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The Crying of Lot 49. The Crying of Lot 49 is a novella by Thomas Pynchon, first published in 1966.

The Crying of Lot 49

The shortest of Pynchon's novels, it is about a woman, Oedipa Maas, possibly unearthing the centuries-old conflict between two mail distribution companies, Thurn und Taxis and the Trystero (or Tristero). The former actually existed and was the first firm to distribute postal mail; the latter is Pynchon's invention. The novel is often classified as a notable example of postmodern fiction. Characters[edit] Oedipa Maas – The novel's protagonist. Plot summary[edit] The novel follows Oedipa Maas, a California housewife who becomes entangled in a convoluted historical mystery when her ex-lover dies and designates her the co-executor of his estate. Prominent among these references is the Trystero symbol, a muted post horn with one loop. Oedipa finds herself drawn into this shadowy intrigue when an old boyfriend, the California real estate mogul Pierce Inverarity, dies. Critical reception[edit] The Beatles[edit] Bill the Lizard: Even More Free Programming Books. In a previous post I listed a few programming books that I found available for free online.

Bill the Lizard: Even More Free Programming Books

Since then, I've been scouring the net looking for even more free programming books. Here's what I've found. (Note: As before, I haven't read all of these, so don't take this as a list of informed endorsements. Besides, they're free. You can read them yourself.)It just occurred to me how eclectic this list is. Additional Note: As some alert readers over on reddit noticed, the online version of Programming Pearls is incomplete, so I've decided to replace it on my list.

And here, for those of you who don't read blog comments, are a few bonus picks submitted by readers of my previous post. As always, I'm interested in hearing from you about even more free online programming material, whether they be in the form of books, tutorials, video lectures, etc... Simple Text (TextArea): font, color, groove : TextArea « GUI Tk  The Definitive Guide. BOOKS TOOLBOX: 50+ Sites for Book Lovers. Lulu, a book publishing site, is in the news this week.

But there are many more sites for book reviews, self-publishing and exchange. Here are more than 50 of our favorites. Disclosure: Lulu currently has an ad campaign running on Mashable. Book Reviews - Search from thousands of books, buy them online and read excellent reviews. - Users can search and compare prices of new and old books from all major stores. - Users can share reviews of some of their favorite books with others. Titlez - Users can perform a comparative analysis of a book or group of books with other books in the market. - Users enter their favorite book and they are a recommended a new book based on analysis of the reading preferences of other registered users. Book Communities aNobii - A great way to create book listings, interact with people and express thoughts. - A site which connects book lovers, writers and resellers. Publishing Others.