The Last Five

The last five (non-work related) books I've read in order:

  1. The Continental Op, by Dashielle Hammet. Many of Hammet's books have been out of print for some time which makes them difficult to find. However, the salesperson at Barnes&Noble (in downtown SF) said they do appear from time to time. She said she looks for them in used bookstores. This book of short stories was Hammet's first book - providing the original model for his later gritty detective characters.

  2. Fifth Business, Robertson Davies. This book, the first in Davies' Deptford Trilogy, was a great story and thorough character development of a man whose entire life affected others' fate. I read half of this on an airplane and finished the rest a few weeks later. It was worth the time. I'll probably finish the trilogy as well - as soon as I walk down to City Lights.

  3. The First $20 Million is Always the Hardest, Po Bronson. Let me begin by saying that this book is worth if for the book jacket photo of Bronson alone. I know he is not that good looking in real life. Otherwise, this one was a great read -- almost as fun as "Primary Colors" at picking out the real life references. We took at vote the last time I was with my Silicon Valley engineer friends. SRI or Stanford? Definitely SRI.

  4. Microserfs, Douglas Coupland. Microserfs is one of my favorite books by one of my favorite writers. This book isn't really a light or quick read if you really read it. This was a re-read before I read Bronson's book -- I always cry at the end. So does everyone else I know.

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  5. Deeper, John Seabrook. I read this entire book on an airplane between Denver and Indianapolis (yes, I'm a book geek, I admit it) which really means nothing in the big scheme of things except that I label it a "quick read." I actually bought it because I wanted to show the jacket design to someone in my office and, being the WeLL geek that I am, I wanted to see what Seabrook had to say. He had an interesting reaction to his experiences, but I wonder how uncommon they were for someone new entering cyberspace? Worth the time just to see if you agree with him or not.

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    This page last updated April 25, 1997