All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth ...

A place for me to list all of things I would like

Bobo is always complaining that she doesn't know what to buy me for Christmas or Birthdays. I thought I would make her life easier. It is my job, after all. So Dear, here is the current list of stuff I would quite like. If you buy any of these items please let her know so that I don't end up with several copies of each one.

I last updated this list on the 26th of September, 2012.


Unless specified all of these books are (I believe) available in paperback. The * means that I would be really, really grateful to receive this title as a present.
If you are stuck for somewhere to shop, can I recommend Collins Books, they are lovely people. In the UK, I can't really go past Amazon and the Book Depository are hard to beat on delivery prices. Although for the more technical books Computer Manuals Online are very good.

Author Title Publisher, ISBN, etc
Myke Cole Shadow Ops: Control Point
Ray Bradbury The Martian Chronicles
Charles H Ferguson High Stakes, No Prisoners: A Winners Tale of Greed and Glory in the Internet Wars
Alan Furst Kingdom of Shadows
Richard P Gabriel Patterns of Software: Tales from the Software Community
Martin Cruz Smith Gorky Park
Niels Ferguson, Bruce Schneier Practical Cryptography
Ian MacDonald The People's Music
Alistair Reynolds Pushing Ice
Erik Frank Russell Wasp
Bruce Sterling Shaping Things
Robert Heinlein Starship Troopers
Colleen McCullough First Man in Rome
Vikram Seth An Equal Music
Bernard Cornwell Sharpe's Escape
Stuart Maconie Cider With Roadies
Thomas Ricks Fiasco
Lawrence Booth Arm Ball to Zooter : A Sideways Look at the Language of Cricket
Jon Ronson Them: Adventures with Extremists
Tom Holland Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic
* Tom DeMarco Slack
Martin Fowler, et. al Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code
Diomidis Spinellis Code Quality: The Open Source Perspective
Diomidis Spinellis Code Reading: The Open Source Perspective
Peter Drucker The Essential Drucker
Alistair Cockburn Agile Software Development (2nd Edition)
Austin Grossman Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel
Leo Hollis The Phoenix
James K Galbraith The Predator State
Harold Davis Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers
Bryan Peterson Understanding Exposure
Gerald M Weinberg Secrets of Consulting: A Guide to Giving and Getting Advice Successfully
Roger Hall You're Stepping on my Cloak and Dagger ISBN: 978-1591143536
Mike Wilson The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison
Robert B Cialdini Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion


Spin me some discs my good man. Any of these will be a welcome addition to my gadget. My format of choice is currently CD.

Author Title Publisher, ISBN, etc
Ron Sexsmith Exit Strategy of the Soul
Tim Booth Love Life
Roachford Roachford
Squeeze Play
Difford and Tilbrook Difford and Tilbrook
Squeeze Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti
Squeeze Sweets From a Stranger
Squeeze Babylon and On
Tom Petty The Last DJ


I'm a boy, and I like toys. Buy me one of these and I'll be grateful forever (well, for a couple of weeks anyway).