Category Archives: Books

To Your Scattered Bodies Go

I recently finished the first Riverworld novel, To Your Scattered Bodies Go, by Philip Jose Farmer.  I haven’t read much in the way of Farmer before this, but I really enjoyed The Dungeon (inspired and edited by Farmer), and now … Continue reading

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Crucial Conversations

Every year, I try to read something that’s a little more leadership focused so that I can continue to hone my supervisory skills.  This year, I read Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler, which … Continue reading

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Mallworld

I recently finished reading the Ultimate, Ultimate, Ultimate Mallworld by S. P. Somtow, and I’m very happy I picked up this book.  I may sum it up by saying it’s like Idiocracy mashed up with a parody of 1980s consumerism … Continue reading

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Iterative Methods for Linear and Nonlinear Systems

As part of my resolution to read some Numerical Analysis stuff this year, I read C. T. Kelly’s Iterative Methods for Linear and Nonlinear Systems.  I can say with certainty, that on the surface I underestimated this book.  I expected … Continue reading

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On the Reliability of Newton’s Method

I recently re-read my thesis, “On the Reliability of Newton’s Method in the Presence of Singularity” as a way to get back into thinking about numerical analysis.  On the one hand, it was interesting reading something that I wrote seven … Continue reading

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Children of the Lens

(or The Boskonian War is over.) I’ve now completed Children of the Lens, and I must admit to really enjoying the ride.  This book focuses on Kimball and Clarissa Kinnison’s five children, one boy and two pairs of twin girls, … Continue reading

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Second Stage Lensmen

So, if you’ve read any post on my blog with “Lens” in the title over the last year, you know what this one is about – I recently finished Second Stage Lensmen by E. E. “Doc” Smith.   Though the title … Continue reading

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The Demon Awakens

A long while back, I saw The Demonwars series by R. A. Salvatore on audio book on the Humble Book Bundle.  Now, I really like this series, so I picked it up even though I already own a copy of … Continue reading

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Gray Lensman

I recently finished reading Gray Lensman by E. E. “Doc” Smith – the next book in the Lensman series.  Like Galactic Patrol, this book focuses on Kimball Kinnison (the titular Gray Lensman), but I actually liked this one better than … Continue reading

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Galactic Patrol

Though it’s been a while, I just finished Galactic Patrol by E. E. “Doc” Smith.  This was another entertaining addition to the series, and definitely had some great moments.  However, I didn’t think it was as good as First Lensman.  … Continue reading

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