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"So now I'm in the middle of 4 different books. :-/" Jul 01, 2014 01:39PM


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What If? by Randall Munroe
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A rare combination of fun (sometimes even laugh-out-loud stuff) and education. Definitely worth a look if you're a fan, though it seemed to be a bit short for the price being charged for the e-book.
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What If? by Randall Munroe
What If?
by Randall Munroe (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2014
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Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman
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Moby Dick by Herman Melville
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Dread Brass Shadows by Glen Cook
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Reasonably entertaining, but I think I may have had my fill of this series: too much one-damned-thing-after-another without much of any character arc or overall story arc in evidence.
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Genius by James Gleick
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Lock In by John Scalzi
Lock In
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The First Science Fiction Megapack by Robert Silverberg
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Decided to set this aside for now -- just not in the mood to read that many "classic" SF stories.
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The Rhesus Chart by Charles Stross
The Rhesus Chart (Laundry Files, #5)
by Charles Stross (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2014
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An enjoyable page-turner, though as is often the case, Stross can't just tell a story in a single voice/tense, often pulling me out of the story as I see "the man behind the curtain" at work. All in all, a good installment in the "Laundry" series, th...more
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VALIS by Philip K. Dick
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Roger Zelazny
“It was almost a mystical experience. I do not know how else to put it. My mind outran time as he neared, and it was as though I had an eternity to ponder the approach of this man who was my brother. His garments were filthy, his face blackened, the stump of his right arm raised, gesturing anywhere. The great beast that he rode was striped, black and red, with a wild red mane and tail. But it really was a horse, and its eyes rolled and there was foam at its mouth and its breathing was painful to hear. I saw then that he wore his blade slung across his back, for its haft protruded high above his right shoulder. Still slowing, eyes fixed upon me, he departed the road, bearing slightly toward my left, jerked the reins once and released them, keeping control of the horse with his knees. His left hand went up in a salute-like movement that passed above his head and seized the hilt of his weapon. It came free without a sound, describing a beautiful arc above him and coming to rest in a lethal position out from his left shoulder and slanting back, like a single wing of dull steel with a minuscule line of edge that gleamed like a filament of mirror. The picture he presented was burned into my mind with a kind of magnificence, a certain splendor that was strangely moving. The blade was a long, scythe like affair that I had seen him use before. Only then we had stood as allies against a mutual foe I had begun to believe unbeatable. Benedict had proved otherwise that night. Now that I saw it raised against me I was overwhelmed with a sense of my own mortality, which I had never experienced before in this fashion. It was as though a layer had been stripped from the world and I had a sudden, full understanding of death itself.”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon

Harlan Ellison
“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.”
Harlan Ellison

Douglas Adams
“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

Terry Pratchett
“This was not the time to say “I don’t know.” The brothers had begging, hungry looks, like dogs waiting to be fed. They wanted an answer. It would be nice if it was the right answer, but if it couldn’t be, then any answer would do, because then we would stop being worried...and then his mind caught alight.

That’s what the gods are! An answer that will do! Because there’s food to be caught and babies to be born and life to be lived and so there is no time for big, complicated, and worrying answers! Please give us a simple answer, so that we don’t have to think, because if we think, we might find answers that don’t fit the way we want the world to be.”
Terry Pratchett, Nation

G.K. Chesterton
“Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”
G.K. Chesterton, Alarms and Discursions

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