The Peripheral (9/8) – William Gibson’s latest sci-fi novel was a total blast. Like many Gibson novels it includes mind bending new ideas and well-crafted characters. I had trouble putting it down. The ending was a bit abrupt and neatly tied off in a way I didn’t really expect from him, but it’s definitely worth reading.
Dead Pig Collector (9/10) – This wonderful little short story is about love and hit men. Fun and quite weird.
Storm Warning, Storm Rising, Storm Breaking (10/17, 10/21, 10/29) – When I’m feeling stressed or depressed I lean on the collection of sci-fi and fantasy I’ve had since childhood. Some of these books I’ve read five or ten times (I didn’t get new books very often as a child so I did a lot of rereading). The books in this series are like that. Call it escapism if you want, I call it comfort food. I read the last one on my Kindle since I managed to lose my paper copy somehow. Reading it in a different format robbed it of some of it’s nostalgia value but it still felt good to revisit these old friends.
Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from Data (10/31) – It’s been a while since I took a statistics class and since it’s become an important part of my job it seemed a good idea to brush up on it. Before diving into something rigorous and math-heavy I figured I would benefit from something aimed at a more general audience that might help improve my statistical numeracy before I get bogged down in something more textbook-like. This book delivered. The voice is friendly, if a bit too self-deprecating for my tastes, and the examples are easy to reason about. A significant amount of time, and rightly so, is spent pointing out common flaws and abuses of statistics. A good read for anyone who doesn’t use stats on a daily basis already.