I tend to be a voracious reader, and I read widely. This list has its origins in an old signature file which I would update periodically with the current book that I was reading. That gradually transmogrified itself into the current massive archive with brief reviews.
|What I've been reading lately|
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[Finished 19 June 2019] It’s interesting that largely by coincidence I’ve ended up reading fairly close together two books which feature Alan Turing as the star of a central thread. I feel like this book did a better job of portraying Turing than did A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines. There are multiple threads of narrative here, and I feel like Hall’s reach exceeded her grasp a bit with some of her parallels feeling a bit forced, but overall, it was an enjoyable read.
Nebula Awards Showcase 2013 edited by Catherine Asaro
[Finished 19 June 2019] It’s nice to see the best of sci fi in one place. Not a lot of clunkers here. I’d especially call out “The Paper Menagerie,” “Sauerkraut Station” and “Ray of Light.”
The Character of Physical Law
by Richard P. Feynman
[Finished 14 June 2019] See my review at dahosek.com
The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe
by Stephon Alexander
[Finished 11 June 2019] See my review at dahosek.com
The Magic of Math: Solving for x and Figuring Out Why
by Arthur T. Benjamin
[Finished 7 June 2019] See my review at dahosek.com
Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz
by Jan Tomasz Gross
[Finished 5 June 2019] I picked this up because it was referenced in some of my online research for the novel and struck me as being directly relevant to what I want to know for my writing. It provided a great deal of useful information and was in general a compelling read (often historical accounts can fall into the academese writing trap).
What A Body Remembers: A Memoir of Sexual Assault and Its Aftermath
by Karen Stefano
[Finished 4 June 2019] A near miss, both in her experiences and in her writing. Maybe it’s just that I wanted a different book than what Stefano wrote. I think that it could have been a stronger book if there had been more about her PTSD.
The Last Man Who Knew Everything: Thomas Young, the Anonymous Polymath Who Proved Newton Wrong, Explained How We See, Cu by Andrew Robinson
[Finished 3 June 2019] See my review at dahosek.com
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
[Finished 2 June 2019] I feel like I should have enjoyed this more than I did. There were moments that I was pulled fully into the story, but it often just failed to hold me, I think as much my own failing as that of the book.
Slovene Complete Course: A Complete Course for Beginners (Teach Yourself)
by Andrea Albretti
[Finished 29 May 2019] See my review at dahosek.com.