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2021.08.15

Books From 2021 (So Far)

I continue to read (listen in fact) almost every day for the past years. It’s in my daily routine when I walk the dogs. It’s a very different proposition from laying down and dedicate some time to read them. I have an urge of a secondary task when I am performing a no-brainier routine, just as.. walking the dogs. Otherwise, I just feel wasting my time my just walking and no thinking.

This is the list of this year’s books that I ingested. Later I present a list of books from the previous years that did not mention before. These lists are -definitively- not comprehensive ones. Since I’m not updating my GoodReads personal records nor writing about them in this blog, they are just the ones I remembered. Eventually I might edit this post in case I remember other entries.

  1. Remote (Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson) (10★★★★★★★★★★): I’ve read this book few years back and I’m planning to do an annual reading of this book, along with the other Jason Fried books. They are mind opener, very opinionative and thought-provoking. Yet so elegant and simple. It points advantages and disadvantages of remote working, some misconceptions and prejudices. During the radical change of life during the pandemic, it was still valid (it was published in 2013)
  2. Foundation (Isaac Asimov) (10★★★★★★★★★★): a SCI-FI classic that was always in my “want to read” list. Since I’ve heard that it’s going to become a TV Show from Amazon Prime, it climbed up to the top of my next books. And it did not disappointed. A superb novel that deals with the idea of a guy that can forsee the future and plan each step to change it.
  3. Parable of the Sower (Octavia E. Butler) (9★★★★★★★★★): a 5 stars recommendation from The Wertzone, it was amazing and rich as I was told. The next book, Parable of the Talents (Octavia E. Butler) (8★★★★★★★★), also recommended, will be read soon.
  4. Torto Arado (Itamar Vieira Junior) (7★★★★★★★): this Brazilian first time author conquered most of national and international Portuguese awards. Tells a story of two girls from the almost deserted region in Brazil, fighting against poverty, misogyny and happiness.
  5. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (Yuval Noah Harari) (8★★★★★★★★): another hit from the same author of Sapiens, focusing on some pressing issues of the contemporary times, like genetics, robotics and artificial intelligence.
  6. Shaping the Future of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Klaus Schwab) (8★★★★★★★★): the same vein of the previous book, analyzing global issues, from the executive chairman of the World Economic Forum. I think I liked more than 21 Lessons
  7. The Final EmpireThe Final Empire (Mistborn #1) (Brandon Sanderson) (7★★★★★★★): in an universe that magic spells can be cast by consuming metals, Sanderson starts the sprawling saga with an epic heist.
  8. Letters From An Astrophysicist (Neil deGrasse Tyson) (7★★★★★★★): Tyson is a well known scientist and his polite, yet firm, way to respond questions in TV shows is also presented in this collection of letters received by fans and not-fans alike. He talks a little bit of everything: science methods, physics, astrophysics and, but also about astrology and religion.
  9. Project Hail Mary (Andy Weir) (7★★★★★★★): The Martian was a mega hit. As a movie adaptation, it was the most viewed and profitable project from the acclaimed direction Ridley Scott, which includes Gladiator, Blade Runner and Alien. It takes the same Weir’ nerdy writing style, again with a very lonely protagonist and the roller coaster plot. This time, I have big doubts that a film adaptation would be a similar success, due to the complex narrative and scope.
  10. Foundation and Empire (Isaac Asimov) (6★★★★★★): the second book have two different stories and is less interesting due to the lack of the main characters from the first book. Of course, it takes places centuries after the first book’ events. The new characters are all nice, but the Hari Seldon previsions becomes both too mystical and precise to my taste.
  11. The Miracle Morning (Hal Elrod) (4★★★★): I heard about it while listening the Jeff Goins podcast interviewing the author. He mentioned coming to Brazil to advertise his new book and discovering a huge fan base. So why not try. I found a very obnoxious self-help book about waking up early, do some exercises, meditate and suddenly one would become 999% more productive.

From previous years but not yet mentioned (and worth mention)

  1. It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work (Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson) (10★★★★★★★★★★): Like Remote, it’s worth to re read periodically.
  2. The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss) (10★★★★★★★★★★): Kvothe’s early stories are fascinating. The universe blends Harry Potter with Lord of the Ring, with a very likable cast of characters.
  3. The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas) (8★★★★★★★★): read years before the Black Lives Matter movement, is still a valid story about racism and police brutality. I’m yet to see the movie adaptation.
  4. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (Stephen King) (7★★★★★★★)
  5. Judas Unchained (Peter F. Hamilton) (8★★★★★★★★): the second book, just after the events of Pandora’s Star. Breath holding.
  6. How To Write 50,000 Words In 30 Days, and survive to tell your story! (Mike Coville) (7★★★★★★★): dogmatic but can serve as a powerful inspiration.
  7. Artemis (Andy Weir) (7★★★★★★★): first Mars, now the Moon. This sci-fi story is well grounded in science and the protagonist is tenacious
  8. The Wise Man’s Fear (Patrick Rothfuss) (5★★★★★): The Name of the Wind’s protagonist transformed from a poor underdog in the first movie to an almighty demigod. There are basically no impossible obstacles that are solved a couple later.

For more books, you can check my online read list on GoodReads.

Media List 2020 feature
2020.12.09

Media List 2020

2020 might compete in the Most Pivotal Year in History Award, but it had its fair share of surprises. I had the time to attack start to finish several games. I reused the commute time to play. Below is the list that I compiled using the new GOG Galaxy app, that tracks games even from other stores.

The list of movies I’m going to skip this time, since it would not fit into a single post.

Games

Finished in 2018-2020 (before pandemic)

Not finished yet (for one reason or another)

Continuous playing

In preparation of the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077!!!

2014.01.03

Dry Year

2013 was a very sad year: I did not watched many movies, nor plays, nor played many games.

The result is that, as you can see in the blog, I could not write about them.

But the worst part for me is that I stopped to keep track of them. My main spreadsheet that I control what movies, books, games or TV shows that I was consuming was almost entirely abandoned. It is a bit demanding and requires a lot of discipline to keep this wheel spinning.

In the gaming side, one of the major contributors to my laziness is the Humble Bundle. It offers some special game deals, mostly indie games, in bundles, in a pay-as-much-as-you-want scheme. It is great. But it also invokes our primitive instinct of irrational buying, and it is hard stop a moment to keep record of this.

I will try to make a better 2014, full of art. It will take some time but I want to do so.

2011.01.10

2010 Art Review

2010 was a great year. This was a not typical year for books. The list is quite short. This list is what I could remember.

Games

  1. Most, but not all, I finished
  2. 3 Cards To Dead Time
  3. Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None
  4. Agatha Christie: Murder On The Orient Express
  5. Amnesia
  6. Assassin’s Creed 2
  7. Borderlands
  8. Cities XL
  9. Civilization V
  10. Darwinia
  11. Dawn Of Discovery
  12. Democracy 2
  13. Donkey Kong Country Returns
  14. Dragon Age: Origin
  15. Epic Mickey
  16. Europa Universalis III: Heir To The Throne
  17. F1 2010
  18. Fallout: New Vegas
  19. Fifa 11
  20. Gratuitous Space Battles
  21. Harvey Teh Attorney
  22. Kirby: Epic Yarn
  23. Little King Story
  24. Mafia 2
  25. Mass Effect 2
  26. Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
  27. New Super Mario Bros
  28. No More Heroes 2
  29. Rock Band Beatles
  30. RUSE
  31. Settlers 6
  32. Settlers 7
  33. Shatter
  34. Super Matio Galaxy 2
  35. The Saboteur
  36. The Secret Files: Tunguska
  37. Thief
  38. X-Com: AI

Movies

  1. 2012
  2. Alice In Wonderland
  3. Alien 3
  4. Aliens
  5. Angels & Demons
  6. Avatar
  7. Bounty Hunter
  8. Brüno
  9. Clash Of The Titans
  10. Crazy Heart
  11. Escape From New York
  12. Fantastic Mr Fox
  13. Funny People
  14. Ghost Writer
  15. Gosford Park
  16. Green Zone
  17. Halloween
  18. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Pt 1
  19. Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
  20. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
  21. Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
  22. Hot Tub Time Machine
  23. Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus
  24. Inception
  25. Inglourious Basterds
  26. Kick Ass
  27. LA Confidential
  28. Law Abiding Citizen
  29. Murder On The Orient Express
  30. Near Dark
  31. Paprika
  32. Paranormal Activity
  33. Prince Of Persia
  34. Princess Mononoke
  35. Pulp Ficiton
  36. Robin Hood
  37. Shanshank Redemption
  38. Sherlock Holmes
  39. Shutter Island
  40. Taxi Driver
  41. Terminator Salvation
  42. The A Team
  43. The Blind Side
  44. The Fisher King
  45. The Silent Warrior
  46. The Sound Of Music
  47. Time Bandits
  48. Twilight
  49. Up
  50. Up In The Air
  51. Where The Wild Things Are
  52. Zombieland

TV Series

  1. Death Note
  2. Fullmetal Alchemist 1-10
  3. House S6
  4. Lost S6
  5. Naruto 1-20
  6. Mad Men S01 S02
  7. Breaking Bad S01

Books

  1. Some of them I used the audiobook
  2. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  3. Butcher’s Hill – Laura Lippman
  4. Dramatica
  5. Screenplay – Syd Field
  6. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  7. The Blue Ocean Strategy – W. Chan Kim And Renée Mauborgne
  8. The City And The City – China Mieville
  9. The Comic Toolbox: How To Be Funny Even If You’Re Not – John Vorhaus
  10. The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
  11. The Murder On The Links – Agatha Christie
  12. The Naked Face – Sidney Sheldon
  13. Y: The Last Man – DC Comics
2009.12.30

2009 Art Review

2009 was a great year. I had the opportunity to watch/play/read/listen several great games, films and books. This list is what I could remember.

Games

Most, but not all, I finished

  1. Braid – PC
  2. Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars – Wii
  3. The Beatles: Rockband – Wii
  4. Dawn of Discovery – Wii
  5. de Blob – Wii
  6. Dragon Age – PC
  7. Drakensang: The Dark Eye – PC
  8. Machinarium – PC
  9. Neverhood – PC
  10. Planescape Torment – PC
  11. Race Driver: GRID – PC
  12. Torchlight – PC
  13. The Witcher – PC

Movies

  1. 5cm Per Second
  2. Akira
  3. Amadeus
  4. Army of Shadows
  5. Citizen Kane
  6. Cowboy Bebop
  7. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
  8. Doctor Zhivago
  9. Drag Me to Hell
  10. Ghost in The Shell
  11. The Hangover
  12. Helvetica
  13. Home
  14. The Hurt Locker
  15. Lady Vengeance
  16. The Manchurian Candidate
  17. Oldboy
  18. The Sinning
  19. Star Trek
  20. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
  21. Tokyo Godfathers
  22. Up

Books

Some of them I used the audiobook

  1. David Allen – Getting Things Done
  2. David Allen – Making It All Work
  3. Malcolm Gladwell – The Tipping Point
  4. Malcolm Gladwell – Blink
  5. Malcolm Gladwell – Outliers
  6. Peter F. Hamilton – Fallen Dragon
  7. Peter F. Hamilton – The Dreaming Void
  8. Peter F. Hamilton – The Temporal Void
  9. Raymond Kurzweil – The Age of Spiritual Machines
  10. Stephen King – The Dark Tower: The Waste Lands
  11. Stephen King – The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass
  12. Umberto Eco – Foucault’s Pendulum

And 2010 might be even better.

Bruno MASSA