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  1. Big Calhoun

    Big Calhoun Notebook Evangelist

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    What's everyone reading now-a-days? Technical or non-technical....

    Just finished the Running Linux book from Oreilly, and just ordered a few books in their 'Hack' series. I'm starting Hardware Hacking today and will round that out with Hacking the XBox. I just happen to have an extra, first-generation machine sitting around that I want to toy with.

    Non-technical, I'm trying to get into the DaVinci (sp?) Code. Being raised a muslim, some of the concepts are new but I want to stick it out and finish it.

    Can anyone suggest a good book to learn electronics/electrical engineering? The 'hack' series provides good primers and just looking through some of the chapters, there is a wealth of high-level information. I like Oreilly books because it's like the authors are talking to you, makes it easier (for me) to capture and retain the information. Obviously, a topic like eletrical engineering may require something a little more....technical in nature.
     
  2. Brian

    Brian Working at 486 Speed NBR Reviewer

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    I have bought but not started in yet on the Dan Brown books. Everyone says they're excellent.

    Editor in Chief http://www.bargainPDA.com and http://www.SPOTstop.com
     
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    Ahh, what have I read lately?
    Angels and Demons
    Harry Potter V
    Mattimeo (by Brian Jaques, part of the Redwall Series)
    World of the Shining Prince (about Heian Kyoto Japan circa 1000)
    A History of Japan
    Finding Life on Death Row: profiles of 6 inmates
    Sphere
    Andromeda Strain
    Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler
    Guilty as Sin (a crime thriller)
    Anvil (a SciFi crime thriller)
    and right now I'm working on Marlow's Faustus, the A text. Then I'll hit the B text. After that I've got Hamlet lined up and I'm thinking about hitting some other Shakespeare and maybe Paradise Lost by Milton.
    And eventually I'll have to read the DaVinci Code because Angels and Demons was intriguing. (I found his storytelling to be rather poor, but the symbolism is too cool to pass up.)

    That's all for now.
     
  4. KidNovelist

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    lol I suppose everyone's reading The DaVinci Code....
    (Yeah most of them are pretty old books)
    I just finished...
    Calling On Dragon- Patricia C. Wrede
    I'm starting ....
    The Lord of the Rings: Return of the Kind- J.R.R. Tolkien
    and Barron's Review for Earth Science
    Then
    Coraline-Neil Gaiman
    The DaVinci Code-Dan Brown
    Eragon-Christopher Panlinio-Sp?-
    The Vampire Mountain

    Any suggestions for good books rather?
     
  5. Run1track

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    You guys should check out the "Net Force" series by Tom Clancy. I have read quite a few of them, and they are pretty good.

    Book Description (From Amazon.com)

    In the year 2010, computers are the new superpowers. Those who control them, control the world. To enforce the New Laws, Congress creates the ultimate computer security agency within the FBI: Net Force

    When the director of Net Force is assassinated, Deputy Director Alex Michaels is thrust into one of the most powerful and dangerous positions in the world. Michaels and his team must find out who is responsible and what they have to gain.
     
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    read the best fantasy books ever, The Wheel Of Time series by Robert Jordan. You wont regret it.

    Good things come in small packages.
     
  7. Gatch

    Gatch Notebook Geek

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    Just finished Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game series and am currently working on the Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
     
  8. mathlete2001

    mathlete2001 Notebook Deity

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    Um, I read PC Gamer.

    Dell 8600
    1.8 dothan SXGA+
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    512mb RAM
     
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    I Robot - Isaac Asimov
    Survivor, Lullaby - Chuck Palahniuk (writer of fight club)
    DaVinci Code, Angels and Demons, Digital Fortress - Dan Brown (like everyone else, haha)
    Good Earth, The - Pearl S. Buck
    Any Tom Clancy is good. I haven't read any of the Net Force stuff but he didn't even write those supposedly, just consulted and came up with the basic premise.
     
  10. Big Calhoun

    Big Calhoun Notebook Evangelist

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    Let me reach back into the recesses of everyones brain....

    Years ago...yeeeeaaaars ago (80's) there were a series of books that were self-contained RPGs. This is really what got me into the whole genre. Anyway, they were paperback books. At the bottom of the pages were pictures of dice. On each page, there were numbered passages. In order to play, you started out reading the book and as you progressed, battles would start. The battles were fought either by rolling dice, or flipping the pages to randomly get a pair of dice. There were 4 or 5 books in this series and each one picked up after the previous. Does anyone remember the name or the author!?!?
     
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