One series that I really liked if you like fantesty novels is "The Black Company" series by Gleen Cook I believe. Thats just me though i'll read almost anything fantasy or epic fantasy, dark fantasy, lol you get the point. Here is the link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_Company
oh and of course the Game of Thrones series (Its way better then the tv show) is another favorite
I also like books by Steve Erikson
If you like fantasy books I can suggest more for ya.
I have downloaded "The Call of Cthulu" (@chrisname is it only 27pg? wiki said it was a short story but I am not so sure....) am busy downloading "The Black Company" and am trying to find where to download "Wheel Of Time".
NOTE: All of the downloads are perfectly illegal
EDIT: is this "The Black Company" over 1k pg
Can't click on the link because I'm at work and monitered but ya it is quite a long book. And there are I believe 9 books in the whole series, but I would highly recommend getting the first three in the books of the north since they are the best
The Books of the North Series
1. The Black Company
2. Shadows Linger
3. The White Rose
and then if you like them the other two in the series that are good to are
Ender's Game is an obligatory one. Very sci-fi (stereotypically so, IMO, but whatever) and nearly everyone that's read it has raved to me about it.
This one's unrelated to your theme, but I still recommend it: Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley. I've read it 3 times and I find something new every time. Somewhat esoteric, but definitely worth the read.
Heh wow got this email from packt publishing (where I bought some programming books) asking me to take a survey. So I took it and it took 4 minutes about and boom they gave me a a code for any book of theirs for free. Best timing was just about to buy a book from them for $50 anyways :)
Sorry to hijack just figured this thread was related to books ;p
I would imagine programmer's have varied tastes in books, but if you're looking for something that may appeal to the binary in you:
Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
Threat Vector, by Tom Clancy (of Red October fame.)
I see several people recommending Glen Cook novels. I never cared much for his sci-fi offerings (although I'm a fan of the Garret Files), but I recently read Darkwar and that was well worth the read.
If you like fantasy that doesn't fit the normal "heroic" model, pick up Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie. George R. R. Martin is good for that too. He doesn't need too much press though, what with the Game of Thrones series on television.
I agree that enders game is a great book, I am not sure if I want to continue reading the serie, because reviews say that it doesn't come close to the original. Don't want to ruin the universe with a bad book.
I like book threads :) Haven't really found THE fantasy book for me. I started reading LoTR but it got a bit boring. Maybe fantasy just isn't for me :P