Tiassa by Steven Brust

Well, I am usually one to quickly pick up a new Vlad Taltos novel. Steven Brust‘s sword ans sorcery tales usually packs a lot of entertainment per page, though as I said before: that can’t really be the only explanation why I am so hooked. This one took some time however (and there should even […]

The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver

I picked up The Signal and The Noise from the dreaded ‘bestseller’/management section in my local bookshop for no better reason than that I had heard Nate Silver‘s name after the last couple of US elections. Silver was using Bayesian statistics to predict election outcomes quite successfully, and did a good job of showing how […]

The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks

Jernau Morat Gurgeh is living a life of plenty and leisure in the Culture, Iain M. Bank’s post scarcity galactic civilization controlled by machine intelligences. Gurgeh is also a master of games, the best player of any type of game the Culture has to offer. Yet, he is growing restless, feeling as if something is […]

Redshirts by John Scalzi

Have you ever spent a thought on the numerous no-name characters that bites the dust in television series just to prove to the audience what a dangerous situation our heroes are in? John Scalzi has and he wrote a very entertaining piece of Science Fiction about it called Redshirts. You know, like those unlucky ensigns […]

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

There is a blurb from io9.com on the cover of my copy of James S. A. Corey’s Leviathan Wakes: As close as you’ll get to a Hollywood blockbuster in book form it says. It’s a weird thing to write. Is it praise? I assume it’s praise… Anyway, I didn’t buy the book for that blurb. […]

Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

I guess anyone who has set foot in a bookshop sometime the last three years has seen Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. It is everywhere, and I have to admit that I was biased after seeing it shelved among the management literature in airports. I have a suspicion those sections were constructed to […]

Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks

Consider Phlebas is Iain M. Banks‘ first Culture novel, its title apparently from a poem by T.S. Eliot. I am not well enough versed in poetry to analyze the significance of the poem, but I looked up The Wasted Land IV – Death by Water online. Phlebas is dead, and we are asked to consider […]

The Road Headed West by Leon McCarron

The first time I got in my head that it might be a great idea to cross North America by bicycle was some four years ago at the UBC bike co-op. I was taking a course in bicycle building and spending some time in the workshop catching up on my build. Serving a sturdy bike […]