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An IT pro with 20 years of experience and Uni degrees in Math, Physics and CompSci. I love Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Non-Fiction tales of science, math, technology and history.

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Matthew Mather: CyberStorm (AudiobookFormat, Blackstone Audio) 3 stars

Well written and exciting but ultimately disappointing

3 stars

The book never really delivers on the initial promise and the ending is unsatisfying. While the title hints at a cyber-thriller, that never really ends up being important to the story or really developed in a realistic way. There are just too many plot holes for me to really love this book. Cyber attacks and cyber war are happening today routinely and we know what they look like - this is not it. China even today really would not and could not invade Washington DC or the US. And no one can walk 60 miles in one day, that is just crazy. I wanted to like this at the beginning but by the end there was just too much cognitive dissonance from all of the plot holes. I am giving three stars because it was a fun ride at times, but ultimately I cannot recommend this book.

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Joseph Menn: Cult of the Dead Cow (Paperback, 2019) 4 stars

The shocking untold story of the elite secret society of hackers fighting to protect our …

Review of 'Cult of the Dead Cow' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I learned a lot from this book. The history of the cDc engenders a great deal of respect for the early members as they skirt the line with legality while maintaining pretty fierce ethical and moral standards.

My single biggest struggle with the book is the way it is organized. Menn wants to keep the stories of individuals coherent, so he focuses on one or two member stories at a time, saving one big reveal for the last chapter. This makes a lot of sense to me, but it obscures the timeline, making it difficult to keep the events in chronological order, which in turn makes it difficult to connect various events and people to each other.

With that complaint out of the way, I can safely say I loved this book. I’m frustrated with my younger self because I was ankle deep in technology through the 80s and 90s …

Daniel Suarez: Delta-V (2019, Penguin Publishing Group) 5 stars

Loved It!

5 stars

This is the hardest of science fiction with technologies which are already here or just over the horizon. That combined with the carefully crafted characters made this story easy to get into without too much cognitive dissonance from the wild story. And what a story! It really takes you for a ride and has some twists and turns and thrills along the way. Loved this!

Viktor Frankl: Man's Search for Meaning (Paperback, 2006, Beacon Press) 5 stars

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in …

Not an easy read or a particularly enjoyable one, it is nevertheless extremely profound and thought provoking. An important book.

If you had to explain to a person who was in the most unimaginably hopeless situation why they had something to live for what would you tell them? This was the author's task in the concentration camps of WW2. He took this work seriously and afterwards wrote this book as a way to help others in their own search for meaning in their lives.

Andy Weir: Project Hail Mary (Hardcover, 2021, Ballantine Books) 4 stars

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission--and if he fails, humanity …

Loved this book. Like The Martian it has a good amount of hard science mixed into an ambitious story that ranges to the far reaches of outer-space. He turns what is a difficult task of introducing a truly alien species in a believable way and somehow makes it into a buddy cop movie. Really nice rebound from what was a bit disappointing follow up to the Marian in Artemis.

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Mark Miodownik: Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World (2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) 5 stars

There's Way More Science Out There Than You Know

5 stars

It's a book about material science that opens with the narrator getting stabbed! What more could you ask for‽

From the multiple crystal forms of chocolate to the chemical reactions that make cement, Mark combines a love of materials with excellent narrative and takes you through a small sampling of the amazing materials that make our everyday life possible. Stuff matters, indeed.

reviewed The Bezzle by Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow: The Bezzle (2024) 5 stars

New York Times bestseller Cory Doctorow's The Bezzle is a high stakes thriller where the …

Solid sequel

5 stars

I did not enjoy this one as much as the first edition, but I still feel like was a great ride on the forensic accounting rollercoaster. With solid story telling and deep dives into legal and tech ideas, I feel like I learned a lot too. Looking forward to the next Martin Hench story.


reviewed Red Team Blues by Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow: Red Team Blues (Paperback, Tor Books) 5 stars

New York Times bestseller Cory Doctorow's Red Team Blues is a grabby next-Tuesday thriller about …

Loved it

5 stars

Just finished reading the new Cory Doctorow book, "Red Team Blues." It is a gripping story about cryptography and the world of dark finance. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.


Gregg Jarrett, Don Yaeger: Trial of the Century (2023, Threshold Editions) 5 stars

Well Crafted Telling of a Dramatic Event in US History

4 stars

This books does a good job of putting some framing and context around the trial transcript which is really the star of this story. Much of the book, really the best parts, is simply quoting the trial transcript. But like watching a highlight reel, having the context and not wasting time with the unnecessary bits, makes it more enjoyable.

Mark Miodownik: Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World (2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) 5 stars

Great stuff!

5 stars

Witty and entertaining is not how you would think of a book that delves deep into the physics and chemistry behind materials science, but that is precisely what occurs in this book. Not only did this book make me laugh out loud repeatedly, but it did a solid job on informing me of facts on the cutting edge of science and technology. Really enjoyed this one.