MonthJanuary 2014

Book 4 of 2014: Small Gods (Discworld)

Another nice, one off Discworld book. Nice bits about how Gods are created by us, and need us more than the other way around. The philosophers are incredibly funny wherever they turn up too. The Desert after you Die bit was… beautiful – Judgement happens, but by yourself. Fun digs at governments and organized religion throughout made it rather enjoyable :)

4/5

Book 3 of 2014: Pyramids (Discworld)

Finished that yesterday. Fun digs at war, and fun digs at people (literally) stuck in a paste despite being in the present. The bit with the Greek philosophers was also nice. No memorable recurring characters, however.

3/5

Book 2 of 2014: Pro Git

Pro Git is a nice book I recommend to newbies – yet I hadn’t fully read it once. I decided to do so, and I think it was reasonably useful. Most of the stuff in here I already knew, and the treatment of the stuff I did not (Git Internals, mostly) wasn’t deep enough to be useful. Nevertheless, reinforced some useful concepts in my head and probably gave me enough strong foundations for when I decide to dive into the actual internals of git more (probably by reading the source code?). Also looked very newbie friendly, so I’ll continue recommending this to people who want to learn about Git.

Book 1 of 2014: Hogfather (Discworld)

I’ve been reading a lot over the last few months (Discworld + Foundation gives me about 24 books in the last 3 months), and figured I’d extend that for the next year with a little more underlying planning. So along with Bala, Arun & Surya, I’ll try to read a hundred books this year, and also do a blog post each about them.

Hogfather is the 21st book in the Discworld series I’ve read. Rather wonderful commentary on rampant consumerization of… everything, incredibly well placed (and funny!) ELIZA references and an undercurrent of ‘importance of belief’. The God of Hangovers was a nice touch.

4/5.

Discworld Series progress

Contains a list of Discworld Novels. Am reading them all, and will cross them out here as I finish each. Number of books currently finished: 24 (as of 16 Jan 2014)

  • The Colour of Magic (1983) (Rincewind)
  • The Light Fantastic (1986) (Rincewind)
  • Equal Rites (1987) (Witches)
  • Mort (1987) (Death)
  • Sourcery (1988) (Rincewind)
  • Wyrd Sisters (1988) (Witches)
  • Pyramids (1989) (One-off)
  • Guards! Guards! (1989) (City Watch)
  • Eric (1990) (Rincewind)
  • Moving Pictures (1990) (One-off)
  • Reaper Man (1991) (Death)
  • Witches Abroad (1991) (Witches)
  • Small Gods (1992) (One-off)
  • Lords and Ladies (1992) (Witches)
  • Troll Bridge (1992) (Short story)
  • Men at Arms (1993) (City Watch)
  • Theatre of Cruelty (1993) (Short story)
  • Soul Music (1994) (Death)
  • Interesting Times (1994) (Rincewind)
  • The Discworld Companion (1994) (Companion)
  • Maskerade (1995) (Witches)
  • Feet of Clay (1996) (City Watch)
  • Hogfather (1996) (Death)
  • Jingo (1997) (City Watch)
  • The Unseen University Diary (1998) (Diary)
  • The Last Continent (1998) (Rincewind)
  • Carpe Jugulum (1998) (Witches)
  • The Sea and Little Fishes (1998) (Short story)
  • The Ankh-Morpork City Watch Diary (1999) (Diary)
  • The Fifth Elephant (1999) (City Watch)
  • The Science of Discworld (1999) (Science)
  • Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook (1999) (Recipes)
  • The Assassins’ Guild Yearbook and Diary (2000)
  • The Truth (2000) (One-off)
  • The Fools’ Guild Yearbook and Diary (2001) (Diary)
  • Thief of Time (2001) (Death)
  • The Last Hero (2001) (Rincewind, although this is debatable)
  • The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents (2001) (One-off, children’s)
  • The Thieves’ Guild Yearbook and Diary (2002) (Diary)
  • Night Watch (2002) (City Watch)
  • Death and What Comes Next (2002) (Short story)
  • The Science of Discworld II: The Globe (2002)(Science)
  • The Wyrdest Link (2002) (Quizbook)
  • The (Reformed) Vampyre’s Diary (2003) (Diary)
  • The Wee Free Men (2003) (Wee Free Men)
  • The New Discworld Companion (2003) (Companion)
  • Monstrous Regiment (2003) (One-off)
  • A Hat Full of Sky (2004) (Wee Free Men)
  • Going Postal (2004) (Post Office)
  • Once More* *With Footnotes (2004) (Compilation of short works)
  • The Discworld Almanack (2005) (Almanack)
  • Thud! (2005) (City Watch)
  • Where’s My Cow? (2005) (Picture Book)
  • The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch (2005) (Science)
  • Wintersmith (2006) (Wee Free Men)
  • The Post Office Diary (2007) (Diary)
  • Making Money (2007) (Post Office)
  • Unseen Academicals (2009) (The Wizards, Rincewind)
  • I Shall Wear Midnight (2010) (Wee Free Men)
  • Snuff (2011) (City Watch / Sam Vimes)
  • Raising Steam (2013) (Post office)

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