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It's been a while since I've done that... [Aug. 21st, 2003|12:20 am]
Kurt Onstad
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I started reading a book today. I finished reading that book today (in addition to finishing another book that I had started reading Monday).

The book in question is Calculating God, one of the books technomonkey recommended to dragonpookie when he asked for such. (Oh, you can borrow it now, Erik...)

Thank you very much Joel for suggesting this book, and for letting me borrow it. As you can probably tell, the book is incredibly absorbing. I was planning on reading this book during my breaks at work, but as soon as I started, I couldn't put it down (other than the hour after I started reading it where I had to work...). It's an incredibly thought-provoking book. It's not going to convert me (or likely anyone else) to any religion, but at the very least, it gets you thinking reasonably and logically about the possibility of a Creator.

The other book I finished reading today was Woad to Wuin, the second of Peter David's continuing Sir Apropos of Nothing series. The third book is out in hardcover, but I'm doing my best to hold out and wait for paperback on that, as I did for this one. Not quite as thought-provoking as the other book I read today, but it does deal a lot with figuring out your place in the world. But, in a much funnier, ironic sort of way.

Both of these books carry the coveted Kurt Onstad "Highly recommended" stamp, although obviously with Woad to Wuin, you should start by reading the first book in the series...

Kurt
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[User Picture]From: technomonkey
2003-08-21 12:45 am (UTC)

No prob!

You'll enjoy Jordan's other books too. I've just started reading Flash Forward, and it's looking more and more like I've already read it. Very interesting, but very familiar too. I'm still gonna read through the whole thing, though, since I'm only remembering things as they happen -- it's not like I remember the ending or anything.

But the point I was going to make is that you'll like this one quite a bit. Mind-bogglingly thought-provoking. Much bigger "what if" concepts taken to their logical conclusions in this one. (sadly, much like Calculating God, I borrowed this one from self, so borrowing it will require an extra step or two.)

Anyway, glad you liked it!
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2003-08-21 09:06 am (UTC)

Jordan?

You shouldn't post when you're so tired. :)

The author's name is Robert J. Sawyer. Now, granted, the J could stand for Jordan, but still doesn't explain why you would call him that...

I think you went to Robert Jordan for a little bit. Very different author...
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[User Picture]From: technomonkey
2003-08-21 09:34 am (UTC)

Ungh.

You're right, that's where I went.

Sadly, it's the same damn mistake I came close to making half a dozen times when writing my original write-up, completely awake. Not sure why I keep wanting to call Sawyer Jordan. Guess I'm a moron...
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[User Picture]From: jasheffe
2003-08-21 08:40 am (UTC)
Woad to Wuin seemed rushed...although the intro was hysterical (OMG, he is not...yep! He's going there...) I'm holding out for paperback for Tong Lashing. It seems like he's cranking them out almost 1 a year which is nice. If you like solid Science Fiction/Fantasy I'd recommend Peter F. Hamilton's "Night's Dawn Trilogy" (The Neutronium Alchemist, The Reality Dysfunction and the Naked God) It's 6 books, two per set but its well worth it IMO.

Reading the write-up for Calculating God I'd say it sounds a lot like Douglas Adams...I'm gonna have to get this and give it a spin.
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2003-08-21 09:02 am (UTC)

Calculating God!=Douglas Adams...

While there's some humor interspersed in there, it's conversational and situational humor (i.e., the kind of humor that actually comes up in real life), not the sort of dry wit that Douglas Adams had. I can see where you would come up with that idea from the Joel's write-up, but if you check out Amazon.com's description, it should give you a better idea of what you're getting into.

This book owes much more to Sagan than it does to Adams...

Oh, and thanks for the recommendation.
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