Another one of my gifts this year was the first nine seasons of The Big Bang Theory on DVD. In one of the episodes we were watching, Penny bought Leonard a first (US) edition of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and it reminded me that my parents had bought me that exact edition, except in paperback, when I was nine or ten years old after it had just come out. It would be a few years before I finally sat down and read it (I was 12 at the time). It was one of those books, along with Lord of the Rings, that really made me love reading. And even though the bought me many other gifts growing up, it’s one of the few I actually remember. The funny thing is, they didn’t give it to me directly. I remember my brother handing it to me when they got home from the book store. I don’t recall it being a special occasion of any kind, and I didn’t really get it yet, which is why it took me a couple years to read it. I just remember my brother giving it to me and telling me my parents thought I would enjoy it. They weren’t wrong 😉
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My wife just picked up a copy of The Skeptics Guide to Conspiracy Theories [affiliate link] for me, and it seems hilarious so far. You just know that any book that starts out “I have to write this fast because they’re on to me” or somesuch is gonna be great. And the “notes” in the margins by a paranoid “reader” are especially funny. Loving it so far! 🙂
There’s a new book out on my favorite 8-bit computer, called CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy’s Underdog Computer [affiliate link]. It’s definitely going on my wish list 😉
Some geeks, myself included, love to read. While reading non-fiction is pretty much a requirement to keep on top of the things I love, this list will be restricted to fiction. Also, my favorite genre is cyberpunk. This is definitely reflected in the list below, even though it also includes other sci-fi and fantasy. So, without further ado, here are 10 of my favorite books, in no particular order:
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- Neuromancer by William Gibson
- The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein
- The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner
- Islands in the Net by Bruce Sterling
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
- Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- Hammered by Elizabeth Bear
- Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
I know there are many more great fiction books out there, and these are just some of my favorites. Also, because I went with fiction only, I had to leave out some of my other favorites, such as Wil Wheaton’s Just a Geek.
I also know I’ve done this post before, but it went away when I purged the site of old content. Also, my tastes may have changed slightly since last time, so the list might be slightly different.
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Here’s a link to an online version of the book Security Engineering, by Ross Anderson. Enjoy 🙂
The download page for Homeland is ready! 🙂 Or, you can still buy a copy (affiliate link) 😉
Just a quick note to tell everyone to read Cory Doctorow‘s Little Brother (affiliate link, or download for free) before the release of the the sequel, Homeland (affiliate link), on Tuesday, February 5. I think anyone reading my blog will probably enjoy this book, and I cannot wait for the sequel 🙂