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Just as a suggestion, perhaps we could develop the GC summer reading list.

For openers, I'm wondering if anyone has read Above Black? The lead in and reviews for it here are pretty fantastic.

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No, I've got a bad enough reading list as it is, please don't cause me to have a nervous breakdown...

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Along with all of the pregnancy books, I am re-reading the Wheel of Time series in anticipation of book 11 coming out this October. After that, Josh wants me to read Heart of Darkness, then I might pull out some Arthur C. Clark.

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Titan: Taking Wing - the first book of a series about Riker's new command. He's finally made it to Captain in charge of a vessel specifically designed for exploring.

Articles of the Federation - Sort of a West Wing, Star Trek style.

I've read a bunch of other books, but don't feel like listing them.

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quote:
After that, Josh wants me to read Heart of Darkness, then I might pull out some Arthur C. Clark.
FWIW, I didn't enjoy heart of darkness. I just read "Easy riders, raging bulls" and found it poorly written, or maybe poorly edited- there were a number of passages that I found hard to understand the meaning.

I've started reading "Carter beats the devil" and I'm enjoying it a lot. As for Arthur C Clarke, I could just read 2001 over and over and over.

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I'm going to order the Ender's Game series. A friend of mine from my discrete math class said it was pretty good.
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I think I may finally sit down and read An Open Heart by the Dalai Lama

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The most recent book I finished: Joseph Wambaugh, _The New Centurions_. A cop writes a novel about cops and their lives. This is Wambaugh's first novel.

It's inherently a novel, but if even 1/2 the shit he described was real, then anybody who's lived through that is going to see and know the world a lot differently than anybody who hasn't.

My living room book: _125 Years of the Atlantic_, which is about one hundred essays reprinted from The Atlantic. It's just beautiful, it's like one hundred little miniature worlds, some very good, a few just mediocre.

My upstairs book: George Bernard Shaw, _The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism_, because I like to read things that I don't agree with, especially written by clear-speaking Irish writers who really say what they mean. Like the downstairs book, it's divided into many many small chapters, so it's easy to read one 8-page chapter whenever I have some moments.

(I typically have one book in progress in each room of my apartment, plus one that I carry on my commute).

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I just read Angels and Demons, so I could begin the Da Vinci Code (that just come out in pocket format in French - I was waiting for that to read it) without trying to guess what happened in the first book. Also, HP5 is awayting re-reading in preparation for the sixth. Atop of that, I recently bought Pride and Prejudice, plus an old Agatha Christie (The Murder at the Vicarage) and On The Road, by Jack Kerouac.

All in all, a nice mix of classics of litterature along with recent works. It will help me go through the manga and graphic novel void that happen each year in summer. (I believe the customs get slower as many officers are on vacation, books take a backseat, and the backlog takes a couple of months to clear up - true or false, it still feels like I have to wait a lot longer for the new titles to get here.)

(As for DVDs, I just bougth Ghost in the Shell 2 and GitS - Stand Alone Complex vol.2, I will probably get the others soon, and Gatchaman , complete first season should be here soon.)

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Can't remember the name, but it's Feynman's letters, published by his daughter (thanks, Aditu!).

Also gonna read Siddhartha and Catch-22 (in the middle of both).

Other than that, well, I've been really busy with work so far this summer ... most of my reading list contains the words "Filemaker Pro", "Python" or "XUL".

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My girlfriend has me reading Kerouac. She's addicted to his writing, and so I'm giving it a try. I'm currently reading Satori in Paris, and thus far, have found nothing special about it.
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My favorite travel reading is anything from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. I guess I'm finally going to read Portnoy's Complaint, becuase my daughter has too for her English class, so we'll have a copy in the house.
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Recently read 'Stasiland' by Anna Funder - a non-fiction account of the lives of people during the GDR, and their oppression by the Stasi in a variety of forms. Really gripping and horrifying stuff.

Also, read 'Old School' by Tobias Wolff recently - hate to sound like a jacket blurb, but I really think he's one of the greatest living American authors.

And if you want something a little different, then 'Timoleon Vieta Come Home', by Dan Rhodes, is great... a definite shock to the system.

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Stereo -- That's funny, I'm just finishing up Angels & Demons myself. I read The DaVinci Code last year before I knew there was an earlier book in the series. I actually liked The DaVinci Code a bit more, but maybe I'm a little overloaded on symbology now. A lot of things in Angels & Demons just seemed a bit less plausible to me.

Upstairs I'm just starting a Dr. Who book. I really need to watch some of the shows I think, because I'm pretty confused. The previous five or so Dr. Who books I've read haven't completely explained the concept of the series for me.

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quote:
Originally posted by Ugh, MightyClub:
Stereo -- That's funny, I'm just finishing up Angels & Demons myself. I read The DaVinci Code last year before I knew there was an earlier book in the series. I actually liked The DaVinci Code a bit more, but maybe I'm a little overloaded on symbology now. A lot of things in Angels & Demons just seemed a bit less plausible to me.

Yes, I must say I found a few flaws A&D. Is it the recent death of Pope John Paul II and thus getting familiar with some terms* the two exceptions to his style** and then a few details where my own knowlege and logic didn't match what he was saying... Overall, a nice piece of fiction, but in no way a masterpiece, neither a page-turner. I had put it aside a couple of time in the middle of a paragraph, tired of his overwordly and redundant style. What _is_ a masterpiece, though, is the ambigrams symbols created for the book.

I decided to read it within the first pages of the Da Vinci Code, when was mentioned an other adventure happening the year before. As I like to have all elements available when I read mystery stories, I put it aside for the A&D detour; I don't regret it as there are mentions of Vittoria, and a few others details worth being known before hand IMHO. But I fear I will find DVC a bit of a downer, after being told by so many people about how great it is.

Now, the funny this is: GitS: SAC intro song's first words are "Angely i demony" - Russian for "Angels and demons"... Now, whenever I see or think about A&D, I get the song into my head! (BTW, Yoko Kanno rocks!)

*For example, "papabile" was used in the press for what seems very close to the "preferiti" of the book.
**Brown keeps his chapters short and make sure the information is presented in such incomplete ways that one can believe the plot twists, still twice he leaks a sentence about what will happen later.

P.S.: Sorry for the long rant. I like reading everyone's summer reading list, and I intend to pick up a few titles to complete my own!

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I've been meaning to read Orson Scott Card's Seventh Son series, which seemed pretty cool.

For the most part, though, I've got several books and articles about Amateur Radio lying around, so I'm trying to focus my energy into learning about that-- mainly the electronics behind it, so I can build my own HF band radio. I'm also teaching myself morse code, which is easier than it sounds. Finally, I'll take a license exam as soon as they have one here, so I can begin transmitting/tinkering.

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I'm reading Stephen King's Carrie right now. I'm going to read I am Legend after this, or maybe I should read a book my sister's reading called Loch, or maybe I should wait for the sequel to Eragon to come out. So many books out there, don't know what to read NEXT! [crazy]
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I've actully read quite a lot over the last month (and not all of it was Slashdot and IRC, either). I am currently into Bill Brysons "A brief history of everything." Good book, becomes slighty stretched out in some places but I am enjoying it.

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I'm reading Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From The Beaten Track: The Letters Of Richard P. Feynman. It is pretty good, but there are some gaps. I would have liked more letters from his time in Brazil, for example. On the other hand, I don't know what she had to work with. Maybe he didn't save those letters.
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A good geek read:

The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography by Simon Singh

From the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots to credit cards on the internet, Mr. Singh delivers an engaging history and explanation of cryptography. A digressive chapter covers the Rosetta stone and how it was used to crack hieroglyphics.

I really enjoyed it even though he lost me a few times. My math skills were too atrophied to fully understand modern crypto. If any of you geeks write “Crypto for dummies,” I’ll buy it!

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i have about 50 books at home that i haven't read. currently i am trying to learn perl and visual basic at the same time. then there are the magazines on a stack which i have to read. i don't know who of you reads c't it is really excellent. too thick though but it has excellent articles and software reviews and each month they throw in a compilation of really cool software. also i read .net magazine because it is free and i just want to know what the evil empire is up to. other publications find their way into my mailbox but i basically just browse through them. rfc, jsr and other workrelated documentation is also waiting for my attention. if i didn't have all that paper at home i would read the following:

Design Patterns from the GoF gang
refactoring from martin fowler

then there are the general interest books that i am thinking about reading
sun tzu the art of war

this one i wanted to read a long time ago.

the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen R. Covey

Mindmapping
Joyce Wycoff

Power Reading
Rick Ostrov

The Memory Book
Harry Lorayne & Jerry Lucas

as you can see these should in theory help me get rid of the reading material faster.

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I book I found very enlightening was

The Anarchist in the Library: How the clash between freedom and control is hacking the real world and crashing the system.
By Siva Vaidhyanathan

very interesting read

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I want to read a bestseller "Flyboys"
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Some good books I've read this summer, if you're really looking for recommendations:

Jim Morrison's Adventuers In The Afterlife by Mick Farren.

Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs. I read this one every summer, when the oppressive heat starts to kick in.

Forever by Pete Hamill.

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If you liked Heinlein's Starship Troopers and/or Joe Haldeman's The Forever War, you owe it to yourself to check out John Scalzi's Old Man's War. The author is also a well-known blogger.

(Many books I've bought recently have been written by bloggers. I still need to read Kim du Toit's first novel, Vienna Days.)

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