45 great sci-fi novels reviewed (plus a list of 41 all-time classics)
As a teenager, I devoured sci-fi novels, and my addiction resumed for extended periods later in life. I was attracted above all by the sheer creativity the writers demonstrated in speculating about life and reality from new perspectives. And I must admit I was a bit of a nut about space travel, too. I’ve always frustrated my progressive friends for supporting the space progr [...]
Recommended Fiction & Nonfiction
Over the past eight years I’ve reviewed nearly 1,000 books worth reading on this blog: mysteries & thrillers, science fiction, current nonfiction, and popular novels. I thought it might be useful to group some of the most informative ones by topic or author. I plan to post one such grouped review each week for the foreseeable future along with my posts of the recent books reviewed on this site.
To get us started, here are 18 excellent standalone mysteries and thrillers (plus 66 others).
In the meantime, here are nine others that already appear on this site. I hope you’ll find them useful.
- My 16 favorite espionage novels
- 82 readable and revealing historical novels
- 53 excellent mystery and thriller series
- My 27 favorite science fiction novels
- 40 great biographies I’ve reviewed
- 18 good nonfiction books about espionage
- Science history and science explained in 37 excellent popular books
- 37 good books about business history
- 59 revealing nonfiction books about politics
Every manager should read this book about the use and misuse of metrics
The Tyranny of Metrics by Jerry Z. Muller (2018) 227 pages @@@@@ (5 out of 5) I was not surprised by historian Jerry Z. Muller's comments about "metric fixation" in his illuminating new book, The Tyranny of Metrics. Some years ago the chairman and CEO of a Fortune 500 company remarked to me that nobody, not even Jack Welch, the then-idolized leader of General Electric, [...]
An interstellar adventure story in the award-winning Vorkosigan Saga
Brothers in Arms (Vorkosigan Saga #8) by Lois McMaster Bujold (2011) 338 pages @@@@ (4 out of 5) Lois McMaster Bujold has won numerous awards for her long-running Vorkosigan Saga. Given the light touch of her writing, the series might well be renamed Miles Vorkosigan's Excellent Adventures in the Galaxy. In the eighth book in the series, Brothers in Arms, the brilliant [...]
Mysteries & Thrillers
Navajo Police investigate a shocking murder
Dance Hall of the Dead (Leaphorn and Chee #2) by Tony Hillerman (2009) 272 pages @@@@ (4 out of 5) In Dance Hall of the Dead, celebrated Southwestern author Tony Hillerman will introduce you to the people of the Four Corners. There, four Native American nations sprawl across the states of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. The Navajo Nation is by far the largest, [...]
35 great popular novels reviewed
This list of 35 great popular novels excludes several major categories I’ve written about elsewhere. If you’re interested in those, go to 82 readable and revealing historical novels, 53 excellent mystery and thriller series, or My 27 favorite science fiction novels. However, I have included a number of titles that can be described as humor or satire, even though I’ve also [...]
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54 excellent mystery and thriller series
Unless you're a devoted fan of the genre, you may be unaware of the sheer number of mystery and thriller series. I stumble across a new one about every month or two. Over the past eight years, I've read (or at least started reading) more than eighty such series. Fifty-four of them belong in any list of engaging, well-written stories of crime and intrigue. After all, getting pub [...]
37 good books about business history
Having spent more than half of my life in business, engaged in founding or leading a number of small companies, it's only natural that I should read a good deal about economic history and the history of business. Here, I've listed 37 of the best books about the history of business that I've read and reviewed in this decade. They're all nonfiction. I've divided them somewhat arb [...]
18 good nonfiction books about espionage
For good or ill, a fair amount of what I’ve learned about espionage over the years has come from reading spy stories. A few authors are particularly diligent about research and accuracy, so most of what I’ve picked up is probably true. In fact, many of those authors are veterans of the intelligence game and should know what they write about. But, for assurance that what I r [...]
Who has written the most books?
You're gonna love this. Once upon a time, back in the distant reaches of the twentieth century—well, actually it was 1984—one of my clients assigned me to ghostwrite a fundraising letter that Isaac Asimov had agreed to sign. I approached the task with some trepidation, both because I knew Asimov’s reputation as a prolific author and because I had actually met the man o [...]