Chad Perrin: SOB

30 June 2008

Reading List

Filed under: Lists — apotheon @ 09:21

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:

  • Accelerando by 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


  1. Nice list. I’m sorry to say that I’ve only read 1 1/2 of those — or maybe 1 3/4. We used to have a copy of K&R in an office where I worked, and I probably read about 1/4 of it looking things up when I was learning C for the first time.

    Comment by SterlingCamden — 1 July 2008 @ 09:28

  2. Well . . . I haven’t finished any of them, otherwise they wouldn’t have been added to the list, so don’t feel too sorry. The fact you’ve read 1.5 of ’em means you’re ahead of me (since I think finishing one counts for more than reading half, so far, of several).

    I added The Art of the Metaobject Protocol because of your Chip’s Quips post, by the way. I had overlooked the sidebar recommendation of it the first time I saw Reg’s relevant post.

    Comment by apotheon — 1 July 2008 @ 09:57

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