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17 January 2006 @ 04:41 pm
Recent Books  

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. Classic Science Fiction that I'd never gotten around to reading before, a Xmas gift. I enjoyed playing with the ideas and the collection-of-interwoven-short-stories format. After Kyna read it with me, I left it out on a table at work. It's not there anymore, so I hope the next person enjoyed it.

Java Message Service. The problem about reading up on technology that MAY be useful is that you spend a lot of time learning things that aren't immediately useful. This wonderful introduction ended up belonging in the latter category. Maybe someday JMS will be useful for me.

Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke. Another classic scifi Xmas present. Good but not great, this was pretty unengaging for me, distinctly early Cold War fiction about what would happen if aliens forced us to live peacefully. Sitting on the shelf, if anybody has a sick Clarke addiction.

Powerful Times by Eamonn Kelly. An unexpected Xmas present, I added this to my wishlist after listening to an interview with Eamon Kelly on the TechNation podcast. I really enjoyed it, and Kyna has expressed interest in reading this book before I start passing it around.

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett. A much needed break from heavier reading, and seasonally appropriate.

The Jakarta Commons Cookbook. Another present-to-myself book, this one had a lot of useful information on ways to use the woefully underpublicized Jakarta Commons libraries. For the most part, the libraries are collections of utilities and classes that any decent programmer can (and often does) write for themselves as needed, in a standardized bundle of tested and documented code. Another bookcrossing user (she lives in Montana) noticed and asked for a Java Swing reference I had posted, and I sent this along with the reference to her.

Getting Things Done. Yes, it's horribly trendy. Still, it seems to be worth a try as my responsibilities are growing and getting more fuzzy, much like a horribly neglected lump of unidentifiable leftovers in the back of the fridge in that house you lived in with a few of your friends. You remember that lump? You swore it wasn't anything you put in there, even though you couldn't quite identify what it was. Of course, it wasn't your false, so somebody else (anybody else) should clean it out. Of course, everybody else thought the exact same thing, so it stayed, growing fuzz. And eyestalks.

Time for Bedlam. I "won" this anthology at a reading by one of the authors at RustyCon, and am really enjoying the stories so far. So far, I've read delightfully horrific and tragic Cinderalla and Hansel and Gretyl reworkings, a Tinkerbell story, and a "new mythology" tale based on stories told by homeless youth. Not for most children. Kat wants to read it when I'm done.

Skeleton Crew, by Stephen King. Kat mentioned this book last week, and shuddered while describing some of the stories, so I had to read it. I sold a few crap JLA back issues at Half Price books for enough money to pick up a used copy of this and grab a Bubble Tea.
Lady Doomlithera on January 18th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
DO you like it so far? Skeleton Crew, that is?
St. Sean the Amused: daemonseanb on January 18th, 2006 05:44 am (UTC)
So far. I just picked it up yesterday, and I only made it partway through "The Mist".
Lady Doomlithera on January 18th, 2006 05:51 am (UTC)
*nods* I read that on one of the few misty days at my grandparent's farm. Oi.
(Anonymous) on February 7th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked Jakarta Commons Cookbook, it's a little dated, but the core material that deals with beanutils, lang, and collections remains relevant.

Tim O'Brien
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on February 7th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Hey
Yeah, I found it useful. A good introduction to libraries that I've been meaning to explore for a while. Thank you!