Books, Books, Books!! What’ve You Been Seeding Your Mind With Lately?!

So here…during a time that would be much better spent working on Greggory, I’m coming up with topics for discussion! (Don’t worry…it’s still underway! I’m currently reworking a more compartmentalized OOP implimentation so I can incorperate the outline rendering in many different portions of any program easily…for those nerds that understood that…NERDS I say…you’re NERDS!!) Anyways…no lengthy, wordy, loquacious, indefatigable, superfluous, redundant, needless, useless intros or explainations required…(poor you alls…missing out this time soooo badly!!)

Well…I recently finished Mr. Murder by Dean Koontz. I don’t normally read much modern writing, but I force myself to give it a go on occasion just to stay hip and cool and in and up to snuff on the goings about of the 20-21st centuries…and my pretentiousness is normally disappointed while my mind is entertained at least mildly more times than not. (My vanity is rewarded by such disappointments as Dan Brown though…although “fun”…the plot of Angels and Demons was enough to kill yourself over) Mr. Murder was quite exciting, and kept a good pace throughout. The characters, although often clichéd, were engrossing and deep enough to draw you into their lives quite vividly. (Except the children…Mr. Koontz needs to take a seminar on writing kids…or give it up straightway.) And, except for the cute kids and the afterthought of “big unnamed, scarry organization,” was a solid, fun, entertaining…uh…entertainment! Big ol’ 9.75/13 for this one! (Yes…that’s 9 and three fourths out of 13 stars…so what?!?)
I’m currently reading Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil…I read the first chapter…then thought about it some…and I’m thinking about reading Thus Spake Zarathustra first…from what I’ve heard about it, it’s kindof what he wanted to say, and did say first…but due to its lack of popular support, he wrote Beyond to send out to the masses as an easier, more orthodox read. (If Nietzsche could ever be concidered orthodox in his time…or ours for that matter!) So I don’t know…input? Should I just go ahead with Beyond (which after reading only the intro and first chapter (extended intro) is already pushing a 12/13 stars!! But we’ll see as the book unfolds) or should I prime and fuel with TSZ as a “purer,” more Nietzsche-esce undertaking? Undertaking…undertaking?!? Nay…it is nothing but my pleasure…and I can barely stand the waiting…please somebody reply! I want to continue my reading! Don’t make me stand undecided for so long!!
On a lighter note…I’m also reading the Gregg Simplified manual, and have been working quite assiduously through it the past week, and making some lovely progress! (Of course…I’ve been slaking in learning German because of it…my rotating queue of fun can only be so long and maintain its lively coltishness! UT

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  1. Well, on account of having hated reading my whole life, I recently — like two years ago — decided I had some catching up to do.  I've been trying to cover the basic staples that every man should cover.  So far I have:   Crime and Punishment (loved it) Robinson Crusoe (loved it) Moby Dick (in progress; loved it once it got going) Jekyll and Hyde, etc. (decent) Some ancient Greek stuff (decided to take it way back–big mistake, so boring) Poe prose (really liked it) Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass (way better than the movie)   Well that's all I remember, but you get the point.  Barnes and Nobles publishing has come out with a neat line of pocket-sized classics called "The Collector's Library".  They are cloth/stitch bound and gilded, with built in bookmark ribbon.  I think they are just great for my purpose: and only five bones a pop.  Next on the list: Dracula.

  2. I'm now half way through "Dracula", which i read in part because everyone mentions how it talks about shorthand and in part because it was another title which matches my Barnes & Nobles Collector's Library set. Is it just me, or is this book boring as all get out? Maybe the second half is better. It started out great in spooky transylvania, but I was unpleasantly surprised when the rest of the plot turned out to take place in England. I hope they go back to Transylvania. What's so scary about sleepwalking and getting sick all the time? Maybe its just because I already know what Dracula is, from movies and stuff, that the suspense is killed. As far as the shorthand goes, its probably Pitmann anyway.
    Shorthand: isn't it about time?

  3. I'm halfway through Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. I'm loving it. Have you finished it, Tyler?  Susanna Clarke lives right here in Cambridge – but I don't think she eats, shops or works out in the same places as me, so I haven't ever seen her!   Before that: The Plot Against America (Philip Roth), Pride and Prejudice (you know who) and a French novel called Sept Jours pour une Eternité. And before that The Line of Beauty (Alan Hollinghurst) which won the Booker prize here in the UK.    🙂 Kevin

  4. Ok…so that makes me mad. About a week ago I wrote a long post full of wit, life advice, and the master passwords to both the CIA and the alien organization that controls it…but then my computer crashed…stupid Outlook Express…outlook express…huh…more like…outlook…ex…mresh…….ha….that'll show M$! *sticks toungue out*   Anyways, to summarize: 1. Hi 2. Havn't finished JS&MN yet…lazy…you know how sometimes you completely forget about a project or thing you're doing for the longest time for no reason…then it just pops back into your head? I do that with books, sewing projects, music I'm writing, getting in contact with family/friends (that one gets me in trouble!) So I started back again…I'm on chapter 23 +- or so I think. Where the tarot deck turns into all the Emperors. 5. Pride and Prejudice!! *sigh* 4. That's cool. (About M(r)s Clarke) 3. Dracula scared me like nothin! Not so much scared I suppose…just incredibly intense in lotsa places and my heart was pounding and I had to put it down a couple times for a few minutes and let myself calm down! First book to ever do that to me : ) But then again I didn't know the traditional Dracula story when I read it, like you did John. All I knew was that he was a vampire…and…oh shoot…I hope I just didn't ruin the book for anyone with that spoiler there!! 6. Well, it was written late enough that the shorthand could've been Gregg…but it wasn't late enough that Gregg had caught on to pop culture as much as it would. Then again, I forget when the story itself was set…maybe that was left open. But if I recall correctly…not only did they write in their shorthand, they could actually read it back!So I believe we can all safely deduce the fact that it was probably not Pitmann. Perhaps it was Timothy Bright's Characterie! What a dude! I've gotta look into that stuff for fun : ) Yeah…I'll just go pick up an original "Characterie: An Arte of Shorte, Swifte, and Secrete Writing By Character" after I get a 1st printing Guttenburg : ) 7. I want a time machine. 8. Wings would also be cool… 9. I have got to have eleven items!! 10. Running out of ideas to write…will I make 11? Will I?!?………   …   NO!!! I couldn't do it. Anyways, work sucks…I can't get online for a week or two…dumb work trips…I'll write an actual review of the next book I start or finish…which is appearing like it'll be "Crank." Yeah…that short, fat black book you see at the bottom of the "we tried to market these as best sellers" shelf at B&Ns across the globe… ./[tyler]

  5. He's a vampire?! Dang it! Thanks a lot, Tyler. Just kidding, im about three quarters through now. Yea, I read about one page per night before I fall asleep. They have electric lights in the book, and sound recording is a magical new novelty to them, so I bet someone who cared enough could figure out the time frame…

    "…I stayed at the door as I heard you talking, and thought there was someone with you."
    "Oh," he replied, with a smile, "I was only entering my diary."
    "Your diary?" I asked him in surprise.
    "Yes," he answered. "I keep it in this." As he spoke he laid his hand on the phonograph. I felt quite excited over it, and blurted out: "Why, this beats even shorthand!…"

    Psh.. what does she know, anyway?
    Shorthand: isn't it about time?

  6. I hadn't seen you on the board for awhile John, and after reading Tyler's post I was starting to become concerned that maybe you had finally gotten to the scary part and were having to cope with heart tremors or something.   Somnambulists with flu symptoms. I think I'll pass. I grew up in a suburban middle class home where my mom considered old b&w Dracula movies part of basic cultural literacy; but I don't remember any shorthand in the movie. Maybe I wasn't paying attention.   It's been awhile since I've read Jane Austen but Emma and Sense and Sensibility are right up there with Pride and Prejudice.–Isn't it interesting how universal the quest for blood is? Either out for blood, or needing the "right" blood. etc.   In keeping with the quest for blood theme, don't forget, "How To Go Directly Into Your Own Computerized Solo Law Practice Without Missing a Meal or a Byte, by Gerald Singer. Attorneys are usually bright individuals and well-trained in the law, but often lack experience in entrepreunership. Gerald was a businessman before going to law school when he reached his mid-40s. Gerald gives fresh law school graduates the benefit of his business experience and legal training combined with his motivational and teaching gifts to help them succeed in law practice and have the advantages of being self-employed rather than starting their dream career lost in a large firm or in the legal department of a collections agency.  He tries to equip the lawyer to succeed financially, thus enabling him to eventually choose his cases and to be financially able to selectively help those who cannot afford a lawyer. The book is readable and has a lot of educational value for the non-lawyer, the aspiring lawyer, or anyone interested in the legal field. The computer info is way out of date–but I hear there is a newer version out there. I have the 1986 version. A lot of practical salesmanship, organizational , investment, motivational, advice.   P              

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