|Wednesday, 12 September 2007, 12:59 pm
Ten books picked at random from my shelves – press refresh to see more…
|Title: On Intelligence
Author: Jeff Hawkins
A must read introduction to a new theory of artificial intelligence, but don’t read it for that. Hawkins description of how the mind works is mind blowing. You’ll never think about thinking the same way again.
|Title: Confessions of an Economic Hitman (Unabridged)
Author: John Perkins
Dvorak says this blows the lid of the US’s interference with other nations. It’s my next read.
|Title: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
Author: David Allen
Finally a system that really works. Techies really love this system because you can find all sorts of programs and/or hardware that supports it, but the core of the system is really dead simple. Remove the stress from your life by creating a reliable place you can store your to-do items so you don’t have to think about them any more.
Author: Neal Stephenson
Don’t think – just buy.
|Title: The Commodore (Aubrey-Maturin Series)
Author: Patrick O\’Brian
The 17th in Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin series, it’s the tale of 19th century British naval captain (now Commodore) Jack Aubrey and his particular friend (and spy) Dr. Maturin. Read them in order starting with Master and Commander, and if you listen to them make sure to get the Patrick Tull versions. You’ll practically smell the sea air and feel the grapeshot whizzing by you.
|Title: Telecosm: The World After Bandwidth Abundance
Author: George Gilder
Seven years old and still worth reading – the story of fiber and the coming telecom revolution. This is Gilder’s follow-up to Microcosm, the story of the microprocessor revolution, also a must read.
|Title: Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up
Author: James Hollis
What happens when you no longer need to win the approval of parents, spouses, family, and friends? You can begin to live life for yourself. Hollis is a Jungian analyst who writes with insight and clarity. It’s thought-provoking stuff that needs time to digest but it’s well worth the effort for those of us over 40.
|Title: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
Author: Douglas Adams
A TWiT recommendation by Andy Ihnatko. The Audible version is the BBC dramatization. Andy says this is a must listen, even before Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
|Title: Earth Abides
Author: George R. Stewart
Considered one of the all-time great science fiction books. A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. Beautiful, powerful, and inspiring.
|Title: Blood and Gold (Vampire Chronicles)
Author: Anne Rice
I’ve read all the Vampire Chronicles novels and really love Rice’s style. This is Marius’s story, told entirely in flashback. There’s not as much action as in some of the earlier stories, but it’s well worth listening to (or reading if you must).