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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
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Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman
Soon I Will Be Invincible
by Austin Grossman (Goodreads Author)
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Whatever. The writing and the language is good, but the plotting is terrible, and there's far more that could be done with the premise -- look at how Sterling played with predestined plot, genre-savvy characters and trops inside of Zeitgeist, for exa...more
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The Martian by Andy Weir
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This is finally a realistic book about living on Mars. As in, you'd be so utterly fucked to try it.
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Dependency Injection by Dhanji Prasanna
Dependency Injection
by Dhanji Prasanna (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2014
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If you want to learn Guice, this is the book. There's a little bit about Spring and other IoC containers, but Guice is clearly the star here.

It's starting to show its age a bit (tying things to ThreadLocal, recommending JSR-303 etc) but is still a ve...more
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The Docker Book by James Turnbull
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Complexity by Melanie Mitchell
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The Testosterone Files by Max Wolf Valerio
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This is a good book to read, even if it feels awkward and painful to read sometimes.

As a self identified lesbian feminist, based in the San Francisco Mission in the early 1990s, Valerio had to transition the hard way -- with little public knowledge,...more
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What If? by Randall Munroe
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Love All the People by Bill Hicks
"Like almost all anti-establishment figures who died before their time, Bill's premature death served to seal his reputation as an almost godlike figure. Easy to be cynical about that of course, but also worth remembering that to be timeless you ne..." Read more of this review »
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Lucius Shepard
“When the tragedies of others become for us diversions, sad stories with which to enthrall our friends, interesting bits of data to toss out at cocktail parties, a means of presenting a pose of political concern, or whatever…when this happens we commit the gravest of sins, condemn ourselves to ignominy, and consign the world to a dangerous course. We begin to justify our casual overview of pain and suffering by portraying ourselves as do-gooders incapacitated by the inexorable forces of poverty, famine, and war. “What can I do?” we say, “I’m only one person, and these things are beyond my control. I care about the world’s trouble, but there are no solutions.” Yet no matter how accurate this assessment, most of us are relying on it to be true, using it to mask our indulgence, our deep-seated lack of concern, our pathological self-involvement.”
Lucius Shepard, The Best of Lucius Shepard

Dessa
“There is some mercy after all in our design:
a soft amnesia for the frequently mistreated,
an adrenal surge for the cornered and outnumbered,
a flash of light for the very nearly dead.”
Dessa, Spiral Bound

“Imagine you are Siri Keeton:

You wake in an agony of resurrection, gasping after a record-shattering bout of sleep apnea spanning one hundred forty days. You can feel your blood, syrupy with dobutamine and leuenkephalin, forcing its way through arteries shriveled by months on standby. The body inflates in painful increments: blood vessels dilate; flesh peels apart from flesh; ribs crack in your ears with sudden unaccustomed flexion. Your joints have seized up through disuse. You're a stick-man, frozen in some perverse rigor vitae.

You'd scream if you had the breath.

Vampires did this all the time, you remember. It was normal for them, it was their own unique take on resource conservation. They could have taught your kind a few things about restraint, if that absurd aversion to right-angles hadn't done them in at the dawn of civilization. Maybe they still can. They're back now, after all— raised from the grave with the voodoo of paleogenetics, stitched together from junk genes and fossil marrow steeped in the blood of sociopaths and high-functioning autistics. One of them commands this very mission. A handful of his genes live on in your own body so it too can rise from the dead, here at the edge of interstellar space. Nobody gets past Jupiter without becoming part vampire.”
Peter Watts, Blindsight

Nicole Blackman
“The ambitions are wake up, breathe, keep breathing.”
Nicole Blackman, Blood Sugar

Neal Stephenson
“It was, of course, nothing more than sexism, the especially virulent type espoused by male techies who sincerely believe that they are too smart to be sexists.”
Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

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