The 20 books every geek must read while on holiday

6. What I’d Say to the Martians, Jack Handey

A collection of short essays and scripts from veteran Saturday Night Live sketch writer Jack Handey, What I’d Say to the Martians is perfect for dipping in and out of. But possibly not in public, where Handey’s facility with language and sneaky one-liners might have you guffawing uncomfortably loudly.

(US$13 (RM42/hardback

7. Skinjob, Bruce McCabe

Technology writer Bruce McCabe looks a decade into the future and finds a polarised society where nihilistic porn addicts do battle with religious fundamentalists in this fast-paced techno-thriller, which has drawn comparisons with Robert Ludlum and Michael Crichton.

(US$19 (RM62)/paperback)

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8. Solo, William Boyd

It’s half a century since Ian Fleming died, but since then a succession of authors has kept Bond alive, some of them really very distinguished - Kingsely Amis was the first, and now William Boyd has taken up the mantle. If you’ve read any of Boyd’s superb novels, you’re probably already be in the queue for this one.

(US$23 (RM74)/hardback)

9. Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace, Nikil Saval

You might not think the office has changed all that drastically throughout its (relatively short) history, but you’d be wrong: that place where most of us toil through the best years of our lives has warped and changed to reflect the times – and Cubed’s story of white collar work makes for a surprisingly compelling read.

(US$23 (RM74)/hardback)

10. Alex Through the Looking-Glass, Alex Bellos

If you don’t see the beauty or value in mathematics, it could be that you’re just not looking at it right. Alex Bellos wants to change all that. His sparkling, humorous book, a series of encounters with the numbers-obsessed, demonstrates in diverting fashion how maths has changed our world. 

(US$24 (RM78)/hardback)

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