Dundas VIP Bookworms

Welcome to Dundas' virtual Book Club!

After a long day at the office, it's great to kick back, relax and enjoy a good book. Whether its hard-cover, paperback, e-reader, one you've read once, one you've read multiple times, or one you're just starting...

We want to know...

What's the best book you've ever read and why?

Here's mine:

Nexus by: Ramez Naam

A phenomenal story written by a former developer of Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Outlook. Imagine a computer that connects directly to your brain. Now imagine this computer was open-source and you could modify, hack and patch it as you wish. Imagine your mind is able to connect with anyone else using 'Nexus'. Nexus is set 20+ years in the future and is action-packed, fast-paced, smart, and more.

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Other’s I’d love to include on my list are:

  • The Hyperion Cantos - Dan Simmons
  • American Gods - Neil Gaiman
  • The Book of the New Sun - Gene Wolfe

Per building dashboards, the best book I've read is "Information Dashboard Design: Displaying Data for At-a-Glance Monitoring" by Stephen Few. It provides a great overview of general dashboard principles.


Dr Seuss - Oh, the Places You'll Go!

The inspiring author's last book. Great book to read as a kid, and even as an adult (I won't judge).

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Timeline by Michael Crichton. Always enjoyed the works of Crichton but this one combines science fiction with historical fiction. Good read if you're either a sci fi or a history buff or both.

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A history of the world in 10 1/2 chapters. Lord of the Rings!

A few fiction favorites: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and the entire H2G2 series.

Non-fiction (for work): All of Stephen Few's books and Good Charts: The HBR Guide to Making Smarter, More Persuasive Data Visualizations by Scott Berinato.

Non-fiction (for pleasure): Anything written by Brian Greene (theoretical physics) and Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

I know that's more than one "favorite" - I read a lot.

Jordan - I just bought your recommended book - thanks!

You won't regret it Kris! I look forward to talking with you about it.

This is a tough question. If I had to limit my answer to best book I ahve ever read, I would have to choose Shoeless Joe, by W.P Kinsella. Fantastic read, and I can always go back to it and enjoy it every single time. Some other favorites include, Fever Pitch, by Nick Hornby, Hoop Dreams, by Ben Joravsky.

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Absolutely! I've given this book as a gift numberous times :)

Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll. Why you may ask? Here are some of my favourite bits:

1) “Alice laughed. 'There's no use trying,' she said. 'One can't believe impossible things.'
I daresay you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. 'When I was your age, I always did it for half- an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

2) - "Have I gone mad?"

- "I'm afraid so, but let me tell you something, the best people usually are.”


Hard to say what's the best book I ever read, but I really enjoyed Filaria, by Brent Hayward.

Other recommendations:

  • The Martian
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Jurassic Park and The Lost World (so much better than the movies)
  • 97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know

Great read! It's sequel "Through the Looking-Glass" is also fun! It contains one of the greatest nonsense poems written in the English language called Jabberwocky. An excerpt:

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Farrah - This is hysterical. The quotes read like a day in the life of a software support specialist!!

One of my favourite books was Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. I read it in German but it got translated in English I think. I loved it because the most important sense of the main character is the smell. So the book is written more from a smell perspective than from an optical perspective which makes it very interesting to read.

Brian Greene is awesome! Love his documentary work as well.

johnathon Livingston Seagul, great book

Kris, so true :) I feel like I should gift a copy to our Support team here so they can end every support email with a quote!

Nikhil, yes I love that one too but the first will always have a special place on my bookshelf!

If I would choose non-professional books from English authors:

1. George R. R. Martin. A Song of Ice and Fire

2. Jonathan Stroud. Bartimaeus Sequence. I loved it as a kid =)

My favourite books are written by russian author and it's fantasy/comedy by Olga Gromyko:

1. Proffesion: Witch.

2. Loyal Enemies

I loved the Bartimaeus Sequence too :-)