Monday, 11 March 2013

Books' Shortlist

llibreria - bookstore - Amsterdam - HDR

I may have been complaining lately that I find it hard to find interesting books to read, but the reality is that I have an ever expanding list of books I would like to read. In the interest of perhaps receiving further inputs to help me prioritize my reading queue with, here they are:
  1. Scored - Lauren McLaughlin: A YA science fiction novel about a society where kids that don't make the grade do not make it. Sounds very possible, hence interesting.
  2. Drugs Without the Hot Air - David Nutt: A book about drug and drug policies that seems to have been written with evidence in mind (as opposed to most nations' drug policies). Of particular interest are sections that are rumored to be dealing with children; as a father of a child that will grow to have plenty of opportunities, legal or not, to deal with drugs this could be an important read.
  3. Rip it up - Richard Wiseman: I like Richard Wiseman and I follow his YouTube channel with a wide grin on my face. I also like his down to earth way of thinking, which means that even if this is a title categorized under "self help" I might give it a try despite the general antagonism I hold towards this niche.
  4. Life As We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer: I recently read The Last Policeman, a book about the last person to care about doing things right in a world that is about to end. This one follows similar themes, but as a YA novel its point of view is that of a teen. On the negative side, this is the first book in a series.
  5. The Palace Job - Patrick Weekes: This one is a fantasy novel, but the more important fact about it is that it was written by one of the key writers behind the Mass Effect trilogy. As such, we share some of life's major dilemmas, such as the preferred choice for an assault rifle given dire circumstances in multiplayer.
  6. The Mirage - Matt Ruff: A science fiction novel where Arabia is the number one power in the world. As such, it has to deal with Christian fundamentalists.
  7. iWoz - Steve Wozniak: The autobiography of the likeable guy from Apple. Said to be very easy to read.
  8. A Long Time Ago - Gib van Ert: The short memoirs of a child growing up in the shadow of the Star Wars series. If the guy went to write a book about it then he was obviously into Star Wars much more than I was, but then again I was also a child fantasizing of doing the Castle Run in twelve parsecs.
  9. Throne of the Crescent Moon - Saladin Ahmed: A Hugo candidate, this is alleged to be a fantasy tale with an edge.
  10. Constellation Games - Leonard Richardson: The way I understand it, this is a story of an alien invasion that involves the aliens distributing video games to us earthlings.
  11. Free to Learn - Peter Gray: I didn't like any form of formal education I have been through. Both school and uni felt more like production lines than what I would call an education. With my son starting school, I want to make sure that I can guide him to the best of my ability. As in, guide him so that he doesn't feel like we are putting his mind into a grinder when we send him to school but rather help him expand it instead. This book is meant to discuss mind opening education as opposed to what normally passes for education in our societies; I don't know if it would offer practical advice, but it could be one of my more important reads.
  12. The God Question - A. C. Grayling: Grayling, probably my favorite philosopher, joins the ranks of Dawkins and Hitchens in writing a book that [I assume] refutes religion for the silly idea it is.
Comments and further insight would be greatly appreciated.

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