Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Non-fiction)
I finished reading this a while back. Another great book by Mr. Gladwell and highly recommended. He is the author of Blink and The Tipping Point (also highly recommended).
A Criminal History of Mankind by Colin Wilson (Non-fiction)
I’m in the midst of this and it’s a page-turner. It’s also rather disturbing. As a writer, it’s necessary to understand the dark side of the human psyche (it’s hard to have a bad guy otherwise).
the Element by Ken Robinson, Ph.D.
The “the” is not a typo, it’s spelled that way in the title. Sir Ken Robinson came to my attention through the TED talks. He proposes that our current educational system stifles creativity and that most successful people are working in their element — that is, where they love working.
The Day of Battle by Rick Atkinson
This is Atkinson’s second in his “Liberation Trilogy”, dealing with the Italian campaign, starting with Sicily, in WWII. The first book, “An Army at Dawn” is simply brilliant. This book is a harder read, mostly because of the content (the Italian campaign was a mudd, nasty slog).
The Official Luxology modo Guide by Dan Ablan
modo is 3D modelling software and the best of its kind. You can get a 30–day trial of modo from luxology. If you’ve ever considered 3D art work, you should definitely check this out.
The Honor Harrington series by David Weber
I often re-read good books, and love curling up with them. Most often I find myself curling up with Lois McMaster Bujold’s Miles Vorkosigan series and with Weber’s enjoyable Honor Harrington. I find that Ms. Bujold tends to write more psychologically and Mr. Weber more sociologically which makes a very interesting contrast.