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Book Update: 2Q2007

Cactus So many great books, so little time! I read a number of blogs to gain information like most of us, but there is no substitute yet for enjoying a hard-cover book. Every once in a while I post a list of books I have been reading. They all have reviews at Amazon that are much better than I could write. So, here is the list of what I have been reading lately.
The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World by Paul Roberts. This interesting book contains a history of how America has interacted with oil producing countries over the years and what the various motivations have been. It also makes surprising forecasts about the supply of oil and of the alternatives. It is not a novel to put it mildly — maybe more like a text book but very informative. Glad I read it.
The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor by William Langewiesche. This one could keep one awake at night. It describes what is required to build an atom bomb and where it can be found.
The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S. Collins. This is a really good book. Collins is a pioneering medical geneticist who once headed the Human Genome Project. Whether you are a believer, an agnostic, or an atheist, there is something in this book for everyone.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. This one was every bit as good as his first book, The Kite Runner. Like his first book, it is based on life in Afghanistan. Life for many women in this country is incredibly difficult and keeps you on edge reading about it. The author grew up in Kabul. His writing style is different and a great pleasure to read.
As the summer unfolds I plan to read The Good Guy by Dean Koontz. He keeps cranking out great novels.

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