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Reading List


books I want to read (236 books), last updated 18th Sep '12
crossed out books are those that I own but haven't read yet

See also: Books I'm Reading and Books I've read

I don't like entrusting my data to third party companies when I could manage this stuff myself, but in this case, it just makes more sense to use Amazon's Wish List. This list below is out of date as of January 2014.

Neil McKillop's Amazon Wish List

Out of date (Jan 2014) wish list:

1Q84 by Haruki MurakamiCharacters slipping between parallel universes with subtle differences. Sounds interesting.Jan 2012
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert GreenJun 2004
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen CoveyGift from Karen, Dec 2011.Jun 2004
9-11 by Noam ChomskyMay 2003
Accidental Empires by Robert CringelyMay 2003
The Age Of Spiritual Machines by Ray KurzweilMay 2003
All The Myriad Ways by Larry NivenAug 2005
All You Zombies by Robert A HeinleinSep 2005
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael ChabonAug 2003
Amazon.com: Get Big Fast by Robert SpectorMay 2003
American Psycho by Bret Easton EllisDec 2011 gift from Karen.Apr 2003
Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postmanhttp://i.imgur.com/qdg3v.jpg - this made me want to read it.Jun 2012
Antarctica by Kim Stanley RobinsonSet in McMurdo base, same as The Thing, might be interesting, though I did find his Mars trilogy quite tough to read.Sep 2012
Anyone Can Do It by Duncan BannatyneOct 2011
Apathy and Other Small Victories by Paul NeilianJan 2011
Ark by Stephen BaxterSep 2010
The Art Of Unix Programming by Eric S RaymondMay 2003
Artificial Life by Steven LevyMay 2003
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn RandJun 2004
Aye, and Gomorrah and other stories by Samuel R DelanySlashdot recommendationDec 2003
Bad Science by Ben GoldacreMay 2010
Behold The Man by Michael MoorcockDec 2005
Belligerence and Debauchery: The Tucker Max Stories by Tucker MaxJun 2005
Beowulf: A New Translation by Seamus HeaneyDec 2005
Big Blues: The Unmaking of IBM by Paul CarrollMay 2003
Billions and Billions by Carl SaganJun 2004
The Blank Slate by Steven PinkerAug 2010
Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage by Multiple authors Recommended by Slashdot readers in a discussion on Echelon.May 2004
Blindness by Jose SaramagoApr 2011
Blood and Guts in High School by Kathy AckerFeb 2006
Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthyDec 2010
Blood of Elves by A SapkowskiRecommended on the Internet Top 100 SF/Fantasy ListDec 2003
Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency by James BamfordRecommended by Slashdot readers in a discussion on Echelon.May 2004
Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs by Ken JenningsMar 2011
Brute Force by Matt CurtinSep 2005
Bugs by John SladekAug 2004
C#: How to Program by Multiple authorsHaving to read this for work...Apr 2004
C++ How To Program by Multiple authorsApr 2003
Cat's Cradle by Kurt VonnegutJun 2004
Chaos by James GleickJun 2004
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony BurgessRecommended on the Internet Top 100 SF/Fantasy ListDec 2003
Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace by Lawrence LessigMay 2003
The Code Book by Simon SinghMay 2003
Code Reading: The Open Source Perspective by Diomidis SpinellisJun 2003
Codebreakers by David KahnJun 2004
Compilers - Principles, Techniques and Tools by Alfred V AhoFirst edition present from my mum, Dec 2011.Mar 2012
Compilers: Principles, Techniques and Tools by Alfred V AhoAlso known as The Dragon Book, a classic text I should have read by nowJun 2005
Consciousness Explained by Multiple authorsJun 2004
Cowl by Neal AsherJul 2010
Cows by Matthew StokoeMentioned in a 'most disturbing book' thread on reddit. Sounds interesting.Dec 2010
The Creative Loop: How The Brain Makes a Mind by Multiple authorsJun 2004
Critical Path by R BuckminsterJun 2004
The Culture of Narcissism by Christopher LaschLack of community post industrialisation. Could be interesting.Aug 2011
The Cyberiad by Stanislaw LemDec 2003
Cyberpunk by Katie HafnerMay 2003
Cyberpunk and Cyberculture by Dani CavallaroMay 2003
Days by James LovegroveDec 2005
Death of a Salesman by Arthur MillerJun 2004
Delusions of Gender by Cordelia FineBook for the skeptics bookgroup April 2012. I'm finding the style extremely hard to read, she annoys me. I'm only a few chapters in and have been encouraged to read further though.Apr 2012
Descartes Error by Antonio R DamasioJun 2004
Design Patterns by Multiple authorsMar 2003
Developer's Guide to Multiplayer Games by Multiple authorsNov 2003
The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose BierceJun 2004
A Devil's Chaplain by Richard DawkinsI loved The Blind Watchmaker by Dawkins so I plan to read his other books...Dec 2003
The Devouring Fungus: Tales from the Computer Age by Karla JenningsMar 2004
Diaspora by Greg EganJun 2004
Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason and Seeking Truth in the Sciences by Rene DescartesJun 2004
Downsize This! by Michael MooreApr 2003
Dressing the Man by Alan FlusserBook about how to dress. Interesting. I should read this.Jun 2004
Dude, Where's My Country? by Michael MooreAug 2004
Eats, Shites & Leaves by Antal ParodyJun 2005
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne TrussSep 2004
Erasure by Percival EverettJun 2004
The Ethics of Madness by Larry NivenJul 2004
Fade-out by Patrick TilleyDec 2005
Faster by James GleickMay 2003
Fatherland by Robert HarrisOct 2005
Fevre Dream by George RR MartinDec 2005
Fight Club by Chuck PalahniukMay 2003
A Fire Upon The Deep by Vinge VernorJun 2004
First Meetings by Scott Orson CardJun 2005
First Things First by Stephen CoveyJun 2004
Food of the Gods by Terrence McKennaSep 2011
Forensic Discovery by Dan FarmerJul 2005
Franny and Zooey by JD SallingerJun 2004
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven LevittNov 2005
The Geek Handbook by Mikki HalpinMay 2003
Geek Love by Katherine DunnBorrowed from Kev.Apr 2010
Getting to Yes: Neogotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Multiple authorsJun 2004
Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas HofstadterJul 2010
Gone With The Wind by Margaret MitchellJun 2003
Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary TaubesMentioned on slashdot.Dec 2009
Good Hacking for Penetration Testers by Johnny LongRecommended in a slashdot article, probably best if I get around to reading Google Hacking first though..Jun 2005
Gray's Anatomy by John GrayMar 2012
The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard DawkinsJun 2010
The Guns of the South by Harry TurtledoveAug 2005
Hackers by Steven LevyMay 2003
Halfhead by Stuart B MacBridePicked this up on a whim in Waterstones because it was set in a futuristic Glasgow.Aug 2011
Hard to be a God by AB StrugatskiRecommended on the Internet Top 100 SF/Fantasy ListDec 2003
The Hot Zone by Richard PrestonSounds interesting.Dec 2010
House of Leaves by Mark Z. DanielewskiSounds like a fascinating book.Dec 2010
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne JonesReading this for my sci-fi bookgroup.Jun 2011
Hybrids by David ThorpeSep 2010
The Hyperion Cantos by Dan SimmonsRecommended on the Internet Top 100 SF/Fantasy ListDec 2003
If We're So In Love Why Aren't We Happy? by Susan PageMay 2005
The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Multiple authorsMar 2004
In The Balance by Harry TurtledoveSep 2010
In The Beginning Was The Command Line by Neal StephensonI'm sure I've read this about three times already... Need to make it offical though..Jun 2004
Insanely Great by Steven LevyMay 2003
Integral Psychology by Ken WilberJun 2004
The Internet is a Playground by David ThorneNov 2010
Inverse Problem Theory by Multiple authorsJun 2004
Invisible Man by Ralph EllisonJun 2004
Java Tutorial, Third Edition by Mary CampioneStarted reading this as a reminder after Gemma mentioned she wanted help with her Computer Science assessments.Jun 2005
Java: How To Program by Multiple authorsExcellent publisher, great programming books, need to recap Java.Dec 2003
Just Checking by Emily ColasAug 2003
The King Beyond The Gate by David GemmellSep 2010
King Rat by China MievilleJan 2006
Lamb by Christopher MooreJun 2004
Last Legends of Earth by AA AttanasioRecommended by ColinMay 2004
The Last Wish by A SapkowskiSep 2010
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan MooreDec 2005
Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam HarrisFeb 2012
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al FrankenSlashdot recommendationDec 2003
Life with UNIX: A Guide for Everyone by Multiple authorsOct 2003
The Linux Kernel Book by Ric DumasRecommended in the Reading-List-HOWTODec 2003
Linux Kernel Programming by Multiple authorsDec 2003
Linux Toys: 13 Projects for Home, Office and Entertainment by Chris NegusRecommended on Slashdot, sounds like a fun bookNov 2004
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS LewisDec 2003
The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy G KayRecommended on the Internet Top 100 SF/Fantasy ListDec 2003
Look to Winward by Iain M BanksDec 2005
Lost Boys by Scott Orson CardThe climax was mentioned on xkcd. Sounds interesting.Jul 2011
Lucifer's Dragon by Jon Courtenay GrimwoodMay 2003
The Machinery of Freedom by David D FriedmanMay 2003
The Magicians Nephew by CS LewisDec 2005
Making History by Stephen FryGift from my sister, Dec 2011.Dec 2005
Mao by Jung ChangJun 2005
Marijuana Time by Ken Lukowiakbigkevmcd recommended this to me, will try and borrow it at some point.Sep 2003
The Meaning of Tingo by Adam Jacot de BoinodDec 2005
Megamistakes by Steven SchnaarsRecommended on Slashdot. 'Professor Schaar.s book talks about science and technology forecasting and how wildly wrong such forecasts almost always are. He then goes on to talk about why forecasts go wrong.'Nov 2004
Metamagical Themas by Douglas HofstadterApr 2006
Middlesex by Jeffrey EugenidesSlashdot recommendationDec 2003
The Midnight Eye Files #1: The Amulet by William MeikleDec 2005
Millennium by John VarleyJul 2011
The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward AbbeyJun 2004
The Moon and Sixpence by W Somerset MaughamJun 2004
More than Human by Theodore SturgeonRecommended on the Internet Top 100 SF/Fantasy ListDec 2003
The Mote in God's Eye by Larry NivenAug 2010
The Mythical Man Month by Frederick BrooksOct 2003
Naked by David SedarisAug 2003
Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade: How To Survive Life's Smaller Challenges by Guy BrowningJun 2005
The New Jackals by Simon ReeveMay 2003
The New New Thing by Michael LewisMay 2003
The Nine Billion Names of God by Arthur ClarkeJul 2005
No Logo by Naomi KleinMay 2003
The Nudist on the Late Shift by Po BronsonMay 2003
The Odyssey by Multiple authorsMust read this soon.Jun 2004
On the Outside Looking Indian by Rupinder GillSaw the back cover on reddit, with blurbs she'd written herself. Looks interesting.Mar 2011
On The Road by Jack KerouacOct 2010
One Market Under God by Thomas FrankMay 2003
Open Source Development with CVS by Karl FogelJun 2005
Operating Systems, Design and Implementation by Andrew S TanenbaumRecommended in the Reading-List-HOWTODec 2003
Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming by Peter NorvigJun 2004
Pashazade: The Frist Arabesk by Jon Courtenay GrimwoodDec 2005
Pattern Recognition by William GibsonDec 2003
Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad, Book 1) by David EddingsJun 2005
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick SuskindDec 2005
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton JusterJun 2004
A Place So Foreign and Eight More by Cory DoctorowSlashdot recommendationDec 2003
The Power of Persuasion: How We're Bought and Sold by Robert LevineApr 2004
Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenSep 2011
The Primal Scream by Arthur JanovJun 2004
The Prince by Niccolo MachiavelliJun 2004
Principles of Angels by Jaine FennSep 2010
Programming C#, Third Edition by Jesse LibertyMay 2004
The Psychology of Computer Programming by Gerald WeinbergMay 2003
Quarantine by Greg EganRecommended on the Internet Top 100 SF/Fantasy ListDec 2003
A Quarter Century of Unix by Peter SalusMay 2003
Quicksilver by Neal StephensonDec 2003
Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City by Robert SullivanNot sure where I heard about this book - sounds interesting though. Been on my list since June 2004.Jan 2011
Real World Linux Security by Bob ToxenApr 2003
Richard Branson: The Autobiography by Richard BransonMar 2012
Ring by Stephen BaxterJun 2004
Roadside Picnic by AB StrugatskiRecommended on the Internet Top 100 SF/Fantasy ListDec 2003
The Robot Builder's Bonanza by Gordon McCombI've had this book for months, but never actually got around to reading it 'till now.May 2005
The Sacred Stones by Matthew ReillySep 2010
Science As A Candle In The Dark by Carl SaganJun 2004
Secrets and Lies by Bruce SchneierApr 2003
Security Engineering: A Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems by Ross AndersonRecommended in the Reading-List-HOWTODec 2003
The Selfish Gene by Richard DawkinsI loved The Blind Watchmaker by Dawkins so I plan to read his other books...Dec 2003
Sex Tips For Girls by Cynthia HeimelApr 2004
Shadow of the Giant by Scott Orson CardJun 2005
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Problem by Sir Arthur Conan DoyleJun 2004
Show Me How by Lauren SmithJul 2010
Silicon Snake Oil by Clifford StollMay 2003
Solider of the Mist by Gene WolfeRecommended on the Internet Top 100 SF/Fantasy ListDec 2003
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R MartinRecommended on the Internet Top 100 SF/Fantasy ListDec 2003
Sperm Warms by Robin BakerJun 2010
Split Infinity by Piers AnthonyFeb 2012
A Spot of Bother by Mark HaddonMar 2012
The Star Diaries by Stanislaw LemRumoured to be where Douglas Adams got his writing style from. Need to read this. Mentioned by a guy on slashdot. Got as a gift from my mum, Dec 2011.May 2004
Stargirl by Jerry SpinelliAug 2003
Start Up by Jerry KaplanMay 2003
Story of the Eye (Histoire de l'oeil) by Georges BatailleDec 2010
Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition by Harold AbelsonEdward mentioned he wanted to read itJan 2005
The Subtle Knife by Philip PullmanSep 2010
The Survivalist: The Quest by Jerry AhernLeft this somewhere, was quite enjoying it. Will get it again.Sep 2009
The Survivors Club: How To Survive Anything by Ben SherwoodMar 2012
Takedown by Tsutoma ShimomuraMay 2003
The Tao of Programming by James GeoffreyMar 2004
Tao Te Ching by Lao TzuThis book is recommended by everybody who makes a list of 'great books' or 'books that changed my life' and they never mention what the fsck its about - just stuff like; 'if you haven't read it, read it' and nothing descriptive. I suppose I better trackJun 2004
Tau Zero by Frederick PohlJun 2005
Ten Philosophical Mistakes by Mortimer J AdlerJun 2004
Thinking in C++, Vol 1 (2nd Ed) by Bruce EckelNov 2003
Thinking Straight by Anthony FlewThis would help me I think, I'm killing too many brain cells.Jun 2004
Three Men and a Boat by Jerome K JeromeJun 2004
Time is the Simplest Thing by Clifford SimakJun 2004
Time Management for System Administrators by Thomas LimoncelliOct 2005
The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England by Ian MortimerMar 2012
True Names by Vinge VernorRecommended on the Internet Top 100 SF/Fantasy ListDec 2003
Unix Network Programming, volume 1 -- Networking APIs: Sockets and XTI by Richard StevensRecommended in the Reading-List-HOWTODec 2003
The Unseen Hand by Ralph EppersonJun 2004
Unwind by Neal ShustermanJan 2011
Utopia by Thomas MooreSep 2005
Virtual Light by William GibsonSep 2010
The Vorkosigan Series by Lois M BujoldRecommended on the Internet Top 100 SF/Fantasy ListDec 2003
Weaving The Web by Tim Berners-LeeMay 2003
What They Don by Mark McCormackJul 2005
What Went Wrong? Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response by Bernard LewisRecommended in Scott Orson Card's Shadow PuppetsApr 2004
When Technology Fails by Matthew SteinSep 2005
Where Wizards Stay Up Late by Katie HafnerMay 2003
Who Goes There by John CampbellDec 2005
Why We Love by Helen FisherRead some of her papers and listened to one of her talks. Fascinating woman. Looks like an interesting book.Sep 2010
Wizard's Bane by Rick CookSep 2010
The World According to Garp by John IrvingJun 2004
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua PivenMay 2003

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