How I Paid for College by Marc Acito

Dreaming Pachinko by Isaac Adamson

Hokkaido Popsicle by Isaac Adamson

Kinki Lullaby by Isaac Adamson

Tokyo Suckerpunch by Isaac Adamson

Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein

Security Engineering by Ross Anderson

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

The Heights by Kate Ascher

Cowl by Neal Asher

Gridlinked by Neal Asher

Line of Polity by Neal Asher

The Skinner by Neal Asher


The Anvil of the World by Kage Baker

Kage Baker's "Company" books

The Graveyard Game by Kage Baker

The Life of the World to Come by Kage Baker

Mendoza in Hollywood by Kage Baker

Mother Aegypt and Other Stories by Kage Baker

The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks

Matter by Iain M. Banks

Raw Spirit: In Search of the Perfect Dram by Iain Banks

Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks

Transition by Iain M. Banks

A Million Open Doors by John Barnes

Arthur and George by Julian Barnes

Company by Max Barry

Death's Acre by Dr Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson

Shanghai '37 by Vicki Baum

Crete: The Battle and the Resistance by Antony Beevor

D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor

The Fall of Berlin 1945 by Antony Beevor

Stalingrad by Antony Beevor

Hotel Bemelmans by Ludwig Bemelmans

Tsukiji by Theodore Bestor

Hit Man by Lawrence Block

Words on Wednesday Night edited by Janis Bolster

Something Nasty in the Woodshed by Kyril Bonfiglioli

Bone in the Throat by Anthony Bourdain

A Cook's Tour by Anthony Bourdain

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

The Nasty Bits by Anthony Bourdain

No Bed for Bacon by Caryl Brahms and S. J. Simon

Hollywood Interrupted by Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

Deception Point by Dan Brown

Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Lost to the West by Lars Bownworth

Heat by Bill Buford

The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold


Hold the Enlightenment: More Travel Less Bliss by Tim Cahill

The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason

Sten by Chris Bunch and Allan Cole

Wrong About Japan by Peter Carey

In Search of Stupidity by Merrill R. Chapman

Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child

Killing Floor by Lee Child

Jonathan Strange and Mister Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Between You and I: A Little Book of Bad English by James Cochrane

State of Fear by Michael Crichton

Economics and its Enemies: Two Centuries of Anti-Economics by William Oliver Coleman

Taste by Kate Colquhoun

The Black Echo by Michael Connelly

Sharpe's Escape by Bernard Cornwell

Sharpe's Tiger by Bernard Cornwell

Sharpe's Triumph by Bernard Cornwell

Postmortem and the other Kay Scarpetta books by Patricia Cornwell


Handling the Big Jets by David P. Davies

Havana Strike by Jim DeFelice

The General's Daughter by Nelson DeMille

Sensei by John Donohue

Everyday Life in Traditional Japan by Charles J. Dunn

Caprice and Rondo by Dorothy Dunnett

The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett

The “House of Niccolò” series of novels by Dorothy Dunnett

Gemini by Dorothy Dunnet

Queens’ Play by Dorothy Dunnet

Race of Scorpions by Dorothy Dunett

Scales of Gold by Dorothy Dunnett

The Spring of the Ram by Dorothy Dunnett

To Lie With Lions by Dorothy Dunnett

Niccolò Rising by Dorothy Dunnett

The Unicorn Hunt by Dorothy Dunnett

The Cunning Blood by Jeff Duntemann


Crusade in Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower

Killing Rain by Barry Eisler

Rain Storm by Barry Eisler

The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy and Black Dahlia Avenger by Steve Hodel


The Dance of Time by Eric Flint and David Drake

Destiny's Shield by Eric Flint and David Drake

Fortune's Stroke by Eric Flint and David Drake

In the Heart of Darkness by Eric Flint and David Drake

An Oblique Approach by David Drake and Eric Flint

The Tide of Victory by Eric Flint and David Drake

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

Natasha’s Dance by Orlando Figes

Paranoia by Joseph Finder

The Wal-Mart Effect by Charles Fishman

The Tyrant by Eric Flint and David Drake

Casting Fortune by John M. Ford

The Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford

Growing Up Weightless by John M. Ford

Heat of Fusion and Other Stories by John M. Ford

How Much For Just the Planet? by John M. Ford

The Last Hot Time by John M. Ford

The Princes of the Air by John M. Ford

Web of Angels by John M. Ford

The Economic Naturalist by Robert H. Frank

Flashman on the March by George MacDonald Fraser

The Light's on at Signpost by George MacDonald Fraser

The Reavers by George MacDonald Fraser

Paperweight by Stephen Fry


Better by Atul Gawande

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

The Science of Fear by Daniel Gardener

Spook Country by William Gibson

What the Nose Knows by Avery Gilbert

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

Here at The New Yorker by Brendan Gill

Foundations of Python Network Programming by John Goerzen

Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik

Structures by J. E. Gordon

Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering by Robert L. Glass

Spy Girl by Amy Gray


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

You're Stepping on My Cloak and Dagger by Roger Hall

The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford

Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris

Imperium by Robert Harris

Pompeii by Robert Harris

Light by M. John Harrison

Act One by Moss Hart

Infrastructure by Brian Hayes

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein

The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy and Black Dahlia Avenger by Steve Hodel

The Proteus Operation by James P. Hogan

Seventh Son: Descent by J. C. Hutchins


Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Video Night in Kathmandu by Pico Iyer


The Last Duel by Eric Jager

Touched with Fire by Kay Redfield Jamison

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Dr Tataina's Sex Advice to All Creation by Olivia Judson


The Codebreakers by David Kahn

The United States of Arugula by David Kamp

Dogs and Demons: Tales from the Dark Side of Japan by Alex Kerr

Lost Japan by Alex Kerr

The Colorado Kid by Stephen King

The Steerswoman's Road by Rosemary Kirstein

Freedom's Gate by Naomi Kritzer


The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larssen

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Newton and the Counterfeiter by Thomas Levenson

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Moneyball by Michael Lewis

Laughing Gas, Viagra, and Lipitor by Jie Jack Li

Falling Up the Stairs by James Lileks

Mr Obvious by James Lileks

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

The Age of Abundance by Brink Lindsey

Network Security Hacks by Andrew Lockhart

Cool It by Bjorn Lomborg

On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town by Susan Herrmann Loomis

The Opium War by Julia Lovell


Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre

Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession by Janet Malcolm

Between Silk and Cyanide by Leo Marks

A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Toppamono by Miyazaki Manabu

Harpo Speaks by Harpo Marx (with Rowland Barber)

The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery by D. T. Max

A Good Year by Peter Mayle

Seeker by Jack McDevitt

The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language by John McWhorter

A Certain Chemistry by Mil Millington

Love and Other Near-Death Experiences by Mil Millington

Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About by Mil Millington

The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon

Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore

The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore

Japanland by Karin Muller


Japan Unbound by John Nathan

Mishima by John Nathan

Sony by John Nathan

The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø

A Question of Attraction by David Nicholls

Making Book by Teresa Neilsen Hayden

His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik


The Hundred Days by Patrick O'Brian

The Truelove by Patrick O'Brian

The Wine-Dark Sea by Patrick O'Brian

Into the Heart of Borneo by Redmond O'Hanlon

On The Wealth of Nations by P. J. O'Rourke


The Châtelet Apprentice by Jean François Parot

The Bad Bohemian by Sir Cecil Parrot

The Stuff of Thought by Steven Pinker

American Shaolin by Matthew Polly

There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say by Paula Poundstone

Janissaries by Jerry Pournelle

The Prestige by Christopher Priest


Imagined London by Anna Quindlen


Comfort Me with Apples by Ruch Reichl

Garllic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl

House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds

An Army of Davids by Glenn Reynolds

The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes

Skunk Works by Ben R. Rich and Leo Janos

A Deeper Blue by John Ringo

Choosers of the Slain by John Ringo

Ghost by John Ringo

Gust Front by John Ringo

Hell’s Faire by John Ringo

The Hero by John Ringo and Michael Z. Williamson

A Hymn Before Battle by John Ringo

Kildar by John Ringo

Unto the Breach by John Ringo

When the Devil Dances by John Ringo

A Thousand Bells at Noon by G. Franco Romagnoli

In the Shadow of the Law by Kermit Roosevelt

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

New Guinea Skies by Wayne P. Rothgeb

Feral by Berton Roueché

The Medical Detectives by Berton Roueché

Shinju by Laura Joh Rowland

Wasp by Eric Frank Russell


Confessions of a Yakuza by Junichi Saga

Memories of Wind and Waves by Junichi Saga

Every Patient Tells a Story by Lisa Sanders

Mortal Prey by John Sandford

Winter Prey by John Sandford

John Sandford's Prey novels

Prelude to Mathematics by W. W. Sawyer

The Android's Dream by John Scalzi

The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi

Old Man's War by John Scalzi

The Sagan Diary by John Scalzi

Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff

Hunting Eric Rudolph by Henry Schuster with Charles Stone

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

Ciao America by Beppe Severgnini

Here Comes Everyone by Clay Shirky

Roma Eterna by Robert Silverberg

Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

The Scarred Heart: Understanding and Identifying Kids Who Kill by Helen Smith

December 6 by Martin Cruz Smith

Economic Facts and Fallacies by Thomas Sowell

The Mike Hammer Collection, Volume 1 by Mickey Spillane

Backroom Boys: The Secret Return of the British Boffin by Francis Spufford

The Odyssey of C.H. Lightoller by Patrick Stenson

Anathem by Neal Stephenson

The Zenith Angle by Bruce Sterling

Against the Tide of Years by S. M. Stirling

Island in the Sea of time by S. M. Stirling

In the Courts of the Crimson Kings by S. M. Stirling

The Sky People by S. M. Stirling

The Chosen by S. M. Stirling and David Drake

The Forge by S. M. Stirling and David Drake

The Hammer by S. M. Stirling and David Drake

“The General” series, books 1-5, by S. M. Stirling and David Drake

The Reformer by S. M. Stirling and David Drake

Trio for Blunt Instruments by Rex Stout

Caine Black Knife by Matthew Stover

Cold Monday by Terence Strong

Daemon by Daniel Suarez

Ring by Koji Suzuki

The Blonde by Duane Swierczynski


The Informer by Akimitsu Takagi

Empire of Blue Water by Stephan Talty

Saumrai Boogie by Peter Tasker

Yakuza Moon by Shoko Tendo

Why? by Charles Tilly

Live Bait by P.J. Tracy

Monkeewrench by P.J. Tracy

Incident at Twenty-Mile by Trevanian

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss


Dark Waters by Lee Vyborny and Don Davis


The Merchant of Power by John F. Wasik

Blindsight by Peter Watts

Vincermemos by Howard Waxman

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

Naked Economics by Charles Wheelan

Spin by Robert Charles Wilson

Implant by F. Paul Wilson


Moment of Truth in Iraq by Michael Yon

Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa

The Witch Watch by Shamus Young

Book reviews by book author’s name

For some time I maintained most of the content on this site as a blog. Since most of what I post isn’t particularly topical, I decided in the fall of 2010 to maintain it in a different way. For that reason, links to book reviews posted before then go to blog posts. More recent reviews have a slightly different appearance.