I Thought He Came With You is Robert Ellison’s blog about software, marketing, politics, photography and time lapse.

Book reviews for March 2019

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

5/5

 

Book reviews for February 2019

Updated on Saturday, March 2, 2019
IQ84 by Mike Dickenson

IQ84 by Mike Dickenson

3/5

Fairly droll but did not make me snort once.

 

Shadow Captain (Revenger, #2) by Alastair Reynolds

Shadow Captain (Revenger, #2) by Alastair Reynolds

5/5

Excellent sequel to 2016's Revenger. If you tried to sell this series to me - runaway sisters become fearsome space pirates while trying to figure out various mysteries about the rise and fall of a far future civilization and some truly funky currency - I'd put them someone pretty far down my to do list. But in Alastair Reynolds' hands it's a space opera masterpiece. Can't wait for the next installment.

 

Book reviews for January 2019

Insurrecto by Gina Apostol

Insurrecto by Gina Apostol

3/5

 

Book reviews for December 2018

The Late Show (Renée Ballard, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #29) by Michael Connelly

The Late Show (Renée Ballard, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #29) by Michael Connelly

4/5

 

The Wandering Earth by Liu Cixin

The Wandering Earth by Liu Cixin

5/5

 

The Labyrinth Index (Laundry Files, #9) by Charles Stross

The Labyrinth Index (Laundry Files, #9) by Charles Stross

4/5

 

Book reviews for November 2018

The Increment by David Ignatius

The Increment by David Ignatius

3/5

 

What Have You Done by Matthew Farrell

What Have You Done by Matthew Farrell

2/5

 

Salvation (Salvation Sequence #1) by Peter F. Hamilton

Salvation (Salvation Sequence #1) by Peter F. Hamilton

4/5

 

The Christmas Scorpion (Jack Reacher, #22.5) by Lee Child

The Christmas Scorpion (Jack Reacher, #22.5) by Lee Child

1/5

 

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

4/5

 

Book reviews for September 2018

Updated on Friday, October 5, 2018
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

3/5

 

Revenge by Yōko Ogawa

Revenge by Yōko Ogawa

4/5

 

Ball Lightning by Liu Cixin

Ball Lightning by Liu Cixin

4/5

 

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker

4/5

 

Provenance by Ann Leckie

Provenance by Ann Leckie

4/5

 

Book reviews for July 2018

Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1) by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1) by Ann Leckie

4/5

 

Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch, #2) by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch, #2) by Ann Leckie

4/5

 

Ancillary Mercy (Imperial Radch #3) by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Mercy (Imperial Radch #3) by Ann Leckie

4/5

 

Book reviews for June 2018

What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics by Adam  Becker

What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics by Adam Becker

5/5

Spoiler alert: we still don't know. Excellent review of the history of quantum mechanics and how we should think about science.

 

Be Slightly Evil: A Playbook for Sociopaths (Ribbonfarm Roughs) by Venkatesh G. Rao

Be Slightly Evil: A Playbook for Sociopaths (Ribbonfarm Roughs) by Venkatesh G. Rao

3/5

 

Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk

Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk

3/5

 

Reading list pro tip...

If you're going to read Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber don't decide to follow that up with Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk.

Book reviews for May 2018

Bullshit Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber

Bullshit Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber

5/5

I'm not entirely sure if this is a bullshit book or not, but it was brilliantly written and provocative (and largely persuasive).

 

Radiant Angel (John Corey, #7) by Nelson DeMille

Radiant Angel (John Corey, #7) by Nelson DeMille

3/5

 

The Panther  (John Corey, #6) by Nelson DeMille

The Panther (John Corey, #6) by Nelson DeMille

3/5

 

Time Travel: A History by James Gleick

Time Travel: A History by James Gleick

3/5

Having read (and loved) The Information I was expecting something similar. Time Travel is far more of a literary review than a popular science book. It touches on relativity and quantum physics but not in any great depth and spends far more time dissecting H. G. Wells.

 

Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content by Ann Handley

Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content by Ann Handley

3/5