Robisms – Important Books

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Facebook people are at it again. There are several “lists” of things you’ve done, read, etc. floating around and you “tag” others to do their own list and continue the tagging. Its the modern-day chain letter. But these are fun and don’t cost you a first class postage stamp or add too much to your e-mail inbox.

I was recently tagged in a new pass-the-list game called “15 Books”:

Share fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Send yours!

The problem is I’m not an avid reader and frankly I don’t know if I could name 15 books. Also, its just a list and as it said books “that will always stick with you”, I thought there should be some explanin’ to do.

  1. ??? — Sadly I don’t remember the title. It was something like “Dogfight”. I read it in the 8th grade. It was about a USAF combat pilot and his USSR nemisis and their run-ins over Alaskan airspace. Its importance in this list is that it was the first book I enjoyed reading.
  2. The Holy Bible — Those that know me know I’m not the religious type. I used to be and this book for all its issues does have good life lessons in it. If you can get past the bad science and taking things out of context or taking it literally, it can do you good.
  3. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien — This was the first fantasy work I read. Its vivid descriptions of this fantasy world along with the battle of good and evil and greed make it an all time best list. Of course this includes the three books that follow in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
  4. Foundation, Issac Asimov — I read 5 of the books in this series. Each on as captivating as its predecessor. Sci-Fi at its best.
  5. Neuromancer, William Gibson — This was the book that defined Cyberpunk. A portrayal of a not to far distant future where man and computers become one and a massive network interconnects us all. Gibson is a hard read, but worth it. Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive complete this trilogy.
  6. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe, Douglas Adams — Sci-Fi and humor rolled into one. Its a perfect match for my whacked sense of humor.
  7. The TRS-80 Intro to Programming book, Radio Shack — This small “Learn BASIC” book that Tandy produced to go along with its early personal computers was my self-taught guide to becoming the Super-Programmer that I am (er. was… old age… new fangled stuff…)
  8. Harry Potter Series, J. K. Rowling — Seven books, seven intriguing and fun reads. They were children’s books relative to William Gibson when it comes to ease of read and while they were intended for a youthful audience, myself like many adults were whisked to this fantasy world.
  9. The Cat and the Hat, Dr. Seuss — Read them as a kid, read them as an adult. This book along with most of the Dr. Seuss books never gets old.
  10. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, G. Gary Gygax — What can I say. I’m a geek. This includes the hundreds of related role playing books.
  11. Core Web Programming 1st Ed., Hall and Brown — This book was my bible in learning web development back in the late ’90’s.
  12. ASMP Professional Business Practices in Photography, ASMP — This is the bible for the photography business, can’t live without it.
  13. Astrophotography for the Amateur, Michael Covington — A fantastic primer on photographing the night sky.
  14. The Unix “man” command — not so much a book, but it is the Unix manual pages, which contains all the wisdom of the Unix platform.
  15. Some NASA book about Man Space Flight from the early 70’s.

So there you have it!

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