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Ξ December 13th, 2009 | → 0 Comments |
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Having a bit of free time on my hands, I decided to create a list with the latests books I’ve read. There are still some missing, but the ones I’d recommend are already there.

As usual the list in currently very organized, but I don’t expect it to remain that way for very long. :-)


Just reading…

Ξ August 1st, 2009 | → 0 Comments |
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Book Pile

My last post was almost 3 weeks ago. It might seem a long time ago but, after a very stressful last work week, I’m currently enjoying a well deserved vacation. So, I haven’t had much time to write! After hitting the beach for a week, I’m sure this vacations shall be a time for resting, resting, resting and… a lot of reading.

The photo (on the side) shows some of the expected reading materials:

– “The Girl Who played with Fire”, Stieg Larsson.

– “I, Robot”, Isaac Asimov.

– “One Continuous Mistake”, Gail Sher.

– “The Children of Men”, P.D. James.

– “Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software”, Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides.

Has you can see by the contents of the above list, I like to read a lot, and the topic is not very focussed… :-) I’m considering adding some comics to the list. Maybe I’ll read “Watchmen”!


From 20000+ to 1343…

Ξ June 13th, 2009 | → 0 Comments |
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The RSS reader had stored more than 20000 unread posts and/or news when my vacations started. A couple of “Ctrl + A” followed by the same number of “Del” made the count drop bellow 5000… After a while reading the “Selected Ones”, the number of unread is now 1343!

I’ll stop for now… and hope to never reach more than 20000 unread posts again!


Exceptional Readings

Ξ June 12th, 2009 | → 0 Comments |
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I don’t usual enjoy reading technical books from cover-to-cover, but the other day an acquaintance showed me a couple of interesting books. After skimming just a few pages decided buy a copy, and now I think they are the best C++ books I’ve ever read.

After more than three years of professional C++ programming (on top of a couple more years during the Computer Engineer graduates course), I don’t see myself a C++ beginner and, of course, these books are not for beginners, but I have to say that I still learned a lot by reading the following books.

After reading these books by Herb Sutter [blog] and Scott Meyers, another set of interesting technical readings is already being considered. Stay tuned…


Society, In Books

Ξ March 15th, 2009 | → 0 Comments |
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To read is something that I always enjoyed a lot, but during the last weeks I just devoured pages after pages (for no aparent reason whatsoever)… It started by these two last week and this week I read La Colmena* by Camilo José Cela (a Spanish literature Nobel prize winner). The book, borrowed from a friend, depicts the Spanish society in the post civil war period in a very interesting way. Composed of a lots of short everyday episodes of society, what the book lacks in a continuous argument it provides by giving the reader a very interesting description of the spirit of those living in Madrid.

Another book that also provided a somehow crude vision of society was Last Exit To Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr. In this case, the problems of society described are presented in a much more violent way.

Both books proved to be very controversial when they were published. The first was prohibited in Spain due to censorship, and the second originated a court case that lasted several years facing charges of obscene publication act.

* The original title is La Colmena (or The Hive), but I read the portuguese translation A Colmeia.


Crime vs Sci-fi

Ξ March 8th, 2009 | → 1 Comments |
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I learn a bit about my reading habits, likes and dislikes. Usually I take down a book at a time, from beginning to end without stopping or interleaving books. Although a great fan of crime novels, I reading all sorts of literary themes expect when it comes to historical romances where I really need to get motivated to start.

In spite that, a long time ago I got introduced to the works of Peter Hamilton in the form of Pandora’s Start. This sci-fi novel didn’t get my full attention right from the start but things picked near the middle. Unfortunately, when the story was getting good I took the book with me in for a working travel (to fill the void while traveling) and the book was forgotten in the nightstand in a lonely hotel room.

Realizing that the book was lost, and with no time to get it back the best way to avoid a lonely voyage home was to buy any available book right in the nearest bookstore. The selection fell upon a crime novel by Stieg Larsson called The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Unlike the previous book, this novel good my full attention and after no more that 24 hours of intensive reading scattered over 3 or 4 session the book was completed. I have to suggest this excellent novel, the first of a trilogy published postumasly, to anyone who enjoys a good novel.

It turns out that I really prefer crime to sci-fi, but I didn’t abandon Pandora’s Star. A ‘used’ issue is already on the way from amazon.


Bedside Reading

Ξ September 8th, 2008 | → 2 Comments |
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During my last vacation, I had time to finish a great book. Ensaio sobre a Cegueira is an excellent bedside reading and a great companion for some nice vacations.

José Saramago‘s [EN] novel was adapted to the big screen by Fernando Meirelles (the producer of one of my latest favorite ‘independent’ movies – Cidade dos Homens/City of Men). But it is still waiting to premier in Portugal.

Blindness was nominated for the Golden Palm (in the Canne’s Film Festival), and it will be worth the next trip to the theatre.


On the nightstand...