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Re: What are you reading and what is on your book stack to read?

Posted 20 December 2015 - 01:53 PM

Through no fault of my own, I inadvertently wound up in a bookstore yesterday, so I brought home a few waifs and strays. A John Banville novel (The Untouchable), one of the China Mieville novels that I haven't read yet (King Rat), Oliver Sacks' Seeing Voices, and Dinosaur in a Haystack by Stephen Jay Gould.

So I guess I have some reading to do.
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Posted 20 December 2015 - 02:24 PM

View Postjon.kiparsky, on 20 December 2015 - 12:53 PM, said:

Through no fault of my own, I inadvertently wound up in a bookstore yesterday, so I brought home a few waifs and strays. A John Banville novel (The Untouchable), one of the China Mieville novels that I haven't read yet (King Rat), Oliver Sacks' Seeing Voices, and Dinosaur in a Haystack by Stephen Jay Gould.

So I guess I have some reading to do.


King Rat was an awesome read, I really enjoyed that book.
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Posted 28 December 2015 - 09:05 AM

With the Christmas murder-mystery finished, I'm moving onto :

If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him
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Posted 28 December 2015 - 09:31 AM

The Oliver Sacks book (Seeing Voices) was pretty good, though dated. Sacks became interested in Deaf culture in the late eighties, around the time of an upswing of academic interest in sign languages, and shortly before a lot of interesting innovations such as teaching sign to hearing children at an early age. In Sacks' writing, Deaf people are largely neglected victims of benign societal ignorance - often illiterate, often marginalized, and seldom realizing their full potential as human beings. This is, it seems, a disturbingly accurate picture of the median Deaf life in the twentieth century. However, as early as the 90s, things began to change somewhat in the US and Europe, and it seems that the situation for Deaf children is vastly improved today, at least relative to the1980s and prior.
As always, descriptions of the structure of ASL made me want to drop everything and learn that language - just to see what it feels like to communicate in that medium.
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Posted 03 January 2016 - 10:12 PM

Picked up Tom Stoppard's Arcadia - a local company is putting it on in a few months, and I thought it would be fun to read it before seeing it. Two scenes in, it's absolutely hysterical. Great fun.
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Posted 09 January 2016 - 11:17 AM

Just started reading Algorithms by Rob Sedgewick

Very interesting read and brings up parts of programming ive never gotten into.
Great amount of exercises as well to get you coding as well as reading.
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Posted 02 February 2016 - 03:41 PM

I have recently picked up The C Programming Languge which I'm reading side by side with the Algorithms book. I have also built up a good list of what i want to read including books like The Pragmatic Programmer, The Mythical Man-Month and Code-Complete.
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Posted 02 February 2016 - 03:51 PM

That's a good stack of material to work on. There's a lot of good stuff to learn there.

I started Neptune's Brood last week (Charles Stross). This is a lot of fun - it's amazing how good Stross is when he's not wasting time on the Laundry nonsense.
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Posted 02 February 2016 - 03:58 PM

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when he's not wasting time on the Laundry nonsense.

ಠ_ಠ You hush your filthy mouth there, mister.
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Posted 02 February 2016 - 04:38 PM

Have about 100 pages left in Bands of Mourning. Definitely enjoying it so far. There is a good amount of comedy and action, so hopefully it will continue and the 3rd book will be amazing :)
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Posted 02 February 2016 - 05:00 PM

Isn't Bands of Mourning the third book? Alloy, Shadow, Bands, and whatever's last?

Been meaning to get that one. Have to finish the book I'm on first, which is "The Broken Eye" by Brent Weeks, third in "The Lightbringer" series.
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Posted 02 February 2016 - 06:57 PM

I'm still confused by that. I've heard that Alloy is supposed to not be part of the second trilogy.
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Posted 02 February 2016 - 09:03 PM

It might not be part of the "trilogy", but it's required reading for Shadows, so I consider it part of the series.
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