19hertz

ramblings of an electronic engineer.

Books Read in 2017

Each year I tend to do quite a bit of reading during my 1 hour commute to and from work. While not really having a goal of how many books I’d like to read in a year I tend to average one every two weeks. This year however I’ve decided I’ll keep track of the books I’ve read which is recorded here.

The Martian – Andy Weir
This book was a re-read for me however the first time I’d read it since seeing the movie of the same name.  The book focuses around Mark Watney and astronaut whom is stranded on mars and his fight for survival. I’ve previously written a review of the books available here.

Old Man’s War – John Scalzi
In a futuristic world the Colonial Defence Force (CDF) defends humans colonies on planets scattered throughout the universe from hostile aliens that would take the territory for themselves. The book follows John Perry whom at the age of 75 joins that army along with many elderly recruits to serve a term of 2-10 years as CDF soldiers with the assumption the CDF will reverse their old age and give them new bodies. This book covers a range of topics from the ethics of life extension to genetic human enhancement. Overall it was an interesting read and I intend to read the sequel “The Ghost Brigades”.

The Bourne Identity – Robert Ludlum
This book didn’t really grab my interest as much as I thought it would. I love the Bourne series of movies and while the plot from the book is indeed more interesting and complicated it also has a few big issues. The most major problem for me was with how Marie was handled as a character. Unlike the movie where Marie chooses to help Bourne, their relationship starts in the book with Bourne using her against her will to help him escape from people trying to kill him. To go from this to a few chapters later with Marie convinced Bourne is a good man because he happened to come back for her just before she was to be executed was a little unconvincing. I think I’ll stick with the movies for this one and leave reading the subsequent books.

God’s Undertaker – John Lennox

The Ghost Brigades – John Scalzi

The Idea Factory – Jon Gertner

Field Guide for Small Group Leaders – Sam O’Neal

The Last Colony – John Scalzi

Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

The Hardware Hacker – Andrew ‘bunnie’ Huang

The Human Division – John Scalzi

The End of all Things – John Scalzi

Zoe’s Tale – John Scalzi

Giving Generously – Rod Irvine