As my third series / book of the year, I've read His Majesty's Dragon, the first in the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik.
This one is a little different, since although there eight novels currently out in the Temeraire series (with another due this year), I don't plan on finishing the series at the moment.
For the last little while, I've been spending my spare programming time working on a slightly larger project than I normally do: a Racket library for reading iOS backups.
Basically, I want to take the mess that is an iOS backup (not particularly designed to be easy to read by other programs) and extract some information from it, backing it up in a more easily readable format.
Specifically, I would like to be able to backup:
- Contact information: Even thought they're mostly from Facebook, it will be useful for the other parts
- Messages: These are taking up a large portion of my phone's hard drive, mostly due to attachments. Back them up just in case
- Photos: I'm already backing these up, but it would be nice to have it in the same process
- Application data:
Second series of the New Year: Hugh Howey's series: Wool.
The story of how Wool came to be is actually pretty interesting. Howey originally self-published the first story (only ~50 pages) through Amazon.com's Kindle Direct Publishing. Although he didn't originally expect it to do as well as it did, it just took off and over the next few years he wrote several increasingly longer (although still well within the novella range) sequels.