Library Hall -- {Book_Tracker}

Here I keep track of the books I read sometimes. The reading list itself I organize with help of the org-books, and parse it with cl-org-mode (link to the latest version found).

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All the Library Hall Records

Advised to me by APL acolytes. Informative, nice and freely available book. Guess it will take me some (plenty of) (free) time to dig throught it whole.
Consider this one a successor for Practical Common Lisp, also published by Apress. A bit fast on explaining the algorithmic approaches, but a good starting point to dive deeper. Liked them code examples in CL.
Brilliant and disturbing... Dystopian satirical fantasy of 2006 reads like a parody on the news feed in 2021. If anyone asks me "where are we heading, in the East" I will just throw this book at the person. That will be a development for "Dark Medieval Times, Russian Flavor".
Once there was a series of books on Scheme, starting from "The Little Schemer" by Friedman. It taught how to understand and construct a Scheme interpreter in a very peculiar manner of atomic questions and answers, making a whole book one huge dialogue. This one is similar, only now the subject is a minimalistic Dependently-Typed prover, which shifts the dialogue quite soon towards hardcore (since the topic itself is rather hard). The prover described itself does exist, been developed in Racket by the authors. Great example of interactive system, and a nice first dive into Formal Verification area. And the illustrations are awesome, as before!
Fashion is my Profession.
A Healthy Man's explanation of a Healthy Man's object system.
Looks like a remix of Aldis's "Non-Stop" spiced up with a bunch of pleasant details. The generic Greene tribe is replaced by Aztecs, and their somewhat brutal and gory relations with their gods and among each other, all having a true meaning in the captive Universe they live in. Feels like both "Age of Decadence" and - hopefully - yet unreleleased "Colony Ship" from the Iron Tower studio.
"Classic Sci-Fi" description of the first contact of the Humanity (represented as researching extras - not much character-building there, if any) with an alien megastructure appearing to be some kind of an Ark. It has a couple of funny ideas, but the overall Jules Verne-like style of the narration was rather hard to dig through.
"Atoms Wander Round a Crystal" is a Sovietwave Popular Science supplement for an infamous "Kvant" journal, a periodic aimed to inspire Math Olympiads-winning Soviet youth to conquer the observable Universe and beyond. For an adult reader those books are still examples of damn_good_popular_literature (that is, if one can read Russian - I don't think many of them were ever translated). Particularly, "Atoms..." is devoted to diffusion, written by a scientist - and a honorable Physical Chemistry professor at the University I graduated from - who devoted all his career to research of various diffusion phenomena. Magnificent reading! Long overdue in my case.
A sci-fi novel that justifies why microservices are neat. Also looks like pan Stanislaw invented the whole trope of the swarm fleet. Reads fresh and smooth although written way back in 1964.
Interesting mixture between Space Opera and Noir. Good experience, although the plot becomes thin and the climax overdue by the end. Somehow I don't feel like going on with the series, especially after peeking at the SyFy adaptation.
More of the same as in "Children of Time": strange alien races and hivemind, reflections of former Terran demiurg etc. Honestly, I liked the first one more.
A science fiction novel featuring two parallel competing plot lines: survival of last human offspring on an ark ship, and supervised evolution on a terraformed planet. The former feels like a compilation of familiar stories on the "ark ship" theme and does not surprise. However, the latter story is strange, intriguing and very curious. That curiosity made me hooked up heavily towards the end, albeit somewhat slow pace and lengthy expositions.
Classic "behave yourself and don't misbehave", while investing in real valuable assets. Rather dry and boring i.m.o. The Zweig's commentaries are first candidates for reading instead for the original chapters.
A set of papers on the theory behind 'em popular fractals in each your second "Hello, World". Serious business, the Math is hard. The pictures are nice though.
The most graceful superstructure I know on top of the basis provided by Heinlein. A few extra bright strokes for the metaplot, interesting characters that look very alive in their surrounding wicked circumstances, beautiful language and perfect timing. My top favorite in the "Generation Ship" novels constellation.
Popularization of Complexity Theory that quite soon becomes a hardcore reading. Often criticized for that, as well as for only touching a surface of in-depth topics. I think it's great to have a Feinman-style summary like this one for a fashionable field. To my shame, the progress halted quite far from the end of the book.
Mind-blowing work on Lisp, metaprogramming and macros. Refreshing. Like a cup of extremely strong coffee instead of your regular morning brew.
General inspiration for them Ark starships. Though a bit naive and short, still reads fresh and delivers remarkable moments. Like the chief mutant mutineer Joe-Jim reciting Dumas' classics.
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