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The Remains of the Day
4.11
it was amazing
(5.0) If you're going to dedicate your life to something, make sure it's worth it

Because you'll often give up something more beautiful and more import
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Dec 07, 2014
Nov 14, 2011
 
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Open
4.19
it was amazing
(5.0) I want you to read this book

Oh my goodness, this was one of my favorite reading experiences ever. I'm not sure I can objectively explain it, but
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Mar 2011
Mar 02, 2011
 
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Designing Data-Intensive Applications: The Big Ideas Behind Reliable, Scalable, and Maintainable Systems
4.68
it was amazing
(5.0) excellent summary/foundation/recommendations for distributed systems development, covers a lot of the use cases for data-intensive (vs compute-i ...more
Aug 10, 2017
Jul 14, 2017
 
5
The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage
4.21
it was amazing
(5.0) So much fun! (may need to be a little computer-geeky to really love it)

Crazy cool true story about an astronomer-turned-sysadmin at Berkeley in
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Mar 29, 2005
Jun 16, 2008
 
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Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
4.43
it was amazing
(5.0) Excellently researched and told stories of North Koreans from Chongjin

Excellent, but a couple of minor flaws almost made it a 4.5. The North Kor
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Feb 07, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
 
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Rules of Civility
4.00
it was amazing
(5.0) Loved this, especially the witty dialog

Great plot, only a few times was it unrealistic (e.g. how much Katey suddenly took to firearms), but espe
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Mar 30, 2013
Dec 10, 2012
 
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The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
4.29
it was amazing
(5.0) History of crypto, from its very beginning to public key cryptography and a sketch of quantum cryptography. Very well written and researched, ba ...more
Aug 22, 2008
Aug 18, 2008
 
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Crime and Punishment
4.19
it was amazing
(5.0) One of my favorite all-time reading experiences.

Not sure I could do it again, but I was engrossed.
Jan 2004
Jun 16, 2008
 
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The Kite Runner
4.26
really liked it
One of the most engaging novels read recently. Terrific novel of a Afghani boy who fights for his great father's love, betrays his only friend, flees ...more
Jan 2006
Jun 16, 2008
 
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The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That is Connecting the World
3.83
really liked it
If at all interested in the history of Facebook, do read this

I made the mistake of reading The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich, which was a ter
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Dec 28, 2010
Mar 16, 2011
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