Wednesday, February 17, 2010

My finds from the 2010 VNSA Used Book Sale

Great finds again at this year's sale:

Holy Fire by Bruce Sterling
Broken Angels by Richard K. Morgan
Sandworms of Dune by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams

Science Non-Fiction

The four following authors spoke at the Origins Symposium I attended last year (3 of which I saw):
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
Hiding in the Mirror by Lawrence m. Krauss (the head of the Origins Iniative at ASU and author of several 'Physics of ...' books)
Present at the Future by Ira Flatow (host of Science Friday on NPR
The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene


Science Friction by Michael Shermer

Why Does E=mc2? by Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw (Cox was on Colbert recently discussing this book


Truth and Consequences by Keith Olbermann
Hot, Flat & Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman
Straight Talk from the Heartland by Ed Schultz
The Politics of Truth by Joseph Wilson (Valerie Plame's husband)


I'm a nut for books about mountain climbing:

The Hill by Ed Hommer
Touching My Father's Soul by Jamling Tenzing Norgay
No Shorcuts to the Top by Ed Viesturs

"Tis the good reader that makes the good book; a good head cannot read amiss: in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakeably meant for his ear." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


CyberKitten said...

Cool. There's some good reading in there!

Josh said...

Nice, I always like the the morgan books, and I've always meant to read the algebriast.

dbackdad said...

I already had Morgan's Altered Carbon but hadn't had a chance to read it yet. I'm always looking for authors that tread some of the similar paths of Gibson and Neal Stephenson because I really like their books. Someone had recommended Morgan to me.

I hadn't heard of the Algebraist before but it sounded like a cool book.

CyberKitten said...

dbackdad said: I hadn't heard of the Algebraist before but it sounded like a cool book.

Oh, I think you may have read the review on my Blog.... possibly....

dbackdad said...

CK - You are correct sir!

There was a thin wisp of familiarity when I saw the book, and I didn't know why at the time. Now I know why. After re-reading your review, I want to read it all the more. Well done CK.

CyberKitten said...

Sorry, but I would've posted the URL but we were saving the world for democracy for the past 2 hours [phew]