Recently Read

Bunch of books I read in past year.
  • in Natural Language Processing @EMNLP 2020Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke. A hard sci-fi story about humans finding a space craft and the preparation about the first encounter with alien intelligence.
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. Swearing has never been better. It is a delightful read, and the plot, as well as the characters, are well flushed. However, I felt that the universe, which sounds super exciting, was never really explored in depth.
  • Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. Absolutely loved the writing. It was a fun read, set in 1939 NYC. But I felt that after the first few pages the setting of 1939 was not really important. However, I rate it lower when compared to A Gentleman in Moscow.
  • The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive part 1 and 2) by Brandon Sanderson. The universe and magic are well fleshed out. The fight scenes play like a movie and has a large number of characters keeps the book interesting. However, by the third book, which I am currently reading, the plots start to feel repetitive. The conflicts in the character and the story arch feel too familiar.
  • The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin. A well thought out a deep political theory and commentary on society transformed into a dense sci-fi novel. This book would make you think about your surroundings and would force you to examine your own beliefs.
  • Axiomatic by Greg Egan. A collection of sci-fi short stories many of which will put Black Mirror to shame.
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. It will be my first classic. Till now, I am finding it an effort to read, but a rewarding one.
  • Expanse (Book 1 to 9) by James S.A. Corey. A space opera extravaganza. A hard sci-fi books with well fleshed out characters and story line.
  • Wheel of Time (Book 1 to 5) by Robert Jordan. I really wanted to like this series, but this got a bit too boring after 3-4 books. To its credit, it starts out really interesting. However, I left the series somewhere around book 6. I hope I will get back to it someday.
  • The Black Echo by Michael Connelly. A forgettable experience. Nothing that we have not seen in the genre. However, to be fair, it is quite an old novel.
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt.
  • Dungeon Crawler Carl (Book 1 to 5) by Matt Dinniman. This was my first book in the LitRPG genre. I think the first couple of books are enjoyable. However, they quickly become a bit repetative.
  • Around the World in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh. It starts as a bit boring. However, once I got used to the writing, it was fun.
  • Bobiverse Series (Book 1 and 2) by Dennis E. Taylor.
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  • If we were Villains by M.L. Rio
  • The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard
  • Remembrance of Earth's Past (Book 1 to 3) by Cixin Liu