blogging books

In Association with This is blogging books. It contains favorite authors, reading recomendations, a bit of my wishlist, and hopefully regular "book" news, some reviews, and other tidbits.

April 27th 2005 I wanted to put up some links to reading lists. The Rocky Mountain Institue, although possibly too leftist for my taste, appears to have some great information on Green Building. This also links to the Organic Architecture List I found at Amazon.

April 21st 2005 I just found Apple I Replica Creation: Back To The Garage which walks the user through building and programing a computer from the transistors up.

I still have not figured out how to get All Consuming to update my current reading list, so I should note that I am currently reading The Serpent Mage

January 24th 2005 I made a new years resolution, which I have kept so far. I am going to keep a reading journal. Part of fulfilling that resolution is this post. Yesterday I started Watchmen. I am reading it because I have heard a lot of buzz about it. I've seen it on the shelf several times, but never picked it up. This is the first graphic novel I have ever purchased.

As this resolution progresses I hope to update this page more often. I'll also be cleaning it up in the comming weeks.

If you are involved in any software project, at any level, please read The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering. My father(in-law) recommended that I read it before The Art of Computer Programming, Volumes 1-3 Boxed Set.

I am also finishing SOCIETY OF MIND.

November 16th, 2004 I read (mostly) High Tech High Touch. A very disapointing and poorly reasoned book purportedly opening our eyes to the proper relationship between technology and humanity. Instead the bulk of the book contains a superficial discussion of genenome sequencing, gene therapy and manapulation. The bait and switch discussion, in conjunction with a shallow and unoriginal indictment of media violence leaves this reader feeling cheated and disgusted. For a good discussion of technology and cultural interaction check out Being Digital by Nicholas Negroponte

June 22nd, 2004 Eats, Shoots & Leaves was reviewed at The New Yorker website.

This review manages to shed much light on the misconceptions about creating a voice when writing. I find the review helpful, even excluding the useful discussion of the book itself. Other reviews like the one of The Myth of the Paperless Office, also follow this trend. I plan on keeping a more watchful eye on their book reviews in the future.

I also just have to point to the Library Hotel. Hopefully I'll be able to create a quaterly or maybe biannual archive for this sometime blog.

June 2nd, 2004 Interactive book technology.

May 13th, 2004 Leave it to the French... of course I am just jealous that I did not write the first book without verbs. Although I am considering writing something my own style, I never considered something so outside.

I am also stoked that the Library of Alexandria has been discovered. I've been intereseted in Ancient Libraries for quite some time now. I was also very intrigued when Egypt rebuilt the Library of Alexandria and began a project to collect all possible printed works.

Lastly I am now planning on doing all book related blogging on this page.

May 12th, 2004 I updated the Bruce Sterling page, and included some commentary on the preface to his Schismatrix Plus title.

February 18th, 2004 I added an author page for L. E. Modesitt Jr.. I am just about to read The Order War, fourth in the Saga of Recluce. I realised how much I enjoyed the two previous books in the seires and decided that Modesitt deserved a page among the authors of my favorite books.

October 13th, 2003 Apparently Radio Shack no longer lists their good books on line, or they no longer carry their previous gems.

This starch-based polymer named Super Slurper, is a great product for book preservation. Specifically it is used to dry books that have been expoused to water.

At Barnes and Nobel yesterday I was looking through a book on storage solutions and found a library with a second floor made out of glass. Very cool. I especially like the idea of combining that with another design element that I've seen which is that of an open stair case built along a row of book sheleves.

May 19th, 2003 I finished breaking out the authors onto their individual pages. I hope to be adding the random, individual books that I've enjoyed, and something about them, to this page. I also hope to add some of my reviews of individual works by a given author to their pages too.

April 25th, 2003

I recently reviewed Dragons of Autum Twilight. I believe that the same day my review went up I received the following e-mail:

You are an idiot I can't believe what you said about the Dragonlance series. "unconnected and has holes in it" Your freakin review is what has holes in it. In the middle of the review you refer to it as a series but at the end you call it a novel. Since when did they chop the rest of the series off the list. You obviously did not read far into the series if you think it was horrible. Look at all of the other reviews they all say it is great. So take that moron and next time read the book.
This kind of response confirms my theory that these books are only held in high esteem because of their rabid fan base. Sure enough my review is now nearly burried under "new" gushing reviews. I hope that you will borrow these from your Library, please don't spend money on them, and judge for yourself.

February 21st, 2003 A new Tolkien book. Will it be published?

January 6th, 2003 I have renewed my acquaintance with Dave Duncan. He is the author of The Cutting Edge, the first in the "A Handful of Men" series. I rate this series as a neccessary part of a Fantasy reading list, on par with Tolkien, and providing a distinct voice in the Epic Fantasy space.

September 24th, 2002 I have found that Radio Shack has a great collection of technical books. They include a range from beginer to advanced techie.

September 17th, 2002 My interest in Redwall, a series of novels by Brian Jacques. I find them quite comprable to Watership Down which I consider a classic of the animal as beings genre. Jacques renders the animals as living in a human culture, while Adams leaves them more in their natural state.

September 3rd, 2002 Looking through Blogdex I found a link to the Hugo awards on Locus, which should prove a valuable resource to those interested in Sci-Fi and/or Fantasy.

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