What's your favorite book? - Off topic
swathe
(12-08-2015, 04:35 PM)thetornainbow Wrote: f 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.

+1. The Dune series is brilliant. I also really like Assimov's Foundation series.
apk
Favorite fiction book has to be The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Don't really have a favorite non-fiction but I like WW2 so I have a lot of books about that.
Webtm
@dsplayer
I completely forgot to add the Tolkien books to my list!
The Silmarillion was by far the greatest I've read from him/them so far. Looking forward to reading The Children of Hurin next.
gaak
Ender's Game is surprisingly good -- every 30 pages or so you learn something that changes your perspective on what really happened.

Daemon by Suarez is the most nixers-like fiction I can think of.

Any other fiction that's close to nixers?
budRich
Foundation series - sci fi, good stuff
The idea factory - the rise and fall of bell labs (surprisingly little about unix, but surprisingly interesting anyways)
The Futurica Trilogy - (cyberpunk philosophy)
neeasade
@gaak loved the enders game and enders shadow series, I'm overdue for a re-read there.

I'm currently mostly listening to this series, which is mostly traders with big egos trying to outmanuver each other: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Asian_Saga
z3bra
(31-12-2018, 09:53 PM)gaak Wrote: Ender's Game is surprisingly good -- every 30 pages or so you learn something that changes your perspective on what really happened.

I loved that book as well!

Best read of all time will be "La nuit des temps", a sci-fi book from René Barjavel (French writer).

In a more cyberpunk fashion, I enjoyed "snow crash" and "neuromancer", both providing a different approach to "hardcore hacking".
gaak
@neeasade Clavell's Noble House and Tai-Pan are good schlocky fun -- especially Hong Kong in the 60's with the water rationing and bank failures.

@z3bra Stephenson's Cryptonomicon and Diamond Age rock, and Anathem is good as something to think about / adjust one's lifestyle.

Hacking in film or fiction seems to be in a deplorable state. Like we get all excited when something even remotely legit is covered (OMG Trinity command-line ssh hack!!!!111!)
twee
Ender's game was good.

Dune, I didn't read the sequels - I thought that it wasn't the best book ever by a long shot, and a lot of people hype it up a lot. I couldn't care about Paul, he seemed pretty unpleasant, and I read it mainly as a bunch of overentitled politicians taking advantage of the planet and beliefs of another race.

Tolkien bored me. He was better at writing action (imo) but didn't do much, and chapters were long and rambly.

Normally I prefer reading stuff very detached from computers etc. Jonas Jonasson wrote some humorous books (they didn't make me laugh too much, but they were enjoyable). Kate Atkinson's books have some very complex plots. They're fun to read. My favourite author is Rachel Joyce - her books are nothing particularly unique, but cover a range of topics in a sensitive and humourous way.

In terms of non-fiction, I like reading Pike's papers, even if I don't agree with everything he says, I think he's pretty good at writing and has an interesting perspective.

Peter Singer's "ethics in the real world" is a nice selection of short essays which are enjoyable to read too. They cover everything.
gaak
yeah, Dune is a weird mix of Satire and Noble Savage -- fairly on the ball geopolitically though.

Ender's Game is a well-constructed Tragedy: we think Ender's going up, but in reality he's going down; and we think Peter is going down, but he's actually going up. And then you add in all the carefully laid logic behind Peter and the Queen... freaking awesome.




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