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Reading List 2006-03-09

Over about the last year, I’ve read:

  1. Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail Or Succeed. Jared Diamond.

  2. Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction. Nick Montfort.

  3. The Legacy Of Heorot. Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes.

  4. Choke. Chuck Palahniuk.

  5. The Extravagant Universe. Robert P. Kirshner.

  6. Knife Of Dreams. Robert Jordan.

  7. Dread Empire’s Fall: Conventions of War. Walter Jon Williams.

  8. Cosmonaut Keep. Ken Macleod.

  9. The Island of the Day Before. Umberto Eco.

  10. Paths To Otherwhere. James P. Hogan.

  11. Moonseed. Stephen Baxter.

  12. The Zap Gun. Phillip K. Dick.

  13. Germinal. Émile Zola.

These are pretty much all worth a read, although if you read just 12 of them, I’d give The Island of the Day Before a miss. Germinal is probably the best of the bunch, but Collapse is the most educational, Knife of Dreams the most indulgent, and Conventions of War the most fun (but it’s the last in a trilogy).

By way of meaningless comparison, about 46KLOC that I’ve checked into source control over the same period of time has survived to this evening.