Alberto Barrón-Cedeño
Some interesting "off-topic" books
Heretics of Dune.

During summer 2014 I'm reading this science fiction novel. By nowI'm pretty happy. More opinions to come in short.

Cien años de soledad.

In the edge of spring and summer 2014 I read 20th century novel. I enjoyed reading it, but I am not sure I loved it. It is a little bit decadent and probably good for an optimistic period of the reader. Interestingly while telling the story of a family through generations, the situations are somehow cyclic.

Lazarillo de Tormes.

In spring 2014 I read this classical 16th century Spanish novel. A great, humoristic, "autobiography", anonymous story about a poor boy assisting different masters to survive. A very nice surprise.

La sombra del viento.

In spring 2014 I read this nice novel situated in mid-20th century's Barcelona. A very intriguing, somehow recursive, story. There are concurrent plots and even a novel written inside of the novel.

Children of Dune.

In summer 2012 I read this novel by Frank Herbert. It tells the story of Leto Atreides II, right after the supposed death of his father Paul Atreides.

A few analyses of Google's "back-stage".

In 2009 I read a series of 2 books about Google: John Battelle's The Search. How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture, Gerald Reischl's El engaño Google: una potencia mundial incontrolada en Internet, and Jean Noël Jeanneney's Google Desafía a Europa. El mito del conocimiento universal. An interesting overview of business practices and policies behind the company.

Research-related books
Big data.

I am curently interested in machine learning combined with Map reduce. I am now reading a tutorial by Mark Hall.

 
Data Mining.

I previously read Witten and Frank's Data mining: practical machine learning tools and techniques. Up to now I have learnt a lot from it and I strongly recommend it.