Chris Reher

The Mote in God's Eye

The Mote in God's Eye - Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

Feeling nostalgic about this title about First Contact. It was one of the first books I read that spurred my interest in sci-fi and speculative fiction.

A classic and still an original.

Kane and Abel - Jeffrey Archer I love epic historical novels. I tend to trust the writer to have done his/her homework to the point that I can learn something about the time period while being entertained in the process.
Jeffrey Archer has a great gift of placing his characters into space and time in a way that allows the reader to feel involved in the era.
My paperback eventually disintegrated. Time to see if there is a digital version of this!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer This is a hugely enjoyable summertime read. The author's love for her subject, characters and the island is clearly evident.
I ended up flying over Guernsey via Google Earth and the place looks like time stood still there.
While being gently entertained I learned a bit of history from this one.

The Tomorrow File - Lawrence Sanders This book speculates about a number of technologies, conventions and social concepts that, by this date, actually didn't end up too far off the mark. Sanders envisioned ATM's when that idea was still long in the future.
While some of his concepts, by now, may seem a little dated and even quaint, the vision he presented of the future is, at times, uncomfortably revealing of the present.
An important book, these days, if viewed as a cautionary tale.
Interesting, none of the Lawrence Sanders books I've read since (although I liked them) came even close to this in theme or style.