Friday, 10 June 2011

Newly Arrived at My Hard Drive

One of the key differences between buying paper books and buying ebooks is that while ordering a physical book over the Internet takes weeks, with ebooks you only need to commit to the purchase minutes before you want to start reading the book. It sounds a minute affair, but it saves money: instead of hoarding books but later finding you don't have the time to read them or you've lost the passion to read them because of some bigger and better things, you only buy the book you're just about to read.
This month I've made a few exceptions to the rule and bought some ebooks even though I am not about to start reading them any time soon (given my book refereeing mission). I do it conciously: I admit that when it comes to books I allow myself to be a savage consumer/hoarder. I do it because books offer so much more than your average physical commodity given their immaterial nature. Books are food for the brain.

Philosophical discussions aside, here are the books that caused these exceptions:
  1. The Good Book by A.C. Grayling: Grayling's go at producing the humanists' bible seems like an impressive achievement full of tiny bits of potent philosophies. The book also seems like it has great gift potential.
  2. Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi: The latest release from John Scalzi, one of my favorite authors and probably the favorite living fiction author.
  3. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valenta: A YA title that received very favorable reviews from both Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi. The chances of me disagreeing with both of them together are pretty low.
  4. The Quotable Hitchens: While I have many disagreement with Christopher Hitchens I greatly enjoy reading his opinionated arguments. He's a guy that makes me think, whether he writes about politics or religion. This book is a collection of his quotes, so I reckon by reading this one I will "save" myself the need to read many of his other books.
  5. You're Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop by John Scalzi: John Scalzi writing about writing. Need I say more? Not only is the book written by a favorite author, with a sense of humor that never fails, it's also about a matter dear to my heart - writing (refer to this blog for evidence). For the record, the book is actually a collection of posts from Scalzi's blog dealing with the process of writing.
  6. Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson: Another book winning much praise from both Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi (can you tell I'm influenced by my favorite bloggers?). This time the subject matter is dear to my heart: a war breaks between humans and robots as the latter deem that only a war would win them equal rights given that only wars improved the rights of various human demographics.
I can now officially retire to a desert island for a few months of congested reading.

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