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The Remains of the Day
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
Dec 07, 2014
Nov 14, 2011
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
Mar 2011
Mar 02, 2011
Designing Data-Intensive Applications: The Big Ideas Behind Reliable, Scalable, and Maintainable Systems
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
The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage
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
Mar 29, 2005
Jun 16, 2008
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
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
Feb 07, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
Rules of Civility
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
Mar 30, 2013
Dec 10, 2012
The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
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
Crime and Punishment
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
The Kite Runner
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
The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That is Connecting the World
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
Dec 28, 2010
Mar 16, 2011
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