Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Firm

by John Grisham

A thriller in which a Harvard Law School grad gets a job offer that's too good to be true. Well, the offer is true; but the firm, not so much. This probably was the least entertaining book by Mr. Grisham that I've read, but I still had to pace myself so as not to devour it before my plane ride home.

Very, very good waiting room material.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Blue Mars

by Kim Stanley Robinson

The third volume of Mr. Robinson's Mars trilogy, Blue Mars is set in the era when terraforming has made some areas of Mars inhabitable by humans without excessive life support equipment. As a society, Mars tries to make its way in tension between Earth and the other, newer human colonies of the solar system. As for the remanants of the First Hundred, the initial colonists of Mars, they're dealing with the challenges of longevity and the effects of their minds and memories.

Very good waiting room material, though it started slow.
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Thursday, August 09, 2012

Bloom County: The Complete Library, Volume One

by Berkeley Breathed

Back in the day, Bloom County was one of the strips that I enjoyed on those occasions when I read a newspaper. I liked it enough that I even bought a couple of collections, which I read even more infrequently over the years. Lately they had been gathering dust when my daughters happened to pull them off the shelf and gave them a read. The next thing I know, Bunnah, my youngest, is struggling home with four of the the five volume collection. So this past week has been a family vacation to the 1980s and Bloom County, USA.

Reading through the collection, I was a bit surprised how different the first strips were compared to the days of Opus, Bill the Cat and the like. It would have been interesting to see those early characters developed more, but like Mr. Breathed himself says, the center of the strip was found in Opus and the funniest strips feature those later characters. Reading the collection is also a trip through the 1980s, with the numerous cultural references annotated in the margins. All in all the book is a very good collection of a good comic strip.

Be like my kinder and check it out.
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