BooksRonRead2017

Books Ron read in 2017

These are the 57 books I read in 2017. This year I read a fair amount of mercenary schlock, er, reread Schlock Mercenary graphic novels, as well as the seven novels in The Expanse plus ever-expanding ancillary material. That done, I still had time to read books on 3D printing, Esperanto, timekeeping, a friend's collected science fiction, and the Emacs lifestyle.

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  1. Bridge of Words: Esperanto and the Dream of a Universal Language, Esther Schor, 2016, 11 Jan.
  2. Unwritten Laws: The Unofficial Rules of Life as Handed Down by Murphy and Other Sages, Hugh Rawson, 1998, 16 Jan.
  3. The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred, Greg Egan, 2016, 19 Jan.
  4. Book 1 of writer friend's trilogy, Writer Friend, 27 Jan.
  5. Book 2 of writer friend's trilogy, Writer Friend, 28 Jan.
  6. Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi, John Scalzi, 2016, 4 Feb.
  7. ZZT (Boss Fight Books), Anna Anthropy, 2014, 24 Feb.
  8. Explore/Create: My Life in Pursuit of New Frontiers, Hidden Worlds, and the Creative Spark, Richard Garriott, 2017, 26 Feb
  9. The Art of Taking Action: Lessons from Japanese Psychology, Gregg Krech, 2014, 13 Mar
  10. Leviathan Wakes, James S. A. Corey, 2011, 23 Mar. The Expanse #1.
  11. Caliban's War, James S. A. Corey, 2012, 27 Mar. The Expanse #2.
  12. Abaddon's Gate, James S. A. Corey, 2013, 29 Mar. The Expanse #3.
  13. Cibola Burn, James S. A. Corey, 2015, 4 Apr. The Expanse #4.
  14. Nemesis Games, James S. A. Corey, 2016, 7 Apr. The Expanse #5.
  15. Treat Your Own Back, Robin McKenzie?, 2011, 9 Apr.
  16. Babylon's Ashes, James S. A. Corey, 2016, 11 Apr. The Expanse #6.
  17. All existing Expanse novellas and short stories, 11 Apr.
  18. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick, 1962, 15 Apr (reread).
  19. Unf*ck Your Habitat: You're Better Than Your Mess, Rachel Hoffman, 2017, 25 Apr.
  20. I Am a Strange Loop, Douglas Hofstadter, 2007, 28 May.
  21. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, Al Franken, 2017, 3 Jun.
  22. The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past 2), Liu Cixin, 2016, 22 Jun.
  23. Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past 3), Liu Cixin, 2017, 3 Jul.
  24. The Idiot's Guide to 3D Printing, Cameron Coward, 2015, 7 Jul.
  25. OpenSCAD for 3D Printing, Al Williams, 2014, 8 Jul.
  26. Beanworld Volume 3.5: Tales of the Beanworld, Larry Marder, 2012, 9 Jul.
  27. Beanworld Volume 4: Hoka Hoka Burb'l Burb'l, Larry Marder, 2017, 19 Jul.
  28. Understanding 3D Printing, Al Williams, 2013, 22 Jul.
  29. Dichronauts, Greg Egan, 2017, 23 Jul.
  30. Galaxy Quest, Terry Bisson, 1999, 27 Jul. (Yes, this is a novelization. However, much like the Warhammer 40,000 potboiler I read a couple of years ago, it's by a prominent author and therefore irresistible, especially because I'm a Galaxy Quest fan.)
  31. Make: Design for 3D Printing, Samuel M. Bernier et al., 2016, 3 Aug.
  32. 6 Atheist Tales, Eric Maisel, 2013, 7 Aug.
  33. Java for Dummies, sixth edition, Barry Burd, 2014, 9 Aug.
  34. Walkaway: A Novel, Cory Doctorow, 2017, 29 Aug.
  35. Bad Gurus: Fiction from a Near Future, Jay O'Connell, 2017, 3 Sep.
  36. Schlock Mercenary Book 17: A Little Immortality, Howard Tayler, 2017, 16 Sep (webcomic volume read online).
  37. Four Worlds and Counting: Fermi-Paradox Aliens, Rational Vampires, and the Singularity in Our Lifetime, Jay O'Connell, 2014, 4 Oct.
  38. Beginners Guide to Gambas, Revised for Version 3, John Rittinghouse, 2011, 24 Oct.
  39. Empires of Time: Calendars, Clocks, and Cultures, Revised Edition, Anthony Aveni, 2002, 12 Nov.
  40. Mastering Emacs, Mickey Petersen, 2016, 21 Nov.
  41. Schlock Mercenary Book 1: The Tub of Happiness, Howard Tayler, 2001, 24 Nov (commercial ebook with bonus material)
  42. Artemis: A Novel, Andy Weir, 2017, 26 Nov.
  43. Harley Hahn's Emacs Field Guide, Harley Hahn, 2016, 26 Nov.
  44. Schlock Mercenary Book 2: The Teraport Wars, Howard Tayler, 2003, 28 Nov (commercial ebook with bonus material)
  45. Schlock Mercenary Book 3: Under New Management, Howard Tayler, 2003, 29 Nov (commercial ebook with bonus material)
  46. Schlock Mercenary Book 4: The Blackness Between, Howard Tayler, 2004, 29 Nov (commercial ebook with bonus material)
  47. Schlock Mercenary Book 5: The Scrapyard of Insufferable Arrogance, Howard Tayler, 2004, 29 Nov (commercial ebook with bonus material)
  48. Schlock Mercenary Book 6: Resident Mad Scientist, Howard Tayler, 2005, 1 Dec (commercial ebook with bonus material)
  49. Schlock Mercenary Book 7: Emperor Pius Dei, Howard Tayler, 2006, 2 Dec (commercial ebook with bonus material)
  50. Schlock Mercenary Book 8: The Sharp End of the Stick, Howard Tayler, 2007, 3 Dec (commercial ebook with bonus material)
  51. Schlock Mercenary Book 9: The Body Politic, Howard Tayler, 2008, 4 Dec (commercial ebook with bonus material)
  52. Schlock Mercenary Book 10: The Longshoreman of the Apocalypse, Howard Tayler, 2009, 5 Dec (commercial ebook with bonus material)
  53. Schlock Mercenary Book 11, Massively Parallel, Howard Tayler, 2010, 9 Dec (commercial ebook with bonus material)
  54. Schlock Mercenary Book 12: Force Multiplication, Howard Tayler, 2011, 10 Dec (commercial ebook with bonus material)
  55. Persepolis Rising, James S. A. Corey, 2017, 14 Dec. The Expanse #7.
  56. Strange Dogs: An Expanse Novella, James S. A. Corey, 2017, 15 Dec. The Expanse #6.5.
  57. The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture, Brian Dear, 2017, 24 Dec.