What we’re reading….


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.

Nate Ellis, QA: Forest Mage (by Robin Hobb), (re-reading) A Game Of Thrones. Also reading Kotaku and Penny Arcade.

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.

Joel Burgess, Wiki-Wrangler: Kluge, The Darkness That Comes Before.

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.

Ryan Ashford, Programmer: Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser, The Huffington Post, Gametab, maybe my new car’s manual?

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.

Brent Krische, QA Tester: Kotaku, GamaSutra, GamerBytes, ActionButton.Net, and Beedle the Bard.

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.

Matt Grandstaff, Community Manager: Kotaku, Bethesda Forums, lots of email, Lord of the Rings

Ron Seger: The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam.

Reader Comments

  1. If you enjoy May I recommend the book: Anam Cara by John O’Donohue. About $10 for a softcover. Amazon has’em for under $3 most the time. Well worth the read.

    I refuse to read this week, except for NWN2: Storm of Zehir plot lines, and my triumphant return to Morrowind this evening!

  2. Just finished Men At Arms by Terry Pratchett.

    Twilight is targetted towards high school girls so I doubt you’ll find many people here who read it.

  3. “My father had a dream” by Barack Obama and just finished “Inventing lonelyness” by Paul Auster.
    I read them translated into swedish though wich may cause some error concerning the titles becaus they are translated as well. But I read in English as well, actually I prefer it.

  4. Oh and I havent read TWILIGHT. I was going to see the movie last week but when I saw the previews I thought it was a bit too much on the teenage romance side for me.

    Interesting books Pete Hines. Yea information overload one more system of a pack rat pod people society.

  5. The Bro Code? If I read it, will I be a bro?

    Currently Reading: Insurrection (Book II of War of the Spider Queen series.)

    Foundations of Python Network Programming.

  6. Gstaff added that Rickroll! I have never Rickrolled anyone. I’m way too highbrow for such a mainstream internet trend. In my circle we do a little thing called the ‘Chien Andalou’ instead.

  7. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown is a good one to read… But being an Architecture Major and a kid who liked history class :-P. But yea just saw Twlight last night good movie… The gf liked it too so thats always a plus. Never heard of books till Thanksgiving from one of my female cousins.

    Currently reading text books…gotta love college

  8. Can you be banned from your own blog, Matt? I may have to see if that can be arranged … :p

    I haven’t read anything in ages, other than bits of the Fallout 3 official game guide and various gaming magazines (PC Gamer and 360 Gamer, mostly).

    My Terry Pratchett book habit got too expensive to keep up – he’s just written too many books! Men At Arms is a good one, though, but not as good as Mort.

    I normally re-read A Christmas Carol over Christmas, along with Pratchett’s Hogfather, but I might go for something a bit different this time. Curious about The Road, but it might be unseasonably depressing.