Friday, February 8, 2008

Good Reads ...

Dune, Frank Herbert et al

I first read the Dune series just in time to be anxiously awaiting the initial release of Chapterhouse in 1987. I've read the first six Dune books all at least twice and I think I've read Dune three or four times. I think the breadth and depth of the universe created by Frank Herbert is just truly awesome and engaging. Unlike many critics and long-time fans, I also really like the prequels written by his son Brian.

Isaac Asimov Robot Stories

Asimov was a genius on the same scale with Frank Herbert. I think his Robot stuff is his best work, with the detective trilogy - Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, The Robots of Dawn - being some of my favorite books of all time. I'm just now reading the Foundation Novels for the first time - I've been saving them.

Peter L. Bernstein: Capital Ideas; Capital Ideas: Evolving; Against the Gods: A History of Risk

Charlie Wilson's War

One the the most amazing true stories of all time. The movie was "ok" ... but the book was a revelation. I thought I knew a thing or two about the Soviet Afghan conflict ... until I read this book. Rarely has one man and his individual efforts so affected the course of global geopolitics.

Will Self

Twisted, smart and funny. I don't read a lot of "serious" fiction, but this ain't really "serious". Great Apes and My Idea of Fun are two good examples of his brand of insanity.

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