Serendipity introduced me to the writings of Tom Robbins this year. I vaguely remember having heard of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, but I never would have been able to put the author’s name to the title. I was searching for an audiobook to listen to, and Mr. Robbins’ memoir, Tibetan Peach Pie, was on… Continue reading Where Have You Been All My Life?
The last time I blogged about an Advanced Reader Copy book I’d received from a major publisher it was about Good Morning, Midnight. I thought I was excited then. That was nothing in comparison to this book review. Get ready for the ultimate in geek outs. Are you sitting down? Good, because my request for the… Continue reading Zero G
A little while back, there was a television commercial that portrays cable tv subscribers as settlers. My mind does not make the leap to where someone who has cable gives them a pioneer mentality – Yes, I know it is supposed to mean that they are completely behind the times, but self-sufficiency is not a negative… Continue reading Settling for Self Sufficiency
My recollections of books are affected by my mental state and life experiences at the time of reading almost as much as they are by the well-crafted words on the page. These added dimensions make rereading an old favorite a risky proposition for me. Despite the risks, there are occasions when the mood hits just… Continue reading Rereading Dangers
I was so excited to receive an Advanced Reader Copy for Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton. My requests are normally turned down by the big publishers, but Penguin Random House approved this one, and I did a happy dance. Within the first few pages I read a paragraph describing the scenery (long-time readers know… Continue reading Good Morning, Midnight
In my final interview for my current job, the company president handed me a book. He wanted me to read it and take notes because it fully described my new role. The book is The Machine: A Radical Approach to the Design of the Sales Function by Justin Roff-Marsh. I took that as a good sign… Continue reading Summer Reading
I love the advantages I had being a kid in the 1970s and a teenager in the 1980s. Queue the montage of avocado green and harvest gold appliances and kids flying down the street on their bikes morphing into '80’s haired battles on Atari and DOS programming on Commodore 64s. There is one thing I… Continue reading How I Learned to Love Science Fiction
Early last week on one of the sci-fi book groups I follow on Goodreads, there was an Android/Cyborg discussion. A brief summary for the uninitiated: Androids are completely mechanical, whereas cyborgs are human with bits of hardware. Okay, yes I do realize just how geeky the discussion was and how geeky it is that I'm sharing it.… Continue reading Cyborgs Everywhere
A single encounter in elementary school led me to miss out on a valuable resource for many years. When I was in elementary school, I had a bad experience with a librarian. I know that must sound strange coming from a self-professed teacher’s pet. It was neither of our finest moments, but she was the grown… Continue reading Wasted Resource
Over the weekend I was involved in a fascinating discussion about how our minds process what we read. For years I've been obsessed with the concept of how splotches of ink on the page can transform me into a different world. It turns out that journey is not perceived the same way by everyone. One of… Continue reading How Do You Read?