Showing posts with label Books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Books. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


Neal Stephenson has a new book: Seveneves: A Novel. I obviously like his stuff as he made the cut when I purged books a while back. I've only started reading the sample of this one, but I came across this in the first little bit:
"Rufus, a die-hard ham radio enthusiast who still communicated in Morse code with a dwindling circle of old friends all over the world, had pointed out that radio transmission between the ground and Izzy was actually rather easy, given that it was line-of-sight (at least when Izzy happened to be passing overhead) and that the distance was nothing by ham radio standards. Since Dinah lived and worked in a robot workshop, surrounded by soldering gear and electronics workbenches, it had been a simple matter for her to assemble a small transceiver following specifications provided by her dad."
Izzy = The International Space Station. Guess I'll be forking over the money for the full book soon.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Martian

All my "for fun" reading has been set in space recently... I finished The Martian by Andy Weir not too long ago.

Apparently some people need to read the book to understand how difficult it would be to live on Mars.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Clancy to Lead Secret Service

Clancy to lead Secret Service. Sounds like a good fit. He and Jack Ryan always seem to get the bad guy.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Books - Archive Mode On!

I mentioned the books I was purging, but I want to reiterate that I liked most of those authors. Some of them were fun reads, some had a little more substance, etc.

The books by the following authors I will keep - at least until I decide I should get rid of them all! Then it will be library books or e-books here on out!

Actually, some of these probably won't ever go away as they have my notes from high school or college in the margins. I've re-read some of them and it's interesting to see what I thought was important 20+ years ago. For some of the "fun" books,  I remember, during my youth, I would stay up until the wee hours of the morning to read just a few more pages.

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
J.R.R. Tolkien
Robert Asprin
R.A. Salvatore
William Gibson
Neal Stephenson
Gene Wolfe
Tom Robbins
Issac Asimov
William Faulkner
Richard Wright
Orson Scott Card
Robert Jordan
Terry Goodkind
Huston Smith
William James
Richard Matheson
Ernest Hemingway
J.D. Salinger
C.S. Lewis
Robert Heinlein
William Golding
Eugene O'Neill

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Red Rising

And speaking of books, I just finished Red Rising. It was a $2 Kindle book, so no worries on the taking up space front. I really enjoyed it... put Harry Tris Ender Katniss Stark on Mars and that's a good starting point. I'm being glib, but it did have elements from each. And good news for me, the second book, Golden Son, comes out in three days.

Books - Purge Mode On!

If it's not nailed down, it's at risk for getting tossed, sold, recycled, etc.

Books from these authors didn't make the cut:

David Baldacci
Gene Kranz
Ken Follett
Larry Correia
Matthew Pearl
Nelson DeMille
Stephen Hunter
Tom Clancy
Tom Wolfe
W.E.B. Griffin

I'm not saying I don't like the books, but I'm still keeping a ton and I don't see me re-reading these anytime soon. For a lot of these, I've got stacks by each author.

I'll do another list of the authors I did keep.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Reading by Street Light

Saturday, January 11, 2014


Hugh Howey just released his new book, Sand, on Amazon. I really liked the Silo Saga series and the way he does business (you can get DRM free versions directly from him), so a little promo for the new one. His site is here.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Game of Thrones Deal

Wow! You can get all five of the A Song of Ice and Fire series (aka Game of Thrones) for less than $20! These are my favorite books of all time. I've got them all in hard back - including a signed copy of A Feast for Crows, but I may still have to get the Kindle versions. I suspect I will want to reread them when George RR Martin finally gets the next book out.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


What I'm reading now: Wool. It is a different take on a dystopian future. I'm enjoying the series, but I really need to find something lighter and more upbeat or it'll end up being like the apocalyptic summer of 2010 where I read One Second After, Alas, Babylon, and On the Beach.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Foreign Enemies And Traitors - Free Kindle Edition

As a reminder to those interested in The Enemies Trilogy that I posted about the other day, the third book - Foreign Enemies And Traitors, is free starting today until Thursday.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista - Free Kindle Edition

Good read plus free = win! Apparently he was giving the whole series away free, but I missed the first one. That's okay for me as I already own it, but sorry for the late notice for those who like my recommendations in books.

MattBracken48 Today is the last day for a free Kindle download of Domestic Enemies.
Thu, Oct 24 08:30:35 from Facebook
retweeted by TamSlick

Here is the link to the second book in the series that is currently free: Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista

I'll have to get the last one (Foreign Enemies And Traitors) when it becomes free on the 28th.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Gone Girl

Random book recommendation from my wife: Gone Girl

I mention it because she was lukewarm when she started the book. All her friends talked about how great it was and couldn't wait till she finished, so they could talk about it. She struggled to get through the first half or so, but now she's seen the light and is very excited about it. And apparently I will be reading it shortly.