Okay, I was overwhelmed by all the creative vacation suggestions, so I’m going to ask for help once more. I’ll need 10-15 fun books to read on vacation. I got some awesome vacation book suggestions last year, so I’d love to hear any recommendations for this time.
A week or so ago and ordered
- Caught Stealing by Charlie Huston. In Dublin I happened upon Already Dead, Huston’s gritty vampire story set in Manhattan and told in neo-hard-boiled style. If you liked the movie Brick then you’ll like Charlie Huston. I’m just reading everything of his.
- Boomsday, by Christopher Buckley.
- True Stories I Made Up, a comedy CD by Daniel Tosh. I heard him do a bit on XM and thought I’d check him out more.
- Hacking Ubuntu by Neal Krawetz.
As you can tell, I’m running dangerously low on fiction. Normally I enjoy stuff including Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Bruce Sterling, Penny Arcade, Douglas Adams, Tranmetropolitan, Lee Child (but not many other thriller authors you’ll find in airport bookstores), Chuck Palahniuk, etc. So what do you recommend for some light summer vacation reading?
Update: Cool! Neal Krawetz (author of Hacking Ubuntu that I mentioned above) stopped by and even gave a few suggestions of his own! He also asked what I thought of his book so far. I’ve only skimmed a few parts, but so far I really like it. For example, it gives a really good description of EasyUbuntu vs. Automatix. The book also has nice screenshots to document things well. The only thing I noticed is that many of the tips are less about hacking Ubuntu and more about tweaking or tuning Ubuntu. Probably “Tuning Ubuntu” wouldn’t pack the same oomph with potential buyers compared to “Hacking Ubuntu” though. If you’re a rank beginner to Linux/Unix, the book wouldn’t be as good a match. But for anyone with any power user experience, Hacking Ubuntu looks like a great guide to tweaking Ubuntu to be just the way you want it. I may say more once I’m done with it.