201611 – For The Win

Another one in the bag – well to be honest this one was finished a couple of weeks ago but I hadn’t got around to posting.

I do like Corey Doctorow (in fact I’m reading another one now that I’m almost done with) and his visions of the near future are almost always believable.  This book was a bit heavy on the economics, but after being initially turned off about them, I did find myself being more and more interested in how the markets worked.

All in all a good read – and while not as strong as some of his other works (Little Brother was a particularly fun read), if you can cope with the economics and have played MMORPGs you will most certainly enjoy it.




201610 – Zero Minus Ten

The second Bond book I read on hols was Zero Minus Ten – in which bond had to stop a plot to send China/UK to war at the handover of Hong Kong.  

While there are bits where the book hasn’t aged well, on the whole it was another easy read (as are most Bond books).  I didn’t really care for the main villain, but the interactions between Bond and the Triad leader was good and probably the best bits of the book.

201609- For Special Services

Getting a bit behind with this whole year of books thing – but going to keep trying to catch up somehow.

Had a week in Portugal and managed to read two books in a week – took my kindle with me and realised I’d only got all the James Bond books on it (had to wipe and reset it a month or two ago and never got round to re syncing it with calibre) so picked two at random that I hadn’t previously read.  I love the Flemming bond books and read them all in order a few years ago and have to say that while the newer ones can’t really hold a candle to the originals a few of them are actually pretty faithful to Flemmings Bond.
For Special Services was a pretty good read, perfect for a holiday book as its formulaic nature means you can just plough through it and let it carry you away.  Blofeld is back (kinda) and I have to say I didn’t see the twist coming which surprised me.  It was an enjoyable read, however the Villian pet/animal killing scenario that is set up at the start never really comes back in the way I’d have liked it to. However that (and it’s by the numbers approach) didn’t stop me finishing it in a day or two.  


201607 – High Rise


Thought I’d get round to reading this before the film was released.  An enjoyable read, however I did lose the sense of time towards the end of the book.  I had no real feeling of how time was passing, or why the situation was never actually looked into by the authorities.

Still – I enjoyed reading it, and considering it’s as old as I am (40) it’s an interesting look into how the 70’s saw the future possibly turning out.

Gonna go back to the future for the next read I reckon.  Got some catching up to do so will smash a couple of shorter books out in the next couple of weeks to get myself back on track.  Might even see what graphic novels are in the local library to have a read of.


201606 – Influx – Daniel Suarez



Firstly I’m not sure this is the book to be calling Suarez a legitimate heir to Crichton, but that’s by the by.

I did enjoy the book – and while not as much as Daemon or Freedom (but more than the drone related one that I can’t be arsed to google) it was still a very enjoyable read.  I loved the premise, that a shady off hte books govt agency has harvested all the new tech for the last 50 years and is keeping it from everyone to maintain the status quo.

Would I recommend reading it?  Well yeah, I guess so if you like this sort of thing, and you’re wiling to let a few of the plot holes pass you by

201605 – Them: Adventures with Extremists


It’s been a while since I finished the last book, mainly due to University stuff and assignments that needed writing and submitting.

Back in the game now though, and have got two other books over half way through which I should have finished in the next week or two.

Back to this one, I have read a couple of other Jon Ronson books and this is in his familiar style.  While not quite up to the Psychopath Test – it’s a very interesting read.  I read this one on my new (to me) kindle paperwhite and was very impressed with how unintrusive the backlight was.  I’d read plenty on a version 1 kindle so was interested to see how I found the paperwhite.

I’m going to hunt out the rest of Jons writing, as I find him very entertaining and an engaging human.  I’ve listened to him on a few podcasts which are worth checking out (Adam Buxton, Nerdist, Distraction Pieces, Joe Rogan, Mark Maron etc) as well as the ‘As yet untitled’ episode he was in.


There’s just something very soothing about listening to him tell stories, and as he reads (most of) his own audio books I’m going to try to listen to one of those as well.




Here we go (again)

So this year I’m going to try again to read 52 books.  Last year was a failure in many respects, not least the fact that after the second book I didn’t bother to record what I had read and when etc.

This year will be different – hopefully.

Once again the type of books that qualify include novels, audiobooks, trade paperbacks of graphic novels, kids books and any other books that I take the time to sit down and read.