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The 18 books I read in 2015

Books

This year I read 18 books, more than last year. Here they are:

5 Stars

  • A Deepness in the Sky (Hard SciFi) - Absolutely amazing story where a planet is invaded by aliens – but the invading aliens are humans.
  • The 48 Laws of Power (Politics, Leadership) - Great book to understand power people, and how to deal with them. Chock-full of fun anecdotes and historical facts.

4 Stars

3 Stars

  •  Encounter with Tiber (Hard SciFi) - Decent SciFi of aliens unsuccessfully trying to invade earth.
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Novel) - This was a strange book, about monsters and children with special powers living in a time bubble.
  • Think like a freak (Business) - This "Sequel" to Freakonomics was a little disappointing, as it was essentially just a collection of anecdotes, with little analysis.
  • Incose Systems Engineering Handbook 4.0 - Finally a professionally edited version of this standard book. While a must-read for systems engineers, it's not the greatest technical book I ever encountered.

2 Stars

  • Santiago (SciFi, Western) - Essentially a Western set in space about a bounty hunter's chase. Full of plot holes, and, well, just stupid. I almost abandoned it.
  • And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead (Cyberpunk, Short Story) - Quick read of a synthetic girl saving her partner, who was stuck in a computer. Not memorable.
  • Bright Messengers (SciFi) - This book is set in the Rama Universe, and as I enjoyed the Rama books, I picked this up. The story starts promising, but becomes stranger, and at the same time feels like a rehash of the Rama story. The book ended halfway through, so I picked up the sequel, which I abandoned (see below).
  • Organisation für Komplexität (Business) - I got this book at a conference where the author held a keynote. The book is little more than a collection of platitudes, sorry.

1 Star

  • F (Novel) - A book full of miserable, two-dimensional characters. Really not worth it.

Abandoned

  • Double Full Moon Night (SciFi) - This is the sequel to Bright Messengers, which I abandoned halfway through. It just got too stupid. When I read the synopsis online, I got confirmed in my assessment that this is an utterly unoriginal story that just recycles bits and pieces from the Rama series.

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