Sunday, January 31, 2010

A new love

Who has odd reading habits?

Whenever I start a new book I always read the last sentence or even page sometimes. I try to read just enough to get an idea of the writer’s style and the feeling of the book. I don’t want to know what happens but I want to know if there is going to be reflection, cliffhanging, or perfectly wrapping up at the end of the story. On occasion I’ve “accidently” found out someone died and I chastise myself for ruining some of the story.

In magazines I always read them from back to front. The last page in magazines is usually a fun, frivolous thing to read and then I go from there. I hate weeding through pages upon pages of ads at the beginning!

So I’ve found a new author I’m nuts over. Last time I wrote I was just getting into Titan by Ben Bova. I’ve finished that. It was good, I’d give it 3.5 stars. He gives very strong, wonderful science to his stories, but the characters fall a little short. They come across as very 2-dimensional and obvious. So I moved on to another of his Grand Tour books called Jupiter.

I have found another new favorite book. Again the characters and relationships were a bit lacking. But Oh God, the science fiction left my heart swelled and my eyes glazed. The main character, Grant, has just finished college and is going into the mandatory public service. He is assigned to the science station at Jupiter. There he finds out that a select group of scientists are planning trips down into Jupiter. They have recordings of what may be intelligent life, far below the gassy surface. For a person that thinks the greatest scientific discovery would be intelligent aliens, this was a book I would clasp to my bosom and sigh and swoon over for hours.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Latest Quick Reads

I really (really) want to make this blog nice and interesting and updated. So do you know how I am working on doing this? I am writing posts on Word while I’m at work and then e-mailing them to myself and posting them later. Is this bad that I'm doing it when I should be working? I don’t know. I’ll choose no.

I’ve been siiiiiiick. The Honey was really sick with a fever, etc and then I got it from him. Imagine that, I work in a school with disgusting little monsters spewing disease at me for 8.5 hours a day and I get sick from the person who hardly goes anywhere. Hmph. So over this last weekend I was living off Gatorade, the blue kind of course. The Honey came home and showed me the three different shades of blue Gatorade he found for me: light blue, medium blue and dark blue. I give him many hearts.

The current book I am reading is Titan by Ben Bova. So far I’m very much enjoying it. As may have become apparent, I’m a SciFi aficionado. Basically I love it more than anything in the world. I feel SciFi is the perfect art form. What could be more true and telling of a person than what they think, in their wildest imaginings, of the future, of what just might happen? Every time I read a new science fiction novel I get a little thrill because someone has thought of something else interesting and plausible for the path that the human race is following. What could be more epic? And because it’s the future it is all possible, anything could happen. Just thinking about the unlimited(ness) of it makes my head throb.

So this new story, Titan, is part of Bova’s Grand Tour series. This series is about human colonization of our solar system in the late 21st century. From what I’ve heard it deals a lot with sociology and politics, how even as humans leave Earth they will bring with them their old prejudices and ways of living. Interesting… We shall see.