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What's your favorite book? - fayesafe - 17-12-2014

Sup guys,
taking the arrival of my new book 'the unix programming environment' by kernigham and pike as a reason, I want to ask you whats your favorite book and why it is.
I am not talking exclusively about technical related books, but books in general. I am curious about that since I am always searching for new stuff to read :)

RE: What's your favorite book? - xero - 17-12-2014

it's not very topical anymore, but i _REALLY_ enjoyed
KeithPeters's Flash Math Creativity:
it was a neat mix of cool visuals (the demos could be an art book on their own), technical explanations, and math.

RE: What's your favorite book? - venam - 18-12-2014

I've read so many books I can't seem to find which I would give the status of favorite.

Every single one of them has kept a specific image in my mind from the time I've read them, from the mood I was in when I was reading them, or the memories they bring back, even the technical books.

Paul Graham wrote a related article about this:

For the sake of arguing, I wouldn't put any technical/programming book in my favorite list, it would be equivalent as putting my old school maths book in my favorite list. Those books are nice to have as a reference and very enjoyable but not the kind that moves you or transfer you to another dimension of yourself.

RE: What's your favorite book? - swathe - 12-08-2015

I have a few but Time Management for System Administrators is a gem.

RE: What's your favorite book? - z3bra - 12-08-2015

The ice people, from Barjavel. Because it's just awesome.

RE: What's your favorite book? - bsdkeith - 12-08-2015

I guess I'd have to say, Absolute OpenBSD (2nd ed).

Though I do also have Sudo Mastery & The Book of PF to read sometime.


RE: What's your favorite book? - pizzaroll1 - 12-08-2015

I really liked The Wheel of Time (by Robert Jordan) and have read the series (of 14 books, so maybe this isn't an appropriate answer) 3 times. It's not for everyone and maybe I just like it so much because I've been reading it for 15 years and the nostalgia has overcome my good judgement.

RE: What's your favorite book? - Houseoftea - 12-08-2015

Non fiction -
K&R: what I'm reading now and its great!

The elements of style: helped me not write like a 10 year old

Structure and interpretation of computer programs:
Just kidding.

Fiction -

If on a winters night by italo calvino:
Amazing book.

House of leaves:
Look at my name? Course I like this book

Honorable mentions -
Installing Linux on a dead badger
Game of thrones
Crying of lot 49

RE: What's your favorite book? - Webtm - 12-08-2015

The FreeBSD Handbook
Absolute FreeBSD
Currently enjoying The C Programming Language

Other than that
The Kite Runner
The Shockwave Rider
The Legend of Drizzt
The Xanth Novels

After Crypto, I can't wait to start The Puzzle Palace

RE: What's your favorite book? - thetornainbow - 12-08-2015

Absolute OpenBSD is fantastic read. I think the way it's written, organization, and clarity should be a standard for technical-for-non-technical styled books. I've been making my way through it as I wanted to learn more about pf and I'm currently learning C, so where better to look than OpenBSD's src?

In the realm of fiction, I've just finished the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson. He and his friend Ian C. Esslemont began trying to create a world for the GURP table-top RPG, and someone convinced them to write books set in the universe instead. If you like world-building, magic systems, high fantasy, epic stories, I wholeheartedly recommend it.

If you're more in the mood for science fiction and you've never read Frank Herbert's Dune, please do so immediately. Don't even go to work. Dan Simmons' Hyperion Cantos is amazing too.