In which I waffle on about books in general and the ones I've just read (or am in the process of reading) in particular.
I love reading books. Not technical books you understand, because they bore my socks off (unless I wrote them). I particularly like science fiction, but I'll read just about anything. In fact, the photo below (which I took 30 seconds ago as I pen these words) shows the view from my chair in my office looking just to the right of the computer screen on my desk.
These are just a couple of the myriad bookshelves that line my office walls (my real office, not a home office) that I use to store the overflow from the house; and this is after I recently went through all of my books donating the ones I knew I'd never read again to charity.
But I digress... I recently read a couple of jolly interesting books that I'd like to share. The first, Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin (ISBN: 978-0-375-42447-2) tells the story of our evolution by tracing the organs in the human body back hundreds of millions of years, long before the first creatures walked the earth. In addition to being skilled in paleontology and anatomy, Neil has an insatiable curiosity, tremendous enthusiasm, and a rare ability to write everything down in an interesting way.
Another tome I really enjoyed was The Year of Living Biblically by A. J. Jacobs (ISBN: 978-0-7432-9147-7). In his year-long experiment, Jacobs attempts to follow all of the rules and laws in the Bible in their literal entirety. He immerses himself in prayer, tends sheep in the Israeli desert, battles idolatry wherever he finds in, and tells the absolute truth in all situations – which doesn't make his wife very happy, let me tell you. Also, his beard grows so unruly that he is regularly mistaken for a member of ZZ Top. In addition it being amusing and thought-provoking, I actually learned a lot of things I never knew about the Bible.
While walking in the evenings on my quest to lose weight (4 miles a day at the moment), I listen to audio books on my iPod. I'm currently listening to A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (ISBN: 978-0767908184), which is just as fascinating as when I read the print version a couple of years ago.
Sad to relate, there's no time for reading during the rest of my evenings at the moment, because I'm up to my ears in alligators desperately proof-reading the first pass of my forthcoming book Bebop to the Boolean Boogie (Edition #3) (ISBN: 978-1856175074). But I have to ship the final mark-ups to the publisher on Friday, which leaves me with a free weekend (having nothing to do on a weekend is very unusual for me)...
... and what do I have planned for the weekend? Well, first I'm going to finish The Innocent Man by John Grisham (ISBN: 978-0440243830), and then I have a special treat that arrived earlier this week from Amazon – The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett (ISBN: 978-0060012359). I love Terry's Discworld series and recently have been enjoying his books for younger readers like The Wee Free Men and A Hat Full of Sky. Another of my favorite authors – Neil Gaiman – says that The Amazing Maurice... is "An astonishing novel," and if it's good enough for Neil, it's certainly good enough for me.
But wait, there's more, because I've been reading the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher (I think I have ten or more of these books now, the first of which was Storm Front). The reason I'm such a happy camper is that I just took delivery of The Dresden Files – The Complete First Season on DVD, and watching these little scamps is another thing I'm looking forward to this coming weekend.
Life is good! :-)
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