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Book tips - Have any? (Also applies to other media)
« on: January 16, 2018, 03:29:45 PM »
The idea behind this thread is... I need more books, but I hate spending time reading crap books (or even buying them).

First we present ourselves, and for the fun of it, lets do it in the style of Monte Cook's Numenera roleplaying system:

Quote from: Numenera Character Generation
Character creation has been simplified by having players fill in the blanks to the statement:

"I am a __________ __________ who _________s."
The first blank, the adjective in the sentence, is filled in by a character's "Descriptor", a way to describe the character's strongest characteristic.
The second blank, the noun of the sentence, is filled in by a character's "Type", which is a "Glaive" (a warrior type), a "Nano" (a technology adept type), or a "Jack" (as in jack-of-all-trades).
The third blank, the verb of the sentence, is filled in by a character's "Focus", or what the character is most known for or their special talent.

I am a startup-loving software consultant who reads books on stoic philosophy, architecture and business.

Well, that was fun and also told you what kind of books I am interested in.

Books I can recommend:

Philosophy:
Marcus Aurelius - Meditations
Seneca - Letters to a Stoic
Mark Manson - The Gentle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Business:
Robert Kiyosaki - Rich Dad, Poor Dad
Jason Fried - Rework
Eric Ries - The Lean Startup
(Youtube videos) Gary Vaynerchuck - most of his stuff (awesome to use as a mantra to quit messing around and start working)
(TED Talk) Simon Sinek - How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Software and architecture:
Eric Evans - Domain Driven Design: Tackling the Complexity at the Heart of Software
Yevgeniy Brikman - Hello Startup (book in the intersection between business and software)
(Youtube) Greg Young - anything you can find
(Youtube) Udi Dahan - all the talks that are not about NServiceBus (NServiceBus is fine enough, but you want his insights, not his sales pitches)

I also spend a lot of time working on my understanding of the crypto market and the stock market. I am really a novice at both.

Strolenati! Do you have any books for me?
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Re: Book tips - Have any? (Also applies to other media)
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2018, 06:35:55 PM »
I am career military that likes reading books on writing, marketing/gamification, certain leadership (more of the interesting things about leadership vs telling you how to be a leader) and, of course, tons of fiction.

Hard to pinpoint what I like as I am all over the place.

A couple for AG (and I love his entire list...we have been talking a lot about books and inspiring people lately) and some all time favorites that I would recommend a thousand times over for various reasons.

Philosophy:
Godel, Escher, Bach aka GEB by Douglas R. Hofstadter  - Cannot recommend more. I am about due to reread that puppy!

Architecture:
A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction: Christopher Alexander and others.  Readable architectural concepts from entrances to buildings to room layouts to gardens. Super interesting. I skim and pick more than read it through but I love this book. Now that I am moving into a new home, will be going through parts of it for thoughts.

Just because fiction
Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson - I read it every move I have. Tech and cryptography and a great story.
Mistborn Brandon Sanderson - In a world of good books, the trilogy ending in this revitalized my faith in a great story. One of the most satisfying endings I have read in forever. I wish I could reread it in ignorance.
Kingkiller Chronicle Patrick Rothfuss - So, when the Wheel of Time series finally finished I needed to fill my life with angst and anxiety waiting for the next book. This one did it. I am even more patient for Game of Thrones books to come out. Waiting for the third Kingkiller forever!! They even republished a d**n 10th Anniversary edition of the first two books when the third isn't out yet. WTF Pat??? Read it. You will hate me when you don't have an ending. And how he thinks it will be only one more book I will never know. WoT and GoT all over again....and I love it.

If you like writing books, a few favorites are:
Story Robert McKee - I have about a hundred sticky markers all over that book. I don't often take notes but this one drove me to it!
The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler - Takes The Hero with a Thousand Faces By Joseph Cambell and directs it towards writing. Brilliant. Dog eared to death.
Stein on Writing Sol Stein. - Just, yes, just get it.

I have an entire shelf of them and many more I would recommend but when it comes to actionable advice, these are my favorite.

(aside: two authors I also get their email lists and are very much worth following if you love reading about writing: http://www.stevenpressfield.com  and http://terribleminds.com/ramble/ )


Marketing/gamification --- boring
But fascinating if you get the right books.

Hooked Nir Eyal - Just look up some youtubes talks from him. Lots of free content to get a taste of what he does.

Anything by Seth Godin. Seriously, every d**n book he has written. AND, follow his blog. Most insightful things I get in my email almost every day.
http://www.sethgodin.com/sg/

Love Malcolm Gladwell, especially
The Tipping Point Fascinating look at the moment of change for a multitude of things.
Outliers: The Story of Success Wow. Talk about a change of perception. Really makes you think of opportunities from sports figures to billionaires. How many things happen due to circumstances combined with skill/effort.

Leadership, the two things I make everyone that works for me read are free online:
https://hbr.org/1999/11/management-time-whos-got-the-monkey
https://blog.codinghorror.com/rubber-duck-problem-solving/


Shelves are a mess, can't find any others without really getting into them and searching. Never organized after the last move and have bookshelves all over the house. New house will have a d**n library where I will organize the stuff again finally!

Great format to focus recommendations AG. I got a little scattered but you know how us book nerds get when you are asking for a list of favorites!




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Re: Book tips - Have any? (Also applies to other media)
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2018, 08:06:51 PM »
To reinforce one of Strolen's thoughts: Kingkiller chronicles are my favourite books period (First one is a bit better than the second, though.) and waiting for the final book makes my teeth itch!
My only gripe is that it's been so long and the hype has been built up so much that even a masterpiece novel can not live up to the expectations - I think Pat has shot himself in the foot by letting it go on so long.
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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2018, 08:23:52 PM »
To piggy-back off this thread, Strolen, just bought the Mistborn books and just started reading 💪
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2018, 12:01:56 PM »
Thanks Strolen! I have begun scavenging your book tips post for clues to my next Amazon purchase! Good one!

As for the rest of ya... Post some books already! ;)
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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2018, 04:04:37 PM »
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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2018, 12:08:35 PM »
I've got a few for you
Songs of the Dying Earth(Tribute book set in Jack Vance eponymous setting
Vironixonium( Absolute best alien invasion  ever written.
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