Hobby. These books have hobbyist value, giving tips for making useful things out of other less useful things. These range from ballistics to shoving a survival kit in a watch. Nothing on rail guns, gauss guns, sonic canons, particle accelerators, magnetic drive launchers, ionic wind engines, or any of the other nifty electromagnetic projects you can create; maybe in the future I'll find something.
- The Art of the Catapult (ISBN 1556525265)
- Backyard Ballistics (ISBN 1556523750)
- Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks (ISBN 0596003145)
- Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things (ISBN 0740738593)#
- Sneakier Uses for Everyday Things (ISBN 0740754963)#
- The Unofficial MacGyver How-to Handbook: Revised 2nd Edition (ISBN 1887641475)
Computers, Hacking, Security. These books give technical puzzles or information for programmers and security experts. These include an outdated Assembly book and a Game Design book, just because I had them and programmers and game designers may find use for this information. I should probably find a more up-to-date Assembly book that can be used with gas on Linux.
- 1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k (ISBN 0672327279)
- The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element Of Security (ISBN 076454280X)
- The Art of Intrusion: The Real Stories Behind the Exploits of Hackers, Intruders & Deceivers (ISBN 0764569597)
- Assembler Inside and Out (ISBN 0078818427)*
- Game Design: Secrets of the Sages (ISBN 1575952572)*
- Hacker's Delight (ISBN 0201914654)
- Hacking: The Art of Exploitation (ISBN 1593270070)*
- Programming Challenges (ISBN 0387001638)
- Puzzles for Hackers (ISBN 1931769451)#
- Reversing: Secrets of Reverse Engineering (ISBN 0764574817)
- Silence on the Wire (ISBN 1593270461)*
Mathematics. These books are mathematics related. Actually there's only one here, I was going to throw it in the above section and label it 'Technical' but the Psychology and Neuroscience stuff below is also 'Technical.'
- Statistics Hacks: Tips & Tools for Measuring the World and Beating the Odds (ISBN 0596101643)
Psychology and Neuroscience. These pieces are interesting because they explain the brain and learning, and how to use yours better. They may possibly have been more amusing if written by Q; the authors don't appear to want to remind you that you're primitive beings that can only expand your realm of thinking for fractions of a second at a time. Sadly, they were written by sane individuals and not alien beings who happen to be egomaniacs.
- Mind Hacks (ISBN 0596007795)#
- Mind Performance Hacks: Tips & Tools for Overclocking Your Brain (ISBN 0596101538)#
Humor and Nonsense. Funny stuff only a nerd could enjoy... but you know, if there's ever a Class 4 zombie invasion, you'll be ready. None of this stuff is useful, unless your brain is burning out and you need something to distract you while it relaxes and repairs itself; what better way than to read up on how to enter a burning building or choke a man with your bare thighs?
- The Action Hero's Handbook (ISBN 193168605X)
- The Action Heroine's Handbook (ISBN 1931686688)
- Prank University (ISBN 0307338436)
- The Superman Handbook (ISBN 1594741131)
- The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead (ISBN 1400049628)*
That's it for my list. Surprised? Not only is it short but I actually own only a few of the items that have caught my eye! And yes, all of the humor is from ThinkGeek; that's where I found Hacking: The Art of Exploitation in the first place, which started all this. With the exception of Mind Hacks and The Zombie Survival Guide, none of the '*' and '#' items were found in a library search. I searched on some of the others as well, with no good results. Some of this stuff is in the Library of Congress; but a good number of the ones I searched for weren't.
This leaves my options for discovering new and interesting reads pretty limited—I can buy the books, or harass Slashdot and see if any of you actually have something useful. Rather than try to tailor your responses to me, just go wild; I'm sure anyone in any other technical field besides just programming would appreciate knowing about little gems they'll not find in a library anywhere."