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Worthwhile Books 1H 2024

Books that I've read that are worth your time a big pile of books



    Lessons from the Covid War The Power Broker by Robert Caro. This had been on my shelf for a while, and I tackled it while down with Covid. I was inspired in part by stories Caro tells in his Working, a much shorter book, and one that exposes his power and skill as a writer.
  • People Count, Susan Landau. Also security adjacent. A foolish constancy is the hobgolblin of little minds.
  • Irrationality in Health Care Douglas E Hough, and I look forward to the followup, Irrationality in Amazon pricing!


  • The Mountain in the Sea, Ray Naler
  • Sea of Tranquility, Emily St. John Mandel
  • Legends and Lattes, Travis Baldree. Delightful.
  • Nettle and Bone, T. Kingfisher
  • Be Gone, Dennis Fisher (I'm in the acknowledgements.)
  • Paradox Hotel, Rob Hart
  • Starter Villain, John Scalzi
  • Liberty's Daughter, Naoimi Kritzer
  • The Spare Man, Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Widowland, C. J. Carey
  • Machinehood, S.B. Divya
  • Darkness Below, Barbara Cottrell
  • The Cartographers, Peng Shepherd
  • St Death's Daughter, C.S.E. Cooney
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    Image by Midjourney:a pile of books, watercolor, renoir, with a greenish theme, reminiscent of plants --ar 8:3. If you’re paying attention to these, note the very strong allusion to handwritten captions, memorized somewhere.