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Tuesday May 17, 2005
03:38 PM

book meme propagates further

[ #24743 ]
Meme continued from chaoticset, from mdxi, from...

1) Total number of books owned?

About 4000 science fiction, about 200 computer, about 1000 other. (Plus about another 2000 in the house belonging to my wife, and another few hundred belonging to my kids...)

2) The last book I bought?

Peter Hamilton - Pandora's Star. (Well, MJD's Higher Order Perl was ordered earlier, shipped about the same time, and received later, so it sort of dependent upon the precise definition of "bought".)

3) The last book I read?

Higher Order Perl.

4) Five books that mean a lot to me (for sufficiently large values of five):

Computer:

The Mythical Man Month - Fred Brooks

Programming Perls - Jon Bently

The Art of Computer Programming - Donald Knuth (lots more)

SF:

Larry Niven

Gordon Dickson

Robert Heinlein

Robert Sawyer

Terry Pratchett

Spider Robinson

(lots more)

mystery:

Leslie Charteris (the Saint)

Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason, Donald Lam, Doug Selby)

Gregory McDonald (Fletch, Flynn)

G. K. Chesterton (Father Brown)

Agatha Christie (many)

other:

Godel, Escher, and Back - Douglas Hofstadter

Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman - Richard Feynman

Patrick O'Brian (Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin stories)

Bridge in the Menagerie - Victor Mollo

(I would probably come up with a totally different list every time I was asked.)

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  • Echo GEB. While I'm at it, I forgot V For Vendetta, for the fascinating thought that happiness is the most insidious prison of all.

    And Freakonomics, which finally taught me that all the interesting things I believed about economics before I read an economics book might have actually been truer than I believed.

    I could elaborate, now that I've cast my mind back to find more examples of excellent literature I have read, but instead I am going to gracefully degrade to a previous statement that I've made,

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    You are what you think.
  • About 4000 science fiction, about 200 computer, about 1000 other. (Plus about another 2000 in the house belonging to my wife, and another few hundred belonging to my kids...)

    Tell me the truth... you live in a library, right? :-)

    • Well, the computer books are shelved in the computer room which contains most of our computers; the general books are on shelves in the hallway; but the SF and mystery (and some other stuff) are on shelves in my son's room. So, *he* lives in a library. Of course, it does give him something to read...