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It's been a while since I put up a reading list, so here goes.

Books I am reading or have read in the last 30 days






Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey

Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey

By V.S. Naipaul


Amazon.com Price: $11.20

Average Amazon rating: 3.5

ISBN/ASIN: 0394711955





The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

By C. S. Forester

Amazon.com Price: $29.95

Average Amazon rating: 4.5

ISBN/ASIN: 193131327X





Fatherland

Fatherland

By Robert Harris

Amazon.com Price: $7.99


Average Amazon rating: 4.5

ISBN/ASIN: 0061006629




Mao

Mao


By Jung Chang, Jon Halliday

Amazon.com Price:

Average Amazon rating: 3.5

ISBN/ASIN: 0224071262

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You're buying me brewskies for making me do this, aren't you [livejournal.com profile] sriramb? ;-)

1) Total number of books owned?

I'd guess my personal cache is about 400++. I have about 450 non-technical books on my laptop (not including audio-books), and about 2 GB of technical books (45,506 files, 1,393 folders) - that's I'd say about 1,000 or so technical / quasi-technical books.

2) The last book bought?

'Piece of Cake' by Derek Robinson - a very realistic look at the young lives of RAF pilots in a fictional RAF bomber squadron maturing through the course of WWII.

See more on 'Piece of Cake' )

3) The last book you read?

His Dark materials trilogy by Philip Pullman - enthralling read about a little girl who travels between many worlds, and challenges the creator.

See more on 'His Dark Materials' )

4) 5 books that mean a lot to me

i) The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage, by Clifford Stoll.

A review and excerpts from this book that appeared in a Reader's Digest issue more than a decade ago implanted the idea of the cyber age in my head.

I greatly admire the hacker lifestyle of Cliff Stoll's generation - when technology was still complex enough to be geeky, and yet computers were far removed and obscure enough to not be burdened with bureaucracy. Sort of like the Wild West!

I'm still so in love with the 80's computer geek lifestyle, when computers were just for the geeks!



See more on 'The Cuckoo's Egg' )

ii) Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution

I'm trying hard to find a single book or source that stands for The open source revolution. This comes the closest. One of the many books that convinced me that I was on the right path.

See more on 'Open Sources' )

iii) The Wooden Horse, by Eric Williams

Absolutely the best prison-breakout story ever, and it all happened. I remember this book mainly because it was among the earliest books I can remember reading. It was my sister's copy. It was my favorite form of procrastination, along with 'The Count of Monte Cristo'. I would read it everytime I was supposed to be in my room working on my homework, or preparing for a test. I guess I was about 10 or 12 then.

See more on 'The Wooden Horse' )

iv) The Great Indian Novel, by Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor is one of my favorite writers. This is a nifty description of modern India via the Mahabaratha, and I find myself gifting this book to many friends. It's not easy to choose among his books, but I'm trying to align my favorite books with my interests, and this wins.

See more on 'The great Indian novel' )

v) Swami and Friends, by R.K. Narayan

The book is a well written funny account of the heavy burdens that are carried by a 10 year old boy in 1930's India. This book won't win any prizes, but Narayan is a good story teller. Another book that I remember reading as a kid; this time from my father's collection.

See more on 'Swami and friends' )

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I spent almost an hour in the library today picking up books. Here's what I came away with, now let's see how many I get through:


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Managing Open Source Projects: A Wiley Tech Brief, Jan Sandred, Wiley Books

My rating: 7/10

A book that claims to marry business and Open Source; I think the author is fairly ambitious. Jan Sandred has a lot of nice inside stories, and has very poignant quotations to boot. I guess I like Open Source literature that reasons that the success of FLOSS has complex underpinnings, and is willing to discuss it.


Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution, Glyn Moody, Allen Lane

My rating: 7/10

Glyn Moody has got most of the parts of the revolution surprisingly right. Mostly anecdotal, and is certainly well balanced in acknowledging the contributors. This book has some nice one liners that have now become lore. Sometimes the book cites without attribution.

There, that makes my Open Source reading list so far a nice collection: Read more... )

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