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Slashdot Asks: What Books Are You Reading This Month? 259

An anonymous reader writes: Hey fellow Slashdot readers, what are some books you're reading right now, and intend to pick up later this month? Also if you would be so kind, what are some good new-ish novels (fiction / non-fiction) you recommend? Thanks!
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Slashdot Asks: What Books Are You Reading This Month?

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  • The Expanse Novels (Score:4, Interesting)

    by PMuse ( 320639 ) on Friday April 07, 2017 @11:23AM (#54191571)

    Leviathan Wakes
    Caliban's War
    Abaddon's Gate
    Cibola Burn
    Nemesis Games

    All in the last month. Can't put them down.

    • Re: (Score:2, Redundant)

      i'll summarize

      bland uninteresting characters
      decent first half of the book
      the second half is almost always about space zombies, attacking the enemy base or shutting off alien tech
      long and repetitive like the 20 chapters of frodo walking around mordor tired and thirsty
      stupid plot holes to get the characters in the right places for the finale

    • At this point I'm on the first. (Bought the first three in a box set from AMZN.)

    • Corey's a pretty good writer, and I literally just ate through all the books one after the other.

      My list for the last month or so is a bit odd. I re-read Pride And Prejudice because I felt like it for no particular reason. Working on Red Mars right now, a bit preachy at points, but all-in-all not that bad. Should be done this weekend, and then I plan on turning to Becky Chamber's second book "A Closed and Common Orbit", really enjoyed her first book. I've got John Scalzie's The Ghost Brigades to read (loved

  • Classics (Score:5, Informative)

    by WDot ( 1286728 ) on Friday April 07, 2017 @11:35AM (#54191657)
    I'm trying to read some classic Western literature to see what thought processes led to current Western culture. Currently I'm reading the Tragedies of Aeschylus (Agamemnon specifically). Encyclopedia Brittanica put together a list of the books they thought were most influential throughout Western history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... [wikipedia.org] . My goal is to work my way through all of them, eventually. There's a good variety: literature, philosophy, history, theology, math, and science.
  • by sims 2 ( 994794 ) on Friday April 07, 2017 @11:36AM (#54191667)

    Now your making me feel bad for not having time to read books something more important always seems to turn up. Darn you real life, youtube and netflix!

    I hate dialup so much but I often think I'd get more done of that was still my only option.

  • I have them all on my Kindle, so I've been plowing through them. Next after that are the 'Caine Riordan' SF novels by Charles Gannon.

  • by Kevoco ( 64263 ) on Friday April 07, 2017 @11:40AM (#54191695)

    Due to my concerns that the American middle class is being decimated...

    Currently reading:
    The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic
    Review [goodreads.com]

    Previously read (related):
    Why Nations Fail
    Review [goodreads.com]

    Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It
    Review [goodreads.com]

  • by mrflash818 ( 226638 ) on Friday April 07, 2017 @11:40AM (#54191697) Homepage Journal

    Currently reading "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes.

  • downfall" Discovered the first book at a used bookstore and just get the whole set that I'm reading through.

    Very, very funny with a lot of heart (it wasn't a very easy war for him) - you can see a lot of the "Goons" in the books.

    If you see any of the books, like British Comedy, read them.

  • The God Delusion (Score:4, Insightful)

    by shortscruffydave ( 638529 ) on Friday April 07, 2017 @11:41AM (#54191703)
    Just finished "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins. I know Dawkins himself isn't everybody's cup of tea, but the book is excellent....I should have read it ages ago - it's really helped me come to terms with my atheism,
    • by Tepar ( 87925 )

      You should now listen to the classic debate between Bahnsen and Stein:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com]

    • As a Mormon, you generally try and study The Book of Mormon daily - even if only for a few minutes - because inspiring words make you consider new concepts each time you read it.

      Fact or fiction, its stories surprisingly give the reader philosophical nuggets that are very relevant today, like some of the ones I threw together below (book chapter#):

      * Old debates between Atheism vs. Christianity focuses on many of the same, general core ideas as they do today (Alma 30)
      * While rehabilitating prisoners is th

  • Honest answer (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 07, 2017 @11:45AM (#54191731)

    The internet has screwed up my text-based attention span so much, I'm not sure I could even finish a normal length book anymore.

    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      I've been making an effort to Read The Fucking Article before commenting, but this time there isn't one! So I'm currently reading nothing. Bah.

  • I'm half-way through reading this one: Irresistible (Rise of Addictive technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked) by Adam Alter It's really well written.
  • by Khyber ( 864651 ) <techkitsune@gmail.com> on Friday April 07, 2017 @11:46AM (#54191747) Homepage Journal

    "Opal: Advanced Cutting and Setting" by Paul B. Downing
    "Gem Identification Made Easy" by Antoinette Matlins and A.C. Bonanno
    "Creative Gold- and Silversmithing" by Sharr Choate and Bonnie Cecil De May

    And a bunch of loose gemstone faceting diagrams (several of which have failed to render properly in GemCAD so I'm quite sure their angles and indexes are off) including the famous Lone Star Cut.

    Refractive Index is a fun thing to play with if you know what you're doing.

  • by bazorg ( 911295 ) on Friday April 07, 2017 @11:47AM (#54191749) Homepage

    A Beginner's Guide to Losing Your Mind: Survival techniques for staying sane

    By Emily Reynolds, formerly a writer at Wired magazine in the UK.

    Not an easy read at times, but has +5 insightful bits on how to deal with mental illness, ours or our friends'.

    • by bazorg ( 911295 )

      forgot:
      Paperback: 288 pages
      Publisher: Yellow Kite (22 Feb. 2018)
      Language: English
      ISBN-10: 1473635632
      ISBN-13: 978-1473635630

  • by Weaselmancer ( 533834 ) on Friday April 07, 2017 @11:48AM (#54191759)
    Striking Thoughts, Bruce Lee. So far it's pretty great.
    • by Quirkz ( 1206400 )

      How was that? The title seemed promising, but I tried starting it once and didn't make it very far. It seemed kind of dry for a book about extraordinary delusions and madness. Wondering if I should give it another shot.

  • Read "Collapsing Empire" by John Scaltzi.

  • So far it feels like a comic version of "illuminatus"

  • by RotateLeftByte ( 797477 ) on Friday April 07, 2017 @11:57AM (#54191815)

    30 years after I first read it.
    Previous to that I read Canterbury Tales. There is something about old stuff that seems to make it better than most modern {pulp} fiction.

  • by kilodelta ( 843627 ) on Friday April 07, 2017 @12:01PM (#54191845) Homepage
    Douglas Adams' "The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul" and "The Invention of Capitalism: Classical Political Economy and the Secret History of Primitive Accumulation" by Michael Perelman.
  • by cellocgw ( 617879 ) <cellocgw&gmail,com> on Friday April 07, 2017 @12:04PM (#54191861) Journal

    The Age of Wonder
    Sapiens
    The Long Earth/Long War
    Yes, Please

    • I too am reading "Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind". Hard book to put down.

      Also: "The Discovers", "Feeling Good", "A Short History of Nearly Everything", and "Warplanes to Alaska".

  • by xxxJonBoyxxx ( 565205 ) on Friday April 07, 2017 @12:11PM (#54191887)
    I'm reading "Slow News Day" by "Tufuk Inglazee, Turight Anartical"
  • by Unknown User ( 4795349 ) on Friday April 07, 2017 @12:11PM (#54191905)

    Fred S. Roberts, Barry Tesman: Applied Combinatorics, CRC Press, Special Indian Edition (way cheaper and good quality).

    This book is awesome, just like all other books by Roberts. Unfortunately, I can only read it for learning some basics and taking a look the many examples, as I lack the time to really work through it. :/

  • by DeBaas ( 470886 ) on Friday April 07, 2017 @12:15PM (#54191929) Homepage

    I'll buy Change Agent when it is published on the 18th. The author [wikipedia.org] is an IT guy, which means his books are also heavily IT influenced. I really liked the other novels he already published.

  • I'm currently reading
    * Gerard K. O'Neill - The High Frontier. A classic on space colonization (non-fiction), 3rd edition (c) 2000. Boy, have we missed out on possibilities...
    * Robert J. Sawyer - Flashforward (c) 1999. This is the base from which the TV series was built. Quite good scifi.
    I've got several more scifi books in the pipeline, by Kim Stanley Robinson, Greg Bear, Alastair Reynolds, Neal Asher, Peter F. Hamilton.

    I also intend to read-read the classic sagas from ancient

  • Currently ---
    Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life by Mark Goulston

    .
    On Deck ---
    The Complete Infidel's Guide to Iran by Robert Spencer
    A Burglar's Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh
    D DAY Through German Eyes - The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944 by Holger Eckhertz
    Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed by Jason L. Riley
    Confluence (Linesman book 3) by S. K. Dunstall
    The Liberation (The Alchemy Wars Book 3) by Ian Tregillis

    Fi

  • by Quirkz ( 1206400 ) <ross&quirkz,com> on Friday April 07, 2017 @12:20PM (#54191975) Homepage

    - The Four Pillars of Investing. Good begginer-to-mid-level book in investing. Slightly dated, because it came out in '02 and is aware of the dot-com bust but not the real estate one. I think the author has an updated book, but I don't think the principles will have changed much.

    - The Divide (beta read). A space opera about a war between spacefaring races. Only available on BetaBooks.co, through their beta reader pool. Looking forward to seeing this one in print.

    - A Crash Course in Python - just refreshing some python programming skills

    - Just finished an audiobook on Brahms, his life and music.

    - Just starting an audiobook on Mindfulness.

    - I'm also obsessively re-reading my third novel, Stranger and Better, which is due out in the next month, just to catch final edits. Coming of age at Oberlin College, engaging in an impossible search for the meaning of life.

  • by houghi ( 78078 ) on Friday April 07, 2017 @12:21PM (#54191987)

    Do they need to have pictures or not? If anything, the question sounds like you want to do some profiling on people as what I like has nothing to do with what you like.

    Go to a bookstore and browse there. Even better if it is a second hand bookstore. You will find things that are not the standard answers that you will see every time and you will be surprised by how good they might be.

    Because what you are asking as what your favorite food is and the answer will be pizza. That while you will see a LOT more when you just walk around and go into restaurants and order what you like at that moment.

  • by avandesande ( 143899 ) on Friday April 07, 2017 @12:27PM (#54192049) Journal
    Music at the Limits - Edward Said
    Across the River and Into the Trees - Ernest Hemingway
    Shadow of the Giant - Orson Card
    God Mining Boomtown People of White Oaks, Lincoln County New Mexico Territory - Roberta Haldane
  • by coldandcalculating ( 1311907 ) on Friday April 07, 2017 @12:28PM (#54192065)
    By myself:

    Adams - Dirk Gently 1 & 2
    Plato - The Republic
    Milton - Paradise Lost

    With my kids:

    Snicket - A Series of Unfortunate Events
    Milne - Winnie the Pooh
    Grahame - The Wind in the WIllows
  • by brausch ( 51013 ) on Friday April 07, 2017 @12:32PM (#54192097)

    This is about the financial derivative blowup in the 90s.

  • Current
    Empire Game, Charles Stross

    Next ups:
    For we are many (book 2 of Bobiverse) by Dennis Taylor
    Change Agent, Daniel Saurez

    Min

  • I am working my way through Terry Prachet's Diskworld series. It has been quite some time since I read most of them.

    If you want some fun the "Don't tell my parents I am a super villain" series by Richard Roberts is a quick funny series more directed towards middle school and high school age readers.

    $50 dollar knife by Wayne Goddard since ....well... Making knives

    Adding in some classic literature such as Moby Dick (Herman Melville) and Jules Verne 20000 leagues under the sea and Journey to the center of

  • Well, actually, despite featuring the highly technologically advanced Commonwealth from other books, Peter F. Hamilton's "Night Without Stars" is mostly set in a 1950's equivalent totalitarian regime. I'm enjoying it.

  • High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic by Glenn Frankel.

    I'd heard of the Hollywood blacklist but I had no idea of the number of lives it affected. And an interesting read also if you're a fan of "High Noon".

  • . . . .prior to reading Book 9, "At the Sign of Triumph"

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... [wikipedia.org]

  • I add more books before I finish the ones already in the hopper. Right now, though, I'm reading Into the Cannibal's Pot [amzn.to], a rather harrowing look at post-apartheid South Africa and how it's on track to become the next Zimbabwe.

    After an incident at work with some of our switches where we "fixed" a problem by swapping capacitors between boards rather than just swap in a working switch and configure it, I figured maybe a CCNA might be useful, so I've also been going through the study guide [amzn.to] for the first of two

  • The Art of Madness by A.J. Mayall https://www.amazon.com/Art-Mad... [amazon.com]
  • One Second After - William R. Forstchen (recommend)
    The Homing - John Saul (not his best work)
  • Currently reading "Blue Remembered Earth". Previously, read the Revelation Space series (or most of it), Century Rain, Push Ice, and Terminal World.
  • Hilariously funny. Every bit as good as the Hitchhiker's Guide series:

    https://www.amazon.com/Starshi... [amazon.com]

    https://www.amazon.com/Robot-N... [amazon.com]

  • I'm reading "Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts", by Caroll Tavris, Elliot Aronson, in hopes that it may help me understand "those" people on the other side of our polarized country.

    Also, Hugo-winner "Downbelow Station" by C. J. Cherryh, just because.

    Recently finished the two books, so far, in a series starting with "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss - excellent fantasy. Am eagerly awaiting the next one.

    Last month I enjoyed read

  • Big Ear Two (John Kraus) about antennas and radio astronomy The Hardware Hacker (Bunny) Asimov on Numbers
  • Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell
  • I'm currently reading Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series for the first time.

    I'm also writing my own science fiction series, it's a cheerful post-apocalyptic hard sci-fi adventure. With explosions.
    The first book is free here: fixerbook.net [fixerbook.net]

  • Current:
    The Dark Forest, by Cixin Liu, translated to English by Joel Martinsen (10% done, so far excellent)

    Recent:
    the Dark Tower cycle (all), Stephen King
    2312, Kim Stanley Robinson
    Speak, Louisa Hall (I recommend this one highly)
    The Annihilation Score, Charles Stross (recommended)

    Up next:
    My annual trip through The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and probably The Children of Hurin and a few other of Christopher Tolkien's contributions to his father's legacy.

  • Reading now:

    Recent reads I enjoyed and would read again:

    • The Three body problem trilogy (Cixin Liu)
    • Daemon, Freedom, and Kill Decision (Daniel Suarez)
    • Redshirts and Fuzzy Nation (John Scalzi)
    • Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)

    Non-fiction:

    • Exam Ref 70-398 Planning for and Managing Devices in the Enterprise (for work)
    • A Celebration Society (Jonathan Kolber)
    • Packing for Mars(Mary Roach)
  • I am currently rereading the excellent sci-fi book "We Are Legion (We Are Bob)" in preparation for the sequel "For We Are Many" to be released on April 18th. It is a story about a computer programmer and sci-fi fan (like many of us here) who pays to have his body frozen when he dies. He then wakes up far in the future to find that his consciousness has been placed in a computer which is to be sent out in space in a self-replicating probe. This is easily one of the best sci-fi books that I have ever read.

  • "The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 2", by Donald Knuth. 'Tis a rewarding but frustrating experience.
  • by kackle ( 910159 ) on Friday April 07, 2017 @02:27PM (#54193169)
    "The Medical and Surgical Uses of Electricity" (full text) [google.com] by Alphonso David Rockwell. It was written in 1896, before the Internet became popular. I stumbled across it while doing research as it mentions Tesla and Edison. I am reading it because I find it interesting that the topic is about using electricity, when house outlets weren't a thing yet.

    At 10% in, the author has spent dozens of pages describing what they knew then about magnetism, basic electric principles, Ohm's law (they use "C" for current!), the properties of batteries, how they are made/work, and the common chemistries of the time period. So far, this is all for doctors so they can use the information and make/maintain their batteries to treat their patients! I like the undistracted perspective of it all and am filling my decades-old electronic knowledge with stuff I've never thought about before.

    The upcoming medical chapters should be interesting to this armchair doctor too, as I am not quick to dismiss the ideas/experiments of brilliant men just because time has moved forward.
  • So glad you asked. I am about a quarter of the way through "The War On Science" (2016) by Shawn Otto, subtitled "Who's waging it; why it matters; what we can do about it".
    I had already read "Censoring Science" (2008) by Mark Bowen and "The Republican Ware on Science" (2005) by Chris Mooney, but Otto's new book is so much broader, detailed, encompassing, historical, philosophical, up-to-date, and forward-looking, that it is hands down a must read for all citizens, and not just of the United States. Tho
  • The Ambassador of Progress.

  • Wolfe's Claw of the Conciliator (may give up on it)
    Pratchett's Interesting Times

  • Now:
    "Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead" - Hod Lipson & Melba Kurman. Terrific so far. Rich with tech details.

    Next:
    "American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, and What to Do About It" - Jennifer Stisa Granick. 1984 has arrived. Time to face the enema.

    "Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History" - Stephen Jay Gould. I once visited the Shale in the rain. It made many thousands of 100 million year old fossils clearly visible. An amazing experience.

    "Reclaim

  • This is the book that famously coined the phrase "The Banality of Evil".

    Adolf Eichmann was the Nazi SS Lt. Colonel who was in charge of "evacuating" Jews from Germany and the occupied territories to concentration camps. For five years after the war he lived under various assumed names in Germany, before emigrating to Argentina.

    In 1957 Mossad was alerted to his presence in Buenos Aires, and in May of 1960 agents kidnapped Eichmann and brought him to Jerusalem to stand trial.

    The book an Hannah Arendt's repor

  • I'm reading "Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley" [amzn.to] by Antonio Garcia Martinez. The author and his two engineers leave the startup they worked at to create a startup at Y Combinator to create a better version of the Digg toolbar (remember toolbars?) for Google advertisers in 2010. I'm at the part where they get served with an intellectual property lawsuit, as one of the engineers wrote half of the code base at old startup. Fun times.

    I doubt this book will replace Startup: A Sil [amzn.to]

  • By next week, I am planning to start re-reading some Herman Hesse books, probably Steppenwolf first. Afterwards, Orwell’s 1984.
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: nice fiction. I didn't watch the movie, preferred the book, as I restarted to read printed books this year before several years in digital readers.

    I was forced to rent a different house (the previous owner asked the house for his daughter), and for some days, due the new house being a totally new building, I had no Internet, phone (just mobile) TV, and even electric power. It was the best that happened for me in years. We got so calm, mainly the kids. The current

  • I haven't had time to read any books since I've been spending my free time writing my second book.

    I'd recommend my first book - Defenders of Shadow and Light: Ghost Thief [ghostthiefnovel.com]. Then again, I'll admit I'm biased. You can download the first three chapters for free from my website.

  • Daniel Suarez avoids the worst of the ridiculous tech miracles and puts together pretty good stories.

    The lesser-known earlier Dan Brown books can be interesting (Deception Point, Digital Fortress).

    Not recent: I really enjoyed Rama years ago and have been trying to read Rama II but never seem to get very far (Arthur C. Clarke). I highly recommend reading all four Odyssey books. 2001 is almost exactly like the film, so just watch the flick. 2010, again, if you want to skip the book, the film covers it pretty

  • Currently about half way through Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War [amazon.com]. It borders on being too factual to really be engaging, but it still manages to be relatively interesting. it's certainly informative and a little bit terrifying (of course).

    Next two on my list are:
  • - Homo Deus (DONE)
    - The Soul of a Machine (Nearly Done)
    - Godel, Escher, Bach (re-reading)
    - The Mind's I
    - The Third Reich at War (Nearly Done)
    - The Algebraic Mind
    - Binti (ScienceFiction Novel)
    - The Character of Physical Law
    - Feynman Lectures I
    - Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions (DONE) ... and some more (on current list)
    If you can get hold of it, I always suggest 'The Dispossessed' as a SciFi-Novel.
    That's actually my current reading list

  • Well, If anyone has problems sleeping at night I have a one month supply of something that can help.

    .
    For expanding knowledge at Work:
    Compiler Design and Construction
    Compilers: Principles, Techniques, and Tools
    Knowledge and Representation
    Introduction to Quantum Computers
    Expert Systems: Principles and Programming, Fourth Edition
    Situated Cognition: On Human Knowledge and Computer Representations (Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives)
    Principles of Semantic Network

  • I recommend several of the books by Michael McCloskey [amazon.com]

    I am reading the first book in the Parker Interstellar Travels series, Trilisk Ruins. It is currently available for free on Amazon. I am already planning on buying the whole set as soon as I finish this one.

  • "Never Submit" (Kutherian Gambit book 15)

    "Nomad's Fury" [with Craig Martelle]

  • The Job Pirate, by Brandon Christopher

  • Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp books are thrillers that are hard to put down. I used to feel bad about reading Pendleton's Executioner series because of all the violence, but they don't hold a candle to Flynn's gore.

    Keith Laumer: Bolo (emotional stories about tanks) and some Retief stories. The Great Time Machine Hoax, The Undefeated, and Galactic Odyssey. Fast reads, much in the line of Laumer's emphasis on self-improvement and moral action.

    I started Plutarch's Lives over 20 years ago and I'd like to finish it s

  • by myid ( 3783581 ) on Saturday April 08, 2017 @04:18PM (#54199215)

    If a book isn't currently copyrighted, you might be able to get a free copy of it at Project Gutenberg [gutenberg.org].

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