Books I read in April and what I thought about them

William Gibson – Pattern Recognition

This is the first book I read by William Gibson since reading Neuromancer and its two sequels more than ten years ago. Pattern Recognition is the first book in a trilogy which isn’t really science fiction, but more like a tech-oriented modern thriller. In any case, Gibson is a great author who possesses the rare combination of interesting ideas and the ability to write. While it seems he’s best known for his futuristic ideas, at least in earlier novels, I’m more impressed by his way of writing. Continued below.

William Gibson – Spook Country

This is the sequel to Pattern Recognition and is similar in many ways. That means that I also liked it a lot. The story is perhaps slightly more interesting, but the main benefit of reading this book is still Gibson’s way of writing. He’s really good at capturing both characters and scenes in just a few words, vividly and often in an obliquely humorous way. I have read few authors in recent years where I envy the author’s ability to write more than I do when reading Gibson.

Michael E. Gerber – The E-myth Revisited

I picked this book up mostly by whim, but felt that reading something business related would be interesting. The main lesson I learnt from this book is about the triple roles anyone who runs his own business plays (creation, marketing and business). This has actually helped me rethink my current situation (I run a small business), but I didn’t like the book in general. It feels way too American and has a number of ideas that are taken for granted that I don’t really agree with.

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