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Time to do some reading – Two Book Picks
February 24, 2009, 4:18 am
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Finally hit Spring Break from the MBA classes! It’s been kind of a rough semester so far, papers due every week for Service Marketing class and a huge report for Strategy class. Now that I have a couple of weeks off, I’m going to catch up with some good books that my sister-in-law, Amie, recommended over the Holidays.

The Lightning Thief is the first book in a series by Rick Riordan that follows the adventure of Percy Jackson and his friends in a world were Gods (the old school types – Poseidon, Zeus, etc) and Magic are real. It’s fun,light reading with a good pace, which is perfect for when you want to entertain yourself with a good story without having to follow complicated story-lines or plot developments (except you may have to recall some of the Greek or Roman mythology you learned in school). I will pass on the same warning that Amie gave me, the first book has story elements very similar to Harry Potter and you may find that a little distracting or off-putting. The good news is that this becomes less the case as you work through the rest of the books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and the character development from one book to the next is well done. I am through the third book in the series so far (The Titans Curse) and hope to get through book five by the time break is over!

Additionally, I wanted to recommend another book in case you were looking for a heavy duty, involved book to help past the time as you wait for Spring to actually show up (hey it snowed in Detroit this past Saturday, so Spring can’t get here soon enough). Coincidentally enough, it also has a tie to mythology, but is not about a young boy and quests for glory. It’s a story about a world where people and the government have given up the drive to better themselves and have instead chosen to wallow in mediocrity. A world where achievement is not applauded, but is scorned as a being unfair. A world where the empire one builds can be taken away and redistributed to others in the name of “fairness”. What happens when the driving force behind the the economic and creative engine of our country disappear? What happens if Atlas Shrugged? I read this book last year and it has truly left an impression on the way I look at my life and the world around us. Now, fair warning, this is not an easy read and it will take some time to go through the story. Still, as you follow the story and find the answer to the infamous question “Who is John Galt?” I hope that you will see the same thing I saw in this story; that mankind was meant to struggle and fight for its achievements, for that is what makes us unique. It is a timeless story by Ayn Rand and one that I think is very important to read considering the current political and economical climate.

Enjoy the books and I hope to write more soon!

Revisiting some of my favorites…
June 20, 2008, 3:33 am
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Since Battlestar is on break until god knows when, I’ve decided to revisit some of my favorite books and movies over the Summer. Its great because I get to enjoy some of my favorite things, but also because sometimes I find or realize something that I didn’t during a previous viewing/reading.  Yesterday, I finished reading Naked by David Sedaris and tonight I am going to start Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy.  I’m a huge Clancy fan and Red Storm does a great job of playing “What if?” with a NATO vs. Warsaw Pact battle. I also had the computer game when I was in 6th grade and at the time thought that games could not get any cooler. 

As for movies, tonight I saw Blade Runner for the 15th time. This time it was the 2007 Final Cut Edition,which as far as I can tell added a few more scenes than before, and I still don’t understand how people can say that Deckard is a replicant.  Ridley Scott does a good job painting a sort of negative utopian future in a way that sci-fi fans will eat up and leave  everyone else scratching their heads.  

At my brother’s urging, earlier this year, I got the audiobook of the short story that the movie is adapted from, “Do Andriods Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Phillip K. Dick. The story is a little more darker and dreary than the movie, but is a great science fiction story and in some areas surpasses the movie.