In December, I left BMC Software and joined Mobiquity Inc, which is a mobile enterprise services company. It is a fantastic company with a great team of innovative and smart folks working on making mobile matter. (Yes, we are hiring!) The best part about the new job for me has been instead of commuting 90+ minutes to San Jose, I get to the enjoy the BART transit system to downtown San Francisco where the office is located. So I’ve had a chance to catch up on some fantastic books as of late and I wanted to throw out some recommendations.
Silo Series by Hugh Howey
Fantastic set of novels by a great independent author (several of my selections are recommendations from indie authors). From the first book till the end I was hooked, whats going on in the Silos, what happened outside, so many questions that are answered in just the right time and speed.
Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 – 5) (Silo Saga)
Shift Omnibus Edition (Shift 1-3) (Silo Saga)
Dust (Silo Saga)
Sand by Hugh Howey
Another Hugh Howey book set in a different universe than the Silo Series. Another great read that was hard to put down and I almost missed my stop at the Bart station trying to finish a chapter.
Origin Mystery Book Series by A.G. Riddle
The first book was fantastic the second book… not as sold on, but still rather enjoyable story. A.G. Riddle is consistently on the top of the Sci Fi independent authors list and you can easily see why in these two books.
Origin Mystery Book Series
Atopia Chronicles by Matthew Mather
This one reminded me of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow, but very interesting. This one ended with some interesting cliff hangers and I hope another book is in the works soon!
The Atopia Chronicles (Atopia series)
Cyberstorm by Matthew Mather
I have never been into stockpiling goods and weapons for survival. But after reading this book, I seriously spent several hours browsing sites for food supplies, guns and other essentials.
Freedom & Daemon by Daniel Suarez
One of the book series I always rave about is Daemon and Freedom by Daniel Suarez. Of all of the books I’ve read in the last 5 years these two have stuck with me, and its amazing to see the technology used in this book coming to reality. Daniel was a former IT guy, and he footnotes almost all of the technology he cites in the book so you can read about it and where the idea came from.
Kill Decision & Influx by Daniel Suarez
Thankfully he has written to other books that were also great and followed the same type of storytelling (tech thriller). The first one that came out is Kill Decision, which covers autonomous drones and the dangers of them. It reminded me a bit of Prey by Michael Crichton but done much better with the concept. The second just came out called Influx, which is a great story about a secret government organization that has been keeping new technological advancements from being announced and keeping them for themselves. I literally stayed up to 4:00 AM to finish this book and was glad I did so.
Hope you enjoy these as much as I did, and let me know what you thought of them in the comments.