This section covers various kinds of books that I think are worth reading.
- The Stormlight Archive [Wikipedia] by Brandon Sanderson – by far the most interesting fantasy world I have explored. The books are relatively long (save Edgedancer, which is a novella set between the 1st and the 2nd book), but very much worth the read (or listen).
- The Way of Kings
- Words of Radiance
- The Rhythm of War
- Mistborn [Wikipedia] by Brandon Sanderson – another amazing series from Brandon Sanderson. It has a well thought-out magic system, despite being set in the same universe as The Stormlight Archive (Cosmere). The first and the second series vary greatly in their setting (medieval industrial revolution), but I would argue that both are a great fit.
- The Final Empire
- The Well of Ascension
- The Hero of Ages
- The Alloy of Law
- Shadows of Self
- The Bands of Mourning
- The Lost Metal (to be released)
- Skyward [Wikipedia] by Brandon Sanderson – as a huge fan of Sanderson’s fictional work, I was not sure about him pulling off a good space opera, but I was very, very wrong. The series is a breath of fresh air in the midst of all of his fantasy worlds (at least to someone who’s practically been binging all of Sanderson’s work) and I can’t recommend it enough (despite Nowhere, which I felt was a bit too strange for my taste).
The Rithmatist [Wikipedia] by Brandon Sanderson – an excellent young adult fantasy novel. Although the target audience is children (which is reflected mostly in character behavior and development), I still loved discovering the unique magic system that Sanderson created.
Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds [Wikipedia] by Brandon Sanderson – a set of three novellas about a man, whose hallucinations (the so-called aspects) help him with logic, problem solving, languages and much more. It’s a great premise with quite an exciting ending, but definitely I’m more into his fantasy works.
- The Reckoners [Wikipedia] by Brandon Sanderson – a set of three novels set in a post-apocalyptic world where random people are transformed into superhumans with various kinds of abilities. The atmosphere is great, but the writing is targeted at a younger audience, which is definitely noticable.
- Metro 2033 [Wikipedia] by Dimitry Glukhovsky – a post-apocalyptic novel about people surviving a nuclear world war inside the Moscow metro. I really appreciated that there was a healthy mix of both action-packed passages and slower, more philosophical ones. Definitely worth the read, but the other books in the series are not as good (in my opinion).
Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! [Wikipedia] by Ralph Leighton and Richard Feynman – an absolute must-read auto(sort-of)biography about the life of Richard Feynman. I honestly don’t understand how this many interesting things can happen in the life of a single person.
The Martian [Wikipedia] by Andy Weir – a hilarious novel about an astronaut surviving on Mars, after being left for dead due to an unfortunate series of events. It inspired a movie, which (while not as good as the book) is also quite entertaining.
Project Hail Mary [Wikipedia] by Andy Weir – another excellent novel by Andy Weir. It has exactly the same feel as the Martian, but I found it to be much more interesting story-wise and would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone interested in space sci-fi.
Maths and Computer Science
[CZ] Průvodce labyrintem algoritmů [PDF] od Martina Mareše – úžasná příručka (a skripta) pro studium algoritmů a datových struktur. Vřele doporučeno komukoliv, koho alespoň trochu zajímá teoretická informatika.
Computer Systems: A Programmer’s Perspective [PDF 2. ed.] – an in-depth look at how computers actually work. A very comprehensive resource for CS-related courses, namely for those related to computer architecture.