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

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

 

Book reviews for April 2018

Death's End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #3) by Liu Cixin

Death's End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #3) by Liu Cixin

5/5

 

The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #2) by Liu Cixin

The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #2) by Liu Cixin

4/5

 

The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1) by Liu Cixin

The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1) by Liu Cixin

5/5

 

The Kremlin's Candidate (Red Sparrow Trilogy #3) by Jason  Matthews

The Kremlin's Candidate (Red Sparrow Trilogy #3) by Jason Matthews

3/5

Decent ending to the trilogy but I forgot how much I hate the recipes.

 

Book reviews for March 2018

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson

3/5

 

The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth, #3) by N.K. Jemisin

The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth, #3) by N.K. Jemisin

3/5

 

The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, #2) by N.K. Jemisin

The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, #2) by N.K. Jemisin

3/5

 

Book reviews for February 2018

The Killer Angels (The Civil War Trilogy, #2) by Michael Shaara

The Killer Angels (The Civil War Trilogy, #2) by Michael Shaara

4/5

 

Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami

Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami

4/5

I just wish each short story was a whole book.

 

Dark State (Empire Games #2) by Charles Stross

Dark State (Empire Games #2) by Charles Stross

4/5

It's going to be a long, long wait for the third book...

 

Book reviews for January 2018

The World to Come by Dara Horn

The World to Come by Dara Horn

4/5

 

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1) by N.K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1) by N.K. Jemisin

4/5

 

The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille

The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille

3/5

 

Book reviews for December 2017

Artemis by Andy Weir

Artemis by Andy Weir

4/5

 

Book reviews for November 2017

The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher, #22) by Lee Child

The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher, #22) by Lee Child

4/5

 

The Startup Way: How Entrepreneurial Management Transforms Culture and Drives Growth by Eric Ries

The Startup Way: How Entrepreneurial Management Transforms Culture and Drives Growth by Eric Ries

4/5

Normally I like to wait a few years before reading business books as the companies held up as shining examples of the one true way will have invariably foundered. No need to wait long in this case as Immelt is already out at GE and while it might be unfair to pin that on the lean startup movement it certainly gives you reason to pause while reading this book. Do I really want to fly on a plane with a Minimum Viable Jet Engine? Having said all that I actually liked the book. It's a recap of lean startup and broadens that thesis to cover strategy and innovation accounting for larger enterprises and (of course) humanity as a whole. Grandiose, but not totally crazy as the core of the movement is to use the scientific method in more places. You don't know, so test and learn.

 

Authority (Southern Reach, #2) by Jeff VanderMeer

Authority (Southern Reach, #2) by Jeff VanderMeer

3/5

 

Book reviews for October 2017

Origin (Robert Langdon, #5) by Dan Brown

Origin (Robert Langdon, #5) by Dan Brown

3/5

 

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye (Millennium, #5) by David Lagercrantz

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye (Millennium, #5) by David Lagercrantz

3/5

 

Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1) by Jeff VanderMeer

Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1) by Jeff VanderMeer

4/5

 

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

5/5

 

Book reviews for September 2017

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson

4/5