Hey folks, any ideas about a nice book on general computer science?
Random answering member: "Please define 'nice.'"
Alright. I don't want the kind of academic stuff with lots of rigorous proofs, or the stuff you are supposed to study for formal examinations. I want a book that I can bring to my armchair at night and read kind of like a novel, so lengthy code examples that require a computer to understand will not do. Short snippets that I can work out in my head are OK. I'm also OK with abstract theory, as long as the first condition (not too academic) is met. The physical size and weight is also a concern, so below 500 pages is best (up to 800 is acceptable if the paper is lightweight). I don't need bleeding edge technology stuff either, so some classic from last century (80s or 90s) will fit the bill.