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October 5, 2009 / jadettman

Reading List: the latest

As usual, I’ve been reading a few books lately. Here’s a little rundown:

  • Snoop: I’ve been trying to read Snoop for a few weeks now but it’s been slow going. It just doesn’t hold together well. The book is nominally about the author’s research into what a person’s environment (the way they arrange things in their office, bedroom, bathroom, etc.) can tell you about their personality. Unfortunately, halfway into it, much of it is about research being done by others. While interesting, it comes off as jumbled and incoherent. I’ve since given the book up, something I haven’t done in some time.
  • Marooned in Realtime: I just finished this book by Vernor Vinge. I was sure before I started reading it that I’d read it before but quickly realized that I hadn’t. It was a good book with some interesting ideas about technology, the future, and the Singularity. It’s also a sort-of sequel to The Peace War, in that they share the same fictional-historical timeline.
  • His Majesty’s Dragon: I just started reading this one based on a recommendation from Peter (he’s  in my gaming group). It’s quite engaging so far. It makes me think of Master and Commander but, you know, with dragons. Good stuff.

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