world. Reminds me of when I tried to read a Mao
biography. I had to stop some ways in. I could not finish a
book which simply described a thug and his success.
B+ Manic Teri Cheney. Hard to put this book down. Her
writing is stream of consciousness. Not a single filter between
her thots and writing.
B+ The Forever War Joe Haldeman Sci FI future.
Interesting slant on future. Never encountered Haldeman before!
The Puzzle Palace -James Bamford. Incredible detail on
NSA/FBI up to, after 9/11. Didn't read all. Read last
chapters. NSA in GA, Denver
B The Adventure of English Melvin Bragg pretty good read.
A Atomic Accidents - Amazing book full of details. I scanned some
of this, glossing over the incredible detail, but read with sustained
interest some of the sections.
B A Good Man in Africa William Boyd. I read "Any Human
Heart" and watched series. Loved that --this not quite up to that,
Single and Single John Le Carre I should go back and read
his George Smiley series, see if I still love them.
B Tox-sick Suzanne Somers Often overstated, but there is a lot of truth in here.
B Fallen Dragon - Peter Hamilton. Read this many years ago. Good read. Should read more of his books.
B+ Viking Storm Quite a decent read. King Alfred battle
of Ethandun. Same period of history as Bernard Cornwell's saga
A Look me in The Eyes John Robison Asperger's -- wonderful outrageous, hard to believe some of these tales!
A Ordinary Heroes Scott Turow EXCELLENT, basically a love story
but LOTs of WWII details, sadness. Dynamite twist!
Possible Gods Vox Day
A The Last Kingdom First of Series by Bernard Cornwell. Exellent, will probably read others.
B+ Hammer of God Arthur C. Clarke. Written in 1993, still quite prescient. How did I miss this book?
A Outlaw Platoon Sean Parnell, Closest you will probably get to what
actually goes/went on over there in Astan! Excellent, kinda
disturbing also. "Viper Pilot" on the ground.
B- Memory Man Dan Baldacci - tried this, have not read any Baldacci yet. Started out as A-, went to B-
The Universe John Brockman of the edge.org
Some Strangeness in the Proportion -Einstein birth centennial
conference. 1984 in Princeton. Read parts of this.
B+ To Explain the World Steven Weinberg. Better than most popularizations.
Crippled America Donald Trump No wonder Trump is triumphing!
C+ The Body Farm Jefferson Bass OK. Typical bashing tho :-(
B In search of Schroedinger's cat by John Gribbon. Older, but quiet good explain.
A Thomas Jefferson (Eminent Lives) by Christopher Hitchens.
C Blood Music Greg Bear. Sorta like Nexus. I have read many of Greg Bear's books.
B Zigzag - wonderful story about British double agent. Amazing they can get so much detail about a life!!
A The Demon in the Freezer Richard Preston. Author of
Hot Zone. Story of Snallpox. Frightening stuff.
World Order Henry Kissinger Started
The Third Man Grahamn Greene. Started
A Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron. Excellent.
Dark Thieves Sarah Hoyt. Have not read any sarah Hoyt.
Probably should! Read sample. Pop science fiction,
A The Martian - engrossing, probably nerdy because it is al calculated. I can predict it tho.
C Nexus Ramus Naam -- well, I think all popular books are
like this these days. Grist for Movie. I finished it, but
A Not my Father's Son -- biography by Alan Cumming. Excellent reading.
C Eternity Road Jack McDivitt SF book.. All his books are readable, with occasional good parts
C+ Crack99 Interesting. The Chinese really have stolen their future from us.
B Black Moon Rising The fifth of the Ross Poldark series.
Starting to be less. Quite readable/wonderful in parts, but i
think it is wearing.
B The Legacy of Sparta Looks very interesting, but very expensive. I read the example download
B+ Warleggin The fourth of the Ross Poldark series. Still pretty good.
B+ Hotel Moscow Very good take on Russia pre/post 1994
B- The Rock Bob Mayer Started out pretty good, but turned into normal SF.
B The Lake of Darkness Interesting read. Wanted to read a Ruth Rendel. Good, but pretty dark stuff.
A Sir Francis Drake Wonderful detailed bio of Sir Francis Drake. Nelson 200 years earlier!!
B Pirate Latitudes Michael Crichton. So so MIchael
Crichton. But still... How does he get all these
C The BellWether So so.... As in "bellwether sheep"
A Jeremy Third of Poldark Books Still Wonderful story. Ross on trial.
A Demelza Second of Poldark books. Wonderful characterization. Gloria has read all 15 books.
A Word of Honor Nelson DeMille. Very readable account of My-Lai like massacre and the court martial.
Mind numbing complete list of natural and human disasters. See
just how evil man has been to his fellow man. Esp Stalin, Mao!
A One for the Money
Stephanie Plum book #1 Janet Evanovitch. Funny funny
funny. Good escape lit. New Jersey girl becomes a "bounty hunter" I see there is a movie of this!!
A Poldark -- Ross Poldark. Very good read/writing. I
will probably read the rest of these. "I'm a good scrubber"
B Viper Pilot
Fascinating insight into fighter jock psyche. Top Gun real
life. You may hate these people, but they protect our
A Charm School
Nielson DeMille. Wonderful dialog. LOL at times!
Great feeling for Soviet/old Russia. Spy story from 1988.
Never met a woman quite like Lisa!
Steven Levy. Rereading this from many years ago. Excellent
history of Public Key, RSA, DES, clipper, etc dated 2001
B The Perfect Wave -- discussion about all things neutrino. Interesting.
A Solaris Wonderful scifi written in 1960's Basis
of, but not much like movie. I REALLY enjoyed the (new) movie too "Am I
alive or am I dead?" [in the movie, NOT the book!]
C+ Song of Achilles Decent read, but from a different perspective than I would have liked.
American Lightning Great read. Early 20th century America scandal. Labor vs capital, Darrow, Burns and Griffith
Marco Polo Reminds me of Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Lots of Geography. Interesting. Did not finish tho.
Hallucinations I was expecting a little more. Didn't finish
Ancient Shores July, Another Jack McDivitt novel
A The Perfect Theory Excellent intro to history of general relativity. Readable!
Seconds to Disaster About Airline safety
FreeMasons History of FreeMasons, etc. Very scattered. Did not finish
Complications Excellent, about doctors and cases
Corelli's Mandolin Excellent, somewhat drawn out.
Midworld Alan Dean Foster Novel..... so so
Kepler's Witch Excellent, Mind numbing detail taken from journals.
TopGun Days Good entertainment
Stalin's Gold London during WWII
An Unquiet Mind Personal History of Depression
Prince's Gate London during WWII
The Center cannot Hold Personal history of Psychosis
The Breath of God Interesting, Jesus in India
Marco Polo Short, good
Thunderstruck Excellent, Marconi history
The Psalter Very Good. Pope Joan?
QED: The Theory of Everything Readable explanation of Quantum Electrodynamics.
Airframe Excellent, one of Michael Crichton's best
Nelson: The Essential hero Excellent. The world would be a different place without Nelson and Churchill.
A Conspiracy of Paper London 17th century, interesting
3001 Arthur C Clark
B Spymistress London WWII
Lest Darkness Fall Little light for my tastes. Didn't finish.
B Omega Jack McDivitt novel
B Lucretia Borgia Interesting middle ages
B Prey Michael Crichton
B+ Unbroken True story, almost unbearable
B Chindi Jack McDivitt novel
B Deep Six Jack McDivitt novel
B+ Micro Michael Crichton
B+ Engines of God Jack McDivitt
B+ The Name of the Rose Middle ages, life in a monastery
B Fall of Giants Good read, but not "high class"
A The Name of the Rose
B A Place of Execution
A The Devil in the White City
A- In the Garden of the Beasts
B+ The Unbearable Lightness of Being
A The Age of Wonder
B Einstein His Life and Times
A The Intellectuals EXCELLENT book by Paul Johnson. Love Paul johnson.
B Einstein in Berlin
B Newton and the Counterfitters
A Los Alamos Joseph Kanon
A The Good German Joseph Kanon
B Stardust Joseph Kanon
B Leaving Berlin Joseph Kanon