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I didn't get a lot out of GEB, but I pored over Metamagical Themas [0]. It was perfect for a teenager just learning programming. The bite-sized nature of it makes it extremely approachable - perhaps a case of constraints (periodic column of N words) leading to more creative output.

[0] https://www.amazon.com/Metamagical-Themas-Questing-Essence-P...

How is Metamagical Schemas bit-sized? It is 850 pages long!

It's a collection of articles, not a single text.

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