Favorite non-technical books

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Favorite non-technical books

Posted 17 July 2010 - 02:23 AM

Books about programming are great, but what do you read when you don't feel like thinking about code? What's your favorite? What is one you've recently read, and how good was it? I'm looking for ideas on what to read next.

I just finished Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. Very good; I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes somewhat down-to-earth fantasy (yes, I realize that's an oxymoron) books.

Overall, my favorite books are The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (actually being finished by Sanderson, since Jordan passed away). If you've got plenty of time and want a long, long series to occupy it with, this is an excellent series with which to do so.

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 03:12 AM

The Wheel of Time is awesome. Also the dune series by F. Herbert and The curious incident of the dog in the night time by M. Haddon!
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Posted 17 July 2010 - 04:45 AM

Hmm...

A Calvin and Hobbes or Dilbert book. :lol:

"The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand or maybe "Whatever" by Michel Houllebecq.
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Posted 17 July 2010 - 05:05 AM

I live, eat, and sleep, code.
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Posted 17 July 2010 - 07:14 AM

Any book by Kurt Vonnegut. My favorite is "Breakfast of Champions". If you know about his past life experiences , being a POW in WWII namely, you can see how it shapes his dark comedy and satire.
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Posted 17 July 2010 - 08:25 AM

...wait... they make books that aren't about programming? What would be the point?

Most of my books are math, programming (or both), I have a couple of physics books, and a lot of poetry books... none of which I have looked at sine I stopped trying to impress girls...
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Posted 17 July 2010 - 10:28 AM

on my bookshelf currently I've got "growing a business", "pregnancy sucks", "being Logical", "founders at work", "Hamlet" (in english and german, side by side) and "pagan christianity". Recent reads include "a world on fire" and unfortunately nothing else as memorable. ebooks currently include pratchett and gaiman.
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Posted 17 July 2010 - 10:31 AM

Anything by Dean Koontz. I think I have about 60 (give or take a few) of his books
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Posted 17 July 2010 - 10:33 AM

@PsychoCoder: Good author choice. An author I'd recommend to you, if you truly enjoy Koontz's work, is Richard Laymon. I read his book "Body Rides" at the insistence of another Koontz fan, and I have to say I'm definitely impressed.

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 10:38 AM

I've read just about everything by Dean Koontz and Joseph Finder
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Posted 17 July 2010 - 10:40 AM

I'll have to check him out Valek thanks for the suggestion. And yes I just love Dean Koontz books. So much so that I pre-ordered the latest Frankenstein book back in January

christoph keep in mind that Dean Koontz used to write under 5 pen names years ago so it would be quite the feat to read everything by him
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Posted 17 July 2010 - 10:45 AM

I wasn't terribly big on his Frankenstein books. Granted, they were well-written, but the storyline just didn't do anything for me, personally. I'll read "By the Light of the Moon" and "Cold Fire" any day, though.
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Posted 17 July 2010 - 10:46 AM

I'm working on the 4th Frankenstein book right now
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Posted 17 July 2010 - 12:13 PM

Well I usually don't read books,but my favorite books are about teenager's life like "Doing it" by Melvin Burgess.Also I like medieval fiction like "The Witcher".I would like to read some books within genre "cyberpunk",but I can't find any in my library.

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 07:21 AM

Everything ever written by Terry Pratchett is an absolute must-read, Raymond E Feist is a good author and I really like Robert Ludlum.
Just finished the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind (this took forever) and I'm still waiting on the final episode of the Wheel of Time...
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