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Books of 2016 - Fiction

I'd decided to write up a summary of the books I've read in 2016, so I can revisit them later. I'd already written one about non-fiction, here. The structure is largely the same: the best or the most interesting books are listed, sometimes with short notes or quotes of my reviews from Goodreads. I'll try to keep it short(ish), since there seems to be a lot of them here. I've listed the most most interesting books first, and divvied the rest into categories - but don't take them too seriously. (For example, I'm putting "The Long Earth"...

Books of 2016 - Non-fiction

I always try to keep track of the books I've read. This time around, I've also decided to try to write a short overview of the books I've read in the last year, in the hopes that it will quickly remind me of the highlights when I try to review them the next year. Or in the years after. This isn't an exhaustive list, just the best and most interesting ones. If something is written as a quote, it's taken from my Goodreads review. This list deals with non-fiction only. (Update: my fiction write-up is here.) The book links go...

Reading challenge - 2015 - 2017

A "Reading Challenge" floated about the 'net some two years ago. At first I'd been thrilled by the idea: of course! I always want to broaden my horizons. But upon seeing the weird selection criteria like "a book with at least 500 pages" or "a book written by an author with your initials", I'd realized it doesn't suite me at all: I'm not impressed by the arbitrary criteria, and the most challenging part seemed to be fitting the books I'd have read anyway into them. I'd bring my usual (even if subconscious) selection biases...

Vatta's War, by Elizabeth Moon

I've picked Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon more or less at random. It's the first instalment in the Vatta's War pentalogy. It's what I'd describe as a space adventure - it's set mostly in spaceships and stations. Definitely no hard sci-fi here. And don't think too hard about the "science". (Feel free to read on - no spoilers here.) One minor qualm I had was that the plot took a while to get going, but then it told an engaging story about Kylara 'Ky' Vatta, a young daughter in a merchant family. She didn't want to join...

Data and Goliath, by Bruce Schneier

I’d recommend Bruce Schneier’s book Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World to anyone who uses (or comes in contact with) any electronic devices. :) It explains, in clear and layman’s terms, how data about us is collected online and off, by both governments and corporations, and how it’s used to spy on us, sell us stuff, violate our privacy or give us actually useful services that provide great value. One of the best things about this book is that while the author openly advocates for the need of privacy...