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What are you reading?

 2:03 pm on Sep 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

What book/s are you reading at the mo.

I am re-reading Catch 22 by Joseph Heller and loving it more second time round. I have nothing lined up so wondered if anyone else is immersed in a good book...



 2:58 pm on Sep 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

I just finished "Mirror Mirror" by Gregory Maguire last night. He takes fairy tales and re-writes them from the other perspective. This one wasn't like that though, so I was a bit disappointed. It was still a good read, but the bad gal was still a bad gal, just from a more historical perspective. If you haven't read the other two he has written, Wicked and Confessions of an Ugly Step-sister, I would highly reccomend those.


 4:58 pm on Sep 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

Catch 22 is one of my favourites. That Yossarian!

At the moment I'm trying to get into the Algebraist by Iain M Banks.. harder work than some of his others such as Consider Phlebas.


 6:02 pm on Sep 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

My "work" reading:

The Art of Project Management
by Scott Berkun
Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
by Steve Krug
Agile Web Development with Rails, First Edition
by Dave Thomas, David Heinemeier Hansson

My "play" reading:

Just finished:
Grimm's Grimmest
by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm

Just started:
Bradbury Speaks: Too Soon from the Cave, Too Far from the Stars
by Ray Bradbury


 8:23 pm on Sep 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of The Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester
Who knew that dictionary making could have so much excitement.

The Island at the Center of the World : The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan, the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America by Russell Shorto
Great audio book about the Dutch shaping US law and commerce.

Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
Interesting (but loooooong) novel set in the early days of science as we know it.

Wicked Cool Shell Scripts by Dave Taylor
I know practically nothing about shell scripting, and just started digging into this one. Some good stuff.

Bradbury Speaks: Too Soon from the Cave, Too Far from the Stars

I listened an interview with him about Fahrenheit 451, and the man is absolutely fascinating. I'll have to pick this one up.


 11:07 pm on Sep 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

Exile's Honor by Mercedes Lackey.

Automan Empire

 1:58 am on Sep 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

Contact by Carl Sagan, and my current reread, Nightfall by Asimov (Plus any of his books of short stories- I, Robot being my alltime fave). These two books contrast science and faith in a very interesting way!

Ringworld and The Ringworld Engineers by Larry Niven, and any of his books of short stories, are great science fiction.

I have a great collection of real estate investing books, which are a bit late for this bubble.

I just used a 6-year-old manual for a web page maker as kindling... amazing how fast that stuff goes obsolete!


 5:34 am on Sep 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

Nothing fancy. The daily paper. I keep a copy of Anne Sexton poetry nearby, and a Bhaghavad Gita.


 1:25 pm on Sep 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

Just finished re-reading the 11 books in the Man-Kzin Wars series (by various authors set in a universe created by Larry Niven)Great escapist stuff.

Next thing I re-read will be something from the master of scifi/fantasy Philip Jose Farmer. Probably "Time's Last Gift" I haven't read that for a while.


 1:28 pm on Sep 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer.

My girlfriend was a religion minor in college, and she has sucked me into this book. Political? Very. Good book? Absolutely.


 1:39 pm on Sep 20, 2005 (gmt 0)



 8:08 pm on Sep 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

Just picked up the second book of Koontz' Frankenstein.


 8:36 pm on Sep 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm midway through 3 books at the moment:

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" by J.K.Rowling
"Weaving the Web" by Tim Berners-Lee
"The Ecology of Commerce" by Paul Hawken


 11:39 am on Sep 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

Cheers folks, some intersting reads there. Funnily enough, within about 4 hours of posting this meassge my dad sent me through 2nd draft of his book to read. So I have been pumping every spare minute into that. It's inspiring to have someone so close, writing a book... Makes you feel like anything is possible when you put your mind to it.


 1:10 pm on Sep 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

Well, not sure what kind of response whis will get, but I am reading my 1985 copy of the gamebook 'Falcon 3: the Rack of Baal' - Anyone ever heard of it? It is a cult classic, a 'turn to page 35 if you wish to fire your gun' book, and it is awesome! I am very careful with it though as it is almost as old as me!

Finished all of Dan Browns books last week and pulled this out :) It has multiple endings and everything! If anyone has any other ones from the series I would be interested! An awesome read, I highly reccommend!

[edited by: Drastic at 2:18 pm (utc) on Sep. 21, 2005]


 3:16 pm on Sep 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

The Castle by Kafka.


 9:29 pm on Sep 23, 2005 (gmt 0)


My wife LOVES The Wizard of Oz, but I could never get into it until I read Wicked. Now I watch the movie from the Wicked perspective and it actually has an interesting story...

I'm re-reading Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About (a book born from what might have been one of the web's first blogs) and The Life of Pi, about a 16 year old kid stuck on a life boat in the middle of the Pacific with a 700 pound Bengal tiger. The ending to this one is simply chilling, an ending evocative of the world-reknowned Sixth Sense ending twist. The first time I read this book I spent four days walking around in a funk just trying to process the implications of the book's last 30 pages. I highly recommend it (and no, it's not that he's really dead).



 9:36 pm on Sep 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

The Search / John Batelle


 10:18 pm on Sep 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

The Search by John Batelle - just started


 11:04 pm on Sep 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

Last book: Freakonomics: A rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything S.D Levitt & S.J Dubner.

Current read: The Sun & the Serpent P Broadhurst & H Miller.

Next read: One of the ten in the 'to read' pile (of which the bottom four have been sitting there for a couple of years - guess that means something :-))



 11:44 pm on Sep 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

>> Freakonomics

That was the most entertaining non-fiction book i read in a while


 2:35 am on Sep 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

Harry potter and the half blood prince


 10:28 am on Sep 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

The Castle, Freakonomics, The Negiotiator and The Life of Pi - Added to basket :)

Carry On


 10:48 am on Sep 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

Best I have ever read 'I was there' by Hans Peter Richter. Auto boigraphy by a former SS soldier, starts in the 30's when Hitler comes to power and he's just a boy, goes right through the war to the point he and an old schoolfriend are sitting in a trench in Berlin waiting for the last Russian attack.

A very moving book devoid of political statements.

Just read 'Loadsa Money' autobiography of a counterfeiter very funny in places.

Await 'man buys dog' a year in the life of a loser.


 2:27 pm on Sep 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

Not related to current reading, but...

Best I have ever read 'I was there' by Hans Peter Richter.

In a similar vein: The Forgotten Soldier - Guy Sajer. Read this 12 - 15 years ago. A remarkable story.



 2:06 am on Sep 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

"The Search" -- John Battelle

I'm alarmed by how boring it is, and by how little of the content is news to me. Really, nothing new to read here.


 2:27 am on Sep 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

"Flyboys" by James Bradley.


 3:13 pm on Sep 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

Making a Breaking the Grid- Excellent book for rethinking layout.


 8:23 pm on Sep 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

Blink by Malcom Gladwell.

Next up:



 1:43 am on Sep 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

Oddly enough, I just finished Blink by Malcolm Gladwell too, and just started Freakonomics. Kinda freaky....

Wicked - awesome book and an awesome musical. Myself, oilman, WebGuerrilla, Mrs. WebGuerrilla & Dax skipped a search engine party while at SES NYC earlier this year to go and see the musical Wicked. Well worth every penny and I still listen to the CD regularly.

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