Books for Tech Enthusiasts?

So I'm making a effort to read more and thought it would be a good idea to read something tech related. The only tech related books I have read are things like Cert study guides and The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil.

Anybody have any recommendations?

What types of books are you looking to read? Cert guides, technical specifications, novels about real world events?

I don't want to read a "textbook" but something technology related. Books similar to The Singularity Is Near (style not necessarily content). So I guess "novels about read world events" would be a closest.

Well, there's 'Zero Day' and 'Trojan Horse' by Mark Russinovich

I apologize for misspeaking when I said novel, I was thinking more non-fiction.

Zero day and Trojan Horse were okay as Novels go, better than Dan Browne and at least the computer angle is properly covered. (Russinovich is Microsofts Azure CTO and really knows his stuff).

If you are from a dev background the wrtings of ESR are worth a look:

And also the Big Ball of Mud:

If you are a big Linux fan Bryan Landuke has some 'interesting' stuff, not sure I would call it good, but...


+1 for ESR. I just finished reading the publication of The Cathedral and the Bazaar. It's a great book. He even has an appendix about becoming a "hacker" as a part of the hacker culture. Apparently it's made it on the Internet at some point, but most of the links in the books it seems are defunct, which is a shame.

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Are you open to audiobook suggestions?

A short but very fun read from Linus Torvalds about himself, free software and the birth of Linux: Just For Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary

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I prefer actual hard copy books.

I will check it out

Neuromancer, Snow Crash, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Steve Jobs, Silicon Valley 110 Year Renaissance.

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The Hacker Ethic and The Spirit of the Information Age - By Pekka Himanen, Linus Torvalds, and Manuel Castells

Ready Player One - By Ernest Cline

Ghost in the Wires - By Kevin Mitnick

Ooo those all look interesting!