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Apex: Nexus Arc Book 3
Ramez Naam
After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age
Stephen Batchelor
Byzantium: The Decline and Fall
John Julius Norwich
User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product
Jeff Patton, Peter Economy
Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale
Joanne Molesky, Jez Humble, Barry O'Reilly
Byzantium (I): The Early Centuries - John Julius Norwich, Elizabeth Sifton

Epic read but it deserves more pictures and better detailed maps though.

Waiting for Volume 2: The Apogee to make its way to my local library.

 

Interests sparked for possible next reads in my history shelf:

The Goths, the Persian empire, early christianity (which is something I have been meaning to approach for a long time,  and possibly a (short) history of the popes?

Absolution Gap - Alastair Reynolds Redemption Ark - Alastair Reynolds Revelation Space - Alastair Reynolds

Finally finished "Absolution Gap", final of this dystopian space opera. It took me a while to pick up the third as the second was a bit of a disappointment, I was hooked with "Revelation space" in which the potential for an epic story was laid out, disappointed with "Redemption Ark" where more characters that I could handle (or care for) were introduced, so it took me a while to pick up this third volume. For a period I was considering leaving it at that. Yet I found myself going back to my to-read list and ending up reading (mostly negative) reviews for  of "Absolution Gap" so I went for it. 

It wasn't as bad as I was expecting. In fact it wasn't bad at all. The end was disappointing, in fact it may even be infuriating given the length of this saga and the time it took to build this plot. 

But this is still a good book, it was a great ride.

Commitment

Commitment - Olav Maassen, Chris Matts, Chris Geary I wish all business books were graphic novels

The Sleeper and the Spindle

The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell Twisted retelling of classic fairytale by a master storyteller. Excellent.

Excession

Excession  - Iain M. Banks First read in June 2013
Re-read in January 2015 - moved increased rating to 4.5 stars

Leviathan Wakes

Leviathan Wakes  - James S.A. Corey Not a mind-expanding, epic space opera. But a reasonably well written, fun little adventure spanning the solar system. I enjoyed it. I may read the sequel one day if I fancy a light read.

Crux

Crux - Ramez Naam Not as good as the first. He managed to stop me caring about characters I was loving in the first book.

Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters

Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters - Richard Rumelt A business book that was actually enjoyable. Lots of story telling. that must be why

A Funny Kind of Education

A Funny Kind of Education - Ross Mountney A personal account of a family's experience of home education.
I recommend it to all parents of school age children.

Reading enjoyment: 3/5
Influence on my thinking: 4/5

The Art of Thinking Clearly

The Art of Thinking Clearly - Rolf Dobelli Rolf Dobelli shares his annotated list of the cognitive biases he has recognised and kept note of over the years.

If you are looking for a more rigorous research backed, the author is very open in pointing towards Daniel Kahneman and Nassim Taleb who he quotes throughout the book.

A very enjoyable read I will go back to.

Enjoyment: 4/5
Influence: 3/5

The Quantum Thief

The Quantum Thief - Hannu Rajaniemi Very good stuff. You will not understand half of what is happening in the first half and you will think you know more than you actually do towards the end. Still it is a fun ride.
I will go through the wikipedia and fan articles and then read it again before I start "The fractal prince"

Use of Weapons

Use of Weapons - Iain M. Banks I could not bring myself to care for the protagonist, was bored by the flashbacks and didn't quite get it.
But it's a Culture novel and I loved it anyway.

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson Farcical, silly, mindless fun.
You do need that sometimes.

Enjoyment: 4/5
Influence on my thinking: 0/5

Pure

Pure - Andrew Miller Nice, enjoyable. Read it.

The Tiger's Wife

The Tiger's Wife - Téa Obreht It leaves you with the feeling that I have missed a few things, some information that would have got me to a "a-ha" moment near the end, when the various loose ends were supposed to be tied. That I should read it again to get it, but I just cannot be bothered. It wasn't an engaging or enjoyable read.

Geisha of Gion: The True Story of Japan's Foremost Geisha

Geisha of Gion: The True Story of Japan's Foremost Geisha - Mineko Iwasaki, Rande Brown crazy