Walking the Hemingway

Posted on February 17, 2009 - Filed Under Books, Everything and Nothing, Writing | Leave a Comment

I could write an entire post about how good a novella The Old Man and the Sea is, but the Pulitzer Prize committee has conveniently done that for me. Suffice to say that reading Hemingway is like living a lucid dream, as ideas leap off the page into your head. And they stay there, like ribs […]

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…In Which our Hero Discusses his Tinkering Origins…

Posted on February 8, 2009 - Filed Under Books, Everything and Nothing | Leave a Comment

What can I say? I had a fantastic run – from late October to mid January, my sugar momma Barclays Capital so generously funded my unplanned journey of self-discovery. There were thoughtful moments, there were tears, and of course, plenty of lulz. But now, with severance a thing of the past and the economic Crysis […]

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The Final Word on Kindle

Posted on January 28, 2009 - Filed Under Books, Everything and Nothing | Leave a Comment

With all the buzz about the Amazon Kindle (and it’s upcoming successor), I’ve received quite a few questions about its current features, the way I use it, and how much money I spend buying books for it, among other things. Rather than answer a bunch of ad-hoc questions like an embattled politician at a press […]

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Funky Fireworks: Explosive Joy for Everyone

Posted on January 13, 2009 - Filed Under Books, Everything and Nothing | Leave a Comment

Quick Quiz: What can cause people young and old, rich and poor, to stare up into the night sky, mouths open in awe, smiling and clapping for sheer joy? If you answered “alien invasion” or “nuclear detonation”, you’re only half correct. The almost primal joy a fireworks display can bring is quite fascinating; it’s as […]

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‘Twas the (Penultimate) Night Before Christmas…

Posted on December 24, 2008 - Filed Under Books, Everything and Nothing | Leave a Comment

Sorry folks, no profound thoughts today – just the random happenings of a random day. “When something is lost, something greater is returned.” I suppose when the great wordsmith Terry Pratchett wrote this, he was telling us to look for the good in the calamity of our life. However, if you’re as disorganized I am, […]

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Quick Picks: Grace: a Novel

Posted on December 16, 2008 - Filed Under Books | 1 Comment

There have been only two books I’ve managed to read cover-to-cover in the span of a single day. Grace, by Richard Paul Evans, is the second, having devoured my entire Saturday. It’s a Christmas tale, yes, but not one that will leave you feeling warm inside; about an America past, where dark secrets were buried […]

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Book Review: Nation

Posted on December 15, 2008 - Filed Under Books, Everything and Nothing | Leave a Comment

As a Gaiman, Wolfe, and Tolkien fan, I’d always meant to try something by Terry Pratchett, but it wasn’t until Cory Doctorow’s glowing recommendation of his newest novel Nation that he finally made it onto my radar. And he’s going to stay there a while. If you’re a fan, you probably bought and happily devoured […]

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Book Review: An Evil Guest

Posted on December 5, 2008 - Filed Under Books, Everything and Nothing | 1 Comment

If you’re a Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan and you haven’t heard of Gene Wolfe, all I can do is shake my head – from Book of the New Sun, to The Wizard, to his many short stories, you’ve been missing out on some of the best genre writing out there. But perhaps even more intriguing than those […]

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Quick Pick: Warrior of the Light

Posted on November 15, 2008 - Filed Under Books, Everything and Nothing, Writing | Leave a Comment

Two years ago, I finally got to reading a book everyone told me I ought to read – The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, the bestselling Brazillian author. It was a short, but deeply moving tale with hard-hitting truths that belied its simplicity. It was just as well that I read it then; as a soon-to-be […]

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Book Review: Anathem

Posted on October 22, 2008 - Filed Under Books, Everything and Nothing | Leave a Comment

Even casual fans of speculative fiction need little introduction to Neal Stephenson, whose delightfully original imagination, combined with his instinct for technology and human nature, have helped him produce several genre-defining classics, in areas such as cyberpunk (Snow Crash), post-cyberpunk (The Diamond Age), and historical fiction (Cryptonomicon, The Baroque Cycle). His latest work, Anathem, finds […]

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