What I'm Reading  

intierzha 43M
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7/28/2006 3:50 pm

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What I'm Reading


As a lot of you know, I am an avid reader, and have always been such. I admit, I have sometimes been a lazy reader, especially since I do love comic books, and at times would eschew them in place of regular books. I can also be stubborn with reading. On many occassions, I have refused to read a book for a class, only to read it later. I'm a streaky reader, too. I won't read much for a week or two, then go through several books in a week. I read mostly late at night, before I go to bed, which sometimes helps me sleep, otherwise I am up all night reading. Not a horrible thing, but it does make me a bit more tired than I would like. I usually don't have problems reading while traveling, depending on the suspension of the vehicle or turbulence in the air. My vertigo/motion sickness tolerance is pretty high.

Anyway, since I have a rather eclectic taste in books, I though I would share what is sitting at my bedside, or hiding in my backpack at the moment.

Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus by Thomas Cahill. I've mentioned this book before, and finished re-reading it last week.

The Gifts of the Jews by Thomas Cahill. About to finish re-reading it, and a very interesting take on the creation of ethical monotheism, and personal ethics in general.

Tacitus by Ronald Mellor. An interesting biography on the great Roman historian.

The Martian Race by Gregory Benford. I just finished this one, and it is a very possible take on the race for Mars, with a healthy does of sci fi-ness thrown in.

The Sunborn by Gregory Benford. The sequel to the above novel, and so far pretty good, this time about the first manned mission to Pluto.

A History of God by Karen Armstrong. A book I have been trying to find and read for awhile, and have just started it as well. The other books I have read by the author have been worthy, so I suspect more of the same.

The Power of the Jedi by multiple authors. A gaming supplement for the Star Wars RPG... a book finally back in print, and a good history of the Jedi, and some neat stuff for the game.

I'm probably missing something: my usual comics and such, plus all the online newspapers I read, but does that really count as reading?

C.

intierzha 43M

7/28/2006 6:19 pm

First off, thanks for stopping by. Most of the time, I think I enjoy non-fiction more, but 'Power of the Jedi' is technically non-fiction but with fictional content, and the two books by Benford are sci fi novels. Even some of the fiction I read is historical fiction, having some non-fiction content. I know I read more novels when I was younger, and my tastes changes a lot. When I was overseas, I read more novels since they were more portable.

C.


BaronessK 52F

7/29/2006 1:16 am

Do you remember {can't find the quote, too busy being a comment whore at the moment! } BUT in Red Dwarf where Lister is reading a 'book' and Kryton looks over at it and mentions it's a comic book on the Trojan War...and says something about Kapow! Splat! Die you Trojan dogs! and end with "Well, at least they stayed true to the original!"


intierzha 43M

7/29/2006 1:41 am

That story sounds familiar... I'm not sure I saw that episode, but I have enough friends that have seen most of it, I prolly got it from them.

C.

oh, btw, I left you a lovely discourse on your latest post... I think I was being indirectly snide to another poster (I think you will get it when you read it), so my apologies if I sounded unseemly. I'm pretty sure I was ok, except for rambling, but it is late, and I have to leave soon to go help my sister out in Florida.


BaronessK 52F

7/29/2006 9:04 am

Tell my kids hi while you're there...cuz ya know in the South when ever anyone goes to anywhere in a state...why, of course, you know {insert name}, even if they live on the other side/end of it!

Actually, I didn't get the snide thing, although I did pick up the tired/in the middle of something else kind of thing...although, as usual, always wonderful when you stop in!
{I'll go back and figure it out...maybe? }


intierzha 43M

7/30/2006 1:38 pm

    Quoting BaronessK:
    Tell my kids hi while you're there...cuz ya know in the South when ever anyone goes to anywhere in a state...why, of course, you know {insert name}, even if they live on the other side/end of it!

    Actually, I didn't get the snide thing, although I did pick up the tired/in the middle of something else kind of thing...although, as usual, always wonderful when you stop in! {I'll go back and figure it out...maybe? }
Right, so I said hi, lol. I get the same thing about Texas. Oh your from Dallas? Do you know... (blah) um... Sure, I know all 6 million people in the area.

I was pretty subtle, probably more defensive than snide. But you did gather the very tired part.

C.


intierzha 43M

7/30/2006 1:41 pm

    Quoting amberabercrombie:
    Sounds like a great selection of reading, ive been hooked on Tom Clancy over the summer.
I'm pretty fond of his secon book 'Red Storm Rising' which was a great accout of a conventional World War III with the Soviets. A tad dated, but a good read. I also enjoyed 'Debt of Honor', 'Executive Orders' and 'The Bear and the Dragon'. Strangely, the incident that ends 'Debt of Honor' and begins 'Executive Orders' had such a similar feel to 9/11, when I heard about 9/11 I thought someone had misread the book. (I had actually overslept for class and missed the morning news in my rush, and heard people talking about the attack. I tried to correct them, and I wished I had corrected them). Enjoy the summer reading

C.


BaronessK 52F

7/31/2006 12:48 am

I was talking to someone on messenger, forget who, and he was telling me about planes and crashes and all that {and I don't watch a lot of tele, plus had just moved in, no cable, no over air, nada, etcetera} so I responded, "Dude, ya gotta quit watching War of the Worlds before you go to sleep!" Of course then he was like, no I didn't understand, didn't I see or hear about....

I went to cnn online {I think; somewhere like that} and was just....


intierzha 43M

7/31/2006 5:01 pm

Yeah, once I found out what had happened, it was hard to digest. Strangely, my professor put some stuff in perspective. He insisted on us having class (as the rest of my professors bailed) because he was in class the day Kennedy was shot, and his professor felt the best way to move one was to stay in class (and was certainly in line with Kennedy's public thinking), and so, somewhat somberly, continued on. A good idea in retrospect.

C.


BaronessK 52F

8/2/2006 5:23 am

Because...life moves on and the strong are left to rebuild, and to ponder...who is 'better off'...in spite of....


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