Books

the graveyard book

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It feels odd to read a children’s book, but it was very engrossing and a fun light read. I blew right through it though, partially because I didn’t want to put it down, and also because even for a 300 page book, the font and text padding was larger than normal. Oh sure, I felt like a literary machine, reading 100+ pages in one sitting. Combine that with a nice cute story where there are no hard moral choices, a clearly evil bad guy, and no big words… reading hasn’t been easier since I read an X-Men comic! Read More...

the poisoners handbook

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todo I was disappointed to find out this wasn’t a Oreilly “Howto” book… What a great book! There are so many interesting aspects and topics covered here, and not just the big obvious one the title hints at. I heard Deborah Blum talk about her new book on the Scientific America Podcast, which was great and lively, so I put this book on the top of my “Book List” that I keep handy. Read More...

lullaby

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These noise-aholics, these quiet-ophobics I liked that statement, it is mentioned many times throughout the book with some variation. There is a great part where the protagonist, Carl Streaton, talks about his apartment tenets “sound wars”. Where its not about the music anymore, but the volume. As much as I dislike loud noises and chaos, I was able to relate very well to the main character. The book isn’t about noise-aholics, peace-ophobics, but about a childrens lullaby that kills anyone who hears it. Read More...

the amazing adventures of kavalier clay

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A fantastic novel. This type of book makes re-examine yourself, which can be good and bad I guess. The book is essential about two cousins, Sam Klayman (or Sam Clay) and Joseph Kavalier, who decided to pitch a new line of comic book characters during the 1940’s “Golden Age” of comic books. They both bring their own ideals and messages to their fictional characters. What I found interesting is this isn’t about a particular event, but the two characters lives in whole. Read More...

the road

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It is hard to say that I’ve enjoyed a novel that was sad and depressing. It was a great read, and I really liked how the dialog was arranged, it was very sparse but not at all wasteful. The book is about a father and son traveling to the pacific coast in a very dreary post-apocalyptic south western. I guess this is all supposed to be after a comet hits the Earth. Read More...

Zodiac

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Zodiac Fun geeky sci-fi book with an ecological spin. It takes place in Boston, where the antagonist is Big Businesses that like to dump toxic waste into the harbor. It has all sorts of cool chemistry talk, and that includes the occasional drug use. It’s also a very quick read, it took me about a month to finish it in my spare time. This is a double whammy, because now I have a good excuse to go buy MORE books to read. Read More...