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Thursday, March 22, 2012

What I’ve Been Reading

  1. Haruki Murakami, 1Q84. Entertaining even at 900+ pages. Top seed (and my favorite) in this year’s Tournament of Books.

  2. George Dyson, Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe. I’m listening to the audiobook during late-night baby calming sessions, which is a new experience for me (on both counts, I suppose). Still in progress, but good so far.

  3. Sara Wheeler, Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard. Continuing my Heroic-Age-of-Antarctic-Exploration reading, this is a biography of the youngest member of Scott’s last expedition and the author of The Worst Journey in the World. Interesting, but not worth your time unless you’re into this stuff.

  4. Neal Stephenson, Reamde. Great but long page-turner. You can tell he had fun writing this one. Recommended.

  5. Michael S. Malone, Infinite Loop. I picked it up after hearing John Siracusa’s recommendation. It’s a detailed history of Apple from founding to 1998. Since it ends right as Jobs introduces the iMac, it’s an interesting perspective - for example it takes for granted that Apple should have allowed clones to use MacOS. Out of print, but you can probably find it at your library.

  6. Vernor Vinge, Children of the Sky. The long-awaited sequel to the A Fire Upon the Deep. Vinge is one of the most imaginative science-fiction writers at creating and depicting alien species. Recommended if you’re into sci-fi (as are the two previous novels - ignore the heinous covers).

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