Comments and mentions from HN threads:
Ask HN: Recommend one book I need to read this summer?
peteforde: It's not a breezy quick read, but my favourite sci-fi is always likely to be Cryptonomicon
Ask HN: Best books you read in 2012
borlak: Neal Stephenson goes into wicked detail in his books and always blows my mind (never heard of Van Eck Phreaking before this book, how is that possible?). definitely recommend.
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Ask HN: What is the most mind blowing book you've ever read?
jepper: Truely changed how I look at computers and encryption as a not mathematically inclined reader.