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Initial post: 13 Sep 2013 09:57:44 BDT
D Rudd Mitchell says:

I recently listed my five favourite books for geeks for in article. It was an interesting experience and I hope a few people will share their lists here.

Article

http://www.examiner.com/article/five-favorite-books-for-geeks-by-author-david-rudd-mitchell

My list
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four
American Gods
The Player of Games (The Culture)
A Game of Thrones: The Story Continues Books 1-5: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Watchmen: The Deluxe Edition HC

Posted on 13 Sep 2013 10:17:32 BDT
Sorry, I forgot my manners.

Nineteen Eighty-Four
American Gods
The Player of Games (The Culture)
A Game of Thrones: The Story Continues Books 1-5: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Watchmen: The Deluxe Edition HC

Posted on 20 Sep 2013 16:33:51 BDT
Handybird says:
geek (gk) Slang
n.
1.
a. A person regarded as foolish, inept, or clumsy.

b. A person who is single-minded or accomplished in scientific or technical pursuits but is felt to be socially inept.

2. A carnival performer whose show consists of bizarre acts, such as biting the head off a live chicken.

tr.v. geeked, geek·ing, geeks
To excite emotionally: I'm geeked about that new video game.

(Just in case, like me, you were a little disconcerted :O)

Posted on 28 Sep 2013 18:29:32 BDT
Garscadden says:
Memoirs of a Sword Swallower - there are various entries on Amazon for this book. It's well worth reading, and relevant as it covers multiple of the interpretations of 'geek'. It is also a really good book, in my opinion. Definitely worth a read, but I'd hunt out a cheap copy rather than paying a proper book price for it.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2013 20:22:20 BDT
Anita says:
Considering the clearly self-promotional nature of the OP, not sure if he's really interested.

For all my love to science fiction, I still have no idea what a book for geeks is

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2013 21:14:10 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Sep 2013 21:17:08 BDT
gille liath says:
Anything recommended on this forum. ;)

Geekiness means detailed knowledge of anything one is not interested in oneself (discuss).

(At first glance I thought he was asking for *Greek* books. Might've been able to help there...)

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2013 22:54:47 BDT
Anita says:
Pun. You mentioned "Greek", and so I remembered something, also the context fits because of personal reasons. Totally off-topic surely. Hell, it will never work in English, may take quite a bit of explanation. :(

Years ago my older daughter came home from school and complained about having a laughing bout during a history lesson. It was actually about art and nothing funny, it was about Theophanes the Greek (who was the teacher of Andrei Rublev), but upon hearing the name she just couldn't stop laughing. Surely she didn't have to explain to me what was so funny about it.

Well - my daughter was (is) a fan of a local women basketball team "Teo" (as per the name of the sponsoring company). There was an American player who played here for several years. During that time she married a Greek guy, and he was always at the matches, shouting loudly, jumping, cheering, the biggest fan of his wife and of the team. As my daughter used to go to nearly all matches too, she had a pretty good image of the man.

The joke is that the name of the artist sounds exactly like that: Teofanas Graikas. And that's exactly what it means: the Greek fan of "Teo". With all due respect to Theophanes the Greek... well.

Ahh well, it surely doesn't sound so funny in English

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2013 16:10:36 BDT
G. Heywood says:
American Gods
A Game of Thrones
1984

Fantastic books.

I would also add:
Stranger in Strange Land
Dune

Posted on 7 Oct 2013 16:44:16 BDT
Garscadden says:
Good Math: A Geek's Guide to the Beauty of Numbers, Logic, and Computation (Pragmatic Programmers)

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2013 17:00:43 BDT
G. Heywood says:
If you want a maths book, this is a great one!
The Trachtenberg Speed System of Basic Mathematics

Posted on 7 Oct 2013 17:19:08 BDT
Anita says:
A different approach to maths :)
Anathem

Maybe somewhat dated, still good (the short story maybe even better though)
Blood Music (S.F. Masterworks)

Still no idea what a book for geeks is. So just a couple of good books

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2013 18:25:53 BDT
Garscadden says:
Pah, you just cost me money :)

Posted on 31 Oct 2013 21:31:43 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Oct 2013 22:21:18 GMT
nameinuse says:
Geek Love (Abacus Books)

It's the story of a circus sideshow family. The parents, whose primary talents are biting off the heads of live chickens and hucksterism, feed teratogenic substances to the pregnant wife in order to have hideously deformed offspring. Conjoined twins and so on.

One of their children has flippers for arms and no legs lives in a fish tank having a vestigial tail and being something like a human tadpole and he eventually starts preaching to the gawkers and thus forms a religious following where the acolytes slowly have all of their appendages amputated one digit at a time as they rise in the church. When they are little more than a head and torso they are the most holy high and are served by the other members of the church.

This, of course, all ends very badly.

It's told from the point of view of their albino dwarf daughter.

It's a repulsive twisted story of a family, told in an engaging way.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2013 19:06:59 GMT
Anita says:
Sounds pretty horrible. Went straight to my wish list :)

Posted on 10 Nov 2013 21:59:18 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Nov 2013 22:08:18 GMT
monica says:
Nightmare Alley (New York Review Books). In the sense of the word that OP uses, who knows? seems to me a very subjective one, bit like 'nerd' + 'yuck' = 'geek'.

OP, pointing out that you wrote An Article! is something easily ascribed to exuberant delight, one drink too many, showing off for your mum, etc. Giving a link to the article betrays social awkwardness and starting a thread to tell us what you wrote, if that's what you did, well, the word for that's on the tip of my tongue but I can't remember it. Anita, after re-reading your basketball post I get it. It's one of those you-had-to-be-there things, I think, not a language thing, but ta very much for mentioning those 14th-century chaps whom I wouldn't have heard of otherwise.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Nov 2013 00:25:10 GMT
Anita says:
Hmm... one of (perhaps) two of my favourite films of all time... or at least one of the two of my favourite film directors of all time:

Andrei Rublev [DVD] [1973]

(Wanted to add something, but nothing seems really adequate. There's enough information about this film, if you are interested)

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Nov 2013 09:11:16 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Nov 2013 09:13:02 GMT
gille liath says:
Aren't 'nerd' and 'geek' interchangeable?

I still think a geek is (usually) something other people are - my knowledge makes me an informed / educated person, your knowledge makes you a geek. Mind you, there's been a bit of a reclamation of the word on the back of series like Big Bang Theory.

Posted on 11 Feb 2014 19:01:44 GMT
ZeeJay says:
If you're really deep into geek tech and scifi, don't miss the ultimate read: The Bequeathal: Godsent. Brimming with hard science, AI, neurotech, digital afterlife, brane theory and evolved singularity, it manages to be fast and fun. Make sure your laptop/ tablet is at hand (for references) before you byte into it:)

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2014 19:12:41 GMT
Anita says:
Also make sure that you are informed that the book is recommended by the author's family member. Just saying...
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