Sunday, December 9, 2012

Reading Now! Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

For some reason, I decided to pick up Gravity's Rainbow again. It's been in the queue for a long time, I don't even remember why I bought it originally. Maybe because I'd heard how important it was or how notoriously difficult it was to read. Nonetheless, once I bought it, I made the commitment to read it. I am now 375 pages into it. It has been such a slog. I thought dhalgren by Samuel R Delany (review with spoilers) was tough to read. Ha ha.

I think I've figured out partially why this is such a hassle to read. I found myself just blindly reading through without even trying to understand what's going on because otherwise I'd get upset and throw it out the window. Now that I'm nearly half done, I think I can point out some of what bothers me so. It's one thing to have a lot of characters. It's another thing to have a lot of characters that seemingly have no relevance or will never appear again. But it's a whole other thing to introduce these characters, have 20 pages of backstory that goes completely off into the ozone and then lose of track of whatever plot thread we're supposed to be on, or for it to suddenly change time and locale without transition. Not to mention it seems our main character (and possibly the entire population) is under the influence of hallucinogens.

I have spent the time and mental effort to plow through the first half, so I will finish it in one go but it's been slow going. I get through about 20 pages a day during the week, so you can do the math. That is assuming that it doesn't literally put me to sleep on the train. I've come close to nodding off more times than I'd like to admit, that should also say something, I'd say.

I would not recommend this book to anyone so far. We will see how I feel by the end. Wish me luck.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Brief Reviews: The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Love in the Time of Cholera (spoilers)

I've been reading and not sharing lately, it's true. I've been spending more time on my beauty-related blog/youtube here and trying to get our new cat to stop harassing our old cat. Excuses, excuses.

So, what have I been reading? New stuff after the long project 10 book. Some easy fun stuff with the last two in the Millenium triology by Stieg Larsson. Burned through The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. Someone also recommende dot me a long time ago, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, was hoping it would be a relief from the lackluster feeling I got after finishing the Millenium series. I'll give my spoiled opinions after the break.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Quick Little Post, First Project 10 Book Completed!

I made a little project to read ten books on my shelf before buying something new. I apparently miscounted and hadn't realized I was at ten books, I already started another book in the queue. So delayed celebrations, hurray!

I did it! First book I will buy once done with Ringworld by Larry Niven (which I started before noticing I'd done ten books) is The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson. And probably The Urth of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe.

That is all. :D

Review: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlen (spoilers)

I made a gushy, sentimental Reading Now! post on this book and I'm still feeling quote emotionally attached.

I received this fortune cookie message many years ago. I scanned it. Occasionally I have moments where I let myself consider it could be true and my eyes water, my heart races. We live in an amazing time with the  blistering pace in technology advancement. But in my heart of hearts, I don't believe I will live on the moon or Mars. Low Earth Orbit, though... :)

 I'm sure I have some spoilers to spill, so let's just go on with it.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Reading Now! The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlen

I'm about 3/5 into The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - not sure if I reached this after the last time I was reading this, maybe around where I had stopped. This one I did not stop due to being irritable or tired with it, I was truly liking it but some life things got in the way and I never finished.

I feel like the book was written (so far at least) with my preferences and feelings in mind. Like Mr. Heinlen could see into the future, cozied up in my brain for a while and came back to write something that would make my heart sing. Seriously, it has been speaking to me. The way it's written, the main character dropping words in the most endearing way, our heroes are mostly perfect but not in a smashing lead hero way but just in ways you love them. I love Manuel and his family, omniscient fabulous AI Mike, The Cause, everything.

I'd been feeling so discontented with what I'd been reading lately (spoilers) so I am thrilled with how happy this book has made me. I don't want it to end. I hope to be back with a glowing and even more gushy week after I return from vacation. ;)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Updates on What I've Been Reading (and not blogging) - possible spoilers!

So I've been a bit lazy about updating on what I'm reading or reviews. I was feeling a bit lackluster on what I'd read and couldn't get the interest in posting about it. Spoilers may be ahead about Iron Sunrise by Charles Stross, Axis and Vortex by Robert Charles Wilson and Moneyball by Michael Lewis.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Reading Now! Axis by Robert Charles Wilson

Before I went on this self-imposed ban on new books, I picked up the two books that came after Spin by Robert Charles Wilson.  So I'm nearly done with Axis, it's a fairly short read.  Not sure what to say, I was hoping it would continue where Spin left off but we've moved ahead a little in time and it's a new cast of characters.

I'm about three quarters through and feeling sort of traumatized, truth be told.  I hope it resolves somewhat, or Vortex (the third in the series) does.  I figure in my queue there has to be something I find satisfying and makes me happy somewhere!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Reading Now! Iron Sunrise by Charles Stross

To try to add some normalcy into this queue reading for Project 10 Book I decided to pick something more my regular preferences.  Space opera, hard scifi, whatever it's called.  I read the book before Iron Sunrise, Singularity Sky a long time ago.  My guess would be 7+ years ago, but I'm not sure.  Anyway - I recall not liking it much.  I'm not even sure if it was justified!

I seem to remember the beginning of Singularity Sky having cell phones falling from the sky, and having some bad taste from there.  So anyhow, I avoided Iron Sunrise because of it, but had bought it anyway (what a weird habit that is).  I'm about 150 pages into Iron Sunrise and it's engaging, the type of scifi I was looking for, and I'm interested in the characters.  Signs are good!  Hopefully I'll be back with a positive review in a week or so. :)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Review: Spook Country by William Gibson (spoilers)

As I rambled on in my Reading Now! post, I was enamored with Gibson's stylizing when it came to cyberpunk.  Once he veered away from that track, I lost interest.  Narrow-minded, well yes a bit.  But I like what I like!  I was hoping that even with this contemporary thriller with a little bit of science-y aspects, I'd get the bits that I always liked before.  Keep reading for likely spoilers below.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Reading Now! Spook Country by William Gibson

I have picked an odd assortment to start out my Project 10 Book challenge, between The Man in the High Castle and dhalgren, I'm not feeling so great about my choices.  I wanted to read something that was near enough to a sure thing that I'd like, or that wouldn't stomp on my brain/heart.  I have read all of Gibson's books previous to The Difference Engine.  I am not a lover of alternate history and when I saw that, I sort of wrote off wanting to read Gibson again.  Quite silly, I know.  But I have been pretty serious in my strong preference to scifi of the flavors space opera, cyberpunk, hard scifi and the like.  Please no steampunk, alternate history, magical realism; harrumph.

Anyway, I am babbling.  I always found Gibson's books rather cold, his characters weren't ones that you were falling in love with, but the style was so speaking to me at the time I read them.  I've been doing the internet thing since 1994, all that old-school elite garbage, so I totally dug the cyberpunk of Gibson.  Spook Country is feeling dated now, I'm not very far in (though it seems pretty short) but it has some specifics on technology as it was written as a contemporary thriller and being someone in the computer industry it can be a little cringe-inducing.  Now, I obviously did not realize this, but my brief squinty skimming of the wikipedia article on Spook Country would indicate it follows Pattern Recognition (didn't want to spoil myself, hence the squinting).  Have I gotten lured into an alternate history without realizing?!  Oh dear.  And I hate reading a series out of order.

Sigh.  Oh well!  Hopefully it's not important.

Also small random observation, there's a thread involving a Cuban family and another character mentions reggaeton, unrelated to the Cuban thread.  Was Mr. Gibson spending some time in Latin America or Miami?  Odd.  And while detailed in description of the cafe con leche making, I wanted to know about the part making the espumita with the sugar and espresso because seriously that's the best stuff.  For what it's worth, I lived in Miami for 10 years and cafe con leche (and pastelito de guayaba) may be what I miss most about the city (among very few things).  So anyway, this novel is intersecting a couple areas I have a fair amount of knowledge (Cuban culture and IT stuff) so hopefully I won't get too wound up in the details of that stuff to miss the stylings that I expect from our author.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Review: dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany (spoilers)

This book had been in my queue for a while, I tried it years ago but gave up at page 65.  There was a time when I was pretty fickle about books, if I wasn't digging something I'd put it down and start something new.  Then eventually I'd circle back and finish things up.. but I just never had the ambition to pick dhalgren back up.  I got through it in about three weeks, but I was getting increasingly irritable about it in the last week.  My reactions follow, spoilers ahead.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Reading Now! Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany

I finished The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick on Tuesday of this week, the 5th I suppose?  It took two days to read and I can't say I enjoyed it.  Liked the writing, but the content was not my cup of tea.

Onwards and upwards my friends, to book #3 in Project 10 Book!  Though I think I went a little sideways with this pick of Delany's Dhalgren.  I remember it being odd, but I forgot that it was Gravity's Rainbow kind of odd.  I haven't read reviews per se, but I do know that a lot of people adore it and a lot of people absolutely hate it.  I think it's going to be some work to get through.

When I started it years back, I made it to page 60.  I am a good 20+ pages past that now, can help I'm a captive audience on the train.  It's either this or stare out the window, so starting a slow book can be helped along by that choice.  I'm really hoping it starts to engage me, so far I'm not feeling much.  Part of me sort of worries it's going to dither around not making a whole lot of sense and never make it forward to any coherent point.

I will report back if I fail to get through it, or need to take a break. :)

Quick edit to update, as of Friday June 15th I'm up to page 325 or so.  I recall reading a mention by a critic who gave up at page 361 the first time and threw it at the wall at some point, so I'm waiting to see if I make it that far without taking out a fellow passenger on the train.  I kid, I kid.  Kid... get it.  Well anyway.  I still don't know where this is going, the book or my post.  So I'll just leave it here and wait until I finish.  Maybe.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Reading Now! The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

Chose another shorter book for my Project 10 Book after finishing The Lathe of Heaven.  I'm a fan of Philip K. Dick's, I think my favorite would be Ubik.

The summary for The Man in the High Castle wasn't one that grabbed my attention, it is an alternate history situation which isn't my favorite.  The short rundown is that we're in a world where the Allies didn't win World War II, the Axis did.  Different regions of the world are being run by Imperial Japan, Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany.  Being that it's PKD and it won a Hugo, I figure it will be more to my liking though.  I only just started it, but one thing that already is difficult is dealing with the blatant racism and class structure depicted in a society with this history.

We will see, but I am not expecting to love this novel.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Review: The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin (spoilers)

In my Reading Now post, I went into some detail about my relationship with Le Guin - at the end of the day I like the way she develops characters and writes.  She pulled me in from the get-go on this book and I tore through it in two days of lunch and train reading.

Spoilers ahead.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Reading Now! The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin

This is a very short read, only 175 pages.  I picked it for my first novel in my Project 10 Book - I need to read 10 books of my large queue before I'm allowed to buy anything!  I admit it was a cheap move, but I wanted to get moving!

I read The Left Hand of Darkness as my first Le Guin book, the ending left me feeling a bit (or a lot) crushed, and I was hesitant to read anything else of hers.  I'm very affected by emotion in books/movies/etc, and a depressing book can have me off-kilter for several days.  And what I consider depressing probably isn't according to the rest of the world.  Other than that, I really enjoyed the book, she develops characters very well and that's a quality that can be lacking with a lot of science fiction.  

Anyway, I digress.  That was a while ago, probably five+ years.  I decided to read The Dispossessed sometime this year, and am happy to report that was much less soul-crushing!  I enjoyed it, but it was a little political for my preferences.  But I do enjoy her writing so it encouraged me to read something else.  I don't even remember buying The Lathe of Heaven but I imagine I picked it up at the same time as The Dispossessed.

The Lathe of Heaven sucked me in from page 1.  I started this on the train into work, and I was so focused I didn't look up until I was almost to my stop - usually I check periodically to see where we are.  I read for an hour through lunch, and again home from the train.  And the real clincher, I was reading it even while standing for the bus!  I never do that.  I wanted to get this post up quickly since I was tearing through this book, but alas I failed.  I finished it today at lunch, enjoyed it start to finish.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Project 10 Book - Completed!

In the beauty world there's this idea of a Project 10 Pan - meaning you restrict yourself from buying anything until you "hit pan" on 10 products you already own.  Hitting pan comes from the idea of hitting the metal pan in a pressed powder product indicating you're getting close to finishing it.  Fascinating, I know!

So, I have a shamefully embarrassing long list of unread books in my queue some of which have been in the bucket for 5-10 years and put off for one reason or another.  So I need to get myself in gear, stop getting wrapped up in a new series and shop the stash!  Hence the challenge set for myself, read 10 books in the queue before buying anything new.  I don't think it will be difficult, and it is certainly faster than going through 10 makeup products.  I can keep myself honest with reporting back to the blog. :)

I've read ten books in my queue without purchasing anything new, but due to some bad counting I hadn't realized it until I updated my post! I'm currently reading Ringworld by Larry Niven, so it'll be Project 11-Accidentally Book. ;)

The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin  read 5/31/12 - review with spoilers
The Man in the High Castle  - Philip K. Dick - read 6/5/12
dhalgren - Samuel R. Delany - read 6/28/12 - review with spoilers 
Spook Country - William Gibson read 7/4/12 - review with spoilers
Iron Sunrise - Charles Stross - read 7/13/12
Axis - Robert Charles Wilson - read 7/23/12
Vortex - Robert Charles Wilson - read 7/30/12
Moneyball - Michael Lewis - read 8/7/12
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert A. Heinlein - read 9/7/12 - review with spoilers
The Ophiuchi Hotline - John Varley - read 9/18/12

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Books in the Queue

This will be a list of my books waiting to be read, I have a tendency to buy several books at a time and stashing away to read later.  Makes it much easier when you're getting through them at a decent pace, there's always several to choose from before you need to make another trip to the store.  I should really go the library route at some point, but I just haven't (that's what I did as a kid, but we had an awesome library where I could pick up 3-5 books every week or two during the summer).  When I was in my early-mid 20s (aka 7+ years ago) I had a habit of buying a big chunk of books once I read one or two books by an author that I liked.  So while I may have several unread by an author, most cases I have read 3+ by that author that I enjoyed.  Or someone recommended an author, but it turned out I wasn't interested in their writing.

Note: this is my personal queue, the boyfriend also has a bunch I have not yet read but I consider those to be a when I'm in the mood for something else I'll think about it maybe. :)

Another note: my memory for books I've read is awful so it may turn out that I have read some of these and won't realize it until I'm 50 pages in.  Some of these books I've probably had 5+ years.  I will read them, eventually.

So here it is in no particular order.

Titan - Stephen Baxter
Superluminal - Tony Daniel
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
Trouble on Triton - Samuel R. Delany (thought I had read this but it doesn't seem familiar)
Hammerfall - C. J. Cherryh (technically it's the boyfriend's but I was given it to read when I moved to Minneapolis two years ago and still haven't read it)
Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon (tried to start this some years ago - made it to p20, not sure I'll ever get all the way through it, but I'll try again eventually)
Eon - Greg Bear
Distraction - Bruce Sterling (bought because I was in a heavy cyberpunk phase and I knew he was an important author in the genre, but his stories are a little too close to current times and I usually pick to read something else)
Ring - Stephen Baxter (there's a phrase, "Riding the Superstrings to the end of the Universe" on the cover that makes me giggle)
The Cyberiad - Stanislaw Lem
Ringworld - Larry Niven (started years ago, stalled at p84)
Zeitgeist - Bruce Sterling (see above)
Century Rain - Alastair Reynolds (stalled p62 - sorry Alastair, I love most of your work but I don't like alternate history)
The Digital Dead - Bruce Balfour
nova - Samuel R. Delany (I'm 88% sure I have read this, but...)
Factoring Humanity - Robert J. Sawyer
The End of Eternity - Isaac Asimov (stalled p102 10+ years ago)
Memoirs Found in a Bathtub - Stanislaw Lem
Time Out of Joint - Philip K. Dick (love his books but the back cover of this one didn't grab me [it says a character thinks it's 1959 after all])
The Caves of Steel - Isaac Asimov (stalled p104 5+ years ago)
The Naked Sun, The Robots of Dawn - Isaac Asimov
Transcendent - Stephen Baxter
Shikasta - Doris Lessing (and I have two copies, what??)
The Forever War - Joe Haldeman (stalled p54)
Hidden Empire - Kevin J. Anderson
Rainbow's End - Vernor Vinge
His Master's Voice - Stanislaw Lem (stalled p11, pitiful)
The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five - Doris Lessing
A Scanner Darkly - Philip K. Dick
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick
The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien (I really wanted to get through this at the time but the wordiness tired me out, but it's been 5-7 years and I have a feeling it would be different now)
Following are not technically mine but in consideration to read before buying more!
A Song of Ice and Fire - George R. R. Martin (enjoying the Game of Thrones HBO series and the boyfriend is also a big fan of the books)
Polity Agent, Line War - Neal Asher (I have read the prior Gridlinked/Cormac books)
The Culture novels - Iain M. Banks (read The Player of Games and liked it, would be interested in others in the series he has)

Books I've Now Read!

The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin (enjoyed The Left Hand of Darkness but found it terribly depressing, put me off Le Guin a while, but did enjoy The Dispossessed without the ripping depression) - read 5/31/12 - review with spoilers
The Man in the High Castle  - Philip K. Dick - read 6/5/12
dhalgren - Samuel R. Delany (started years ago, stalled after p65) - read 6/28/12 - review with spoilers 
Spook Country - William Gibson (I had read everything through All Tomorrow's Parties but lost interest with Pattern Recognition and haven't read anything of his since) read 7/4/12 - review with spoilers
Iron Sunrise - Charles Stross (didn't like his first book that much, been stalling on this one but I should give it a try) - read 7/13/12
Axis - Robert Charles Wilson - read 7/23/12
Vortex - Robert Charles Wilson - read 7/30/12
Moneyball - Michael Lewis (boyfriend really wants me to read it, so I'll add it to the list to make him happy :) )  - read 8/7/12
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert A. Heinlein (stopped because life got busy at one point, never picked back up, but was enjoying it) - read 9/7/12 - review with spoilers
The Ophiuchi Hotline - John Varley - read 9/18/12

The list is bigger than I realized and is slightly shameful, I need to get cracking on my stash here.  And to think I started three separate series recently that I need to attend to.  I think I will start a Project 10 Book similar to in the beauty world Project 10 Pan (where you can't buy any products until finishing 10) - no new books until I read 10 in my stash!

What Next? Too Many Series Started

Found myself in a bit of an unusual (for me) position.  Normally when I read the first book in a series, I am compelled to read the rest of the books directly after.  I don't follow authors or new releases for the most part, so I have the luxury of starting a series and tearing through the rest.

I have had a lapse!  And now I'm in the middle of three.  Started out with reading Spin by Robert Charles Wilson, another one I didn't realize that had books after it.  Maybe that is what started all this, I was unprepared!  So I didn't have the next book lined up, started something else.  That may have been when I started The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe - not sure.  And yet again, unprepared!  Did not realize there was a sequel in The Urth of the New Sun, when I tried to buy it in store it was out of stock.  And of course, the logical thing to do once in this situation was to start another series.  So I picked up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.

I always have a pretty good sized queue of books waiting for me, now to decide.  I do have the two other books in the Spin series, Axis and Vortex.  I recently picked up in my "let's try something not-scifi" moment, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath but I'm not sure I'm ready for something taxing emotionally.

I think I'll write up a list of books in the queue as a separate post so I can keep track!  Maybe that will help me make a decision as well.  I had two driving days this week (shocker, hadn't started the car in over a month!) and am at a Microsoft training so I'm busy all day; don't need to pick up a book until next Tuesday (due to Monday holiday).

Reading Now! The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Actually, I'm way behind on this.  I finished The Book of the New Sun and had wanted to pick up the sequel but they didn't have it in stock (though they said they did!) so I started The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo instead the Monday before last (14th).

Well, I just finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo today.  I should say that I saw the movie first, and that the book is a very fast/easy read.  Especially compared to Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun.  I liked it.  It was definitely interesting to get Lisbeth's voice narrating, made her more fleshed out as a character and could understand her behavior a bit more.  Not sure I want to spend the time to "review" this as such any more than this paragraph.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Review: The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe (spoilers)

I'm labeling this a review, but I'm not really into anything too structured here - just post-reading thoughts, feelings, that type of thing.

Like I mentioned in my Reading Now! I was sold this was science fiction, based on the many quotes exclaiming its awesomeness on the cover of the first volume (part 1 and 2).  The first time I started reading it, probably around 2008 - I got 50-60 pages in and put it down.  This was sure feeling like fantasy, and I want some science in my scifi.  I wanted to read something "different" after all of the Peter F Hamilton so I picked this back up.

First off, there's some confusion (or at least, I was a little confused) on how this is presented (outside of the genre).  It's sold now as 2 volumes, but was originally 4 separate novels published at different times.  The Shadow of the Torturer, The Claw of the Conciliator, The Sword of the Lictor, The Citadel of the Autarch.  Come to think of it, there's many things that are confusing about this series.

Spoilers ahead.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Reading Now! The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe

Someone recommended The Book of the New Sun to me back in 2008 or so, I bought it online (handy that I could look up the order information).  I got maybe 50 pages into it at the time, but I was put off by the fact that I was sold on this being science fiction but it felt strongly of fantasy.  The main character is in a torturer's guild, yet another thing that didn't sit well with me.

After the brute of Night's Dawn Trilogy (spoilers) I was willing to try something that wasn't wholly science fiction.  I am into the first part of the second book, it's four novels with two per book.  I understand the scifi connection a bit more as I go, but it's still kind of reaching.  I am quite interested to see where this all goes.  The writing style is more intense than I'm used to, it's a denser read.  I do think I'm probably missing some of the more intellectual aspects, but maybe once I read reviews and explanations after the series is over I'll get it.  After Hamilton's cast of hundreds, it sure is nice to follow a protagonist page in and out.  I will report back once I'm finished!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Review: The Night's Dawn Trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton (spoilers)

The Reality Dysfunction 1225p
The Neutronium Alchemist 1290p
The Naked God 1267p

Books are in a trade paperback form, in other words they are huge and massively heavy.  I couldn't bring myself to buy The Naked God in paper form, read it on a Nook instead.  Lugging those giant books to and from work and wrestling on the train isn't fun.

Before I read this mammoth trilogy, I read the Commonwealth Saga (Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained) and the Void Trilogy (The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void, The Evolutionary Void). I was well aware of Mr Hamilton's habit of having huge casts of characters and ridiculous numbers of plot threads to follow.  I am bad at remembering names, have a pretty wretched memory for plot lines, so this really wouldn't seem like a good author for me.  That said, I really enjoyed the Commonwealth Saga.  It took me a while to get engaged, but it was a page-turner that I loved to the end.  I wish I could say the same for Night's Dawn.  Spoilers ahead, I'm sure.

Finally I Started This Blog

I've been telling myself gee, I should just whip up a blog for the books I'm reading for some time now.  But for whatever reason (lazy bum), I didn't get around to it until now.  I have another blog that's beauty related nicsviolet as well as a twitter account @nicsviolet which I'm occasionally rambling about whatever scifi book I'm reading at the moment (usually it's beauty stuff though).

I spend about 2 hours commuting daily, about an hour of that I spend reading (walk to bus, very short bus ride to train, train downtown, walk to work).  I usually take my hour for lunch reading as well (better on the wallet than my other favorite alternative of downtown shopping).  It works out great, I feel I have a perfect amount of dedicated times to read, so I get through books at a reasonable pace without even reading on the weekend.

I've been very interested in space and technology, science, all that jazz - since I was a kid.  I've been using the internet from 1993 on, and truth be told I wanted to be a programmer after reading the (what felt romantic at the time) story of Jamie Zawinski jwz and the start of Mosaic/Netscape nscp dorm.  I went to a university briefly around 98-99, learned how to program but promptly dropped out.  Got myself into IT fulltime around 2000, and have been since.  It lost its charms a long time ago, but I love the prospects of technology, where science can take us, expanding our presence in space.. all the things I love about science fiction.

I'm slowly trying to read other books, I've been reading scifi pretty much non-stop for the past 10 years or so.  You'd think I'd read most of the classics, but my method of choosing something to read usually is done at the bookstore and based on the title/spine font/back cover summary.  I do try to throw in a classic here and there.  I will be reading either some fantasy or general mystery/fiction in the future.  I like scifi in that it's a known quantity.  It's stuff I'm interested in, and likely won't be heart-wrenchingly depressing.  I'm too empathetic and get attached to characters easily, it seems a lot of general fiction has a lot of heartbreak in it.

So that's the story, nothing exciting.  I like to read others' thoughts after completing a book, I find there isn't a whole lot out there with reactions that can contain spoilers.  I don't want to spoil a book for anyone, personally I refuse to even read the wikipedia summary of a book or movie I haven't finished.  I will make efforts to warn the reader of my blog when I'm to talk about details that I'd consider spoily.  Sometimes I feel like the back cover summary is too spoilery, but that's a different post.  Onwards, to the future!