10 books you need on your e-reader
Gun Machine by Warren Ellis
Graphic novel legend Warren Ellis takes a trip into a new and highly popular genre, the modern crime thriller, with his latest book – in which a New York cop unexpectedly discovers a madman's murder mechanism, a room full of guns used to commit infamous historical murders. Ellis’ grip on the genre’s tropes is tight and true, but it’s the presence of his own trademarks – gallows humour and the gleeful embrace of the weird – that make Gun Machine such a blast to read.
Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson
Wired magazine founder Chris Anderson delves into the brave new world of making technology and how the internet, as well as 3D printers, laser cutters and similar machines are revolutionising industry and business by bringing the power to create products to the masses.
The Terror by Dan Simmons
Soon to be brought to the small screen as a Ridley Scott-produced series for AMC, The Terror is a superior horror novel based around a real-life Royal Navy Arctic expedition in 1845. As two ships become trapped in the ice and panic sets in, relationships between crewmen become fractured – and there’s something even worse than the cold lurking in the frozen wastes.
Raspberry Pi User Guide by Gareth Halfacree & Eben Upton
Most of us know that the British-made, ultra-cheap and credit card-sized Raspberry Pi computer is cool, but we’re not really sure what we can do with it. This book, co-written by one of the Pi's creators, lifts the curtain on uses for the Pi, including guides on programming and making Pi-powered electronic gadgets.
A Storm of Swords by George R R Martin
The third novel in Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Storm of Swords (or at least the first part of it) is about to be dramatised in the new season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. You can get a drop on the telly addicts by reading the source material, which features the usual melange of scheming, sex and shocking violence, located in one of the richest fantasy worlds ever created.
Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How Live, Work and Think by Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schonberger
In today’s world we have a veritable avalanche of data available to each and every one of us, and when you take a step back to look at it – and know what you’re looking for – this “big data” can prove very valuable indeed. This book looks at what big data can tell us and how it will shape the world, for good or ill, in the years to come.
John McAfee’s Last Stand (Kindle Single) by Joshua Davis
John McAfee is the British-born entrepreneur whose anti-virus software made him a millionaire. He’s also dabbled in drug addiction, yoga and spiritual searching, has lived in a tropical compound in Belize for the past few years and, in late 2012, was accused of murder. Journalist Joshua Davis happened to be profiling McAfee prior to his troubles with the law, and has written this short, compelling ebook digging into his unconventional lifestyle and time on the run.
Bad Pharma: How drug companies mislead doctors and harm patients by Ben Goldacre
Goldacre looks into the ways in which mass commercialisation and corporatism has impacted the world of pharmaceuticals and how they are made available (or unavailable) to patients. While Goldacre’s approach is accessible witty, Bad Pharma is a book likely to leave you unsettled and angry at how science and good practice is so readily pushed into the background as soon as money becomes a factor.
64 Things You Need to Know Now for Then by Ben Hammersley
The future can be a frightening and mysterious place, but Wired Editor-at-Large Ben Hammersley’s book aims to make it less so. Over 400-odd pages, it sheds plenty of light on the ways in which technology will impact society in the years to come, and does so in an engaging and accessible way.
Osama by Lavie Tidhar
A pulp detective novel about a private eye searching for the author of a series of pulp detective novels (ones in which Osama Bin Laden is the hero), Osama is clever and self-referential, yet concerned with subjects that are Very Serious – namely terrorism. Real-life Al Qaeda atrocities are portrayed in the book as works of fiction, which drives the reader to question the very nature of history, good and evil and more. And it’s all tied together by a riveting story replete with mystery and tension.