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Jason Holliston
Wednesday, August 31, 2005  
Busy Reading and Watching

For the past week or so, a lot of my spare time has been taken up catching up some reading. I just finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (blame my fiance for getting me hooked on that), and now I'm deep inside of Charles Stross' Iron Sunrise, a new science fiction novel by one of the brightest new stars to come out of the sci-fi world for quite a while.

I'm not going to bother reviewing the first book mentioned, other than to say that I don't believe Snape to be evil. That's not a spoiler: I've thought that for several novels now. The second, though, is fantastic, and when I'm finished reading it, I plan to do a full review on it. He has an incredible view of the future. Not a utopian view, but definitely one that I'd like to visit. He incorporates possibilities based on current cutting edge research and futurist musings. He throws concepts out to the readers mind like most writers toss nouns, each letting (but not necessarily requiring) you ponder the future in ways you didn't before. Enough of this now, though.

Last Friday night I didn't read, though: I spent the whole evening watching most of the Firefly television series, created by Joss Whedon. If you haven't heard of it, I highly recommend buying or renting it before the spin-off movie based on it, Serenity, comes out September 30th. It's the smartest, best written and acted science fiction series to come out, ever, perhaps excepting Babylon 5 or Farscape.

You might have noticed that the links for the above products have (most of) my name embedded in it. I've joined their Associates Program, so every time you click on an link from my blog, you give me a bit of a new DVD, CD, or book. Nice.

12:50 PM 1 comments

I just finished reading "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine. Jay, you should read that one. :-) Also, remember "Magician" by Raymond E. Feist? Do you think Harry Potter steals from that book a bit?
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