Thursday, May 24, 2012

What I've been reading lately


I do not anticipate that this will be one of my more popular blog postings.  In it, I will not be arrogantly declaring the top five somethings of all time or taking a cynical/humorous view of the dangers of the modern world.  Instead, I thought I would take a moment to share what I've been reading lately.

Why should you care?

That is an excellent question.  You shouldn't.

And yet, here are some of the most recent books I have read over the last couple of months.  I believe that reading is important and that it fundamentally shapes how we think and view the world.  Turn off your computer and go to the library!

"Night of the Living Trekkies" by Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall.  I think the name pretty much speaks for itself.  I couldn't put it down.

"The Torrents of Spring" by Ernest Hemingway.  Reading this book was a very strange experience.  I've read most of Hemingway's work and there is a pretty definitive style and pattern to his writing which this work deviates from drastically.  As I understand it, the book was his way of mocking another writer. 

The Traci Ganner trilogy of Science Fiction books by Brian Jeffreys.  I have completed "The Fall of the Terran Empire" and "The Orion Gambit" and am now starting the final book, "Glory and Empire."  I don't regularly dive into the Science Fiction end of the pool, but this has been a pretty enjoyable swim so far.  I'm also going to name drop and let you know that I know Mr. Jeffreys in person.  Indeed.  I might even be able to introduce you to him.  Come to my church with me sometime.  Anything is possible.

"God Bless you, Dr. Kevorkian" by Kurt Vonnegut.  Mr. Vonnegut can really do no wrong when he puts words on paper.  Or could do no wrong that is.  Since he's in heaven now and all.  This last statement is a joke for the Vonnegut fans.  Though with my personal views on the Spiritual world, it is decidedly less humorous and makes me rather sad.  Be that as it may, another delightful read from one of the greatest authors of the 20th Century.

"Fight Club" by Chuck Palahntuk.  I really don't know what to think about this one.  I wanted to like it so bad because it had so many moments of extraordinarily great writing in it.  I just couldn't bring myself to love it though.  Almost.  It was so close.  I will purchase another Palahntuk sometime soon to see if those glimpses of genius can come together for a full picture.

So there you go.  I have quite a few books on my radar for the remainder of the year, and I hope you do to.  Maybe something on here will give you a starting point.


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