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Book 24

  1. Amis, Martin — London Fields (471 pages)
  2. Morpurgo, Michael — War Horse (182 pages)
  3. Winterson, Jeanette — Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (177 pages)
  4. Robinson, Bruce — Paranoia in the Launderette (43 pages)
  5. Carter, Angela — Heroes and Villains (152 pages)
  6. Burroughs, Edgar Rice — A Princess of Mars (209 pages)
  7. Hill, Susan — The Woman in Black (152 pages)
  8. Fowler, Karen Joy — Sarah Canary (293 pages)
  9. Rennison, Nick — 100 Must-Read Prize Winning Novels (174 pages)
  10. Beresford, David — Ten Men Dead (426 pages)
  11. Freedland, Jonathan — Bring Home the Revolution: The Case for a British Republic (245 pages)
  12. Kierkegaard, Søren — Fear and Trembling (150 pages)
  13. Nothomb, Amélie — Fear and Trembling (132 pages)
  14. Delany, Samuel R. — Babel-17 (194 pages)
  15. Raine, Craig — History: The Home Movie (335 pages)
  16. du Maurier, Daphne — Jamaica Inn (312 pages)
  17. Kurlansky, Mark — The Basque History of the World (361 pages)
  18. Allin, Michael — Zarafa (204 pages)
  19. Cain, James M. — The Postman Always Rings Twice (116 pages)
  20. Brin, David — The Postman (324 pages)
  21. Skármeta, Antonio — El cartero de Neruda (130 pages)
  22. Moers, Walter — The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear (698 pages)
  23. Shostakovich, Dmitri — Testimony (312 pages)
  24. Souders, Steve — High Performance Web Sites (145 pages)
Page count
5937

I had flipped through a copy of Souders' seminal book several months ago during one of my contracts, and I decided to get a copy of my own, since performance considerations in web development have become increasingly important.

The ideas in this book are undoubtedly important and many of the suggestions were of immediate value to my work. However, not all the "front end" suggestions are strictly front end. (If I have to edit the Apache conf file, that is no longer within the purview of front end!) And the "rules" in the book could easily have been distilled to a few pages. Thus, despite the book's significance (for the ideas it puts forth on performance and the reaction in the world of web development to its ideas), I would argue this is not an essential title in the developer's library — this information can easily be found online.

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