I’m utterly chagrined I missed a chance to vote on the top 20 geek novels. Despite only getting a 132 votes, it’s a pretty interesting and comprehensive list.
The ones I haven’t read are: 14, Consider Phlebas; 19, The Illuminatus! Trilogy; and 20, Trouble with Lichen. Excellent … an Amazon order will be placed shortly.
I do wonder, though, whatever happened to The Lord of the Rings? Is it just so ingrained in the geek psyche that nobody even thought to include it? Because, seriously, if you’re a geek, you read LOTR when you were twelve. And then you named a computer Gandalf. Nobody ever said being a geek was pretty.
Posted Monday, 21 November, 2005 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.