February 02, 2012

Books Read in 2012

For 2012, I have finished reading reading the following books on my new Kindle 3 w/3G , which I purchased on 22 JAN 2011. [Kindle with Wifi Only]


  1. Have Space Suit - Will Travel by Robert Heinlein (7 JAN 2012)
  2. Sex Begins in the Kitchen by Kevin Leman (15 JAN 2012)
  3. Fallen Dragon by Peter F. Hamilton (17 FEB 2012)
  4. Neuromancer by William Gibson (7 MAR 2012)
  5. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (5 APR 2012)
  6. Harry Potter and the Sorecer's Stone by JK Rowling (15 APR 2012)
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (24 APR 2012)
  8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (30 APR 2012)
  9. Mac at Work by David Sparks (15 MAY 2012)
  10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (27 MAY 2012)
  11. Harry Potter and the Order fo the Phoenix by JK Rowling (8 JUN 2012)
  12. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling (24 JUN 2012)
  13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling (5 JUL 2012)
  14. Old Man's War by John Scalzi (15 JUL 2012)
  15. The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi (1 AUG 2012)
  16. Get Clients Now by CJ Hayden (5 AUG 2012)
  17. To Stand Beneath the Sun by Brad Strickland (7 AUG 2012) (DTV)
  18. Quarter Share by Nathan Lowell (10 AUG 2012)
  19. Half Share by Nathan Lowell (16 AUG 2012)
  20. Full Share by Nathan Lowell (21 AUG 2012)
  21. Double Share by Nathan Lowell (26 AUG 2012)
  22. A Light in the Dark by Nathan Lowell (28 AUG 2012)
  23. Ready Player One by Earnest Cline (2 SEP 2012)
  24. Storm Front by Jim Butcher (9 SEP 2012)
  25. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher (16 SEP 2012)
  26. Grave Peril by Jim Butcher (27 SEP 2012)
  27. Summer Knight by Jim Butcher (7 OCT 2012)
  28. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle(16 OCT 2012)
  29. This is Life by Seth Harwood (21 OCT 2012)
  30. Outliers by Malcom Gladwell
  31. Protector by Larry Niven (6 NOV 2012) DTV
  32. Cold Days by Jim Butcher (15 DEC 2012)
  33. Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (20 DEC 2012)



Books 2011  (30)

Books 2010  (37)

Books 2009  (31)

Books 2008  (28)


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January 23, 2011

Good Sci-Fi Recommendations from Steve Gibson: Episode 277: Security Now!

During episode 277 of Steve Gibson's Security Now! podcast [transcript], he lists several science fiction novels he enjoys reading.  Since I've find it difficult to pick the next book I'm going to read,I decided to list Steve's recommendations here as reference.


STEVE: ...  And I'm constantly getting feedback from listeners, saying, hey, Steve, what's happening in the world of sci-fi? So as it happens, still the very best things that I have found are what we've talked about before. If listeners are not familiar with Peter Hamilton, he's at the top of my list.

LEO: Me, too. And you introduced me to him, and I love him.

STEVE: Oh. "Fallen Dragon." You get an introduction. It's a standalone volume. He's very wordy. But so these books are long.

LEO: But they're all good words.

STEVE: Yes, they are. And he paints such a rich environment that, I mean, I still see all of these worlds that he has created for me. So "Fallen Dragon" is a perfect introduction. Then my second favorite series, it's just a two-volume series, is "Pandora's Star," followed by "Judas Unchained," which is the sequel to "Pandora's Star," which is just - I've read "Fallen Dragon" I think three times. I've read both "Pandora's Star" and "Judas Unchained" twice. Because these are things you can reread, or I can. They're just spectacular pieces of work.

I checked and Peter Hamilton's works listed above are available in Kindle edition.  Links are listed below.

  1. Fallen Dragon by Peter Hamilton
  2. Pandora's Star by Petter Hamilton, book 1 of 2 book series.
  3. Judas Unchained by Peter Hamilton, book 2 of 2 book series.


[STEVE: ]Then my second favorite we've also spoken of before, and that's Michael McCollum's books. He has a website, Scifi-AZ.com, Michael McCollum. He also writes multi-volume series which I very much enjoy. Because, again, if I read one book, it's like, okay, well, that's gone. It's annoying if the series isn't finished, and then you're, like, stuck waiting, which happens to me from time to time. But his Antares Trilogy - "Antares Dawn," "Antares Passage," and "Antares Victory" - is just fantastic. I read them all twice. And I'm just sort of waiting now for it to be long enough for me to reread them.

And then the Gibraltar Trilogy I've mentioned: "Gibraltar Earth," "... Sun," and "... Stars" is fantastic. And in the case of "Stars," I read it before it was published because just to be his proofreader. So that came out. And I reread the prior two in order to get ready for the third one to be done. So that's great. And he also has many individual novels.

I started reading the Antares series in January, and I'm hooked.  I read the Gibraltar series last year and it was also a great read.  Links are below.

  1. Antares Dawn by Michael McCollum, Book 1 of 3
  2. Antares Passage by Michael McCollym, Book 2of 3
  3. Antares Victory by Michael McCollum, Book 3 of 3
  4. Gibraltar Earth by Michael McCollum, Book 1 of 3
  5. Gibraltar Sun by Michael McCollum, Book 2 of 3
  6. Gibraltar Stars by Michael McCollum, Book 3 of 3


STEVE: So I did all of those. Then I said, okay, what next? Then I ran across something called "Helfort's War."

LEO: You like these big long series, don't you. You don't want just one book. You don't want just two books.

STEVE: Well, and here was one where I ran out before the fourth book. This is a series of four. And it's sort of the classic newly minted graduate from Star Fleet, I mean, it's not set in the Star Trek environment, but we do have like the academy. He's graduated from the academy, and we follow his career through four books. And I ran out at the end of the book three, and book four just was published on the 23rd of November. So it's available for Kindle, which is where I'm reading this stuff. And I haven't yet started because I'm just finishing the fourth book in another series of six, which is Gregory Benford's Galactic Center Series.

I haven't read this four book series from Graham Sharp Paul, but the links are listed below.

  1. Helfort's War Book 1: The Battle at the Moons of Hell
  2. Helfort's War Book 2: The Battle of the Hammer Worlds
  3. Helfort's War Book 3: The Battle of Devastation Reef
  4. Helfort's War Book 4: The Battle for Commitment Planet


[STEVE:] And then Gregory Benford actually is a UCI physics professor.

LEO: I like that. I like hard science.

STEVE: This is. His is the so-called Galactic Center Series. I've just finished "Tides of Light," which is the fourth in the series of six. And here we sort of - we've got the humans versus the machines is like sort of the overall scenario there. And I loved, back in the day, Fred Saberhagen's Berserker series.

LEO: I haven't read those, either.

STEVE: Oh, those are really good, Leo. Berserkers being machines left over from some unknown alien race in the past that are out to kill off all biological life. And really interesting sci-fi that's old. It's been around forever. But now we've got the so-called "mechs," the mechs versus the humans. And this is a huge scope, like tens of thousands of years of history, but really interesting new ideas that I've never read before. And also substantial works. So I'm liking those, as well. So "The Lost Fleet," "Helfort's War," and Gregory Benford's Galactic Center series.

The links to Gregory Benford's Glactic Center series is listed below.

  1. In the Oceans of Night  Book 1 of 6
  2. Across the Sea of Suns  Book 2 of 6
  3. Great Sky River Book 3 of 6
  4. Tides of Light  Book 4 of 6
  5. Furious Gulf  Book 5 of 6
  6. Sailing Bright Eternity  Book 6 of 6




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January 18, 2011

Books Read in 2011

For 2011, I have finished reading reading the following books on my new Kindle 3 w/3G , which I purchased on 22 JAN 2011. [Kindle with Wifi Only]

  1. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (17 JAN 2011)
  2. Antares Dawn by Michael McCollum (22 JAN 2011)
  3. Antares Passage by Michael McCollum (28 JAN 2011)
  4. Antares Victory by Michael McCollum (29 JAN 2011)
  5. Dragons of Autumn Twlight by Tracy Hickman & Margaret Weis (8 FEB 2011)
  6. Dragons of Winter Night by Tracy Hickman & Margaret Weis (19 FEB 2011)
  7. Dragons of Spring Dawning by Tracy Hickman & Margaret Weis (27 FEB 2011)
  8. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson (15 MAR 2011)
  9. Sheet Music by Dr. Kevin Leeman (22 MAR 2011)
  10. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson (02 APR 2011)
  11. The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson (09 APR 2011)
  12. Dating My Vibrator by Suzanne Tyrpak (10 APR 2011)
  13. A Minute in the Church by Gus Lloyd (11 APR 2011)
  14. The  Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman (25 APR 2011)
  15. Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer (05 MAY 2011)
  16. Atlantis Found by Clive Cussler (24 MAY 2011)
  17. In the Beginning was the Command Line by Neal Stephenson (28 MAY 2011)
  18. At Fenway: Dispatches from Red Sox Nation by Dan Shaughnessy (11 JUN 2011)
  19. Zodiac by Neal Stephenson (20 JUL 2011)
  20. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher (12 AUG 2011)
  21. Zero Day by Mark Russinovich (25 AUG 2011)
  22. Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick (30 SEP 2011)
  23. A Biblical Walk Through The Mass by Edward Sri (24 OCT 2011)
  24. Sinner by Lino Rulli (5 NOV 2011)
  25. The Litigators by John Grisham (18 NOV 2011)
  26. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman (25 NOV 2011)
  27. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
  28. Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein (5 DEC 2011)
  29. The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly (13 DEC 2011)
  30. Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (23 DEC 2010)


Books 2010

Books 2009

Books 2008


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November 23, 2010

Fictitious Web Sites from "The Confession"

While ready John Grisham's new legal novel, "The Confession," I noticed that the story keeps referring to two (2) opposing web sites: WeMissYouNikki.com and FreeDonteDrumm.com.   During lunch today, I checked to see if they were registered.  According to a whois lookup, they were by a Mr. Michael Pellman on October 26, 2010.








In the Kindle edition of "The Confession" jumped to location 1210 to see the reference to both web sites.

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January 13, 2010

Books Read in 2010

For 2010, I have finished reading reading the following books on my Kindle, which I received on 29 APR 2008.

  1. Under the Dome by Stephen King (2 JAN 2010)
  2. Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton (15 JAN 2010)
  3. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (19 JAN 2010)
  4. White Night (Book 9) by Jim Butcher (31 JAN 2010)
  5. Foundation by Isaac Asimov (5 FEB 2010)
  6. Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov (14 FEB 2010)
  7. Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov (21 FEB 2010)
  8. Jack Wakes Up by Seth Harwood (26 FEB 2010)
  9. Orphan's Alliance by Robert Buettner (3 MAR 2010)
  10. Orphan's Triumph by Robert Buettner (9 MAR 2010)
  11. The Mote in God's Eye by Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven (20 MAR 2010)
  12. The Brethern by John Grisham (26 MAR 2010)
  13. Playing for Pizza by John Grisham (30 MAR 2010)
  14. Small Favor (Book 10) by Jim Butcher (5 APR 2010)
  15. The Gunslinger (Book 1) by Stephen King (23 APR 2010)
  16. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (28 APR 2010)
  17. The Drawing of the Three (Book 2) by Stephen King (7 MAY 2010)
  18. Sheet Music by Dr. Kevin Leeman (30 MAY 2010)
  19. The Philosophical Programmer by Daniel Kohanski (6 JUN 2010) (DTV)
  20. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card (13 JUN 2010)
  21. Turn Coat (Book 11) by Jim Butcher (20 JUN 2010)
  22. The Waste Lands (Book 3)by Stephen King (11 JUL 2010)
  23. Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern(12 JUL 2010)
  24. Wizard and Glass (Book 4) by Stephen King (2 AUG 2010)
  25. Deception Point by Dan Brown (14 AUG 2010)
  26. ReWork by Jason Fried and David Hansson (22 AUG 2010)
  27. A Galaxy Unknown by Thomas DePrima (30 AUG 2010)
  28. Pro Git by Scott Chacon (12 SEP 2010) (DTV)
  29. Hunger Games (Book 1) by Suzanne Collins (14 SEP 2010)
  30. Catching Fire (Book 2) by Suzanne Collins (19 SEP 2010)
  31. Mockingjay (Book 3) by Suzanne Collins (26 SEP 2010)
  32. Replay by Ken Grimwood (5 OCT 2010)
  33. Where Wizards Stay Up Late by Matthew Lyon and Katie Hafner (12 OCT 2010)
  34. Changes (Book 12) by Jim Butcher (22 OCT 2010)
  35. Side Jobs by Jim Butcher (20 NOV 2010)
  36. The Confession by John Grisham (25 NOV 2010)
  37. Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (23 DEC 2010)


Books 2009

Books 2008

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February 16, 2009

Books Read in 2009

For 2009, I have finished reading reading the following books on my Kindle, which I received on 29 APR 2008. (Not including tech book, manuals)

  1. The Chimes by Charles Dickens (5 JAN 2009)
  2. Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Defend, and Explain the Catholic Faith by Scott Hahn (11 JAN 2009)
  3. 1632 by Eric Flint  (23 JAN 2009)
  4. Summer Knight by Jim Butcher (3 FEB 2009)
  5. OH BOY! The Life and Music of Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Buddy Holly by Staton Rabin (4 FEB 2009)
  6. 1633 by David Weber and Eric Flint (12 FEB 2009)
  7. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll (12 FEB 2009)
  8. Orphanage by Robert Buettner (21 FEB 2009)
  9. Anathem by Neal Stephenson (19 MAR 2009)
  10. Death Masks by Jim Butcher (28 MAR 2009)
  11. Sunborn by Jeffrey Carver (11 APR 2009)
  12. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (12 APR 2009)
  13. Orphan's Destiny by Robert Buettner (15 APR 2009)
  14. Battlefield Earth by L Ron Hubbard (12 MAY 2009)
  15. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (23 MAY 2009)
  16. Blood Rites by Jim Butcher (26 MAY 2009)
  17. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (21 JUN 2009)
  18. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien (11 JUL 2009)
  19. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien (20 JUL 2009)
  20. Dead Beat by Jim Butcher (27 JUL 2009)
  21. Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson (10 SEP 2009)
  22. Orphan's Journey by Robert Buettner (16 SEP 2009)
  23. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (7 OCT 2009)
  24. Gibraltar Earth by Michael McCollum (20 OCT 2009)
  25. Gibraltar Sun by Michael McCollum (25 OCT 2009)
  26. Gibraltar Stars by Michael McCollum (28 OCT 2009)
  27. Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher (9 NOV 2009)
  28. Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription by William F Buckley Jr. (20 NOV 2009)
  29. The Last Colony by John Scalzi (22 NOV 2009)
  30. The Princess Bride by William Goldman (26 NOV 2009)
  31. Tommyknockers by Stephen King (21 DEC 2009)


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December 27, 2008

2008 Book List: Read

For 2008, I have finished reading the following books on my Kindle, which I received on 29 APR 2008. (Not including tech book, manuals)

  1. Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
  2. Old Man's War by John Scalzi
  3. Storm Front by Jim Butcher
  4. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  5. The Confusion by Neal Stephenson (4 JUL 2008)
  6. The Hacker Crackdown by Bruce Sterling (7 JUL 2008)
  7. Final Report on Jack Thompson by Florida State Bar (13 JUL 2008)
  8. My Own Kind of Freedom by Steve Brust (16 JUL 2008)
  9. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (18 JUL 2008)
  10. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne (29 JUL 2008)
  11. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (31 JUL 2008)
  12. The System of the World by Neal Stephenson (23 SEP 2008)
  13. The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi (1 OCT 2008)
  14. Spin by Robert Charles Wilson (9 OCT 2008)
  15. Neptune Crossing by Jeffrey A. Carver (13 OCT 2008)
  16. Dauntless (The Lost Fleet) by Jack Campbell (19 OCT 2008)
  17. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher (22 OCT 2008)
  18. Strange Attractors by Jeffrey A Carver (3 NOV 2008)
  19. The FairTax Book  by Neal Boortz and Congressman John Linder (9 NOV 2008)
  20. Animal Farm by George Orwell (10 NOV 2008)
  21. Fearless (The Lost Fleet Book 2) by Jack Campbell (14 NOV 2008)
  22. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (16 NOV 2008)
  23. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown (24 NOV 2008)
  24. Grave Peril by Jim Butcher (29 NOV 2008)
  25. Infinite Sea by Jeffrey A Carver (11 DEC 2008)
  26. Briefer History of Time by Leonard Mlodinow and Stephen Hawking (15 DEC 2008)
  27. Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (25 DEC 2008)
  28. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K.Rowling (25 DEC 2008) [Dead Tree Version]


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August 08, 2008

Ping Publishers for Kindle Versions

Today, I noticed that Amazon added a new feature to their book product subscription web page that allows one to "Ping" the publisher for a Kindle version.  Thank you Amazon.

For example, I would like a Kindle version of John Grisham's The Brethern.  So, just click on the link and if you look to the left side, below the book cover, you should see a new box that reads as follows.

Please tell the publisher: I'd like to read this book on Kindle

Let the pinging begin.


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May 12, 2008

Kindle Rejection Letter: Scholastic & Harry Potter

Today, I received my first Kindle rejection letter from Scholastic.

In early May, I sent out a few letters to publishers and authors asking them to consider publishing some of their work in the Kindle format.  Like most readers and Kindle owners, I already have copies of my favorite books and so my letters were geared toward getting my *favorites* on my Kindle.

Well, Scholastic sent me a standard form letter with a pithy reply.

"___X___  it isn't available at this time through Kindle."


Update - 2nd Rejection Letter

Links to stories/updates regarding the possibility of see Harry Potter series as an e-book.

  1. Harry Potter and his wizarding chums may be about to make a digital publishing leap.
  2. J.K. Rowling has not permitted any of the six Potter books to be released in electronic form, not even during the peak of the e-book craze a few years ago.
  3. Neil Blair, a lawyer from Rowling's literary agency, told Associated Press reporters Sunday that no Harry Potter E-Book editions, of the new book or of any works in the series, are scheduled for the foreseeable future.
  4. Harry Potter e-Book Scam

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February 01, 2007

Harry Potter Book 7 Release Date Announced

JK Rowling's publisher has announced a release date of July 17, 2007 July 21, 2007 for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", which is the seventh and last installment in the Harry Potter series.  Looks like Rowling will be setting us up for a doubleheader in July, when you consider that Warner Brothers should be releasing "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" a few days earlier on July 13, 2007.

- Chris

UPDATE  15 JULY 2007

The release date is set for July 21st and not the 17th.  Sorry.

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