I saw Ricky Spears' list of books he read in
2007 and thought "such a list is a great
idea. So I delved into my memory and came up with a reasonably complete list
of books I read in 2007. I didn't include the ones I re-read in 2007 :-)
L.E. Modesitt is easily my favorite author. So
I read a couple of new paperbacks that came out this year and bought a few of
his older works that I had not read yet. He writes both SF and fantasy, both
with a good eye for human nature, practicality and, within bounds of course,
- alector's choice, part 4 of a series. Insight in a
culture that was only hinted at in 1-3.
- cadmian's choice, part5. Some heavy action. Who says
all-powerful beings cannot be defeated?
- soarer's choice, part 6. The culture sizzles out
misserably and disappears off the face of the earth. Modesitt outdid himself
by making the end so miserable and seemingly pointless. Appropriate.
- Eternity artifact. Stand-alone book. A nice read, nothing
spectacular. Attractive through the multiple (6 or so) main personae.
- Archform: beauty. Politics, media, art. Nice. Get into
the atmosphere of the current US presidential race.
- flash. Builds on archform:
beauty. More action. Very well thought out: recommended! And in-between
attacks on him and by him, the main persona needs to feed kids and get them
- Hammer of darkness. This is a weird one. Weird. I read it
in two days, but it was quite some work to get through. Weird. At the end it
is all wrapped up amazingly well.
I like history. Apart from the first book, none of them are recent, either.
- Norman Davies' Europe at war (I read it in Dutch: oorlog
in Europa). World war two history that's much more centered on the eastern
front. I'd consider it recommended reading when you want to get a better
feel for the second world war. A good number of data, too, to put common
misperceptions into perspective (in man-months, the western front from D-Day
to the end in 1945 doesn't compare to several of the offensives in the east
at all, for instance).
- It never shows in September. Surprising account from the
German side of things about the Market Garden airborn assault
in 1944. Highly recommended!
- I was a stranger by
British airborn general Hackett. Severely wounded at Arnhem, he was hidden
away at the house of three dear older ladies. He recounts his stay there
and, at the end, his escape to freedom.
- Kenneth Macksey: invasion. About a fictional early (and
thus succesful) invasion of England by the Germans in July 1940. Well worked
- Alfred Duggan: count Bohemond. Well-readable book about
one of the crusaders in the first crusade. Well-described battle scenes.
A good insight into the mood and the morals of those days.
Technology and personal development
- Kuestenmacher/Seiwert: simplify your life. I read the
book in the original German language. Great, practical book for improving
yourself and get yourself more on track.
- Von Weitershausen: web component development with Zope 3
Web Component Development with Zope 3
That's it for 2007 :-)