I’m not one for doing book reviews. Because, let’s face it, what one person thinks is awesome, someone else might regard as complete crap. And that’s fine. That said, I do like a good book, so here is a list of what I have been reading lately, with a few of my thoughts.
I first read this book back in early 2000’s and loved it, so I decided to give it another read recently now that it’s becoming a major TV series. I still love it. Very scifi noir, not unlike Blade Runner in style.
The writing is top notch and the characters are fully formed and bursting with attitude. Although the setting is futuristic the story is that of a detective thriller, told in the first person.
Only when I finished this book for the second time did I realize there are two more in the series. So I just downloaded the next one and will be cracking it open shortly.
This is scifi like it should be. Vast in scope and vision, it is both multi-layered and thought-provoking. Let me give you the opening line. ‘The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason.’
The book is in three parts. For me, the first two were fantastic, I just couldn’t put it down. The third part I found hard going. It starts 5000 years later so all the characters that I got attached to in the beginning are long gone. But I thoroughly enjoyed this book nonetheless.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari
Where we came from, how we evolved to communicate and dominate, and where we might be going as a species. Awesome stuff.
by James S. A. Corey
Another great scifi read. Set it the near future, humans have colonised most of the outer solar system. The action takes place mainly around the asteroid belt. It’s part detective thriller, part spaceship battles, part conspiracy.
When I started reading this I hadn’t released it’s now a TV series on the SyFy channel: The Expanse.
Fortunately, for me, there are a load more books in the series to get tucked into.
Interesting read, if a bit long-winded.
The End of Jobs
This book has some very interesting ideas on the demise of the standard 9-5 job and the rise of entrepreneurship. A must read for anyone looking to understand the future of career. It’s well thought out and researched.