Recent Reading

Recent reading material

The books I’ve finished in the past couple of months. Kyb lent me the Stross, Hofstadter and both the Lems (thanks!). Andy lent me the Tipping Point (thanks!) but my dog chewed it so I bought him a new one and kept this copy.

  • Douglas Hofstadter, ‘I am a Strange Loop’ – Hofstadter revisits Godel, Escher, Bach. Much longer than it needs to be.
  • Malcolm Gladwell, ‘The Tipping Point’ – a book which became a buzzword. Good to finally read it. Lots of good stuff in there.
  • Irving Welsh, ‘The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs’ – Quite strange. Hatred and retribution. Somewhere between ‘Trainspotting’ and ‘Acid House’, in that it’s gritty but also explores some fantastical (modern fantasy?) territory.
  • Douglas Adams, ‘The Salmon of Doubt’ – it took me ages to get round to reading this. The unpublished stuff on DNA’s hard disks after he died, including an unfinished chunk of a Dirk Gently book.
  • Charles Stross, ‘Singularity Sky’ – An exploration of post-singularity culture and cultural backwaters. Interesting.
  • Stanislav Lem, ‘The Futurological Congress’ – this is more than a little bit strange. Very disappointing ending.
  • Tim Harford, ‘The Undercover Economist’ – As someone who hasn’t thought much about economics (past reading ‘The Armchair Economist’ and ‘Freakanomics’) I found this fascinating. I’d love to hear from Richard Brown thinks of it.
  • Stansilav Lem, ‘Solaris’ – Slow and ponderous, but fairly beautiful. Not as beautiful as the equally slow and ponderous film though.

I’m currently re-reading ‘Snow Crash’ (yet again) and Coupland’s ‘Miss Wyoming’, as well as nearly finished Bennett’s ‘Untold Stories’.

5 replies on “Recent Reading”

  1. How was ‘The Salmon of Doubt’? I avoided reading it because I figured it would be mostly a huge tease, and probably a badly edited one at that.

  2. Better than expected. Worth a go. The unfinished book only takes up a chunk (1/4?) of the collection. The majority of it is actually a collection of various articles and presentations. It’s quite a nice tribute to the breadth of the man’s career and life. Oh, and there’s a touching introduction by Stephen Fry (which actually also gives me a chance to point out that Stephen as a blog now).

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