books October 31, 2017 Jack No comments

On Mistborn

As with all of my book entries, this is intensely spoilerific. I had intended to follow up my super serious last post with more ruminating about corporate programming and my new digs at AMD, but writing about that requires a lot of effort now that I’m almost a year into the grind and it’s not […]

books February 2, 2015 Jack No comments

On “Use of Weapons”

I have been positively binging on Iain M. Banks’ Culture series. I actually wrote about Consider Phlebas, the first book in the series, a few months ago. Since then, I read The Player of Games and now I just completed Use of Weapons. Spoilers ahead, of course. First, let me give Banks a posthumous “I […]

books, scifi October 1, 2014 Jack One comment

On ‘Consider Phlebas’

I’ve read my fair share of science fiction. I wouldn’t consider myself an expert, but when it comes to sci-fi (and most fiction for that matter) I’ve realized there are two major components. There are the ideas and the execution of them. For example, Asimov was prolific and his stories were very good, but Asimov […]

books October 28, 2013 Jack No comments

On ‘The Road’

Spoilers Ahead I read Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in two days. Tears were shed. I started reading The Road because I have a new policy where I shift regularly between high fantasy / sci-fi / comedy type books and more serious fare, literary fiction, non-fiction, etc. I just finished reading all five books of A […]

baseball, books August 2, 2013 Jack No comments

On “The Art of Fielding”

Last night I finished Chad Harbach’s “The Art of Fielding.” It’s a literary fiction book that’s ostensibly about a rising baseball star competing in a small college to get drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. You can see my obvious attraction, being a Cards baseball fan, but I’m also an avid reader and it had […]

atheism, books June 18, 2013 Jack No comments

On “Proof of Heaven”

This hasn’t been an extant fact on my blog, but I am an atheist. My parents are (and now pretty much were) Catholic, and I went to a couple of Catholic schools as a kid so I’m extremely familiar with the machinery of Christianity. My wife (who’s a deist) was raised as a free-thinker and […]

books April 17, 2013 Jack No comments

On e-books

I’ll admit, at least when it comes to books, I’m an extreme Luddite. There’s just something that I find comforting about the feel of a book in my hands, the sweet smell emanating from the aging pages of a paperback, or the excitement of getting a crisp new book. For the past five or six […]