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27th June 2003, 10:33
So what are you folks reading these days?

Read over the last few weeks...
A Beautiful Mind - Sylvia Nasar
Lord of the Rings - That Tolkien bloke
A Brief History of Time - That Hawkings bloke with the fancy skateboard
Heavier Than Heaven (Biography of Kurt Cobain) - Charles Cross
24 Hour Party People - Tony Wilson
Touching From A Distance Ian Curtis And Joy Division - Deborah Curtis

Next up...
Stupid White Men - Michael Moore
A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson

27th June 2003, 10:38
Donald Duck - Comic #267
Flash 5 - SAMS teach yourself
Idiots guide to HTML
The holy bible
How to pass your driving assessment - Gov. of WA


27th June 2003, 10:46
Was Lord of the rings. I guess I need a new book now.

I'll try Tommy Knockers again. Got abonded when I started reading another book and I never went back.

27th June 2003, 10:47

"Regina's Song" by David & Leigh Eddings
"Tesla", a biographical thingermabob about N.T.
"The Science of God", by Gerald Schroeder
"A Jewish Theology", by some guy who makes my brain hurt really bad
"Lord of the Rings" (again), by JRRT
"Professional PHP Programming", by the wrox group
"The Great Big Bathroom Reader", by Bathroom Readers' Institute

I'm sure there are others, those are the ones that pop into my head.

- Gurm

27th June 2003, 10:49
Right now?

MURC doh!

PS Tony Hillerman's latest mystery

PPS Those Edit & Quote buttons are sure close togeather.

27th June 2003, 10:51
Wishsong of Shannara Terry Brooks
Order of the Phoenix JK Rowling
Wheel of Time Robert Jordan

27th June 2003, 10:55
Dick and Jane

Going quite well too - already on page 4. That Spot is one funny dog - I see him ... I see him run ...

Actually I've been in a cynical mood lately, so I've been reading every Neitzsche and Machiavelli PDF I could find

27th June 2003, 10:59
investing for dummies

ha. i will be done with it soon

im half way through hannibal too

27th June 2003, 11:00
and i have the first harry potter book in my car, i only read it when im at the beach

27th June 2003, 11:02
Is that to pick up guys? :o :p

27th June 2003, 11:03
She likes em young! :eek:

27th June 2003, 11:03
Why are you going to try it Byock? :D

27th June 2003, 11:07

27th June 2003, 11:08
Originally posted by Byock
Is that to pick up guys? :o :p
No, that is what her weight-training is for.

hmm, don't read all that much, time and all. I also have the first harry potter book with me - it was on sale as a set of the first 4 and figured if nothing else my kid will read it. heck, Logan will probably finish the saga well before my slow-reading ass ever does.

27th June 2003, 11:09
MCSA Prep Books
College Entrance and Course schedules
Husband Coached Delivery

...damn, I feel so responsible all of a sudden.

Wheel of TIme by Robert Jordan

Going to start the Harry Pothead books after I'm done with WoT.


27th June 2003, 11:11
Originally posted by Ant
Why are you going to try it Byock? :D

HAHA, I was asking because I have used it for chicks. Seems to work well. :up:

27th June 2003, 11:21
Originally posted by Jammrock
Husband Coached Delivery

Don't bother. We tried that, and when she screams "shut the F*** UP YOU BASTARD I'LL BREATHE HOWEVER THE HELL I WANT TO!!!!!!!" you realize that it was a phenomenal waste of time and money.

Wheel of TIme by Robert Jordan

You mean "Wheel of Endlessness" don't you? I just got Julie the latest book in that series... its title was, I think, "I'd Rather Be Writing Another Conan Book".

Going to start the Harry Pothead books after I'm done with WoT.

Since Jordan will never finish WoT, does that mean you will never read Harry Potter?

- Gurm

Jammrock [/B]

Dr Mordrid
27th June 2003, 11:23
Feynman's Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life by Leonard Mlodinow

The Physics of Baseball by Robert K. Adair

The Extravagant Universe: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Cosmos by Robert P. Kirshner

Photonic Crystals by John D. Joannopoulos

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix :D

Dr. Mordrid

27th June 2003, 11:25
Originally posted by Gurm
You mean "Wheel of Endlessness" don't you?

It is starting to look that way, his last few books have gone almost nowhere. They are still good, and since I didn't have anything better to do....:D

27th June 2003, 11:26
Footfall by Niven and Pournelle

I scour the second hand bookshops for sf and horror. Got quite a collection going. Probably never get round to reading them all again - got quite a few to get through before I start re-reading, anyway :)

For the sf, I usually aim a little higher than the current book, but it's certainly readable.

27th June 2003, 11:39
started dostojewski - brothers karamasow today

27th June 2003, 11:39
IPsec (RFC 2401-2411, 2451) These aren't really books though.

IPSec VPN Acceleration Services Module Installation and Configuration Guide

And I'm also reading some internal engineering documents related to the VPN hardware so i know how it interacts iwth the backplane of our switches and how the packets travel through the ASICs. My head hurts :(

27th June 2003, 11:41

sweet jesus IPSec is a b*tch! i'd like to have the weeks back my boss made me spend of freeswan and the likes.


27th June 2003, 12:10
michael moore - downsize this

t.c.boyle - world's end

zipang #11 :D

27th June 2003, 13:29
andy mcnabb
chris ryan
tom clancy

good authors for war and espionage books, which i enjoy very much.

27th June 2003, 13:32
Re-reading "She" by H. Rider Haggard (for about the hundredth time).

Has anyone else noticed that Alley Oop has really gone downhill since writer Dave Graue retired?

27th June 2003, 13:34
right now:

Calvin & Hobbes

ee cummings collected poems

27th June 2003, 19:45
Frederick the Great by David Fraser
Philosophical Investigations by Ludwig Wittgenstein
The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien

Brian Ellis
27th June 2003, 23:50
2 books on the go at this moment:
Light fiction: a Tom Clancy
Non-fiction: A book written by two UK journalists on the history leading up to the Cyprus problem. Heavy going, but it really lashes into both the Brits and the Americans for what is happening now. In particular, Kissinger is the arch-villain. There is no substantial new material, but a useful collection of data, with much detail.

28th June 2003, 00:59
Ahh, The Silmarillion, now that is realy a GREAT book. Stop at the end of the first era though.

Just finished my last project and now, as of today, my 3 months leave starts YEEAHHE!

Going to the lib with my wife in an hour to get us some books. I may let you know what I got myself....

28th June 2003, 06:11
you ppl have time to read?? :)

Last book I picked up was
Programming and customizing the AVR micrcontroller. Dhananjay V Gadre.

Haven't really read any fiction since my 20's.

28th June 2003, 06:20
Tom clancy, The Bear an the dragon.....

28th June 2003, 07:02
Imagica - Clive Barker

28th June 2003, 08:24
Several books by Kotzwinkle
Platon (for Universtiy)
Leibniz (As well)
Reading Lord of the Rings at the moments, read it only once in 2nd or 3rd grade, now reading it in english.

28th June 2003, 11:52
I am currently memorizing the Telephone catalog :p

Done with so far in the past few months
Read the last book in the World War series by Turtledove.
WOT by Jordan latest in the series
Several short Robot stories by Asimov
Robots and Empire by Asimov

Despite my promise to Gurm I did not read again the LOT.

Reading Now
Several MS Access books
Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey (stay away from this one)
A couple of books on php and mysql

On my reading list
The Chinese telephone catalog
I need a good book on home aquariums and how to build one :)

28th June 2003, 12:11
Originally posted by thop2

sweet jesus IPSec is a b*tch! i'd like to have the weeks back my boss made me spend of freeswan and the likes.


Thanks for the words of encouragement ;) I am not looking forward to this...

28th June 2003, 16:41
Yeah, the cover art for Kushiel's Dart made me go... "hmm, if the cover looks like this the book can't be ANY good!"

- Gurm

28th June 2003, 21:45
I was desperate for a book to read on the way home. I ended up reading the whole airline magazine in the plane, the duty free shop catalog and of course the safety instructions.

29th June 2003, 17:16
I finished Russell F. Weigley's "A Great Civil War," a single volume survey of the U.S. Civil War, on Friday. Apparently, I should have read McPherson's "Battle Cry of Freedom" first. Not exactly a rollicking read, but there was enough focus on the political (versus the military) to keep my interest.

I'll start Margaret Macmillan's "Paris 1919" tonight or tomorrow. Wilson, Clemenceau, Lloyd George, Churchill, John Maynard Keynes, Lawrence of Arabia, and Ho Chi Minh working in the kitchen: one can only hope for a gigantic food fight as the map of the world was redrawn. They would certainly make a mess of things.



30th June 2003, 07:36
I'm currently reading 'A Storm of Swords' by George R.R. Martin. Good fantasy series with a great deal more promise to it than Jordan. I read a few random Terry Pratchet Discworld novels(novela's?) before that, always good for a laugh and cheering up your day. After I finish the Martin book I'm going to try and pick up CS Lewis' 'Mere Christianity' again and see if I can make it past the first essay this time. Speaking of Lewis, I also reread 'The Great Divorce' recently. Very interesting take on the afterlife. I think Lewis was definately on to something with that book.
Not sure what I'll read after that, I'll probably just go wander around B&N for a few hours and see what jumps at me.
Oh yeah, I'm also reading bits and peices of several O'Reilly Perl books as I have time and when I run into problems that I don't know how to solve.


30th June 2003, 11:21
'Computer Organization & Design, the hardware/software interface' for those sleepless moments,
'The restaurant at the End of the Universe' for when traveling,
and ofcourse, 'Lord of the Rings', which i have to finish some way before the movie comes out :confused:

30th June 2003, 12:06
knirfie - is that aTeninbaum (sp?) book?

Maximum Boost - Corky Bell

1st July 2003, 03:47
Mickey Mouse

Brian R.
1st July 2003, 09:54
The Second World War - Churchill

1st July 2003, 10:10
Emile Zola: "Le ventre de Paris"

1st July 2003, 10:18
Italo Calvino
- Cosmicomics (no, there are no pics in the book)
-Our Ancestors

Lem - Golem XIV

Clausewitz - Vom Kriege (About War)

Elliott & Elliott - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Griffith - Molecular Genetics

Trekking in Schweden :)

The Selfish Gene


1st July 2003, 18:51
"Point counter point"-Huxley
Great stuff, I love this guy's work. I've been meaning to start on Kafka's "The Castle" but the laziness overcame me :p

2nd July 2003, 13:52
Originally posted by Kooldino
knirfie - is that aTeninbaum (sp?) book?

Maximum Boost - Corky Bell

Teninbaum??? :confused:

15th July 2003, 02:40
Stephen King - Duddits (Dreamcatcher)