A little light reading

2007 was a full year for me and the one thing I never got around to doing much is reading. Well, that is reading the large backlog of books and magazines i have stored, so I decided this year would be different. (I did of course read a lot of chat on IRC, a lot of blogs, posts articles et al in the electronic form, just not a lot of printed material).

In that vein I have started the year by reading more and i thought that I would blog what I was readin as i progressed so that I would have a comparative chart as to how well I am doing and how much the rest of my life screws up this level of reading.

January so far is:

Making Money
Terry Pratchett

This was a gift for Christmas (actually a tradition a friend of mine has of buying me the latest Pratchett each year). It was good, almost all Pratchett is good, with an interesting story and great characters, my main complaint is that he didn't lay into the financial institutions and economics as firmly as he had treated other industries in previous books (Going Postal was far sharper and more allegorical). This seemed to be a flighty-stab as opposed to his usual precision cut. Highly reccommended for a fun read nevertheless and Pratchett never allows his societal statements to get in the way of a rattling good read.

Stardust
Neil Gaiman

Another Christmas present and from a much-loved author of mine. i have been a big fan of Gaimen's ever since i read Sandman issue 5 and he doesn't disappoint here. i am so glad i saw the film first as i think i would have enjoyed it less after reading the book. As always Gaimen manages to weave a rich tapestry of colours and shapes in a few sentences (bastard!) and also conveys great emotional depths without the need for protracted exposition. Excellent book and a good guide to authors who want to write fairy tales that are accessible to almost all ages (with very slight editing).

About halfway through this anthology and it is fun. Doesn't have some of the qualities of the TV series but i do like different slants on well established characters and the artists do a great job as is usual for these types of publication. Will fill in more once I have completed.

Just started to read this as i am going to be working on some large areas of linking o the company website, I also want to get a good grounding in the navigation techniques. Even with several years experience at site design it is always good to look at an examination of your field. Cannot post on the quality of this as yet as i have only just started.

Getaway World
E. E. Smith

Managed to find a couple of the books from this series in a second-hand bookshop in Wales last year. Was always a fan of E.E. Doc Smith as a boy and i thought it would be good to read some of this classic Sci-fi again. In all respects it is rather low-fi sci-fi with more element of fantasy and boys own adventure-ish nature. But it is good to offline to in the bath. Half-way through this particualr book and they seem to be exactly as i recall them, pulp sci-fi for the masses. Terrific 🙂

That's it for now. More as it happens 😉

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