Friday, February 18, 2011

2011 VNSA Used Book Sale

Finds from our yearly trek to the VNSA Used Book Sale:

Anathem by Neal Stephenson
The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach
River of Gods by Ian McDonald
Singularity's Ring by Paul Melko
The Forge of God by Greg Bear
Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card
Earthman Come Home by James Blish (1955 1st Ed.)

Science Non-Fiction

"Dragons of Eden", "Cosmic Connection", "Billions and Billions ..." all by Carl Sagan
Black Holes and Baby Universes ... by Stephen Hawking
Many Worlds in One: The Search for Other Universes by Alex Vilenkin
Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem by Simon Singh
The Origin of Humankind by Richard Leakey
Darwin's Dangerous Idea:  Evolution and the Meanings of Life by Daniel Dennett

The Third Chimpazee ... by Jared Diamond

General Non-Fiction

Amazing Grace:  The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation by Jonathan Kozol

May Man Prevail? by Erich Fromm
Selected Papers of Bertrand Russell ... by Bertrand Russell
The Edge of the Sea by Rachel Carson
The Great Unraveling ... by Paul Krugman

"You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them" -- Ray Bradbury


CyberKitten said...

Some good reading ahead for you!

josh said...

River of God's is fantastic.

dbackdad said...

Josh -- That's cool to hear. I liked the cover and the blurb, so it's good to know I wasn't completely off base in picking it up.

I'm reading Bear's The Forge of God right now and it's good so far. Apparently I like books about God. Or maybe just books with God in the title. I forget.

wunelle said...

Lots of great stuff there. I read Dennett's Darwin's Dangerous Idea, but it's the only one of his I have.

I read Ender's Game recently, my introduction to that series. I enjoyed the book, though was surprised to learn later that Card is a raging homophobe. Anyway, I'll be curious to hear what you think of a sequel (there are many, no?).

dbackdad said...

I did not know that about Card, but I am not surprised. He's as Mormon as they come.

I too just recently read Ender's Game. It seems to be among the favorite sci-fi novels of a quite a few fans of the genre and I figured it was time for me to read. I liked it well enough but wouldn't call it one of my all-time faves. I have most of the sequels and will get around to them eventually.

Sadie Lou said...

I loved Ender's Game. I had trouble with the sequels and I gave up on them in the middle of the third one.
I didn't know Card was a Mormon.

shrimplate said...

You seem to be making up for all the people who don't themselves read books! That's a good thing.