What book(s) are you reading?

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    Bostonaholic

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    Simple question.

    I'm switching between several.

    1. Working Effectively with Legacy Code Michael Feathers
    2. A16: Food + Wine

    On Deck:
    The Passionate Programmer Chad Fowler
    Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship Robert C. Martin
    Pragmatic Thinking and Learning Andy Hunt
    Flex on Java BJ Allmon

    You can see more of my books I've read/reading on linkedIn (link in sig).

    Note: All my books are technical but this thread is by no means a technical discussion. If you're reading Harry Potter, list it. If you're reading your dishwasher's instruction manual, list it. If you're reading your sister's diary, list it... and give up the juicy details.
     
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    :confused:

    I don't get the connection. Is this ridicule of some sort?

    If so, why would others post in this thread??

    Please explain. :)
     
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    I sure hope you're kidding. Since I cannot detect sarcasm through the interwebs, I will explain.

    I was making a reference to the movie Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
     
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    I don't think he was... And neither would I if I had asked. :) (I didn't know either. :eek:)
     
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    Thank you. I hope Rob got the proper "connection".
     
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    Okay, that explains why I didn't get it, either.
     
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    "The Unconsoled" by Kazuo Ishiguro. Thoroughly inscrutable so far...
     
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    Good thread, and nice to see books get a bit of a look-in.

    My current reading is "Empires of the Word", by Nicholas Ostler,
    "The Rise and fall of Communism", by Archie Brown,
    "Black Sea" (again) by Neal Ascherson,
    "Lenin's Tomb" (again) by David Remnick,
    "The Unknown Stalin" by Zhores Medvedev and Roy Medvedev,
    "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins,
    and "Leica R7" by Arthur Landt.

    Recent fiction reading has included "the Song of the Beast" by Carol Berg,
    "Under Heaven" by Guy Gavriel Kay,
    "The Lies of Locke Lamorra"
    and "Red Seas Under Red Skies" both by Scott Lynch
    and also "Wolf Hall" by Hilary Mantel

    Cheers
     
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    If you've never heard of this author, go pick up one of his books right now. He's an amazing storyteller with unbelievable detail.
     

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    Just finished Savage Detectives by Bolano
    Just about to start the Plague by Camus

    I want to get The Wave by Susan Casey and try reading some Cortazar
     
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    I'm reading John MacArthur's The Gospel according to Jesus, its a good book, based completely on the Gospels.
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    Just started reading Sara Douglas' Battleaxe. Not sure I like it, yet…but the triology is supposedly good, so I'm giving it a bit of leniency.

    Just finished Robert Charles Wilson's Spin, which I liked enough to put Axis on the reading list.

    And even more recently Steven Saylor's The Triumph of Caesar (in Norwegian translation), which I didn't really like. I've read a couple of other books about Gordianus the Finder, and loved those, but in this book I think Saylor tells a rather uninteresting story and are just trying to show off all his knowledge about ancient Rome…which we already know he has, anyway...
     
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    The Stranger by Camus is good as well. Very existential and thought-provoking.
     
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    Fiction is boring these days. I used to like reading it a lot, but so much of it is trash. I like biographical stuff more. Just read What the Dog Saw by Malcom Gladwell and Role Models by John Waters. Probably will read Carrie Fisher's new one next.
     
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    Currently reading "The Host", by Stephenie Meyer. It's much better than the Twilight series IMO.

    Spin was really good, I agree. Axis was pretty good too, but I liked Spin much better. :)
     
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    Stephen Hawking's Grand Design. It's a bit slow going.
     
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    A recent post in PRSI prompted me to read Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid. I started, got interrupted, and am now back. Not sure if I'll get all the way through it.
     
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    Very true, a very thought provoking book, and rather controversial when it was first published.

    Saylor is very good at bringing ancient Rome to life, and I agree with Mittrawnuruodo that all of the Gordius the Finder books are very good. If you would like to take a look at an extremely well-written history book which covers that same era, I'd recommend Tom Holland's excellent history, called "Rubicon".

    Last year, I read the Millenium Trilogy (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest), by Stieg Larsson and found them superb.

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    2666: a novel by Roberto Bolano

    The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean

    Salt: a world history by Mark kurlansky
     
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    I've been reading a lot of travel books recently - Lonely Planet and Rough Guides being two of my favourite series. I find them interesting.
     
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    Just about to finish The Perfect Storm (Sebastian Junger). Next is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson and Reg Keeland) or maybe a re-read of Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton).

    Dale
     

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