Maybe it’s that I spend too much time playing games, or the fact that I’m not a teenage girl — I’d never heard of the whole Twilight phenomenon until after the movie came out. I’m sure there are guys here that have read the books, but looking at the list below — it doesn’t appear anyone was lured in by the hype surrounding the film.
Here are the books, websites, and magazine WE ARE reading. Feel free to let us know what you’re reading, and if you’ve read Twilight, I’m curious to hear what you thought of it.
Kurt Kuhlmann, Designer: KJ Parker’s Engineer Trilogy, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (again), Captain Alatriste series.
Gary Noonan, Creature Animator: Just finished Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain and getting ready to start The I.R.A. by Tim Pat Coogan. Can you tell I am a non-fiction guy?
Ashley Cheng, Production Director: Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin, Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs, Entertainment Weekly, Bill Harris’ Dubious Quality blog.
Mike Dulany, Programmer: Anathem.
Ryan Salvatore, Associate Artist: A Storm of Swords, probably some Wired magazines.
Fred Zeleny, Game Designer and Information Junkie: As always, I just open my Google Reader page and dive into the datastream. Favorite feeds include always fascinating (and Wired-endorsed!) gameblog Sexy Videogameland, the delightfully untrue Good Evening, the precisely political FiveThirtyEight, and the curiously cultured Culturizer.
Louis Riley. Senior QA Tester: The System of the World, Tekkonkinkreet, Domu
Matt Weil: Anathem, The Road, Consider Phlebas, Bethesda Forums.
Brian Bloomfield, QA Lead: Finishing up “Why I’m not a Christian” by Bertrand Russell, getting started on “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins.
Liz Beetem, Artist: Thomas Ligotti’s Teatro Grottesco, Pat Mill’s Marshal Law, sometimes a strange and awful thing called the internet.
Cory Dornbusch, QA: Some refreshing reading before attending Animation Mentor. The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation, The Animator’s Survival Kit, and Stop Staring: Facial Modeling and Animation Done Right.
Megan Sawyer, Artist: Club Dead by Charlaine Harris,and Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs, and my family’s holiday wishlists!
Chris Rodriguez, System Programmer: Love and Sex with Robots, Effective C++, Physics of Superheroes.
Pete Hines: The Hand of Oberon, The Bro Code, More Information Than You Require.
Brett Douville, Sipper from the Great Firehose of the Systems Group: Underworld by Don DeLillo, my increasingly lengthy RSS feeds, and the New York Times Magazine.
Adam Adamowicz: Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, Pirate Freedom by Gene Wolfe, Promethea by Alan Moore.
Philip Nelson, Wacky Morning DJ: I Hate Your Guts by Lil’ Jimmy Norton.
Larry Waldman, QA: Stardust by Neil Gaiman.
Michael Lattanzia, QA: Lots of street signs and then the signs in Disneyworld!
Chris Esko, Gameplay Programmer: Some very big books – Anathem (Neal Stephenson), The Principles of Object Oriented Design and Dependency Management (Robert C. Martin), and the Fallout 3 game guide (David Hodgson).
Ricardo Gonzalez, Reader Rabid: At work, Design Principles and Design Patterns. At home, Faith of the Fallen by Terry Goodkind. And of course, the litany of RSS feeds: Kotaku, WoW Insider, and Dinosaur Comics to name a few.
John Pisano, QA: Something Awful forums, The Mismeasure of Man, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana.
Jesse Tucker, Level Design: A Feast for Crows, Beth Forums.
Steve Meister, Senior Programmer: Anathem by Neal Stephenson.
Erik J. Caponi: The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, The Last Witchfinder by James Morrow.
Ryan Lea: Modern C++ Design, The Black Swan, Outliers, Seed (Newest Issue).
Shannon Bailey, Programmer: A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess), Dance Dance Dance (Haruki Murakami), Quantum Mechanics and Experience (David Albert), the Bethesda Forums.
Ron Seger: The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam.