Raz’s Recommended Reads

Here’s a list of items I’ve mentioned or recommended in the main body of my site. Go to my Amazon store for a more comfortable purchasing experience.


My recommendation for this week is Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook, Eighth Edition (Chemical Engineers Handbook).

If you are interested in oil and gas surface facilities, I would recommend getting Surface Production Operations, Volume 2:, Second Edition: Design of Gas-Handling Systems and Facilities and Surface Production Operations, Volume 1, Third Edition: Design of Oil Handling Systems and Facilities. And don’t forget the Coulson & Richardson classic, Chemical Engineering, Volume 6: An Introduction to Design (Chemical Engineering Technical Series)

Going back to the basics of chemical engineering, here are some texts I referred to, in an attempt to grasp the fundamentals of chem eng back in my Part I and Part II days. Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering, An Introduction to Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer: With Applications in Chemical and Mechanical Process Engineering (out of print, written by one of my lecturers). Introductory texts to Gas Processing would be John M Campbell’s  Gas Conditioning and Processing V. 1: The Basic Principles, Gas Conditioning and Processing V. 2: The Equipment Modules, which you get if you attend the course.

I recently discovered tha Kinokunya KLCC has a whole rack dedicated to oil & gas topics. ‘Course, I would prefer if you bought the above selection from my site, but I value your continued education more than profit. Actually, I prefer it the other way round, so purchase stuff from me.

This selection focuses on the non-engineers among you. Try out Oil & Gas Production in Nontechnical Language, The Petroleum Industry: A Nontechnical Guide, and Petroleum Refining in Nontechnical Language, Fourth Edition. I haven’t used these books before, but they seem quite good.


Professor Stewart’s Hoard of Mathematical Treasures: Another Drawer from the Cabinet of Curiosities

Those of you who come for an interview should read this book, Professor Stewart’s Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities (written by Ian Stewart), if you ever plan to mention that maths was your favourite subject. It’s a fun book to read, giving the 1 minute summary for some complex ideas and mathematical conundrums:

  • The four colour theory
  • Mathematical jokes
  • Magic squares
  • Why can’t I divide by zero

This is a nice start into recreational mathematics.

At some point in my reading career, I got interested in the historical side of mathematics. Examples of such books of this genre are Men of Mathematics (Touchstone Book), Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics, Archimedes to Hawking: Laws of Science and the Great Minds Behind Them.

You can’t like recreational mathematics and not know about Martin Gardner, who passed away on May 22nd, 2010. I was reintroduced to him via the book Alex’s Adventures in Numberland. Above are collections of his work. Go and buy everything he has published on maths, and send me a set gratis.



A book I like to use to identify fish is Asia Pacific Reef Guide, 3rd REVISED EDITION 2007. Nice clear descriptions, photos, and a few war stories thrown in.

If you’re looking for a book recommendation, I heartily recommend Daemon. It’s the new techno-thriller genre. Well, not new, everyone’s heard of William Gibson and Neuromancer , but think of this as moving techno-thrillers from military and spycraft to the ‘Net, IP addresses and MMORPG. I can’t wait for the second part of the duology to come out.

I think I own all the Discworld novels, as they appeal to my sense of humour. Go pick up the latest book, Unseen Academicals (Discworld) , though I think Sir Pratchett’s writing is tending towards dark humour. His earlier writings are the literal equivalent of Black Adder, though if anyone compares this classic series to Mr. Bean, we will get medieval (pun intended) on your rear.

I think the Millennium Trilogy would be a good bet. I didn’t realise that the author passed away in 2004, with the first English translation of his book being published posthumously. For those who don’t know which books I’m referring to:


Here’s a set I found on sale at bookxcess. MAD’s Greatest Artists: The Completely MAD Don Martin (MAD’s Greatest Artists Series) will bring back the old memories of when MAD was MADder. And if you want a more complete collection, get Absolutely MAD Magazine – 50+ Years.

My kids have been dancing to Phineas and Ferb, the soundtrack for hours on end. Best user endorsement I’ve seen yet.

If you are into classic RPGs, I suggest Neverwinter Nights Diamond, Neverwinter Nights 2 Gold. Heck, get the complete Ultima Collection if you can.

Back when I was a wee lad, I don’t think TV3 focused much on showing complete series runs. Now I can afford it, I’m getting a collection of some of the more esoteric series: Robin of Sherwood, Nowhere Man and Wiseguy.

As for recommendations, Since Ashes to Ashes (spin-of from the Life on Mars Series) concluded on Friday, 21 March, and I am a big fan of the series (not sure about the US version, though), I recommend getting Life On Mars (UK): The Complete Collection, Ashes to Ashes – Series One, and Ashes To Ashes – Series 2. Or if you can wait, I’m sure they’ll publish Ashes to Ashes as one complete selection.

30 Responses to Raz’s Recommended Reads

  1. JabbatheHutt says:

    diablo is good.

    silent hill was a good game. the original one is very polygon-ish.

    by the way, have anyone played the first orignial version of prince of persia…. brings back memory on my monochrome monitor (green) on a AT/XT machine (64kB RAM), and runs from a floppy disk.

  2. Poison says:

    Jabba, I love Prince of Persia. I had that game on my Nokia 6110. I especially love it when the baddies get cornered on the ledge and fall off to his death But the screen was too small and so the prince looked like a lemming. At least, it was mobile.

  3. Jabbathehutt says:

    i downloaded it last week just for old time sake (including digger and alley cat). there’s a timer which limits the game to 60minutes. once time up, we lose. at least our total computer gaming time was no more than one hour.

    my partner in crime (in KL) reckons that it is because the computer memory could only sustain 1 hour of game play.

    • Poison says:

      AT least they don’t make your brains rot. 😉 I almost rotted mine playing The Sims. I mean, why should I care if a computer character died because I have forgotten to feed him and clean the house on time and take out the trash before the truck arrives or that I have not put him to bed on time and overworked him to death? Wakaka..

      Jabba – a sentimental sod? Who’d have thought 😀 hehehe….

  4. Jabbathehutt says:

    theme hospital is one of my favourite.

    hairytitis, king complex.

  5. konda_kondi says:

    if I not mistaken, I played original prince of persia when I was 7 years old (1992)..it was great 2D fighting and adventure game..but never attempt to finish till the end..stuck on level that require hero to jump to another gate..but always fall down..haha

    • Wata says:

      konda_kondi: you and jabba should get together and finish that game in 4-colour CGA. ‘Course, if you win, Jabba might make it so that we will never know…

  6. Relax says:

    You should try this old game… Xenon II

  7. Rig Rat says:

    Must read for the seasoned and anyone thinking of a going to work on the oil patch.


  8. sonny says:

    great reading

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