November 30th, 2004

books_two, books2, books

november books

heh. i haven't read a whole lot this month, being, erhm, distracted, and all that. i've been sleeping on the bus in the morning instead of reading, and in the evenings we've been running errands and doing social things, so more often than not Jeff's been picking me up from work. and there's been schoowork on top of that; the quarter is winding down. we've been trying to read when we go to bed the last two nights, but i obviously need to pick a less dense before-bed book, since i've fallen asleep on my book both nights.

anyhow... i read Dies the Fire by S. M. Stirling. lovelovelovelovelove. i love Stirling's writing. i've had a craving for reading survivalist fiction lately, and this fit the bill nicely. all electricity and firearms in the world stop working, and the story is about what happens after that. he has believable, likeable characters and a way of making hundreds of pages seem pretty short. the only real complaint i ever have with his books is that the protagonists are generally pretty lucky, almost unnaturally so, but that's a complaint i don't mind so much. :) the next in the triology is due out sometime next year, according to his web site. gnar.

i killed two Star Trek books: Crisis on Centaurus by Brad Ferguson, which was... eh. it was one of the earlier ST books, according to Jeff, and showed in the language and slightly chauvanistic attitudes going on. there was a decent story that was hard to pay attention to because of the other stuff. the second was Spectre by William Shatner and a couple of co-writers. it's the first in a triology and every bit as fun as the last triology by him that i read.

current reading? i picked up Why do Catholics Do that (Kevin Johnson) yesterday, and i think it'll be interesting enough. i'm also "reading" A History of God, by Karen Armstrong, who is an ex-nun and exploring the development of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. it'll be interesting if i can ever stop falling asleep on it... it's way too dense for bedtime reading. and i'm reading the next Shatner ST book, but i'm too lazy to get up and look at the title.

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"so, my anthropology books discusses how Brazillian men don't find their masculinity threatened if they happen to find a transvestite attractive."
"american men, on the other hand..."
"would you feel threatened if you found someone attractive and then found out that they were a transvestite?"
"no." *pause* "i might think they should use their powers for good instead of evil..."
"damn, you're posting that, aren't you?"
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