Alban's Blog

Books

These books I'm reading, or have read recently. If you want to chat about books or recommend something you think I'd enjoy, tweet @albanbrooke

Reading

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

Recently finished

2024 05 01: Slow Productivity by Cal Newport

2024 04 24: State of the Art by Lian M. Banks

2024 04 16: Co-Intelligence: Living and Working with AI by Ethan Mollick

4/5: Exceptional introduction to working with AI tool, specifically LLMs like ChatGPT. Combines practical advice, like how to improve prompts, with philosophical questions about the purpose of work.

2024 04 13: Player of Games by Iain M. Banks

One of the best books in The Culture series.

2024 04 03: Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks

5/5: Absolutely ambitious novel with a complicated structure. It would prob be considered literary fiction if it wasn't science fiction. I'd love to write an in-depth review with a graphic depicting the structure of the novel.

2024 03 20: Down the Great Unknown by Edward Dolnick

2/5: I read this account of Powell’s expedition down the Colorado River while on vacation in Sedona and the Grand Canyon. It was pretty rough, I only finished because it was an audiobook and we had a lot of driving around Arizona.

2024 03 10: Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks

2024 02 17: Blindsight by Peter Watts

2024 02 07: How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu

2024 01 31: The Beginning of Infinity by David Deutsch