Book Recommendation of the moment:
A Deepness In The Sky by Vernor Vinge (Amazon)
It's one of those books that truly stayed with me even as I finished reading it. The basis of a good sci-fi, to me, is not about the science, but the relationship between the imaginary future and the humans that inhabit it; to quote a cliché, the examination of the human condition. But beyond that, it's simply a well-written book. It has deception, it has intrigue, it has character progression, it has characters that made sense. If you have a craving for a good lengthy novel, this will scratch that itch.
Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (Amazon)
I've had no idea that this book was one that changed the world when I bought it, only that the premise of the book is interesting. A planet where gender is not fixed, but a lucky draw; for a few days a month, the Gethenians undergo kemmer and become either male or female, while remaining gender neutral for the rest of the month. This has resulted in the memorable and surrealistic phrase "The King is pregnant". At least that's what the four, yes four, introductions at the start of the book tell me.
Building Microservices: Designing Fine-Grained Systems (Amazon)
A book about building a microservice architecture and all the accompanying challenges. A microservices approach has been, for lack of a better phrase, in vogue recently, and I wanted to learn more about it in order to brush up my gap in knowledge regarding DevOps and IT system design. We'll have to see how it goes.
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