Christmas readings

With the end of the holidays, so goes much of my reading free time. However, I did knock a few good books out both during the break and just prior. I’ve provided links to the Amazon pages if you are interested. I’m not getting any money for linking them (I wish!) so don’t worry. Here’s the rundown:

Origins by Dan Brown

I freely admit to being a Dan Brown fan, I’ve been hooked since I read the Da Vinci Code. I haven’t read all his books, but have gotten through most of them. I have to admit, I REALLY enjoyed this one. Being a self-proclaimed tech geek, this had it all. There was new technology, there was philosophy, there was religion interacting with secular society in interesting ways and so on. If you are a Dan Brown fan, I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. If you are looking for a great read, this is for you. You do not have to be familiar with the previous novels to enjoy.

Star Trek Prometheus – Fire With Fire by Christian Humberg and Bernd Perplies

I definitely love my Star Trek books, especially the Enterprise series (more on the why at a later date), and I was glad to see this ship get its own series. The authors did a good job focusing less on the ship and more on developing the characters. I found myself caring about what happened to them, not just when the ship was going to do something cool. If you are looking for a Star Trek series to start, this is a good one.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

I found this one while looking at a reading list on I liked the premise, a man gets lost in an array of parallel universes and is trying to find his “home” universe, and I was not disappointed. The characters were great, the science was not overwhelming and I was always wondering what was happening next. It has 4.5 stars on Amazon and they are well earned. A great pickup for anyone who likes realistic science fiction.

And finally…

Artemis by Andy Weir

I grabbed this book because I was a big fan of his first outing: The Martian (both the book and the movie). I’m about halfway through it and it is pretty good. I think the Martian was better at this point, but I am curious where he is heading with this one. The main character is funny and engaging, but I feel like it is dragging a little. More to come on this one when I finish it.



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