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Reading List for May 2023

Cover for the book 'Brute Force' by Scott Meyer

May 2023 is now behind us, and it is the meterological start of summer. May was a busy listening month and I managed to listened to 24 titles, of which only one was a new title. The new title I listened to is the one that I want to highlight for the month. The new book that I read is called "Brute Force" by Scott Meyer. Here is the description of the book:

A peaceful organization of civilized planets is faced with a threat to their very existence. Desperate to save themselves, they turn for help to the most brutal, backward, violent species in the known galaxy: humans.

Growing up in the aftermath of an apocalyptic event known as "The Bad Week" hasn't been easy for Cross Agarwal. Decades ago, in a world before The Bad Week, he would have been graduating from college, starting a career, and living on his own. But in a post-apocalyptic time when mankind is in ruins and on the verge of self-destruction, Cross works in his father's subterranean cobra farm, tries to avoid getting involved in the turf war between his town and the Southern Basin, wondering if his future will ever be anything but bleak.

When a group of aliens appears by surprise and invites a select group of humans to join them, it could be Cross's chance to not only find his own place in the universe, but to also help prove that humanity is good for more than just violence.

There are a couple of things that I would like to mention. First, Scott Meyer is known as creating books that usually have an outlandish and comedic premise. "Brute Force" is no different in that it is outlandish and comedic.

The second thing to note, you may notice that I re-listened to the "Old Man's War" series by John Scalzi (again). However, this time around I skipped book 4, "Zoe's Tale". It is not that I do not like the book, I do, but having listened to it a few times before, I do not think I will need to listen to it again to enjoy the rest of the series.

I am not sure how many titles I will end up listening to in June, because June is a busy month with me writing a new book that covers Apple's latest operating systems. I am sure there will be at least one or two books, but I honestly could not even guess how many titles I will end up listening to.

Note: the links below contain affiliate codes where I get a small commission if you purchase something.

Title Author First Listen Amazon Apple
Orion Awakened (Orion Colony Book 3) Jonathan Yanez and J.N. Chaney No Amazon Apple
Orion Protected (Orion Colony Book 4) Jonathan Yanez and J.N. Chaney No Amazon Apple
We Are Legion (Bobiverse Book 1) Dennis E. Taylor Yes Amazon Apple
For We Are Many (Bobiverse Book 2) Dennis E. Taylor No Amazon Apple
All These Worlds (Bobiverse Book 3) Dennis E. Taylor No Amazon Apple
Old Man’s War (Old Man’s War Book 1) John Scalzi No Amazon Apple
The Ghost Brigade (Old Man’s War Book 2) John Scalzi No Amazon Apple
The Last Colony (Old Man’s War Book 3) John Scalzi No Amazon Apple
The Human Division (Old Man’s War Book 5) John Scalzi No Amazon Apple
The End of All things (Old Man’s War Book 6) John Scalzi No Amazon Apple
The Collapsing Empire (Interdependency Book 1) John Scalzi No Amazon Apple
The Consuming Fire (Interdependency Book 2) John Scalzi No Amazon Apple
Last Emperox (Interdependency Book 3) Jake Elwood No Amazon Apple
Foundation (Foundation 1) Isaac Asimov No Amazon Apple
Foundation and Empire (Foundation 2) Isaac Asimov No Amazon Apple
Second Foundation (Foundation 3) Isaac Asimov No Amazon Apple
Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson No Amazon Apple
Sphere Michael Crichton No Amazon Apple
You’re Going to Mars Rob Dircks No Amazon -
The Reckoning John Grisham No Amazon Apple
Firebreak Nicole Kornher-Stace No Amazon Apple
Brute Force Scott Meyer Yes Amazon Apple
Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury No Amazon Apple
Tunnel in the Sky Robert A. Heinlein No Amazon Apple
Total   24    

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