Books

You can check out a full list of my book reviews and commentary at the Book Notes page.
* Tags: “#” = has short review, “@” = has full review, “$” = are part of thematic reviews, “!” = planned for future (full) review.
* There are language tags (e.g. [RU] for Russian language books) and absolute favorites tags (***) where a mere 5/5 rating doesn’t suffice.

Book Reviews

  • Kroeber, Arthur K. (2016) – China’s Economy ★★★★ @ 2019
  • Yang, Andrew (2018) – The War on Normal People ★★★★ @ 2019
  • Tainter, Joseph (1988) – The Collapse of Complex Societies ★★★★ @ 2018
  • Voinovich, Vladimir (1986) – Moscow 2042 ★★ @ 2018
  • Durant, John (2013) – The Paleo Manifesto ★★★★★ @ 2013
  • Friedman, C.S. (1991) – Coldfire Trilogy I: Black Sun Rising ★★★★ @ 2013
  • Liu, Xin (2001) – The Otherness of Self ★ @ 2013
  • Schwartz, Benjamin (1963) – In Search of Wealth and Power ★★★★ @ 2013
  • Smith, Arthur H. (1894) – Chinese Characteristics ★★★★★ @ 2013
  • Wade, Paul (2010) – Convict Conditioning ★★★★ @ 2013
  • Pomeranz, Kenneth (2000) – The Great Divergence ★★★★★ @ 2011
  • Bloom, Howard (1995) – The Lucifer Principle ★★★★★ @ 2010
  • Meadows, Donnela, et al. (2004) – Limits to Growth: The 30 Year Update ★★★★★ @ 2010
  • Turchin, Peter (2006) – War and Peace and War ★★★★★ @ 2010
  • Chang, Ha-Joon (2002) – Kicking Away the Ladder ★★★★ @ 2009
  • Diamond, Jared (1997) – Guns, Germs, and Steel ★★★★★ @ 2009
  • Friedman, George (2009) – The Next 100 Years ★★ @ 2009
  • Korotayev, Andrei et al. (2006) – Introduction to Social Macrodynamics ★★★★★ @ 2009
  • Kunstler, Howard James (2008) – World Made By Hand ★★ @ 2009
  • Parshev, Andrey (1999) – Why Russia isn’t America [RU] ★★★★ @ 2009
  • Scott, John (1941) – Behind the Urals ★★★ @ 2009
  • Smil, Vaclav (2008) – Global Catastrophes and Trends ★★★★ @ 2009
  • Steyn, Mark (2006) – America Alone ★★★★ @ 2009
  • Trubetzkoy, Nikolay (2009) – Europe and Mankind [RU] ★★★★★ @ 2009
  • Werth, Alexander (1942) – Moscow War Diary ★★★ @ 2009

Thematic:

Planned Reviews:

  • Priority Reviews: Hanson – The Age of Em; Bostrom – Superintelligence; Jones – Hive Mind; Stager – Deep Future; Tooze – Wages of Destruction; McMeekin – The Russian Revolution.
  • Literature: Stephenson – Seveneves; Howey – SILO.
  • HBD/IQ: Rindermann – Cognitive Capitalism; Dutton – At Our Wits’ End.
  • Library: Bellamy – Absolute War; Caplan – The Case Against Education; Fischer – Albion’s Seed; Pinker – Enlightenment Now.
  • Russia: Robinson – Russian Conservatism; Gaddy – Siberian Curse; Schrad – Vodka Politics; Ilyin – Our Tasks; Ricon – Back in the USSR; Treisman – The Return; Cohen – Soviet Fates; Sakwa – Crisis of Russian Democracy; Trenin – Should We Fear Russia?
  • Later On: Turchin – Ultrasociety; Murray – Coming Apart; Todd – The Explanation of Ideology; List – National System; Tegmark – Mathematical Universe.

This page is current as of: September 10, 2019.


Non-Fiction

Geopolitics

Author Title Rating Review AK
Fukuyama, Francis The End of History and the Last Man (1992) *** ★★★★★ # 2008
Huntington, Samuel The Clash of Civilizations (1996) *** ★★★★★ # 2006
Kaplan, Robert D. Asia’s Cauldron (2014) ★★★ 2016
Pillsbury, Michael China Debates the Future Security Environment (2000) ★★★ 2010
Steyn, Mark America Alone (2006) ★★★★ @ 2009

 

Futurism

Author Title Rating Review AK
Bostrom, Nick Superintelligence (2014) ★★★★★ ! 2015
Ford, Martin Rise of the Robots (2015) ★★★★ # 2015
Friedman, George The Next 100 Years (2009) ★★ @ 2009
Hanson, Robin The Age of Em (2016) *** ★★★★★ ! 2016
Kahn, Herman On Thermonuclear War (1959) ★★★★ # 2009
Kennedy, Paul Preparing for the 21st Century (1993) ★★★★ # 2005
Kurzweil, Ray The Singularity is Near (2005) *** ★★★★★ #/$ 2006
Smil, Vaclav Global Catastrophes and Trends (2008) ★★★★ @ 2009
Smith, Laurence C. The World in 2050 (2010) ★★★ 2010
Zhavoronkov, Alex The Ageless Generation (2013) ★★★ 2019

 

Anthropology

Author Title Rating Review AK
Finlayson, Clive The Humans Who Went Extinct (2010) ★★★★ # 2015
Klein, Richard The Human Career (1999) ★★★ # 2015
Papagianni, Dimitra & Morse The Neanderthals Rediscovered (2013) ★★★ # 2015
Rushton, J. Philippe Race, Evolution, and Behavior (2000) *** ★★★★★ #/$ 2012
Wade, Nicholas A Troublesome Inheritance (2014) ★★★★ # 2015

 

Psychometrics

Author Title Rating Review AK
Jensen, Arthur The g Factor (1998) *** ★★★★★ #/~ 2014
Lynn, Richard Race Differences in Intelligence (2006) ★★★ 2014
Lynn, Richard The Global Bell Curve (2008) ★★★ # 2014
Lynn, Richard Intelligence (2012) ★★★ # 2015
Murray, Charles & Herrnstein Bell Curve (1994) *** ★★★★★ #/$ 2013
Ritchie, Stuart Intelligence: All That Matters (2015) ★★★★ # 2018

 

Economics

Author Title Rating Review AK
Akerlof, George A. & Shiller Animal Spirits (2009) ★★ 2010
Caplan, Bryan The Case Against Education (2018) ★★★★ ! 2018
Chang, Ha-Joon Kicking Away the Ladder (2002) ★★★★ @ 2009
Gray, John False Dawn (1998) 2006
Jones, Garett Hive Mind (2015) ★★★★ ! 2017
Kornai, Janos The Socialist System (1992) ★★★★ ~ 2013
Kroeber, Arthur A. China’s Economy (2016) ★★★★ @ 2019
Krugman, Paul Peddling Prosperity (1994) ★★★ 2006
Levitt, Stephen Freakonomics (2005) ★★★ 2008
List, Friedrich The National System of Political Economy (1841) ★★★★ # 2011
Marx, Karl Capital (1867) $ 2008
Marx, Karl & Engels The Communist Manifesto (1848) ★★★★ 2008
Naughton, Barry The Chinese Economy (2006) ★★★ # 2012
Polanyi, Karl The Great Transformation (1944) ★★★★ ~ 2010
Sachs, Jeffrey The End of Poverty (2005) ★★★ # 2004
Smith, Adam The Wealth of Nations (1776) ★★★★ # 2011
Taleb, Nicholas Nassim The Black Swan (2007) ★★★★ # 2012
Turner, Jonathan Adair Just Capital (2001) *** ★★★★★ # 2005

 

Science

Author Title Rating Review AK
Greene, Brian The Elegant Universe (1999) ★★★ 2005
Grey, Aubrey de Ending Aging (2007) ★★★ # 2014
Tegmark, Mark Our Mathematical Universe (2014) ★★★★ # 2016

 

Energy & Climate

Author Title Rating Review AK
Deffeyes, Kenneth Beyond Oil (2006) ★★★★ 2009
Lovelock, James The Ages of Gaia (1988) ★★★★ 2006
Lovelock, James The Revenge of Gaia (2006) ★★ 2007
Lynas, Mark Six Degrees (2007) ★★★★ ! 2006
Meadows, Donella et al. Limits to Growth: The 30 Year Update (2004) ★★★★★ @ 2010
Pearce, Fred With Speed and Violence (2008) ★★★ 2006
Randers, Jorgen 2052 (2012) ★★★★ 2012
Solomon, Steven Water (2010) ★★★ 2010
Stager, Curt Deep Future (2011) ★★★★ ! 2016
Strahan, David The Last Oil Shock (2007) ★★★ 2009
Ward, Peter Under a Green Sky (2007) ★★★ 2010

 

Collapse

Author Title Rating Review AK
Greer, John Michael The Long Descent (2008) ★★★★★ 2009
Greer, John Michael Our Ecotechnic Future (2009) ★★★★ 2009
Kunstler, Howard The Long Emergency (2005) ★★ 2009
Orlov, Dmitry Reinventing Collapse (2008) ★★★ 2011
Preston, Richard The Hot Zone (1994) ★★★★★ 2015
Rees, Martin Our Final Hour (2003) ★★ 2006
Tainter, Joseph The Collapse of Complex Societies (1988) ★★★★ @ 2009
Weisman, Alan The World Without Us (2007) ★★★★ 2009

 

Politics

Author Title Rating Review AK
Assange, Julian et al. Cypherpunks (2013) ★★★ 2013
Bronze Age Pervert Bronze Age Mindset (2018) ★★★ 2018
Chomsky, Noam Manufacturing Consent (1988) ★★★★★ 2013
Greene, Robert The 48 Laws of Power (1998) ★★★★ 2011
Heilbroner, Richard The Worldly Philosophers (1953) ★★★★★ # 2009
Hitler, Adolf Mein Kampf (1925) ★★ 2004
Hobbes, Thomas Leviathan (1651) ★★★★ 2009
Kaczynski, Ted Industrial Society and Its Future (1995) ★★★ # 2005
Leonard, Mark What Does China Think? (2008) ★★★★ 2010
MacDonald, Kevin The Culture of Critique (2013) ★★ 2016
McGregor, Richard The Party (2010) ★★★★ # 2011
Moldbug, Mencius (Curtis Yarvin) A Gentle Introduction to Unqualified Reservations (2009) ★★★ # 2016
Moore, Michael Stupid White Men (2001) ★★★★ 2004
Myers, B.R. The Cleanest Race (2010) ★★★★ # 2012
Reid, T.R. The United States of Europe (2005) ★★★ 2004
Wolff, Michael Fire and Fury (2018) ★★★ 2018
Yang, Andrew The War on Normal People (2018) ★★★★ @ 2019

 

Sociology

Author Title Rating Review AK
Chua, Amy World on Fire (2002) ★★★★ # 2006
Donovan, Jack The Way of Men (2011) ★★★★ 2012
Gladwell, Malcolm The Tipping Point (2000) ★★★ 2005
Liu, Xin The Otherness of Self (2001) @ 2013
Murray, Charles Coming Apart (2012) ★★★★★ ! 2017
Pinker, Steven The Blank Slate (2002) ★★★★★ #/~ 2016
Smith, Arthur H. Chinese Characteristics (1894) ★★★★★ @ 2013
Todd, Emmanuel The Explanation of Ideology (1985) *** ★★★★★ ! 2014

 

Philosophy

Author Title Rating Review AK
Baudrillard, Jean Simulacra and Simulation (1995) ★★ 2004
Nietzsche, Friedrich On the Genealogy of Morality (1887) ★★★★★ 2010

 

Theology

Author Title Rating Review AK
Dawkins, Richard The God Delusion (2006) ★★★★ # 2008
Ware, Timothy The Orthodox Church (1963) ★★★★ # 2012

 

Russia

Author Title Rating Review AK
Cohen, Stephen F. Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives (2009) ★★★★ ! 2012
Dawisha Putin’s Kleptocracy (2014) ★★★ #/~ 2018
Fish, Steven Democracy from Scratch (1995) ★★ 2010
Gaddy, Clifford & Hill The Siberian Curse (2003) ★★★★ ! 2019
Hoffman, David The Oligarchs (2001) ★★★★ #/~ 2012
Hutchins, Chris & Korobko Putin (2011) ★★★★ # 2011
Ilyin, Ivan Our Tasks (1956) *** ★★★★★ ! 2017
Jack, Andrew Inside Putin’s Russia (2004) ★★★ 2004
Kotkin, Stephen Armageddon Averted (2003) ★★★ #/~ 2012
Lucas, Edward The New Cold War (2008) # 2008
Meier, Andrew Black Earth (2003) ★★★★ 2005
Parshev, Andrey Why Russia Is Not America (1999) [RU] ★★★★ @ 2002
Putin, Vladimir et al. From the First Person (2000) ★★★ # 2012
Rosefielde, Steven Russia in the 21st Century (2004) ★★★ 2009
Sakwa, Richard The Crisis of Russian Democracy (2010) ★★★★★ ! 2013
Sakwa, Richard Frontline Ukraine (2014) ★★★★★ ! 2015
Shafarevich, Igor Russophobia (1982) [RU] ★★★★★ #/~ 2018
Treisman, Daniel The Return (2011) ★★★★★ ! 2011
Trenin, Dmitry Should We Fear Russia? (2016) ★★★ ! 2017
Trubetzkoy, Nikolay Europe and Mankind (1920) [RU] ★★★★★ @ 2009
Wegren, Stephen et al. After Putin’s Russia (2009) ★★★ 2010

History

Big History

Author Title Rating Review AK
Bloom, Howard The Lucifer Principle (1995) ★★★★★ @ 2010
Cochran, Gregory & Harpending The 10,000 Year Explosion (2009) ★★★★ # 2014
Diamond, Jared Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997) ★★★★★ @ 2003
Diamond, Jared Collapse (2005) ★★★ 2007
Gat, Azar Nations (2012) ★★★★★ #/~ 2017
Hart, Michael Understanding Human History (2007) ★★ # 2013
Kennedy, Paul The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers (1987) *** ★★★★★ #/$ 2003
Korotayev, Andrei et al. Introduction to Social Macrodynamics (2006) *** ★★★★★ #/$ 2009
Morris, Ian Why the West Rules–For Now (2010) ★★★★ # 2014
Morris, Ian The Measure of Civilization (2010) ★★★★ # 2014
Pinker, Steven The Better Angels of our Nature (2011) ★★★★ # 2013
Pinker, Steven Enlightenment Now (2018) ★★★ $ 2018
Roberts, John The New Penguin History of the World (2007) ★★★ 2006
Turchin, Peter War and Peace and War (2006) ★★★★★ @ 2010
Turchin, Peter & Nefedov Secular Cycles (2011) ★★★★★ 2012
Turchin, Peter Ultrasociety (2015) ★★★★ # 2017

 

Economic History

Author Title Rating Review AK
Arnove, Robert & Graff National Literacy Campaigns (1987) ★★★ # 2014
Chanda, Nayan Bound Together (2007) ★★ 2008
Clark, Gregory A Farewell to Alms (2008) ★★★★★ # 2014
Clark, Gregory The Son Also Rises (2014) ★★★★ #/~ 2016
Harris, William Ancient Literacy (1989) ★★★★ # 2014
Jones, E.L. The European Miracle (1981) ★★★★ # 2014
Landes, David The Wealth and Poverty of Nations (1998) ★★★★ # 2008
Mitterauer, Michael Why Europe? (2010) ★★★★ #/~ 2015
Pomeranz, Kenneth The Great Divergence (2000) ★★★★★ @ 2011
Ricon, Jose Luis Back in the USSR (2017) ★★★★ # 2017
Tooze, Adam Wages of Destruction (2015) ★★★★★ ! 2017

 

History of Science

Author Title Rating Review AK
Acheson, David 1089 And All That (2002) ★★★★★ 2004
Bryson, Bill A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003) ★★★★ 2002
Dartnell, Lewis The Knowledge (2014) ★★★★ # 2016
Dunham, William Journey through Genius (1991) ★★★★★ # 2007
Murray, Charles Human Accomplishment (2009) *** ★★★★★ # 2014
Singh, Simon Fermat’s Last Theorem (1997) ★★★★ 2006
Singh, Simon The Code Book (1999) ★★★★ 2006

 

History

Author Title Rating Review AK
Brogan, Hugh The Penguin History of the USA (1985) ★★ 2008
Doyle, William The Oxford History of the French Revolution (1990) ★★ 2004
Emmerson, Charles The Future History of the Arctic (2010) ★★★★ 2010
Ferguson, Niall Empire (2003) ★★★ 2008
Ferguson, Niall Colossus (2004) ★★★ 2008
Ferguson, Niall The War of the World (2007) ★★ 2009
Fischer, David Hackett Albion’s Seed (1989) *** ★★★★★ ! 2018
Menzies, Gavin 1421: The Year China Discovered the World (2002) ★★ 2005
Schama, Simon Citizens (1989) ★★★★★ # 2004
Schwartz, Benjamin In Search of Wealth and Power (1963) ★★★★ @ 2013
Sheehan, James J. Where Have All the Soldiers Gone? (2008) ★★★★ 2004
Shirer, William L. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1960) ★★★★★ # 2004
Slezkine, Yuri The Jewish Century (2004) ★★★★★ #/~ 2011
Tombs, Robert The English and Their History (2015) ★★★★★ #/~ 2017

 

Russian History

Author Title Rating Review AK
Gumilev, Lev From Rus’ to Russia (2008) ★★★★ 2008
Malia, Martin Russia under Western Eyes (2001) ★★★★★ #/~ 2009
McMeekin, Sean The Russian Revolution (2017) ★★★★★ ! 2018
Schrad, Mark Vodka Politics (2013) ★★★★ ! 2016

 

Military History

Author Title Rating Review AK
Beevor, Anthony Stalingrad (1999) ★★ 2004
Bellamy, Chris Absolute War (2007) ★★★★★ ! 2012
Dupuy, Trevor N. A Genius for War (1977) ★★★★ # 2015
Ferguson, Niall The Pity of War (1998) ★★★★★ #/$ 2006
Keegan, John The Face of Battle (1976) ★★★ 2002
Keegan, John The First World War (1998) ★★★ 2004
Overy, Richard Why the Allies Won (1995) ★★★★★ # 2006
Overy, Richard Russia’s War (1997) ★★★★ 2006
Tuchman, Barbara The Guns of August (1962) ★★★★★ #/$ 2009

 

Memoirs

Author Title Rating Review AK
Grass, Gunter Peeling the Onion (2006) ★★★★ # 2010
Scott, John Behind the Urals (1941) ★★★ @ 2009
Trump, Donald The Art of the Deal (1987) ★★★ # 2016
Werth, Alexander Moscow War Diary (1942) ★★★ @ 2009

 

Literature

Author Title Rating Review AK
Alighieri, Dante Hell (Divine Comedy #1) (1472) ★★★ 2003
Dostoevsky, Fedor Crime and Punishment (1866) [RU] ★★★★★ 2006
Dostoevsky, Fedor The Brothers Karamazov (1879) *** [RU] ★★★★★
Golding, William Lord of the Flies (1954) ★★★ 2004
Nabokov, Vladimir Conversation Piece, 1945 (1945) ★★★★ 2010
Pushkin, Alexander Ruslan and Ludmila (1820) [RU] ★★★★★ 1994
Pushkin, Alexander The Queen of Spades (1834) [RU] ★★★★★ 2006
Shakespeare, William Romeo and Juliet (1595) ★★★★ 2004
Shakespeare, William Macbeth (1606) ★★★★ 2001
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962) [RU] ★★★★ 2005
Tolstoy, Lev The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886) *** [RU] ★★★★★ 2004

 

Classics

Author Title Rating Review AK
Anon The Bible (100) ★★★ 2000
Homer The Odyssey (-800) ★★★★ 2012
Laozi Dao De Jing (-550) ★★★ 2010
Nestor Tale of Bygone Years (1113) [RU] ★★★★ 2012
Sunzi The Art of War (-500) ★★★ 2005
Virgil The Aeneid (19) ★★ 2011

 

Political Literature

Author Title Rating Review AK
Evola, Julius Meditations on the Peaks (1974) ★★★ # 2015
Houellebecq, Michel Submission (2015) ★★★★★ ~ 2017
Istvan, Zoltan The Transhumanist Wager (2013) ★★ # 2014
Limonov, Eduard The Other Russia (2004) ★★★ ~ 2009
MacDonald, Andrew & Pierce The Turner Diaries (1978) 2008
Machiavelli, Niccolò The Prince (1532) ★★★★★ # 2008
Rand, Ayn The Fountainhead (1943) ★★★★ 2010

 

Philosophical Literature

Author Title Rating Review AK
Borges, Jorge Luis Labyrinths (1964) *** ★★★★★ # 2010
Camus, Albert The Myth of Sisyphus (1942) ★★★★ 2010
Camus, Albert The Stranger (1942) ★★★★★ # 2010
Kafka, Franz The Trial (1925) 2006
Kundera, Milan The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984) ★★★★★ # 2007
Unamuno, Miguel de San Manuel Bueno, Martyr (1930) ★★★★★ # 2009

 

Fiction

Author Title Rating Review AK
Defoe, Daniel Robinson Crusoe (1719) 2003
Dumas, Alexandre The Three Musketeers (1844) ★★★★ 2005
Haggard, Henry Rider King Solomon’s Mines (1885) ★★★★ 2005
London, Jack The Call of the Wild (1903) ★★ 2003
Sachar, Louis Holes (1998) ★★★★ 2002
Stevenson, Robert Louis Treasure Island (1883) ★★ 2003
Twain, Mark The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) ★★★ 2004
Twain, Mark The Prince and the Pauper (1881) ★★★ 2004
Wyss, Johann The Swiss Family Robinson (1812) 2003

 

Thriller

Author Title Rating Review AK
Brown, Dan The Da Vinci Code (2003) ★★★★★ 2006
Clancy, Tom Red Storm Rising (1986) ★★★★ # 2009
Grisham, John The Firm (1991) ★★★★★ 2008
Larsson, Stieg The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2005) ★★ 2010
Wheatley, Dennis The Quest of Julian Day (1939) ★★★★★ 2003

 

War Story

Author Title Rating Review AK
Remarque, Erich Maria All Quiet on the Western Front (1929) ★★★★★ 2004
Sheriff, R.C. Journey’s End (1928) ★★★★ 2002

 

Spy Thriller

Author Title Rating Review AK
Buchan, James Thirty-Nine Steps (1915) ★★ 1999
Fleming, Ian Dr. No (1958) ★★★ 2004
Fleming, Ian On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1963) ★★★ 2004
Fleming, Ian You Only Live Twice (1964) ★★★ 2004

 

Detective

Author Title Rating Review AK
Doyle, Arthur Conan The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892) ★★★★ 2003
Doyle, Arthur Conan The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894) ★★★★ 2003
Doyle, Arthur Conan The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901) ★★★★★ 2003
Doyle, Arthur Conan The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905) ★★★★ 2003

 

Horror

Author Title Rating Review AK
King, Stephen Carrie (1974) ★★★★★ 2007

 

SciFi

Series Author Title Rating Review AK
Eis1 Abnett, Dan Xenos (2001) ★★★★ # 2018
Asimov, Isaac I, Robot (1950) ★★★★★ 2010
Asimov, Isaac The Last Question (1956) ★★★★★ 2010
EG1 Card, Orson Scott Ender’s Game (1985) ★★★ # 2015
Crichton, Michael Congo (1980) ★★★★ 2010
Crichton, Michael Jurassic Park (1990) ★★★★ 2011
Crichton, Michael Prey (2002) ★★★★ 2010
Crichton, Michael State of Fear (2004) 2012
Crichton, Michael & Richard Preston Micro (2011) ★★ 2013
Doyle, Arthur Conan The Lost World (1912) ★★★★★ 2003
Doyle, Arthur Conan The Poison Belt (1913) ★★★★ 2003
Doyle, Arthur Conan The Land of Mist (1926) 2003
D1 Herbert, Frank Dune (1965) ★★★★ # 2015
Hertling, William Avogadro Corp (2014) ★★★★ # 2015
Panshin, Alexei Rite of Passage (1968) ★★★ 2013
Verne, Jules Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) ★★★★ 2002
Verne, Jules Around the World in Eighty Days (1873) *** ★★★★★ 2000
Vinge, Vernor True Names (1981) ★★★★★ 2008
Wells, H.G. The Time Machine (1895) ★★★★★ 2004
Wells, H.G. The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896) ★★★★ 2004
Wells, H.G. The War of the Worlds (1898) ★★★★ 2004
Yudkowsky, Eliezer A Girl Corrupted by the Internet is the Summoned Hero?! (2016) ★★ 2017

 

Alternate History

Series Author Title Rating Review AK
Harris, Robert Fatherland (1992) ★★★★★ #/~ 2017
Robinson, Kim Stanley The Years of Rice and Salt (2003) ★★★★★ # 2013

 

Post-Apoc

Series Author Title Rating Review AK
Bacigalupi, Paolo The Water Knife (2015) ★★★ # 2016
Fl1 Baxter, Stephen Flood (2009) ★★★★ # 2014
Fl2 Baxter, Stephen Ark (2010) ★★★★ # 2014
Brooks, Max The Zombie Survival Guide (2003) ★★★★★ # 2009
Brooks, Max World War Z (2006) ★★ 2010
Forstchen, William One Second After (2009) ★★★★★ # 2014
Glukhovsky, Dmitry Metro 2033 (2005) ★★★★★ ! 2010
S Howey, Hugh SILO ★★★★ ! ~
S1 Howey, Hugh Wool (2012) ★★★★★ 2015
S2 Howey, Hugh Shift (2012) ★★★★ 2015
S3 Howey, Hugh Dust (2012) ★★★ 2016
King, Stephen The Stand (1978) ★★★★★ 2007
King, Stephen Cell (2006) ★★★★ 2008
Kunstler, Howard World Made by Hand (2008) ★★ @ 2009
Leiber, Fritz A Pail of Air (1951) ★★★ # 2015
Nm1 Mather, Matthew Nomad (2016) ★★★★ ! 2019
Nm2 Mather, Matthew Resistance (2017) ★★★ 2019
Miller, Walter M. A Canticle for Leibowitz (1960) *** ★★★★★ # 2006
Moody, David AUTUMN ★★★ ~
Stephenson, Neal Seveneves (2015) ★★★★ ! 2015
Ev Stirling, S.M. EMBERVERSE ★★★★★ # ~
Ev1 Stirling, S.M. Dies the Fire (2004) ★★★★★ 2011
Ev2 Stirling, S.M. The Protector’s War (2005) ★★★★★ 2011
Ev3 Stirling, S.M. A Meeting at Corvallis (2006) ★★★★★ 2011
Vonnegut, Kurt Cat’s Cradle (1963) ★★★★ 2014

 

Dystopia

Series Author Title Rating Review AK
RR1 Brown, Pierce Red Rising (2014) ★★★★ 2015
RR2 Brown, Pierce Golden Son (2015) ★★★ 2015
HG Collins, Suzanne HUNGER GAMES ★★★★ # ~
HG1 Collins, Suzanne The Hunger Games (2008) ★★★★ 2012
HG2 Collins, Suzanne Catching Fire (2009) ★★★★ 2012
HG3 Collins, Suzanne Mockingjay (2010) ★★ 2012
MR1 Dashner, James The Maze Runner (2009) ★★★ 2011
Huxley, Aldous Brave New World (1932) ★★★★★ # 2005
King, Stephen The Long Walk (1979) ★★★★ 2008
King, Stephen The Running Man (1982) ★★★ 2008
Lukyanenko, Sergey Knights of the Forty Islands (1992) ★★★★ # 2012
Orwell, George Animal Farm (1945) ★★★★ 2003
Orwell, George 1984 (1949) ★★★★★ # 2005
Voinovich, Vladimir Moscow 2042 (1986) [RU] ★★ @ 2002
CK3 Wingrove, David The Middle Kingdom (1989) ★★ # 2011

 

Fantasy

Series Author Title Rating Review AK
FL Abercrombie, Joe THE FIRST LAW ★★★★★ # ~
FL1 Abercrombie, Joe The Blade Itself (2006) ★★★★★ 2011
FL2 Abercrombie, Joe Before They Are Hanged (2007) ★★★★★ 2012
FL3 Abercrombie, Joe Last Argument of Kings (2008) ★★★ 2012
CT1 Friedman, C.S. Black Sun Rising (1991) ★★★★ @ 2012
Friedman, C.S. When True Night Falls (1993) ★★ 2012
SoT1 Goodkind, Terry Wizard’s First Rule (1994) ★★ 2009
WoT Jordan, Robert THE WHEEL OF TIME ★★★★ # ~
WoT1 Jordan, Robert The Eye of the World (1990) ★★★★★ 2003
WoT2 Jordan, Robert The Great Hunt (1990) ★★★★★ 2003
WoT3 Jordan, Robert The Dragon Reborn (1991) ★★★★★ 2003
WoT4 Jordan, Robert The Shadow Rising (1992) ★★★★ 2003
WoT5 Jordan, Robert The Fires of Heaven (1993) ★★★★★ 2003
WoT6 Jordan, Robert Lord of Chaos (1994) ★★★★ 2004
WoT7 Jordan, Robert A Crown of Swords (1996) ★★★ 2004
WoT8 Jordan, Robert The Path of Daggers (1998) ★★ 2004
WoT9 Jordan, Robert Winter’s Heart (2000) ★★ 2004
WoT10 Jordan, Robert Crossroads of Twilight (2003) 2004
WoT0 Jordan, Robert New Spring (2004) ★★★ 2008
WoT11 Jordan, Robert Knife of Dreams (2005) ★★★ 2005
WoT12 Jordan, Robert & Sanderson The Gathering Storm (2009) ★★★★ 2009
WoT13 Jordan, Robert & Sanderson Towers of Midnight (2010) ★★★ 2010
WoT14 Jordan, Robert & Sanderson A Memory of Light (2013) ★★ 2013
WoT14+ Jordan, Robert & Sanderson A Memory of Light: River of Souls (2014) ★★★★ 2014
DT1 King, Stephen The Gunslinger (1982) ★★ 2008
ES Le Guin, Ursula EARTHSEA CHRONICLES ★★★★ # ~
ES1 Le Guin, Ursula The Wizard of Earthsea (1968) ★★★★ 2004
ES2 Le Guin, Ursula The Tombs of Atuan (1971) ★★★★★ 2004
ES3 Le Guin, Ursula The Farthest Shore (1972) ★★★★ 2004
Lovecraft, H.P. The Call of Cthulhu (1928) ★★★★★ 2012
SIF Martin, G.R.R. A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE ★★★★★ # ~
SIF1 Martin, G.R.R. A Game of Thrones (1996) ★★★★★ 2013
SIF2 Martin, G.R.R. A Clash of Kings (1999) ★★★★★ 2013
SIF3 Martin, G.R.R. A Storm of Swords (2000) ★★★★★ 2013
SIF4 Martin, G.R.R. A Feast for Crows (2005) ★★★★★ 2013
SIF5 Martin, G.R.R. A Dance with Dragons (2011) ★★★★★ 2013
T1 Meyer, Stephanie Twilight (2005) ★★ 2009
PC1 Reeve, Philip Mortal Engines (2001) ★★★★ # 2014
PC2 Reeve, Philip Predator’s Gold (2003) ★★ 2014
HP Rowling, J.K. HARRY POTTER ★★★★ # ~
HP1 Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997) ★★★★★ 2004
HP2 Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998) ★★★★★ 2004
HP3 Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999) ★★★★★ 2004
HP4 Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000) ★★★★★ 2005
HP5 Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003) ★★★★ 2005
HP6 Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005) ★★★★ 2006
HP7 Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007) ★★★★ 2007
Mb Sanderson, Brandon MISTBORN ★★★★★ # ~
Mb1 Sanderson, Brandon The Final Empire (2006) ★★★★★ 2009
Mb2 Sanderson, Brandon The Well of Ascension (2007) ★★★★ 2009
Mb3 Sanderson, Brandon The Hero of Ages (2008) ★★★★★ 2009
SC1 Sanderson, Brandon The Way of Kings (2010) ★★★★★ 2010
WW Sanderson, Brandon WAX & WAYNE ★★★★ # ~
WW1 Sanderson, Brandon The Alloy of Law (2011) ★★★★ 2012
Sanderson, Brandon The Emperor’s Soul (2012) ★★★★★ 2012
Rk Sanderson, Brandon THE RECKONERS ★★★ ~
Rk1 Sanderson, Brandon Steelheart (2013) ★★★★ 2013
Rk1+ Sanderson, Brandon Mitosis (2014) ★★★ 2014
Rk2 Sanderson, Brandon Firefight (2015) ★★★ 2015
WW2 Sanderson, Brandon Shadows of Self (2015) ★★★★ 2015
Mb1+ Sanderson, Brandon Mistborn: Secret History (2016) ★★★★★ 2016
WW3 Sanderson, Brandon The Bands of Mourning (2016) ★★★★ 2016
Rk3 Sanderson, Brandon Calamity (2016) ★★★ 2016
Tolkien, John R.R. The Hobbit (1937) ★★★★★ 2000
Tolkien, John R.R. THE LORD OF THE RINGS ★★★★★ # ~
LotR1 Tolkien, John R.R. The Fellowship of the Ring (1954) ★★★★★ 2001
LotR2 Tolkien, John R.R. The Two Towers (1954) ★★★★★ 2001
LotR3 Tolkien, John R.R. The Return of the King (1955) ★★★★★ 2001
Tolkien, John R.R. The Silmarillion (1977) ★★★ 2002
Yudkowsky, Eliezer Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (2015) ★★★★★ #/~ 2015
Yudkowsky, Eliezer Dark Lord’s Answer (2016) ★★★ 2016

 

Children’s Fantasy

Series Author Title Rating Review AK
Dahl, Roald CHARLIE ★★★★ ~
RW Jacques, Brian REDWALL ★★★★★ # ~
Jarvis, Robin DEPTFORD MICE ★★★★ ~
Lewis, C.S. THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA ★★★★★ ~
Pullman, Philip The Firework-Maker’s Daughter (1995) ★★★★ 2005
Pullman, Philip Clockwork (1996) ★★★★ 2005
HDM Pullman, Philip HIS DARK MATERIALS ★★★★★ # ~
HDM1 Pullman, Philip The Golden Compass (1995) ★★★★★ 2012
HDM2 Pullman, Philip The Subtle Knife (1997) ★★★★★ 2012
HDM3 Pullman, Philip The Amber Spyglass (2000) ★★★★ 2012

 

Self-Help

Nutrition & Fitness

Author Title Rating Review AK
Durant, John The Paleo Manifesto (2013) ★★★★★ @ 2013
Ferriss, Tim The Four Hour Body (2010) ★★★ 2009
Kresser, Chris The Paleo Cure (2013) ★★★★ 2014
Sisson, Mark The Primal Blueprint (2009) ★★★★ 2013
Sisson, Mark The Primal Connection (2013) ★★★★ 2013
Wade, Paul Convict Conditioning (2010) ★★★★ @ 2013
Wolf, Robb The Paleo Solution (2010) ★★★ 2013

 

Skills

Author Title Rating Review AK
Allen, David Getting Things Done (2002) ★★★★ 2014
Demarco, M.J. The Millionaire Fastlane (2011) *** ★★★★★ # 2012
Ferriss, Tim The Four Hour Workweek (2007) ★★★★★ 2009
Roosh V Bang! (2007) ★★★★★ 2011
Strauss, Neil The Game (2005) ★★★★★ 2008
Carnegie, Dale How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936) ★★ 2008
Kearny, Cresson Nuclear War Survival Skills (1987) ★★★ 2009
King, Stephen On Writing (2000) ★★★★ 2008