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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 12:06 am    Post subject: What book are you reading? Reply with quote

We were discussing a book I'm currently reading at work today and I just wanted to see what other people is currently reading.

The book I'm reading is one of Hitler's Biographies. Very interesting.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
(I read The Hobbit and I still have to read the other 2 :) )
ofcourse I read all this in English (I don't particularly like translations).
After this series I'll be reading "Kill your darlings" and then some PHP tutorial (developer's cookbook I presume)
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in grad school, so I read many books; my unassigned reading at the moment is a definitive edition of Shakespeare's King Lear.

My last book was Steinbeck's East of Eden, and my next will be Joyce's Dubliners.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Lord of the Rings.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Three in parallel:
The collected stories of Arthur C. Clark. Hard Sci-Fi, can't go wrong with that, though I prefer Philip K. Dick normally.

Umberto Eco: Über Spiegel und andere Phänomene (Of mirrors and other phenomena).
Sometimes I need my brain massaged, and Eco provides that.

Douglas Adams: The Hitch-Hikers Guide through the Galaxy. The relaxing bit after the brain massage. About the seventh time, always nice. I had that copy signed by him when he was reading at my town. Nice guy! We miss you, Doug.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like Hypnos I'm in grad school as well, so most of my reading consists of things from Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Biochemistry, etc...

However I'm reading through Manufacturing Consent by Noam Chomsky in my free time. I also recently finished reading The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown which was fairly entertaining.

Next up on the list: either Quicksilver by Neil Stephenson or Baudolino by Umberto Eco. Or maybe I'll just read 2001: A Space Odyssey again, because lately it seems to stand out whenever I look over on my bookshelf.

[edit] Nephros, what book is that? Is it available in english? I haven't read too much Umberto Eco, but I enjoy what he writes.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm rereading the series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. These have been my favorite books in the last few years.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom Clancy: Clear and Present Danger. 8)
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Currently, nothing unfortunately, I usually go through stacks of books ranging from shakespear to sci fi, however I am currently in the middle of midterm exams, and I have been hired to do some programming work, and I have lots of stuff to do. When the shit clears (hopefully by thursday I will be home free) I hope to read some more shakespear, and would like to also read the "Advanced bash scrfipting guide" which I printed out. This would give me a better grasp on bash scripting than I have now.

Sometime in there I would also like to reread childhoods end again. That book left me with a severe feeling of "wow" when I finished it for the first time and has done so every time I have reread it.

Damn it I need more free time :p

The problem with me is that once I get started on something I can work uninterrupted for hours on end with no problem, however I never am able to make use of a free 20 minutes that I have because it is not enough time to get into my "work mode". If I am not going to be doing something for a long time I tend to get distracted because I know I will get pulled out of whatever I am doing in a little while to do something else important.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

I probably should have read it long ago, but somehow I never got into Asimov until a while ago. (already finished the wonderful foundation series)
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the moment:
Neal Stephenson - Cryptonomicon (again)
Umberto Eco - The Name of the Rose (after finishing Foucault's Pendulum a few weeks back)
The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 1:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

X wrote:
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

I probably should have read it long ago, but somehow I never got into Asimov until a while ago. (already finished the wonderful foundation series)

Make sure you read them in the correct order, or you'll spoil everything! See my post in this thread: https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=46969
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury in the moment.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Currently working my way through Crime And Punishment. Following that I'll prolly tackle The Idiot.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing :(.

I'm thinking about going and picking up the Hitch Hiker's series or Catch 22 before Christmas break though (or maybe both). I'm known to go through a 500 page novel in less than a day without thinking twice about it, so I'll need a lot for the week plus some that I'll be at my grandparent's house, with only Windows and dialup ;).

Besides those two books, and those so far mentioned in here, are there any "Need-to-Read" books for your average teenage nerd? :p I figure I'd better start hunting for some books now, otherwise I'll forget and never bother to get them.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian wrote:
Besides those two books, and those so far mentioned in here, are there any "Need-to-Read" books for your average teenage nerd?
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card maybe?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Read the quartet twice already, actually. I was really sad when I finished, because I think that is one of the best series I have ever read. The story was just so rich, and I just wanted it to keep going. I mean, at the very end, when Jane just whisks them away, it's just, depressing, because you want to go on them.

I haven't read the two or three about Peter Wiggin (The Hegemon and another one or two), so maybe I'll find those when I get a chance.

Also, I did read 1984, although I didn't like it, so Big Brother can shoot me :P.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm reading the book The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage for a class at college. I'd recommend this book to probably anyone who would be reading this board. It was written by an astronomer who found himself in the role of a computer administrator. What began as a simple accounting error turned out to be an elaborate hacking operation involving the military and the Russian KGB. Very interesting, and it's all true.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 3:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mirrorball wrote:
I'm rereading the series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. These have been my favorite books in the last few years.

Ditto. I've read them like 3 times waiting for the stupid fourth one to come out. I bet they push it back again.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the moment I read "Hyperion" and "The Fall of Hyperon" by Dan Simmons.

The next book I'm going to read will be "Demon seed" by Dean R. Koontz.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm currently reading Persecution: How Liberals are Waging Political War Against Christianity by David Limbaugh.

The next book I'm going to read is The Thatcher Revolution.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Hunt for Red October (Tom Clancy)
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crypto: Secrecy and Privacy in the New Code War - Stephen Levy
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