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Just finished Echos of the Long War the 6th book in warhammer 40ks the beast arises series. It is by far my favorite series that i have so far read. But also a little disapointing.

If youve ever read and liked any warhammer book id recomend getting them. First off, its not actually a 40k series and i would have loved for it to have been turned into its own stand alone franchise. It takes place 1000 years after the horus heresy so its alot closer to 30k and through the course of the series you get to see just how the imperium of the 40k millenium was created. You get background into how the three orders of the inquisition were created, the rise of the church of the god emperor of man, and by far my favorite part, it reveals alot of the inner workings of the high lords of Terra and the books have al ton of political intrigue. It also goes heavily into how the space marines are feeling about the change in the imperium. Some chapters fully believing in the god emperor and others still trying to hold onto the imperial scientific truth that the emperor taught.

The only negative complaint i have about the series is that its not its own franchise and because of that its cast of charecters is limited. The main charecters are the high lords of terra, the iron warriors and most chapters of the imperial fists legion. Which is alot more then most warhammer series but it could have been even more epic.

I would love to see a chapter of world eaters charge an orc defensive bastion. Raven guard and orc comandos dueling in the shadows of a hive city. Night lords raiding orc supply convoys. Hell a duel between a Eldar craftworld and an orc attack moon would be a pure epic space battle....l and yes i did just use orc, defensive, and supply convoys in the same sentences. I wont spoil any more plot lines because the things the orcs do in this series is just amazing.

Last thing thats interesting about this series is that although every book follows the same plot line each is written by a different author. It makes for a bit of change as each authors writing style differs slightly but on the other hand its letting black library publish a new book every month and they already have publication dates set for the first 13 books in the series. No more waiting half a year or more to find out what happens after the cliff hanger

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Wow, thats very in depth.



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Finished reading 1Q84.

 

First book of Murakami that I've read, it is pretty magical indeed. 1150 pages of awesomeness. Took a lot of time, but once picked up, was hard to put down.

 

Definitely a recommendation.


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Finished reading 1Q84.

 

First book of Murakami that I've read, it is pretty magical indeed. 1150 pages of awesomeness. Took a lot of time, but once picked up, was hard to put down.

 

Definitely a recommendation.

 

Oh dope, I just read Kafka on the Shore by him a couple months ago and it was gorgeous, definitely looking to read more of his stuff once I finish the last batch of books I got lol. But yeah I'd definitely recommend that one if you're looking for more murakami to read. I'm looking at norwegian wood or the wind-up bird chronicle next, 1Q84 is still just a bit intimidating size-wise for me at the moment



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Hey my last post was on the last page. Things have changed since then, I read a lot more often now, though still not a ridiculous amount. I finished Tripwire, it was pretty neat-o, and I read another of his books, which was Die Trying, I think? I've got A Wanted Man on the bookshelf ready to go, but I've been delving into other things. I enjoy Jack Reacher books, for however simple they are. Since then, however, I've also reeeeeead:

 

Both The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny, the Witcher books. Brilliant short story collections, which is good for someone with a low attention span. Some really, really fantastic short stories which also gave me a greater appreciation for the games. Intending to get the actual novels when they're cheap and I'm willing to burn some cash.

Both 1984 and Animal Farm. Understanding a million 1984 references now, I'd seen the movie years ago, but forgotten near all of it. Really gripping story, and actually caught me off guard in regards to the ending (I assumed it as a possibility, but never thought how it'd go down). I read through Animal Farm in a morning, just a solid, short hit of goodness.

Read Matthew Reilly's Scarecrow. I think he's an Aussie author. I wasn't fond of it. It all seemed a little silly. Something over the top led into something ridiculous and over the top which led into something even more ridiculous and over the top. Too much action, not enough actual story for my liking.

Read James Patterson's Toys. Also great for short attention spans, each chapter is like three pages. Smashed through it really quick because of that. Only problem was the ending, which defeated the entire purpose of the story, or so I thought, or maybe that's what James was aiming for.

And the Hobbit. I've yet to see the second/third movie, but I have no idea how they stretched it into three. Great story, though. Love that the narrator (Is it Bilbo? Or Gandalf? I wasn't sure) just sorta talks to you at points, telling you that they're gonna go back and give gold to the eagles after they win the battle.

 

Reading Girl with the Dragon Tattoo now. I've seen the movies (Both US and Swedish), but I can't for the life of me remember how it all goes down, which is fantastic.


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When Tolkien wrote the appendices for the lotr he rewrote the hobbit from Gandalf's point of view.

A lot of the scenes in the book that amounted to "the white council met and overthrew the necromancer" were expanded to include Gandalf's adventures there and the battle that made sauron retreat into mirror.

Also some elf chick and dwarf love story was added despite the hobbit being written at the same time of his second go at the silmarillion material in the mid 1930's where the dwarves were still likely soulless constructs like the orcs or if they did have souls they were still similar to orcs since they were made by a rebellious angel instead of by God like men and elves in his cosmology.

Either way the elf and human union is rare but elf and dwarf is unthinkable.

But I understand Peter Jackson adding it because there's literally no women in the book

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Thinking fast and slow by Daniel Kahneman. It's not a new one but very interesting, especially the first part of the book



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Got a Kindle Paperwhite, but as I am currently yet too poor for new books (ain't had that first paycheck on the far side of the planet yet) then had to make do with Project Gutenberg books. Mind you, they are excellent though.

 

So far, gone through The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. Dorian Gray was compulsory reading back in school, but I relied on sparknotes. It is pretty well written, and pulls in.

 

The Time Machine... Well, read it in 2 sittings. What more can I say?

 

Tried to get to reading Moby Dick, but there is just so bloody much sidestepping and stuff. Can't for the love of me keep following the thing.


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Clean code and xUnit Test Patterns.

 

Both books teach things my university did a terrible job teaching. Testing is a horrible black hole for me and a friend of mine has sold me on why I should learn it even if I'm not looking into devops

 

 

If anyone has any other book recommendations for software devs, mostly on methodologies rather than specific languages or libraries I'd appreciate it. And preferably not one on agile either



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Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami.

An eye-opener for me. Found a lot in common with the thoughts and deeds...
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Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami.

An eye-opener for me. Found a lot in common with the thoughts and deeds...

Great book, one of my favorites by him. You should read Wind-Up Bird Chronicle next if you haven't yet, his best imo.


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wind up bird chronicle is an incredible book, hard seconded

 

@ring I'd definitely recommend Designing Data-Intensive Applications from O'Reilly. It explains a lot about different ideas between modern database technologies, how they developed over time, and what problems they are meant to solve. Gives a super nuanced view about how to choose the right technology for a given system function and how to make sense of the messes of available options, and is super useful in architecture discussions. It's helped me a lot with being able to contribute to these kinds of system design discussions at work. Even just making it a few chapters in has a ton of gold.



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Multiple View Geometry in computer vision. 

 

I guess with where I'm at I guess its time to commit to where I want to specialize in for my career and if I go back to school for my masters degree



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The Border, by Erika Fatland (in Norwegian)

The author travelled through all the countries neighbouring Russia and wrote about their relationships with Russia, about their past and present. She even somehow got into North Korea, Nagorno-Karabakh and the Ukrainian separatist states of Donetsk and Lugansk. Pretty bloody interesting.
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The Alchemist.



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Finally bought Metro 2035, so I'm working my way through the whole trilogy again. Damn that is some good, if not the best dystopian series.
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Finished reading 1Q84.

 

First book of Murakami that I've read, it is pretty magical indeed. 1150 pages of awesomeness. Took a lot of time, but once picked up, was hard to put down.

 

Definitely a recommendation.

 

Oh dope, I just read Kafka on the Shore by him a couple months ago and it was gorgeous, definitely looking to read more of his stuff once I finish the last batch of books I got lol. But yeah I'd definitely recommend that one if you're looking for more murakami to read. I'm looking at norwegian wood or the wind-up bird chronicle next, 1Q84 is still just a bit intimidating size-wise for me at the moment

 

I want to write that the book, as for me, is very specific. I don’t try to judge what this is about, but most are repelled by the abundance of bed scenes and the lack of a clear storyline. Just the life of a student named Watanabe, with his joys and sorrows, is just like everyone else. Watanabe is generally a bit of a strange character and for a very long time I took him for some white canvas. Why? Even I cannot answer this question. The language of the book is simple, but has its own charm and is a reflection of the protagonist. It was interesting to read. Yes, not a roller coaster of adventure and action, but very atmospheric and alive. Japanese culture has conquered me again. Handsomely. Is it worth reading? At one's own risk...



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Been reading the relatively new detective trilogy by Stephen King: Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, End of Watch. Kinda different from other King's works but been enjoying it immensely.






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