This is the first of a new category here at SOB — Lists. It’s a list of books I am adding to a queue, inspired by Sterling’s new post at Chip’s Quips: Ruby, romance, and revenge – reviewing recent reads, which for the record is an admirable bit of alliteration. Note that this list may not change very quickly, even though I’m often a fast reader. For one thing, it probably won’t ever contain even most of what I’m planning to read. Other stuff keeps cropping up and stealing my attention away, and some of the things in this list will be long, hard slogs to read, or otherwise slow to absorb (like Sterling’s efforts with On Lisp). Nothing will get deleted or crossed out (haven’t decided which) until I entirely give up on it, deprioritize it enough to delist for some reason, or completely finish it.
Being listed here doesn’t necessarily mean it’s reputed to be great, or that I necessarily expect to love it. In some cases, things will be listed here just because I don’t want to forget that I plan to (maybe) read them. In others, they’re listed because I plan to read them soon and want a reminder when I’m between books so I won’t pick up something else if I feel like starting the next item in this queue. Mostly, it’s just reminders of various sorts that don’t really fit in other queues (other, like my Amazon wish list, for instance).
Without further ado, the list as it currently stands:
Accelerandoby Charles Stross Everyday Scripting with Ruby, by Brian Marick The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, by Sam Harris
Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security, by Korff, Hope, and Potter
The Revolution: A Manifesto, by Dr. Ron Paul
The Ruby Way, by Hal Fulton
The C Programming Language, by Kernighan and Ritchie
On Lisp, by Paul Graham
C Programming, by K. N. King
The Art of the Metaobject Protocol, by Kiczales, Rivieres, and Bobrow
The Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith
Seven Languages in Seven Weeks, by Bruce A. Tate
The Gospel According to Zen, edited by Robert Sohl and Audrey Carr
The Little Schemer, by Friedman and Felleisen