The Sad Life of Walter Mitty

I once wrote about The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and how nice story about a guy outgrowing his daydreams.

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Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

GoodReads Summary: IN THE YEAR 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

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iPad Productivity Essentials: The Definitive Guide to Getting More Productive with your iPad - Christopher J. Lee

GoodReads Summary: You have your iPad, now what? You could continue to use your tablet as an excellent web surfing tool. You could also use it to play one of the many, many games out on the App Store. Or, you could simply turn it over to your spouse or your kid(s) for their enjoyment. I suggest a different path, a path that will keep your iPad in your hands, at work…a path that will put you on the road towards increased productivity!

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Subterranean Scalzi Super Bundle - John Scalzi

GoodReads Summary:

Subterranean Press bundles together all of their John Scalzi titles into one easy-to-buy special this November:

How I Proposed To My Wife: An Alien Sex Story

An Election

Judge Sn Goes Golfing

Questions for a Soldier

The Sagan Diary

The Tale of the Wicked

The God Engines

You're Not fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to the Coffee Shop

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An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments - Ali Almossawi

GoodReads Summary: This book is aimed at newcomers to the field of logical reasoning, particularly those who, to borrow a phrase from Pascal, are so made that they understand best through visuals. I have selected a small set of common errors in reasoning and visualized them using memorable illustrations that are supplemented with lots of examples. The hope is that the reader will learn from these pages some of the most common pitfalls in arguments and be able to identify and avoid them in practice.

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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity - David Allen

GoodReads Summary: In today's world, yesterday's methods just don't work. In Getting Things Done, veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. Allen's premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective productivity and unleash our creative potential.

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The Drift Wars - Brett James

GoodReads Summary: Peter Garvey was just a kid when the warships emerged from the Drift and devastated his homeworld. He enlisted immediately, leaving behind his small-town life to fight in distant space.

Barely surviving basic training, he is thrust to the front line to battle the Riel, an army of creatures beyond his darkest nightmares.

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Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise - Wil Wheaton

GoodReads Summary: Wil Wheaton has never been one to take the conventional path to success. Despite early stardom through his childhood role in the motion picture "Stand By Me," and growing up on television as Wesley Crusher on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Wil left Hollywood in pursuit of happiness, purpose, and a viable means of paying the bills. In the oddest of places, Topeka, Kansas, Wil discovered that despite his claims to fame, he was at heart "Just a Geek." In this bestselling book, Wil shares his deeply personal and difficult journey to find himself. You'll understand the rigors, and joys, of Wil's rediscovering of himself, as he comes to terms with what it means to be famous, or, ironically, famous for once having been famous. Writing with honesty and disarming humanity, Wil touches on the frustrations associated with his acting career, his inability to distance himself from Ensign Crusher in the public's eyes, the launch of his incredibly successful web site, wilwheaton.net, and the joy he's found in writing. Through all of this, Wil shares the ups and downs he encountered along the journey, along with the support and love he discovered from his friends and family. The stories in "Just a Geek" include: Wil's plunge from teen star to struggling actor, discovering the joys of HTML, blogging, Linux, and web design, the struggle between Wesley Crusher, Starfleet ensign, and Wil Wheaton, author and blogger, gut-wrenching reactions to the 9-11 disaster, moving tales of Wil's relationships with his wife, step-children, and extended family, and the transition from a B-list actor to an A-list author.

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Redshirts - John Scalzi

GoodReads Summary: Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory.

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Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship - Robert C. Martin

GoodReads Summary: Even bad code can function. But if code isn t clean, it can bring a development organization to its knees. Every year, countless hours and significant resources are lost because of poorly written code. But it doesn t have to be that way.

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