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Reading List

Below is a list of books I've recently read along with my personal reviews and/or ratings. This page serves as a backup to my Goodreads account as they have a habit of doing fishy things with peoples lists. You can find my list of books I want to read here.

2017

  • The Survivors: A Novelette - Nick Farmer
    My Rating: 4/5

  • Change Agent - Daniel Suarez
    My Rating: 4/5

  • Advanced Civilizations of Prehistoric America: The Lost Kingdoms of the Adena, Hopewell, Mississippians, and Anasazi - Frank Joseph
    My Rating: 5/5

  • Chronicles From The Future: The amazing story of Paul Amadeus Dienach - Paul Amadeus Dienach
    My Rating: 3/5

  • The Suppressed History of America: the Murder of Meriwether Lewis and the Mysterious Discoveries of the Lewis and Clark Expedition - Paul Schrag
    My Rating: 4/5

  • Returning to Zero (Mick O'Malley Series Book 2) - Alan B. Johnston
    My Rating: 4/5
    My Review: As soon as I saw that the chapters started at zero instead of one, I knew I was going to enjoy this book. Actually, as soon as I found there was a sequel to Counting From Zero I knew I was going to like this book.

    The story picks up a few months after the first book left off although the author does really well in filling in the needed back story so even if you haven't read Counting From Zero you wont be lost. As with the first book the topics center around security and privacy online but you don't need to be immersed in information security to enjoy this book.

    In summary:
    A great, fun read that will cause you to get PGP set up on your email account.

  • Babylon's Ashes (The Expanse, #6) - James S.A. Corey
    My Rating: 5/5
    My Review: Picking up right where the previous book left off this was pure Expanse goodness. I have always loved how each chapter was written from a different characters point of view and there are many different point of views in this volume. The story arc that began in the previous book is wrapped up nicely at the end of this volume but still leaves big questions unanswered, which makes me wish the next book was already published :)

  • Freemasons For Dummies - Christopher Hodapp
    My Rating: 5/5

  • The Book on Rental Property Investing: How to Create Wealth and Passive Income Through Intelligent Buy & Hold Real Estate Investing! - Brandon R Turner
    My Rating: 4/5

  • Normal - Warren Ellis
    My Rating: 3/5

2016

12 books read:

  • The Boy with Involuntary Social Network Disorder (A No Agenda Novel) - Scott McKenzie
    My Rating: 4/5
    My Review: A love story wrapped around some interesting revelations on social networks that kind of makes me want to delete my Goodreads account, but then how could I leave a review for the book? ;)

    The story itself flows very well and entices you to read the entire book in one sitting which is always a good sign.

    *Fingers crossed for a sequel*

  • Family Tax Essentials: Know More. Keep More. How to Build a Wealth Purpose with a Tax Strategy - Evelyn Jacks
    My Rating: 3/5

  • Drive (Expanse, #0.1) - James S.A. Corey

  • The Vital Abyss (Expanse, #5.5) - James S.A. Corey
    My Rating: 5/5

  • The Butcher of Anderson Station (Expanse, #0.5) - James S.A. Corey
    My Rating: 4/5

  • The Churn (Expanse, #0.2) - James S.A. Corey
    My Rating: 4/5

  • Gods of Risk (Expanse, #2.5) - James S.A. Corey
    My Rating: 4/5

  • Nemesis Games (Expanse, #5) - James S.A. Corey
    My Rating: 5/5

  • Cibola Burn (Expanse, #4) - James S.A. Corey
    My Rating: 3/5

  • Abaddon's Gate (Expanse, #3) - James S.A. Corey
    My Rating: 5/5

  • Caliban's War (Expanse, #2) - James S.A. Corey
    My Rating: 5/5

  • Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1) - James S.A. Corey
    My Rating: 5/5

2015

9 books read:

  • Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future - Ashlee Vance
    My Rating: 5/5

  • The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1) - Terry Pratchett
    My Rating: 4/5

  • Work Less, Live More: The Way to Semi-Retirement - Robert Clyatt
    My Rating: 3/5

  • When Corporations Rule the World - David C. Korten
    My Rating: 4/5

  • The Ancient Giants Who Ruled America: The Missing Skeletons and the Great Smithsonian Cover-Up - Richard J. Dewhurst
    My Rating: 5/5
    My Review: A great book to have as a reference when researching the mound builder civilization.

  • Far Horizons (SGX, #1) - Sally Malcolm
    My Rating: 4/5

  • MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom - Anthony Robbins
    My Rating: 3/5
    My Review: Great investing tips but the entire second half of the book was not needed.

  • The Ninety-Year-Old Assassin (A No Agenda Short Story) - Scott McKenzie
    My Rating: 4/5
    My Review: A fun short story.

  • Lost Star of Myth and Time - Walter Cruttenden
    My Rating: 5/5
    My Review: Absolutely Loved It!

2014

15 books read:

  • The Orion Mystery: Unlocking the Secrets of the Pyramids - Robert Bauval
    My Rating: 4/5
    My Review: Even though the book was originally published over 20 years ago and therefore the main topics are now common knowledge, I still found quite a few tidbits I had not ever come across before. The author argues his opinions very well and backs up his claims with solid references. Very well written.

  • Drawing Dead: A Tale of Poker and Vampires - Scott McKenzie
    My Rating: 3/5

  • Preacher, Volume 9: Alamo - Garth Ennis
    My Rating: 5/5

  • Preacher, Volume 8: All Hell's a-Coming - Garth Ennis
    My Rating: 4/5

  • Preacher, Volume 7: Salvation - Garth Ennis
    My Rating: 4/5

  • Preacher, Volume 6: War in the Sun - Garth Ennis
    My Rating: 4/5

  • Preacher, Volume 5: Dixie Fried - Garth Ennis
    My Rating: 4/5

  • Preacher, Volume 4: Ancient History - Garth Ennis
    My Rating: 3/5

  • Preacher, Volume 3: Proud Americans - Garth Ennis
    My Rating: 2/5

  • You Can Be a Stock Market Genius: Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits - Joel Greenblatt
    My Rating: 4/5

  • Preacher, Volume 2: Until the End of the World - Garth Ennis
    My Rating: 4/5

  • Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas - Garth Ennis
    My Rating: 4/5

  • Rogue Code (Jeff Aiken #3) - Mark Russinovich
    My Rating: 5/5

  • Death by Autopen (A No Agenda Short Story) - Scott McKenzie
    My Rating: 4/5
    My Review: A very entertaining piece of short "fiction". Well worth the price.

  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth - Chris Hadfield
    My Rating: 4/5
    My Review: Inspirational

2013

11 books read:

  • One Day in Gitmo Nation: A No Agenda Novel - Scott McKenzie
    My Rating: 4/5

  • Remote: Office Not Required - David Heinemeier Hansson
    My Rating: 4/5

  • Rework - Jason Fried
    My Rating: 5/5
    My Review: A fantastic read. I plan to re-read this book yearly to make sure I stay on track.

  • Influx - Daniel Suarez
    My Rating: 5/5
    My Review: Fantastic! Just.....fantastic!!

  • Confessions of an Economic Hit Man - John Perkins
    My Rating: 5/5

  • Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals: Find Out How the Rich Get So Rich (the Secrets to Financial Success Revealed) - Thomas C. Corley
    My Rating: 2/5
    My Review: It's a quick read but decent. I would have preferred more information about his actual survey and statistics instead of the (fictional?) stories.

  • The Second Ship (The Rho Agenda, #1) - Richard Phillips
    My Rating: 4/5

  • Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job - Jon Acuff
    My Rating: 3/5

  • 1632 (Assiti Shards, #1) - Eric Flint
    My Rating: 1/5
    My Review: The author requires the reader to continually suspend belief while he tells his story. The fact the story is built around the premise of a modern day town being transported back in time 200 years is not what bothered me (I love a good science fiction plot). What pulled me out of the story time and time again were the ways the author explained away his plot issues. For example, at one point the author wanted the town people to have a machine gun. Well it just so happened that a character had stolen and buried a working machine gun (with boxes of ammo!) in the town years ago. The other half of the book is spent describing the vulgar raping of women and the torturous slaughter of children. A very amateurish way to try and get your readers to despise your Antagonist (akin to a stand-up comedian making fart jokes).

  • WebRTC APIs: and RTCWEB Protocols of the HTML5 Real-Time Web - Alan B. Johnston
    My Rating: 4/5
    My Review: Before reading this book I had only a rough idea of what the APIs of WebRTC could mean for the web. The authors go into as much depth as is possible at this time (As WebRTC is in ongoing development) as to how easily one could incorporate WebRTC into everyday web development. It really is amazing what is possible with only a few lines of JavaScript.

  • Pirate Cinema - Cory Doctorow
    My Rating: 4/5
    My Review: The youth of today will be inheriting the important job keeping the internet free and open. Books such as this help convey the enormity of the issue while still including all the parts (young love, rebellion, etc.) that make a great young adult story.

pre 2013

  • Counting from Zero - Alan B. Johnston
    My Rating: 5/5
    My Review: Phenomenal! This is by far one of my favorite books, I could not put it down. The author knows his Computer Science and has written very likable and easy to identify with characters. (Plus the chapters are numbered in hexadecimal!)

  • Operation Desolation: The Case of the Anonymous Bank Defacement - Mark Russinovich
    My Rating: 4/5
    My Review: Quick read, but very fun.

  • Trojan Horse (Jeff Aiken #2) - Mark Russinovich
    My Rating: 5/5
    My Review: Another great book by Mark. I am thoroughly enjoying the universe he is developing with these characters. As long as he keeps writing them, I'll keep reading them.

  • Kill Decision - Daniel Suarez
    My Rating: 5/5
    My Review: "In the vast game of Darwinian musical chairs, whenever the music stopped there were large numbers of people without a seat - and some smartass had sold them guns."

    Within the first few paragraphs I was filled with a sense of calm and satisfaction. Daniel Suarez is one of my favourite authors and Kill Decision did not disappoint. Unlike other authors he writes about software and technology as if the reader has written code in the past and knows their way around a command line. I would strongly suggest this book to anyone interested in a technological thriller.

  • Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography - John Dominic Crossan
    My Rating: 5/5

  • 48 Days to the Work You Love - Dan Miller
    My Rating: 5/5

  • Curl to Win - Russ Howard
    My Rating: 4/5

  • The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory - Brian Greene
    My Rating: 5/5

  • Beyond Earth: Man's Contact with UFO's - Ralph H. Blum
    My Rating: 2/5

  • Atlantis: The Eighth Continent - Charles Frambach Berlitz
    My Rating: 2/5

  • EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches - Dave Ramsey
    My Rating: 3/5

  • My Boring-Ass Life: The Uncomfortably Candid Diary of Kevin Smith - Kevin Smith
    My Rating: 3/5

  • The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future - Chris Guillebeau
    My Rating: 4/5
    My Review: What really makes this book shine are the numerous case studies. I love hearing stories of how average people can take a simple idea, mix in some passion, and create a new career for themselves.

  • Second Cousins - Douglas Roberts
    My Rating: 4/5
    My Review: Like most great works of science fiction the novel Second Cousins uses fantasy to dive into the inner working of human culture. Douglas Roberts asks the question, how would our world react to a discovery of a powerful alien artifact? How would we as individuals react?

    A very hard book to put down. Definitely recommend.

  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
    My Rating: 4/5

  • The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
    My Rating: 2/5

  • The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3) - J.R.R. Tolkien
    My Rating: 4/5

  • The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2) - J.R.R. Tolkien
    My Rating: 4/5

  • The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1) - J.R.R. Tolkien
    My Rating: 3/5

  • Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who are Bringing Down the Internet - Joseph Menn
    My Rating: 4/5

  • Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #5) - Douglas Adams
    My Rating: 4/5

  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #4) - Douglas Adams
    My Rating: 4/5

  • Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3) - Douglas Adams
    My Rating: 4/5

  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #2) - Douglas Adams
    My Rating: 4/5

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1) - Douglas Adams
    My Rating: 5/5

  • The Millionaire Next Door - Thomas J. Stanley
    My Rating: 5/5

  • Zero Day (Jeff Aiken #1) - Mark Russinovich
    My Rating: 4/5

  • Homecoming (Stargate Atlantis, #16) - Jo Graham
    My Rating: 3/5

  • The Man in the High Castle - Philip K. Dick
    My Rating: 4/5

  • Pride, Prejudice, and Curling Rocks - Andrea Brokaw
    My Rating: 3/5

  • The Native Star (Veneficas Americana, #1) - M.K. Hobson
    My Rating: 2/5

  • Gutenberg the Geek - Jeff Jarvis
    My Rating: 4/5

  • The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness - Dave Ramsey
    My Rating: 5/5

  • Gazelles, Baby Steps and 37 Other Things Dave Ramsey Taught Me about Debt - Jon Acuff
    My Rating: 2/5

  • Smart Couples Finish Rich, Canadian Edition: 9 Steps to Creating a Rich Future for You and Your Partner (Canadian Edition) - David Bach
    My Rating: 4/5

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie
    My Rating: 3/5

  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives - Steven Levy
    My Rating: 4/5
    My Review: A very informative read for anyone who wants an inside look at how Google came up with some of their most innovative products.

    The only negative was that I found at times the book read more like a collection of articles then a novel. This made it very easy to put the book down and in turn it took me close to a year to finish.

  • The 4-Hour Workweek - Timothy Ferriss
    My Rating: 5/5

  • The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
    My Rating: 2/5

  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad - Robert T. Kiyosaki
    My Rating: 3/5

  • Daemon (Daemon, #1) - Daniel Suarez
    My Rating: 5/5

  • Freedom™ (Daemon, #2) - Daniel Suarez
    My Rating: 5/5

  • No More Mondays: Fire Yourself -- and Other Revolutionary Ways to Discover Your True Calling at Work - Dan Miller
    My Rating: 4/5

  • Victorious (The Lost Fleet, #6) - Jack Campbell
    My Rating: 4/5
    My Review: As they say in the Alliance fleet, "The witch is singing."

    With this tale Jack Campbell concludes his Lost Fleet series. At the end of the story we are left with closure on some main key story arcs as well as new questions and, as all great stories do, the hope there may be another book in this series ( or a whole new series that takes place after the events in this book).

    But seriously, if you are reading these reviews you have already read the first five books in the series. You know this author will not disappoint.

  • Relentless (The Lost Fleet, #5) - Jack Campbell
    My Rating: 5/5

  • Valiant (The Lost Fleet, #4) - Jack Campbell
    My Rating: 5/5

  • Courageous (The Lost Fleet, #3) - Jack Campbell
    My Rating: 5/5

  • Fearless (The Lost Fleet, #2) - Jack Campbell
    My Rating: 4/5

  • Dauntless (The Lost Fleet, #1) - Jack Campbell
    My Rating: 4/5