More books in the queue

The pile grows ever higher, the days shorter (and the cat, louder. Long story):

  • Christopher Moore, Lamb. Hilarious fictional history of Jesus, in the “unknown” years of his youth, as told by his boyhood friend Biff. (This reads a lot like Tom Holt’s Goat Song and The Walled Orchard, which I recommend highly, though they are out of print at the moment).
  • SmallTalk-80, The Language and its Implementation. I hadn’t really appreciated the section in back on the implementation of Smalltalk until I started noodling around with an ST interpreter structure myself. Fun.
  • Christian Quennec, Lisp in Small Pieces. And the paper on Orbit. Good practice, but for what?
  • Jonathon D. Spence, The Search for Modern China. So far, a pretty darned good history of China, starting from the fall of the Ming dynasty in the mid-1600s.
  • Popcorn: Peter F. Hamilton’s Fallen Dragon (his Night’s Dawn trilogy was fun, then boring, then excruciating, but FD seems better). Wil McCarthy’s The Wellstone (it’s funny that this came out in paperback, while The Collapsium was in hardback first). John McPhee (yay!) The Founding Fish (which is slightly autobiographical — McPhee rarely writes about himself). David Brin, Kiln People (though it’s pretty predictable, it’s fun).
  • And my boss is having me read 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Could be worse 🙂

No Amazon links — patronize your local independent bookseller. Since Stacey’s folded, Handee Books is the store I’m happy with for SF. I don’t think there’s a good replacement for Stacey’s selection of technical books, unless it’s the Stanford campus or off-campus bookstore.

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