Books

Category Title Author Rating Description
Cognition Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion Robert B. Cialdini
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Modern sales techniques rely on quirks of the human psyche to get their effect.
Sci Fi The Chronoliths Robert Charles Wilson
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At first I wasn't into it, but it developed into a clever tale of time-travel interdependency.
Cognition The Power of Persuasion Robert Levine
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Humans spend huge quantities of time trying to convince others to do, say, or think.
Design The Non-Designer's Design Book Robin Williams
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A forceful and easy-to-read introduction to the core concepts of page layout and typography.
Software Dreaming in Code Scott Rosenberg
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This book tells the story of the multi-year development of one piece of software, and in doing so, touches on the...
Fantasy A Fire Upon the Deep Scott Rosenberg
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This is one of those novels that propels science fiction as a genre to the top of the literary heap.
Gothic Perfect Circle Sean Stewart
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A pathetic ex-punk rocker who sees ghosts works through his personal problems.
Business The Dip Seth Godin
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"Winners never quit" is stupid.
Sci Fi Manifold Time Stephen Baxter
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Sold science and mathematical theory mixes with a character-driven story.
Science A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
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The Einstein of our age, Hawking describes some of the most challenging topics in astrophysics in plain english.
Fantasy The Phoenix Guards Steven Brust
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The same fantasy world found in the Vlad Taltos books is shown from a very different perspective.
Fantasy Lord of Castle Black Steven Brust
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The series is winding down.
Cognition Mind Wide Open Steven Johnson
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This book very successfully applies the findings of neuroscience and behavioral studies to everyday life.
Culture Everything Bad Is Good For You Steven Johnson
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Despite the widely-held conception that popular culture grows dumber by the year, the truth is actually the opposite.
Writing The Elements of Style Strunk & White
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If you want to learn to write well, get this book.