Nothing this week
The End of Time: The Next Revolution in Physics by Julian Barbour. Barbour’s idea is that time does not really exist. Just started it, but it looks very interesting.
The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the dark ages by Chris Wickham. A really good history of Europe and western Asia, from 400 to 1000 AD.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Historical fiction about Henry VIII and that period, told from the point of view of Thomas Cromwell, with the villain being Thomas More. Wonderfully written, and, from what I read in other reviews, historically defensible.
The Great SF stories volume 1: 1939 ed. by Isaac Asimov and Martin Greenberg. I have this whole series on my shelf and I think I will re-read them
Tai Pan by James Clavell. I am rereading this. Like Shogun it’s a big, sprawling book in which the hero (an Englishman) goes to the Asia (in this case, China and Hong Kong), does all sorts of great things, adopts some Asian ways (e.g. not dressing in long woolen clothes when it’s 90 or 100 Fahrenheit), falls in love with a beautiful Asian woman … etc. Fun stuff.
And some technical books for work.