Before that, it was "Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II". I decided to read it because I saw a kinda not great movie about the period immediately after surrender, and I realized it was something I knew almost nothing about. It's good, but relatively academic; I cared about how the Japanese publishing industry and their literature changed over the time period, but not that much. It is worth it, though, as I knew very little about Japan in this period. Something that drives this home is that for Japan, "the war" for the Japanese people essentially lasted from 1931 (when Japan invaded Manchuria) to 1952 (when the US occupation of Japan ended) - I had never thought of it that way before.
I'm not an avid reader, but the way this book was written (mostly journal style) and the humor just pulled me in. Glad I'm almost done reading it before the movie comes out and spoils anything.
That time is coming up pretty soon for me... in a couple more years. So I'll watch this thread closely and pick out my 'updated' reading list.
Prior to that I'd read Psycho Vertical by Andy Kirk Patrick which I would very strongly recommend, I don't think you need to be into climbing to enjoy it.
I think I'm about to start reading What the doormouse said by John Markoff or finish reading Technical revolutions and financial capital by Carlota Perez. I think I'll leave the latter and restart it when I've more brain time to spend on it.
Before that I read the entire Game of Thrones series. Not really worth the time invested if you ask me, but it was fun nonetheless. Might be one of those few books where watching their TV version is more enjoyable (disclosure: haven't watched the series).
On the technical side, I'm trying to read Google's papers once in a while. Good mixture of theoretical background with practical approaches.
Mastering BitCoin: http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920032281.do
Excellent popular science intro to, well, nearly everything.
Daniel Kahneman - Thinking, fast and slow
Absolute recommendation. Is changing my perspective on myself and the world with every chapter.
Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb . Stock fantasy at its best.
Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C Clarke . Been stuck at halfway for too long, it gets boring in places.
Right now I'm going back and forth between Black Hat Python (because I owe it to myself to at least learn a little bit of this stuff) and What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Carver. Two totally separate ends of the spectrum, but they're both great.
I found Reamde frustrating: there were a bunch of different good interesting ideas and plots and they just get dropped to pick up something else, and I wasn't at all interested in the something else.
Very "propagandistic" and politically charged, but that's something the author promptly assumes. Quite interesting (especially for an european) in the way it explains the origins of the american ethos ("land of the free") and how said ethos can be interpreted as a subversive political tactic to further the interests of a selected few.
I'm having trouble finding other people who've read him and want to talk about his books, though.
An anthology of ten stories with a supernatural element that originally appeared in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.
It discusses what happened in the 2012 Benghazi attack from the perspective of the CIA contractors who were there.
Also got Rapid Development for 5 dollars, but haven't started on that. Haven't really read any software engineering books like these before, but enjoying them so far.
I'm also reading again Comme un roman by Danil Pennac, a beautiful essay about the joys of reading.
This is a really casual Material Science book. It's sub-title is "Exploring the marvelous materials that shape our man-made world." I am about a quarter of the way through and am really enjoying it. I really knew nothing about materials, this book served as a fun/interesting introduction to modern materials. The first chapter (my favorite thus far) was about metals. It goes into how different types of alloys are created and into sword making; what makes a good blade vs a brittle blade that will fall apart in combat(hint: it has to do with the amount of carbon in the blade. Too much and it is brittle. You want about 1% in the entire blade.)
Picked this up after recently finishing The Selfish Gene, as I remembered what a thrilling read Crime and Punishment was.
Dostoyevsky is funny, thought-provoking and anxiety-inducing as ever.
Unlike some other authors, he rarely makes characters whose viewpoints he disagrees with into cheap caricatures with bad arguments.
He is intellectually honest and provides unprecedented (at least for its time) psychological insight into his complex characters.
I have always been sad to finish Dostoyevsky's books, but as the Penguin Classics version is around 1000 pages long, it will hopefully take a bit longer this time around.
But of the ones I'm really actively reading right now, and plan to finish soon:
1. Surfaces and Essences: Analogy As The Fuel And Fire Of Thinking - Douglas Hofstader and Emmanuel Sander
2. The Gathering Storm - Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
3. The Balanced Scorecard - David P. Norton and Robert S. Kaplan
Also, books that I don't really think of in terms of "reading" so much as "working through":
4. Learning R - Richard Cotton
5. Practical Common Lisp - Peter Seibel
A 1994 science fiction novel that explores many concepts, including quantum ontology, via various philosophical aspects of artificial life and simulated reality.
I was impressed that the book begin with a description of the concept of Fovea Rendering that is all the rage now with Virtual Reality.
I'm a huge Clapton fan so I'm finding it a really interesting read. He talks a lot about people who influenced/inspired him so it's also given me a wealth of new listening material.
I just started "Slipping The Cable" by Bill Schweigart, a novel about a Coast Guard junior office running afoul of his CO. The author's up coming book is set in the neighborhood where I grew up, so I thought I'd read his first novel.
An unusually thought provoking read for a business book, highly recommended. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6515635-the-sticking-poin...
— Roadside Picnic, by the Strugatsky brothers. The very thematic Soviet sci-fi behind STALKER.
— The Cyberiad, by Stanislaw Lem. A brilliant collection of short stories on language, philosophy, futurism.
— Nexus, by Ramez Naam (book 1 of 3). Nanobots meet augmented reality, transhumanism. Good.
— Breakfast of Champions, by Kurt Vonnegut. Hilarious stuff.
— Poe's collected works.
— The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu. I have my hopes high.
Politics And The Occult, by Gary Lachman. Much what it sounds like, a history of occult movements in politics.
The Lunar Men, by Jenny Uglow. Non-fiction about the Lunar Society, a science club in 18th century England.
The cover says the book is a "sweeping history of the complicated and evolving relationships between humans and computer" and it is just that. A literate and thoughtful history with an eye towards the future.
Genocide of One - Takano
Malice - Keigo Higashino
The Devotion of Suspect X - Keigo Higashino
Salvation of A Saint - Keigo Higashino
How do you fit reading while running a family ?
Sometimes i feel a sabbatical would be ideal.. But then very few companies are open to the concept!
The elements of statistical learning
The murders of the Rue Morge (Poe stories mix)
More autobiography and less advice than I was expecting, but very interesting, and extremely engaging.
by Peter Watts. Though I should've read the 'Colonel' before 'Echopraxia' in the hindsight.
Light, but full of pragmatism.
It's about the founding of Hong Kong after the first Opium War. History, Morale, Politics, Ambition, Money, Power and Love viewed through 2 different cultures. I discovered it after listening to Shogun (I read it a few years back) and was happy as a little kid when I discovered there are more books to read. It does not disappoint so far.
King Rat was a pretty good movie too. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Rat_%28film%29