Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson

Secret codes, hot babes, and a whole lot of gold. Follow the adventures of the Waterhouse and Shaftoe families from WW2 to the present day world of the internet. A page-turning thriller with enough twists to keep you guessing until the end.

The Diamond Age

The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson

Nell survives Shanghai, a city of walled gardens. A software engineer builds “A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer” and the story takes off. A wild collection of tribes navigate a world of nanobot frenzy and outright war. The mice march on. Stephenson’s best.

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72

Hunter Thompson’s focus on detail brings 1972 right back into the crosshairs. George McGovern & George Wallace lined up facing Dick Nixon & Ed Muskie on a line of scrimmage defined by discontent and lack of trust in politicians. The fun, gonzo style is there too, but it is not the main event. Hunter’s insights into national politics are as valuable today as they were in 1972.

Oswald’s Tale

Oswald’s Tale – Norman Mailer

The story of Lee Harvey Oswald is buried in a twisting path that led from New Orleans to Japan to Soviet Russia and then back home to Texas. Mailer also introduces us to his version of Marina. A solid backbone for Oswald’s tale from a basic perspective.

The Martian

The Martian – Andy Weir

Potato farming in outer space for fun and survival. Keeps the pages turning, one potato at a time. Don’t act surprised about the happy ending. If it didn’t have a happy ending the book wouldn’t have sold and the movie would never have gotten a green light. Enjoy!