6. Science of Superheroes by Lois H Gresh and Robert Weinberg,
A book about superheroes and science written by two people who, so far as I can tell, hate superheroes. But they like science. And also Donald Duck. This reads like the obnoxious guy who keeps interrupting folks discussing stuff they like to tell them why it's stupid and they shouldn't like it. I grabbed this at the bookstore in a rush - what I really wanted was the Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios, who from his youtube vids seems to actually like superheroes.
7. Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge
I've heard a lot over the years about Vinge, and how brilliant and thought-provoking he is. No one mentioned that he's also a pretty good writer. I really enjoyed this - smart in a similar way to Charlie Stross, but not quite as manic.