2014 Book Goal: 52 (mostly non-fiction)
2014 Books Read: 49 (90% non-fiction)

196f_minecraft_the_unlikely_tale_of_markus_notch_perssonMinecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything was a really interesting look at the creator of Minecraft – Markus Persson.  It tells the tale of this geek-turned-millionaire as he went from quiet, reserved teen to quiet, reserved toast of the programming world.

I was surprised that not only was this a look at how Persson built a company from humble beginnings, but looks at his family life with all the scars.  This book pulls no punches but is a genuinely positive story.

Minecraft is a phenomena that I finally wrote about last year in my post Minecraft – Digital Legos.  It has taken over the programming world much like legos took over the toy world.

If you have an interest in programming or anything geek-related, you will really like this book.  If you are interested in the game Minecraft, this will make you look at it in a different way.

This game is so simple that it is brilliant.  This book is neither simple nor brilliant, but a great tool to understand what made Minecraft such a hit.  Good stuff!

by Chris Doelle