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These are some books I've read in reverse chronological order. Since I don't usually bother reading bad books, everything on this page is (at least) implicitly a recommendation.

Prometheus Rising — Robert Anton Wilson

Geurilla ontology. Quotable and relevant, if you're me, but I question if it would be worth reading for people who aren't already into that sort of stuff. Then again you have to start somewhere. I guess it's a scifi/futuristic approach to talking about psychoanalysis, anthropology, occult-adjacent topics, etc. It's not "scientific" but that's completely not the point. ISBN 9780692710609.

Neuromancer — William Gibson

I won't say I regret reading it, but I liked the first half more than the second. ISBN 0586066454.

Effective C — Robert C. Seacord

A book about C which contains what you actually want to know. It's not a book to learn programming from, but it's also more than just a reference (though it's very useful to refer to it). The chapters are readable on their own, with useful example code, and if you aren't an expert, you'll certainly learn something from them. Given who it's written by, the book places an appropriately strong emphasis on correctness and handling errors. ISBN 9781718501041.

Death at Intervals — José Saramago

"The following day, no one died." — Saramago takes this premise and explores it in a similar manner to many of his other novels. The themes of life and death are probably clear from the title, but I don't think I can come up with a better phrase to capture the essence of this writing than "earthly beauty", which I saw used to describe All the Names, a book that is probably worth reading before this one.

A thing that stood out to me was the lack of a definitive main character, something present in everything else I've read by him. Overall, I think I liked it a little less than All the Names, but that's still a lot. ISBN 1860466427.

A Photographic Atlas of Flood Basalt Volcanism — Hetu Sheth

The greatest basalt compilation ever produced. Definitely one of my favourite rocks, and this "virtual field geological tour" is worthwhile even for non-geologists. Pages and pages of beautiful landscapes and intricate formations. You should definitely at least have a flick through. ISBN 9783319677057.