warning/appology: this is not SQL related post:
Today is a slow Friday and I was hoping you will make it interesting by telling us your favourite books of all time. I got a new kindle and I am reading Grant Fritchey's Dissecting Execution plan now. I am looking forward to reading broad range of books . Please share your top 10 favorite books of all time, books that if given the power you will force everybody to read:-) (you can share only one or two if thats what comes to your mind). I prefer if the list is this way: 6 for database/sql server/IT, 2 non fiction and 2 fiction.
asked Oct 01 '10 at 08:02 AM in Default
Not a lot else right now. Have more to go through, but I think most of the SQL books are about 80% the same.
Non-fiction - On Writing by Stephen King, really enjoyed that - The Treasure Hunter - Moore and Jennings. Read this multiple times as a kid. A real life tale of treasure hunters that might inspire you to let go of you life and enjoy it more.
Fiction - Red Thunder (sci fi) - Varley. I love it, have sent it to a few friends, my kids loved it. - Odd Thomas - Koontz, really enjoyed it and made me think about life.
answered Oct 01 '10 at 08:54 AM
Steve Jones Editor ♦♦
Well first gotta say the Bible.
In regards to SQL I am enjoying "SQL Server 2008 Query Performance Tuning Dstilled" by Grant Fritchey and Sajal Dam. When I finish that I have to pick between
2) "Pro SQL Server 2008 Policy-Based Management" by Ken Simmons, Colin St5asiuk, and Jorge Segarra
3) "DBA Survivor: Become a RockStar DBA" by Thomas Larock.
All are part of my collection of SQL books. Out side of SQL I don't read much but I used to enjoy John Grishom books, and I must admit I did get sucked into the entire Harry Potter series.
As for my favorite book, I very much enjoyed reading the "Cuckoo's Egg - Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage" The book is based on a true story. I read that book in 1995.
answered Oct 01 '10 at 09:29 AM
Here are some books I like.
answered Oct 02 '10 at 11:36 AM
I will agree with TRAD that the Bible is the most significant book I have read. Beyond that:
SQL: I think Professional SQL Server 2005 Adfministration is one of the best reference books I have. I would not recommend sitting down and reading it through, but it is an excellent quick reference.
Non-Fiction: The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis, A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawkings, and Visual Complex Analysis (still in process of reading this, but the part I have read was both enlightening and helpful)
Fiction: This one is tough. I used to read a lot of good fiction before I went to grad school, and very little since I started. With that said, a couple stick out in my mind. Cold Equations was only a short story, but one that made a big impact on me. Neuromancer is a classic. And the Watchmen graphic novel was absolutely masterful.
answered Oct 01 '10 at 10:13 AM
seeing as this is supposed to be non sql related...
the moomin books
answered Oct 01 '10 at 11:45 AM
Matt Whitfield ♦♦