Bolo's Reading List
Here are some books I've read recently.
I've added some summaries to some of the entries.
I hope to add more while my recollection is still
good, or once I can condense the book into all of
a short paragraph.
I don't write much of detail sometimes.
I do it to protect the innocent reader of my web page, so they
don't loose the sense of discovery about reading the text
A leading rr means the book is a Re-Read.
Sitting in the Queue
These books -- and many more, some of them sitting in the queue
for years, are waiting to be read.
The books here are just the newest additions.
- African Queen, C. S. Forester.
- Perdido Street Station, China Mieville.
- Sherlock Holmes Mysteries, Volume II
- rr The Art of War, Sun Tzu.
- rr The Prince, Machiavelli
- Turbina, Karel Čapek.
- Anglie Lists, Karel Čapek.
- Stopařův Pr&uoring;vodceGalaxií
(Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy) Douglas Adams.
- Harry Potter The Half-Blood Prince
- Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
- The Ossuary and other Tales, Jav Svankmajer.
- Master & Commander, Patrick O'Brian
- Glow Engines Volume 1, David Gierke.
- Musíme si Pomáhat (Divided we fall)
- RC Helicopter ???
- Rotary Wing Flight
- Horem Padem (Up and Down)
- RC Engines ???
- RC Helicopter ??
- Master Commander Series, Patrick O'Brian.
- Lásky jedné Plavovlásky
(Loves of a Blonde) -- Miloš Forman.
- The Good Soldier Švejk, Jaroslav Hašek.
- Tmavomodrý Svět
(Dark Blue World) -- Zdenek Svěrák.
- The Great Mouse Detective.
- The Princess & the Cobbler
- Autumn Spring, Czech DVD.
- Closely Watched Trains, Czech DVD, Jiří Menzel.
- Kolya, Czech Language DVD, Jan & Zdenek Sverak.
- Motorcycle Performance Handbook, Kevin Cameron.
- Squeak, (The Yellow book), Various authors.
- Sherlock Holmes Mysteries, Volume I, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Broken Cresent, S. Andrew Swan.
I've enjoyed previous works by this author. The
latest (it has actually been on my shelf for too long)
presents yet another solid background, enjoyable story
line, technology (or lack of it) and plot. Lets just say
that magic might meet computers and leave it at that.
- Hammerjack, Marc Giller.
A cyberpunk novel with a twist on things.
- Kildar, John Ringo.
Ghost settles down in a big way ....
- Lord Hornblower, C. S. Forester.
- Commodore Hornblower, C. S. Forester.
- Princess, Joe Richards.
A story about a man and a boat. It isn't a history,
it isn't a technical book, it isn't an autobiography.
It isn't philosophy.
It is a story. You can learn things reading it.
Joe's other book is Tug of War I read it in 2006
while I loaned this (his first) book about sailing to a sailor
who didn't read it.
Checking to see if he wrote any other books, I found
that Joe, age 83, died in January of 1992.
- Flying Colours, C. S. Forester
Hornblower's actions and imagination are his True Colours.
- Ship of the Line, C. S. Forester
Hornblower and his first ship of the line.
- Beat to Quarters, C. S. Forester
A crazy task is given to a sailor.
- At All Costs, David Weber.
The last Honor Harrington novel. It has some
good scenes in it, but is also a bit mushy for my
tastes from time to time. Full of treachery.
I set this aside to read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
The Treachery was so strong I am not enjoying reading it as
much as the other Honnor Harrington books.
- Hornblower and the 'Atropos', C. S. Forester.
Forester's Horatio Hornblower Novels are all too
short; I seem to eat them up. The thing is about
reading them, they are full of life and situations.
Having a large background of David Weber's Honor
Harrington, you can see and understand a lot more of the
background in the HH novels by reading about the
real-life background of the British Navy in the
Horatio Hornblower books.
- Hornblower during the Crisis, C. S. Forester.
A segue between Captain/Commander of the Hotspur,
and Hornblower making Captain. This is an unfinished
story; Forester died while writing it.
There are also two shorts, one of H.H. as a young LT,
and another of him as Admiral of the Fleet.
- Harry Potter #7 The Deathly Hallows, J. R. Rowling
The last book in the Harry Potter series continue to
be a extremely well written piece of literature.
My brother Charles was right .... I couldn't put it
down until finishing it.
- Hornblower and the Hotspur, C. S. Forester.
- Lieutnant Hornblower, C. S. Forester.
- Midshipman Hornblower, C. S. Forester.
This book was sitting in my night-stand for about a year before
I started to read it. I'd been waiting a long time, but never
started. Forrester's work is vivid and picturesque, the best
kind of writing. It presents moral and physical situations and
solutions to the same. A fine book and an excellent character.
- Watch on the Rhine, John Ringo.
Book 5? in the Posleen Invasion, positing
rejuvenation and activation of the remnants of
the S.S. in Germany.
- Cally's War, John Ringo.
- Market Forces, Richard Morgan.
- The Hero, John Ringo.
- Ghost, John Ringo.
- Newton's Wake, Ken Macleod.
- Into the Looking Glass, John Ringo
- Wolf Star, Saga of the Merrimack, Meluch.
- Pushing Ice, Alistair Reynolds.
- rr Smooth Riding the Pridmore Way, Reg Pridmore.
- The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read, Daniel Solin.
- Century Rain, Alistair Reynolds.
A future/past history book in a different universe
than the Revelation Space books.
- The 13% Benefit, ???.
- Cash Flow Quadrant (Rich Dad Poor Dad), Kiyosaki, etc.
- XXXX Apartment Real Estate book, ???.
- The Accounting Game
An introduction to double-entry accounting using a lemonade
stand as a business engine.
This discusses balance sheets, income statements, and case
It introduces many concepts such as COGS, expenses, equity,
profit, depreciation, capitalization, inventory, ...
In other words an introduction to the
necessities of running a business and how to account for
The book is really a work-book, having you fill in balance,
income, and case statements throughout.
- Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Kiyosaki & Lechter.
An introduction to the difference between having money,
and being wealthy.
This book explained things to me I never knew about before,
even with a reasonable introduction to economics.
What I don't know or understand financially is impressive.
- The Septic System Owner's Manual, Shelter Publications
This is a good introduction to how septic systems work,
and the variety of septic systems installed. There is
also a history of septic devices and systems.
- On Tugboats, Virginia L. Thorndyke
A viewpoint of the art of tugboating from an outsiders
perspective. It is a nice introduction to tug-boating.
The viewpoint is biased toward the individual mariner.
Full of stories. Gives you an idea of the flavor of
tugboating, and an overview of the technology,
techniques, and social issues.
- A Reverence for Wood, Eric Sloan
- Country Furniture, Aldren Watson
- The Bull of the Woods, Volumes 1-3, J. R. Williams
Reprints of classic one-page "comic strips" from the
late 30s and early 40s.
The background is a machine-shop.
Williams is known for several strips he did through
It is amazing how much of a story can be told in a single
- Sword and Brush, Dave Lowry
An introduction to the spirit and principles of Japanese
This is a though provoking book on what some
of these principles really mean, and how they were used
in everyday life.
- rr Glidepath, Arthur C. Clarke
Re-read. A fiction background to the beginning
of PAR -- Precision Approach Radar.
Good science, good story, good writing.
Amazing what the old classics can do.
- Turbocharging, Hugh MacInnes
I wanted to learn more about turbocharging in detail,
after using it for many years in airplanes.
This book tells you what you need to know about turbocharging.
It covers the field from A-Z, tells you about both the Science
and the Art of Turbocharging. Yes, turbocharging is part art.
It covers a gamut of installations, equipment, controls,
"everything" you want to know to start out,
And then to refine your knowledge later.
Returning from Prague
I decided that I needed to learn more about the Czech
The Rough Guide books seemed a good starting point to
enjoy yan overview of buth the history, and the culture of the country
before trying to learn more.
- The Rough Guide to the Czech & Slovak Republics, Rough Guides.
- The Rough Guide to Prague, Rough Guides.
Recent readings that aren't ancient....
In 2006 I decided to try some new science fiction authors.
I am rather set in my ways some time, and was just continuing
to get new books from existing authors.
These folks came up in some talks about SF Technology
which I attended during Confusion in one of those years.
So far, I have read books by 3 out of 4 new authors I wanted
to try. China Mieville is the next author on that list I
Hmmm, Alistair Reynolds. Man of man is this
guy twisted. In a good way, that of a twisty skein of
yarn, not in the more recent meaning of twisted.
How to start ... perhaps classic Space Opera
would be one starting point.
Epic Setting would be another.
So Many points of view as to make your head spin,
as well as confundingly seamless transitions between them
which does make the remainder spin.
Cool Technology pervassive on wide scale.
A long and detailed history.
Powerful Characterizations of not just a few but
What can I say, but go out and get a copy of Revelation Space
and start reading!
- Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days, Alistair Reynolds
- Absolution Gap, Alistair Reynolds
- Chasm City, Alistair Reynolds
- Redemption Ark, Alistair Reynolds
- Revelation Space, Alistair Reynolds
Ken MacCleod as the next author I tried, most likely
because Cosmonaut Keep was a slimmer volume than
Ken's writing is sorta twisty, and jumps back and forth
between times and points of view.
The universe he presents is different, but yet sorta based
on current trends.
The big thing I observe from his books is a combination of
different social-economic systems and the politics and
interaction between them.
- Engine City, Ken MacCleod.
- Dark Light, Ken MacCleod.
- Cosmonaut Keep, Ken MacCleod.
John Scalzi's writings are probably the closest to
my traditional science fiction readings., and what
I am used to.
In retrospect it is no big surprise that
I started with his books.
The other reason, of course, is that I met him at
Confusion one year, and thogght he was a
good fellow and interesting panelist.
- Ghost Brigades, John Scalzi
- Old Man's War, John Scalzi
A lot of books about motorcycling here.
A lot of this reading was done to/in/from the Czech
Republic. The books burdnened my backpack quite a bit
but it was a burden worth carrying.
- Smooth Riding the Pridmore Way, Reg Pridmore.
- Total Control, Reg Parks
- More Proficient Motorcyling, David Hough.
- Proficient Motorcyling, David Hough.
- The Soft Science of Road Racing, Keith Code
- A Twist of the Wrist, Volume 2, Keith Code
- A Twist of the Wrist, Keith Code
- Tug of War, Joe Richards.
A tale of Joe's experiences on Sea-going Tugboats during
World War II. Look at the entry for Princess for
The Japanese Samurai and their Philosophy, Culture, and
Weapons have been a bit of an enigma.
Not only an enigma, but a source of inspiration as well
as something well worth studying.
The Samurai, their sense of honor, as well as the sense of
completeness to them, seem quite different from some of
the shallowness that people today seem to have.
Not all the writings are Japanese though ... the Chinese
also have some good writings of similar flavor ... as
do the Italians.
These are all mixed up in the same yet different philosophy
that seem, to me, to be discussing differrent aspects
of the same issue.
One aspect that differs from modern culture is the way that the
different religions (for lack of a better term) affected people
in that period than they do today.
These are few books that I read during this time period to
study the philosophy, history, and culture.
- Hagakure: The Way of the Samurai
Not only did I read books, but also I collected and watched
a good corpus of Japanese samurai films of that time period.
Truely classic film-making there -- the films are only subtitled,
but the cinema is so striking and timeless that the culture difference
XXX dig up these films
- Samurai III: Duel at Ganyru Island
- Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple
- Samurai I: Mushashi Miyamota
- Samurai Spy
- Sword of the Beast
- Samurai Rebellion
- The Hidden Fortress
- The Seven Samurai
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