I'm starting a reading list of good fiction for the machinist. I'm thinking of books that include technically knowledgable people active in industry, scenes in manufacturing shops and yards, knowledgeable passages concerning technical matters as they affect the story and so on.
To get things started I nominate:
Almost anything by Nevil Shute particularly: "Trustee from the Toolroom" and "Round the Bend"
Rochard McKenna: "The Sand Pebbles" The scene where they spent the winter overhauling the big triple expansion engine is particularly true to life.