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Five on Reading
1. What is your favorite type of literature to read (magazine, newspaper, novels, nonfiction, poetry, etc.)?
I really enjoy science fiction, and I read a bit of mystery (detective stories?).
As I got back into the habit of reading after starting college, I drew a pretty sharp line between reading for fun and reading to learn (many things are both). I try and balance out the dreck (light fiction, Gaming books, porn, humour) with more serious stuff (tech manuals, math books, physics, history, philosophy, etc). I also like to maintain the illusion of being informed about world events common to intellectuals and academics, and so I read The Week almost every week, and try to make time for The Economist.

2. What is your favorite novel?
I'm drawing a blank here. Cryptonomicon, Snow Crash, Across Realspace,
The Number of the Beast, To Sail Beyond the Sunset, Foundation (which one I don't know) The Magus (Fowlkes) (needs a reread) Satanic Verses (still don't understand), Eric Flint's 1642, The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas (pere), and my new favourite is Cory Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. Zen and ... is recommend, but could not be mistaken for a novel easily.

3. Do you have a favorite poem? (Share it!)
I rarely 'get' poetry. Frost "The Road Not Taken" is about the only one I can remember right now...

4. What is one thing you've always wanted to read, or wish you had more time to read?

The top of the that list is A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram. There a whole bunch of Computer Security books I ought to dive into, but I can't remember which ones right now ... (The next post is planned to be all about ANKOS, M--a, and such things). OTOH, there are entire fields of study I mean to start in on, and haven't ..

5. What are you currently reading?
Mostly stuff I've been reading quite a while, and haven't gotten back to...
I'm past Erasmus in Barzun's new modern hstory From Dawn to Decadance, I haven't looked at Against the Gods: Risk (an insurance history in quite a while, I am past Napoleon's wars in Strategy (B. H. Hart),
and I will have to restart Plato's The Republic and The Silmarillion, each of which I've tried to hack through more than once and failed. i need to dive back into that Intro Lingustics textbook. I have read the first couple chapters of I Am Spock and If Chins Could Kill while passing time in another person's living room. I started a Mario Puzo novel that way quite a while back ... (and that is how I read book one of Atlas Shrugged), and oh yeah I was reading (over there) on Sturgeon collection that was very good (Microcosmic God, Volume II ?).
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gigglefaerie From: gigglefaerie Date: March 5th, 2003 06:55 am (UTC) (Link)
What the hell is it that sometimes I'm reading and the words just aren't making any sense at all. I've been trying to muddle through “A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful: with an Introductory Discourse concerning Taste” by Edmund Burke but Good Lord I can only take like 10 or 20 pages at a time. I guess my mind just wasn't built for that kind of reading but I'm pursuing it anyway. Even if only a few nuggets of inspiration and understanding slip through it will be worth it. I've also just finished Count Zero by William Gibson and about to start Mona Lisa Overdrive. I like his books thus far. I can picture the settings in my head and imagine what the characters look like. Sometimes I find the story I bit hard too follow though. I read alot of what are considered classics when I was younger but alot of the plots of those books have been lost to me over the years and I would probably need to re-read most if not all of them. Thus far one of my favorite books is Catcher in the Rye and I really quite enjoy reading the curious george books. =)
adric From: adric Date: March 5th, 2003 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. I have that problem with some of the "thicker" stuff, in that I have to read it more slowly (actually read some passages several times) .. The problem with Plato, and Zen And.. is that
the book is one long integrated argument, or discourse, and if you stop for too long in the middle you have to start over.

It's about time for me to reread a bunch of my early influences,
particularly alot of the Heinlein I should pick up more from now that I'm not 12 yo (Sail was definitely that way .. )

Many people disrespect Gibson's writing for various reasons (many valid :) but I enjoyed N-- and Mona Lisa Overdrive</em>. His second trilogy is much better, or so most people think (Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow's Parties) I skipped the first one apparently (?), but in general the author learned a great deal about technology and the Nihonjin [Japanese] inbetween the first and second trilogies. His newer future history is much easier to buy in light of an understanding of tech, Japan, or recent history (ie The Chinese will be on the Moon before the EU, so no massdriver, etc). I haven't read his new contemporary scifi novel (just published), but I don't look forward to it.

Most people think less of Gibson because they read some Sterling or more likely, some Stephenson or Vinge. Read "True Names" (google), Snow Crash, Diamond Age, and Cryptonomicon.

Oh, and what with current events and all, I should probably reread 1984 (google) and Asimov's Foundation pretty soon.

I would like to chat more about such things (reading, not politics), but I should go do some runs, make a little nuyen.
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