Books Read in June and July 2014

R&D is War by Clifford Spiro

I loved this book. It was familiar in some ways, as I've been in R&D, and in some ways new because it included such great stories from someone who knew how to tell them.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The foundation of this story was a delightful setting of Cinderella in a science fiction world where she is cyborg, the prince is a person in his own right, and there's a lot of intrigue going on. The story doesn't fully wrap up in this book - no happy ending yet - but revelations and the beginning of a quest.

Bug Music by David Rothenberg

I would have never imagined this book could exist if I hadn't seen it. It's a whole text on the sounds that cicadas and crickets and such make, and how they are rhythmic and, in a way, music in their own right. Also how some musicians create music inspired by insects, based on manipulating their soundforms, and one memorable story of how the author once played alto sax while covered in cicadas.

You Just Don't Understand by Deborah Tannen

She goes over details and broad sweeps of how men and women are different in conversation. One of the biggest was report talk versus rapport talked. And yet, in some ways my husband and I are backwards from the typical, but it was still very interesting to reread and pull closer to the front of my mind.

The Box by Marc Levinson

Amazing concept - that the development of container shipping changed business, manufacturing, and the geographic distribution of wealth across the world. The book itself is a series of historical stories that describe parts of how this happened and the actions of the main players in the shift. I enjoyed it very much.

The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock and Watson were my companions at lunch time for a couple months as I read through the whole collection story by story. I've been watching the BBC tv series so it was interesting to notice some of the parts they picked up and some of the parts that they changed.

Five Minds for the Future by Howard Gardner

The book described a nice model for facing the future. I can see why it resonates with some people. I just wasn't one of them.

Fangs for the Mammaries edited by Esther Friesner

Amusing short stories of vampires in suburbia.