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What to Read in 2018


What to Read in 2018

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Non fiction, Presuasion by Robert Cialdini. I'm fascinated by psychology and as technical staff we should try and develop skills beyond the technical. This shows you how to set a scene to achieve your aims. Sadly I'm still rubbish at being a Machiavelli and just try and work hard and effectively and hope that gets me where I want to be. Well, at least I kind of understand there ARE other undercurrents.

Fiction, Hyperion (four book series) by Dan Simmons. Science fiction rooted in literature. I won't lie, it's tough going in places, but worth persevering if you want a bit more than the standard fantasy tropes. Interesting ideas that overreach sometimes, but are always fascinating, especially the stuff on AI.
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Fiction: I am a fan of Robert Goddard but he has not published a book for a couple of years now. However, there should be a new one this year but not until the autumn so will not wish my life away.
Non-fiction: I need to understand NoSQL more fully as a move to it now seems unstoppable. The last thing I read online seemed to be creating an SQL database in NoSQL! Otherwise I like books on any kind of transport and geography/history of coutries.
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Glad to see Arcanum Unbound is there; Brandon Sanderson is a fantastic author and I couldn't have asked for a better author to finish the Wheel of Time series. He released the 3rd book of the Stormlight "Trilogy" (because book 3 doesn't finish the story, clearly Sanderson has forgotten what the definition of a Trilogy is) at the start of this year, which is really good. if you haven't started the series, and enjoy his work, it's a must read. The books are incredibly long (the latest is printed on what I refer to as "Bible Paper" and is very thick) but they are well worth the time to read them.


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Thom A - Friday, February 9, 2018 3:38 AM
He released the 3rd book of the Stormlight "Trilogy" (because book 3 doesn't finish the story, clearly Sanderson has forgotten what the definition of a Trilogy is)

It's not a trilogy, he never intended it as a trilogy. His plans for it are 10 books, in two 5-book arcs.
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/brandon-sanderson-discusses-past-future-stormlight-archive/


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My plans for the year include the rest of the Expanse series, to try and make a dent in the unread Data and Machine Learning books I've bought, to read or re-read as many of Ursula Le Guin's books as I can find.
And try and reduce the unread books to a point where the dining room table isn't tilting under the load.

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Thom A - Friday, February 9, 2018 3:38 AM
He released the 3rd book of the Stormlight "Trilogy" (because book 3 doesn't finish the story, clearly Sanderson has forgotten what the definition of a Trilogy is)

It's not a trilogy, he never intended it as a trilogy. His plans for it are 10 books, in two 5-book arcs.
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/brandon-sanderson-discusses-past-future-stormlight-archive/

I'm sure I recall the synopsis on the first book stating it to be a trilogy. I'll have to have a look when I get home. I didn't a chance to start it till after a couple of friends had finished it and they both told me the same thing "I thought this was meant to be a trilogy? It's clearly not, as he didn't finish it."

Perhaps we all imagined it, but I've got to check for my own sanity. Smile



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Thom A - Friday, February 9, 2018 6:01 AM

I'm sure I recall the synopsis on the first book stating it to be a trilogy.

Mine didn't, but I've got the UK publication which split both Way of Kings and Words of Radiance into 2 parts (I have 5 Stormlight books on my shelf)
Would be weird if it did, as Sanderson never intended it as 3 books. If you read his blog, while he was writing the first he had an idea for the 10 books


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The Will Robie series are definitely a good read. You mentioned books 1-4, however book 5 was just published the end of 17 (End Game). I just finished reading it last week and wasn't disappointed. Smile



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For classic fiction, I'd recommend "It Can't Happen Here" by Sinclair Lewis.
For fantasy / scifi, I'd recommend "The Liveship Traders Trilogy" by Robin Hobb.
For self improvement, I'd recommend "Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time" by Brian Tracy.
For a new technology to read up on, I'd suggest Microsoft Cosmos DB.


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