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Sat, 30 Nov 2019

Recent Reads

I've been reading a lot lately, work has been crazy and I find leaving myself an hour before bed to read does wonders to relax me so I can sleep. Historical fiction has always been a favorite of mine, recently I finished up Ken Follett's [0] Kingsbridge trilogy. I read the first novel in the series (The Pillars of the Earth) in 2018, and just finished the other two. They are not light books (1000+ pages each) but are so engrossing you hardly notice how long they are. I highly recommend them for any fans of historical fiction, in particular early European history. All three books span a period of 500 years, the 12th - 17th centuries.

I have some of Follett's other books on my shelf to read, but am taking a detour into techno-thrillers by way of William Hertling's [1] Singularity series. I've read the first book, Avogrado Corp, and am in the middle of the second, AI Apocalypse. These are quick and enjoyable reads (250-300 pages each) that will appeal to most hardcore geeks.

posted at: 12:45 | path: / | permalink | books, follett, hertling, reads

Sun, 26 Nov 2017

Old Books and Old Tech

I was back in the States last week to visit friends and family. We generally travel the week before the US Thanksgiving, just to avoid huge delays at the border. Anyway, while there I was able to grab some boxes of books that have been in storage for a while - not all of them but just the ones I'm likely to re-read or that have some sentimental significance. Most of the others I'll be giving away, but I have the fantasy and scifi classics I've collected over the years, including Heinlein, Bradbury, Asimov and Clarke.

read more after the break...

posted at: 09:58 | path: / | permalink | books, fantasy, retro, scifi, technology

Fri, 19 Dec 2014

Everyman's Library

I've recently discovered "Everyman's Library" - a publishing house that specializes in high-quality hardcovers of classic authors. I'm not a book collector by any stretch of the imagination, but I do love to read and like the feel of a nice hardcover. You can get these in the usual brick & mortar bookstores, or online - they are reasonably priced and have sewn cloth bindings, acid-free paper, and a built-in bookmark. I put some pictures of 'The Stories of Ray Bradbury' in my SDF gallery [0].

posted at: 18:41 | path: / | permalink | books, everymans library, hardcover books, ray bradbury

Wed, 03 Dec 2014

Higher Order Perl and Free Books

I wish more authors would come to their senses, particularly with technical books. I purchased the dead-tree version of Higher Order Perl years ago, it is an amazing book and recommended reading for any programmer. Luckily, it is free to download [0].

"...the publisher was not important. Instead, he said, I should make sure to negotiate permission to make the book available for free on my web site. He told me that compared with the effort that you put into the book, the money you get back is insignificant. So if you write a book it should not be because you want to make a lot of money from it but because you have an idea that you want to present to the world. And as an author, you owe it to yourself to get your idea in front of as many people as possible. By putting the book in your web site, you make it available to many people who would not otherwise have access to it: poor people, high school students, people in developing countries, and so on." [1]

posted at: 09:06 | path: / | permalink | books, ebooks, free, higher order perl