2007-07-09

Eric's Summer Reading ...

Married To The Sea
Heh, I ain't running till they invent orthopedic medicine.
Fuck a twisted knee. Y'all have a blast.

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Yeah, that's my line. I should have listened. Apparently, my knee has decided it is done cooperating with the rest of my body and wants to wobble to and fro like a spinning weeble on linoleum. (And try to remember, weebles wobble but they don't fall down.)

Well ... being on call last week sucked ass. Worked way to many hours. Luckily my class finished on Monday (and I got my stuff done with two minutes to spare. Two minutes.) and I got a B+. Which is fine with me. A or B = 100 percent tuition reimbursement. Which I get to turn around and use to pay for my next class.

So with being on call and having a knee that's just killing me (yeah, going to see a doctor on Friday), I managed to read a few books too ... since I had to stay close to home and my knee is killing me, why not lay around and read?

So what have I read? Um, a lot. Really.

Seven Star Wars books (shut it. I'm a nerd.) including three in the on-going "Legacy of the Force" series; "Path of Destruction" a story written during the Old Republic -- a period a thousand years before Palpatine. The book is about the changing of the Sith, and a good read to give some of the history and backstory. Also got my hands on the new Timothy Zahn story "Allegience" that takes place shortly after the destruction of the Death Star in Episode IV; as well as reading his "Outbound Flight" and "Survivor's Quest" series.

One of the things I love about the universe of Star Wars novels in existence is the way many different writers have taken up a role in the growth and expansion of the Star Wars universe. Zahn and Michael Stackpole are two of my favorites, and I've read many of their non-Star Wars books, as well.

Non Star Wars books I've devoured lately:

"Someday I Will Be Invincible" by Austin Grossman. Interesting read .... Sci-Fi fantasy stuff about metahumans who are either good or bad. Told from two distinct points of view - each chapter is told first person by either the protagonist or the antagonist. Takes a bit to get into that style ... but it was a pretty good read.

"Then We Came To The End: A Novel" by Joshua Ferris. Story of the dying days of an ad agency, and a unique look into the people and their psyches as the layoffs ensue and the drama mounts. Having lived through the decline of a corporation and been a layoff, I can attest to the weirdness that exists.

"The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet Is Killing Our Culture" by Andrew Keen ... all about how we're losing subject experts in fields of writing, music and advertising ... i.e. creatives, because anyone with a broadband connection can upload their mediocrity to the web ... and those who are gifted are often lost in the clutter of those who *think* they are gifted. Great book, kinda scary at the same time.

Next on the list - "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. And my Astronomy textbook. Cause school's a bitch.

Anyone have suggestions after I finish those two?

2 comments:

Mark said...

If you haven't already, read Ayn Rand's "Anthem." It really helps justify hating your fellow humans. It's a quick read, too. I read it cover-to-cover on a plane ride from Vegas to Columbus.

Anonymous said...

Pride and Prejudice? Is this your way of getting closer to Meg Ryan?