Sunday, June 30, 2013

Summer Reading List

I was browsing an actual Barnes and Noble yesterday and it was a pretty nice experience. The draw in was that I wanted to grab the new expansion to the deck building game Legendary, (Dark City!) but they didn't have it in stock. Since I had thirty minutes to kill anyway, I used the rest of my time to shop around, though not intending to buy anything.

If it has been a while (for me it has been years since I spent any significant time in a library or bookstore, outside of the SciFi/Fantasy sections) since you explored a brick and mortar book source, I recommend you head back for a bit. Getting to handle the books and look them over was a nice way to shop, rather than the sterile, recommendation filled environment of Amazon. Sure, Amazon is really efficient, but the hands-on nature of the Barnes and Noble was enjoyable.

Anyway, in the Professional Computing section, I found a whole set of books that I want to have.

The book I wound up getting was Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security by Kevin D. Mitnick. So far it has been a great read. I plan on writing my thoughts about it here.

Also, in making this list I saw I could order The Shellcoder's Handbook for under $7, including shipping. It should arrive in a week or so!