The Edge of life is the best of the three here but the other two weren't that bad either. They are currently free on Amazon and are pretty short. Good for a lunch break fix. I enjoyed his style, I think I'll give one of his longer works a try and see how it goes.
I've become a fan of John F.D. Taff and look forward to reading more from him. i was intrigued by this story but once I got into it I realized I had seen the movie based on the events, An American Haunting with Donald Southerland. That didn't matter though. This book is well told and really nothing like the movie. The way Taff "brings the Witch to life" is what makes the book work. It's basically a fictionalized story based on the actual events of the Bell Witch. It's a pretty quick read and well worth it.
Sliver by Ira Levin
Book about some strange goings and happenings in a sliver apartment building in NY. It's a Levin book so secrets are revealed and it's suspenseful enough.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
This book does have similar themes than other of Gaiman's novels (think: danger and fantasy mixed with reality from a child's perspective), but the character development and overall story made it unique. I enjoyed it.
The Other Brain: From Dementia to Schizophrenia, How New Discoveries about the Brain Are Revolutionizing Medicine and Science by R. Douglas Fields
I LOVED this book. The book focuses on the Glia Brain Cells which historically have been ignored in favor of Neurons, which only make up 15 percent of the brain. Fields chronicles the history of how Glia have been studied and how recent research have indicated that having a better understanding can help in addressing mental illness, brain degenerative disorders, mood, among other brain functions.
Embassytown by China Miéville
This is a rather strange book that deals with a place called Embassytown where different species meet, including humans and an alien race named Ariekei. The book largely deals with the differences in languages and how the species with languages so differently with each other manage to speak. The book also deals with the power and the strength of language to over power people's minds and lead to violence. Just as nerdy a book as it sounds, but I liked it. ;)
Dark Summit provides a look at the tragic events of the 2006 Everest season, the second most deadliest since humans started trying to climb it. The book focuses on the death of one climber who was passed, while he was dying, by 40 other climbers on their way to the summit, and the rescue of another who was helped by a team that aborted their own summit attempt to assist him. It does a good job at providing a neutral, factual accounting of the actions of those on the mountain, and leaves it up to the reader to answer the moral questions regarding helping stranded climbers above 8000m, colloquially known as "The Death Zone."
Not my favorite Everest book, and certainly not one I'd recommend to readers who aren't familiar with the events of Everest's deadliest season in 1996. To them, I'd recommend reading Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, a more powerful account of events on Everest as Krakauer was on the mountain, himself caught in the storm that claimed several climbers' lives that year. It provides a necessary context regarding the over-commercialization of guided expeditions taking on unprepared clients. For anyone familiar with the immense dangers of high altitude mountaineering and an interest in the events of the 2006 season, it's certainly worth a read.
Great read. It can be confusing at times, as the author jumps from place to place, and even firefight to firefight. However, the first person accounts from both soldiers and dutch civilians and resistance are riveting.
The Boys From Brazil-Ira Levin
Creepy novel about Nazi refugees trying to restart the Nazi regime. Interesting.
Flowers for Algernon- Daniel Keyes
Sci-fi story about a young mentally retarded man who gets an operation to make him smart. I enjoyed this, but it was rather depressing.
The Rest is Noise- Alex Ross
I LOVED this book! :D This book details the history of various composers (mostly classical, but with some Jazz) and how they influenced each other and both shaped & were shaped by their society.
Reason #3423428927 I love reading to my kids, getting to pick up Shel Silverstein again
Reading "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand. Great book so far. Have to see what else she ahs written.
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm
Pretty creepy science fiction story about the beginnings of human cloning and how a group of young people who've survived a holocaust and trying to maintain such process of cloning to keep society alive.
The Birth of Satan: Tracing the Devil's Biblical Rootsby T.J. Wray, Gregory Mobley
This deals with the history of how the devil has been represented in scripture and how his image has evolved and has influenced and been influenced by surrounding culture. Interesting discussion of the devil. evil:
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
A YA novel about two teens who seem very different at first, but become friends. More of a book dealing with character than plot, but the characters keep it interesting.
Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality by Manjit Kumar
This book details the history of Quantum Theory starting with Planck and then looking at contributions from Einstein, Born, Bohr, among others. Works really well as a history book about how the Quantum Theory has progressed and how it influenced science.
Survivor (Patternmaster) by Octavia E. Butler
This a book set in Butler's Patternmaster universe (I haven't read the others, but will). It deals with a group of missionaries who moved into an alien planet that's having wars and problems of it's own. Butler apparently disliked this novel so much that it's out if print, but I thought that it was a decent enough sci fi novel.
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard P. Feynman
A collection of musings from Physicist Feynman in which he talks about different events from his life. He's funny at times, informative, and agree with some other readers of this book, that he does come off as pompous and obnoxious at times.
Read this around 20 years ago. Great book. It's one of the few paper books I've held onto.
Originally Posted by orpheus