Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Snowlilly, Aug 21, 2012.
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"No Time Like the Past" by Greg Cox
I've had a lot of snow days recently, so I plowed through a few books:
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach
My Beloved Brontosaurus by Brian Switek
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (1/3 left)
New book by Dave Barry: You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About
I haven't read Dave Barry in years. I should pick that up and share with my husband and dad (I know dad will appreciate it, anyway, husband is not much of a reader).
Last night I was trawling for free Amazon downloads and found something called "Greegs & Ladders", which is apparently "A Science Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Time Travel, Satire, Comedy, Sci-Fi Parody, Free Ebook Novel Thing". We'll see how that goes.
I still intend to download the complete "Wool", just as soon as I apply the gift card that's sitting on my desk. I need to stock up on readables before the baby comes, because I figure while he's nursing, I'm stuck sitting down and I can hold him with one hand and read with the other.
LOL! I have no voice thanks to... well, we think it's a sinus infection...
Aw, that sucks. I hope you feel better quickly.
I finished Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. I'm rereading it. I plan to read the entire series in the order they were published.
I'm reading Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto. Very interesting book with a unique structure.
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. I started it yesterday.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon. The man can write, I tell you what.
Daily Life in Anglo-Saxon England, Sally Crawford.
Old English was such a fun language.
I just finished the first book in the Mistborn trilogy and I like to take a break between books in a series, so I'll be starting The Book of Jhereg next. A friend lent the book to me, so it's a blind read. I hope it's good.
Is anyone a fan of Terry Brooks and the Shannara series?
He's been writing them forever... even has a "preferred reading order" out.
I started out with "The Sword of Shannara" in the 1980's and have been hooked ever since!
I have (had?) a Shannara box set, but I honestly can't remember reading any of it. My best friends are all into fantasy far more than I am - I like to say that Sonja is elves, Melissa is dragons, Lori is anime, and I'm starships and 'splosions.
The Greegs book is starting off pretty slow. No plot yet, although the author warns of that in the first few pages. I also downloaded "Looking Backward" (Bellamy) which I read at least once in high school, so I might just go ahead and re-read that instead of slogging through this strange, verbiose, plot-less mess.
Currently reading 'The Running Man' by Richard Bachman....
Has anyone heard of that author? (He kinda looks like Stephen King).
Ah Running Man. If I remember correctly King wrote it in something daft like three days, and it shows, really fast paced if quite rough around the edges.
Actually I just checked and apparently it took a week to write!
Right now, I'm reading the March April 2014 issue of New Scientist
Nice whale shark cover.
Inside was a bit on pebble bed reactors, and on page 84 we see letters on data preservation..ahot button issue with libraries under attack. I once heard Penn of Penna nd Teller attack the institution of public libraries BTW.
Earthquake Lights are dealt with on page 88:
According to this brief bit the lights are real--but there is still a part of me that thinks a buried cable may be at fault. Night tornadoes are often given away by transformers flashing around the base of the otherwise invisible funnel.
Henry Petroski's article "Impossible Points, Erroneous Walks" shows how badly art can botch up depictions of everyday items.
What really captured my attention were self folding sheets of interconnecting tiles...laser machining and pop-up assembly
The most stunning photograph is of a tiny 1:900 size model of the 1903 Wright flyer with a wingspan of only 14 millimeters.
"The whole biplane form emerged from a nearly flat machined structure."
I started House of Secrets by Tracie Peterson yesterday. I finished Nineteen Minutes by Jodie Picoult the other day.
I do agree it's a bit rough around the edges...
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