Asimov

Jul. 21st, 2017 05:02 pm
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Growing up, I read a lot of Isaac Asimov...his Foundation series (along with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings) was definitely a big part of my growing up. His writing style is a bit terse and old fashioned, but since his stuff was published in the 40s and 50s, that's understandable.

And Asimov was prolific - there are a lot of short stories and novels that he wrote. Today, I read a less than 15 page 'novel-ette' called "Nightfall".

I realized when I was reading it, that a lot of Asimov's stories are 'thought experiments'. What if there was a world with 6 suns, where there was never any light? How would the people react if there was a time of total darkness?

Published in 1941:
41 ' "It came to pass that the Darkness
42 of the Cave fell upon Lagash, and there
43 was no light on all the surface of Lagash.
44 Men were even as blinded, nor could one
45 man see his neighbor, though he felt his
46 breath upon his face.
47 ' "And in this blackness there
48 appeared the Stars, in countless numbers,
49 and to the strains of music of such beauty
50 that the very leaves of the trees cried out
51 in wonder.
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Couch surfer #3 stayed with me again last night. Fun guy, dinner, wine, talking. Tired now and early bed!

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Now that I deleted that Facebook account, I have lots more time to do things, like READ!


Bone. Bombs and tantrums, when the world grew bitter because the world fell somehow short of half-remembered Eden.

Pretty depressing book! Slow moving, but good book. And I enjoy puzzling out the church Latin -- Fiat Homo. Fiat Lux. Fiat Vountas Tua. Funny how I could still understand some of the Latin -- even after all these years!

Lots of (church) Latin in the book because the story line is a monastery in the southwest US, which is preserving artifacts during the Dark Ages that occurred after the 'Deluge of Fire'.

Depressing because the basic point of the book is that mankind will destroy itself over and over again, whenever it has the technology to do it. Basically, whenever man has nuclear weapons, it will use them to end the world ("Sic Transit Mundus" -- Thus the world passes.)

Reading

Apr. 5th, 2017 07:11 am
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Not being on Facebook anymore, I seem to have more time to read! And reading is a much better use of my time. It's a pleasant side effect of quitting Facebook!

I was talking to a young guy the other day, and he said he 'hated' to read. He didn't say this, but I suspect he hated to read because it requires focus, in a way that a movie or a Facebook flamewar does not. It doesn't bode well for younger folks to be able to make long term decisions if they can't focus!


The Giver / Lois Lowry


This is actually a teen reader book -- so I easily polished it off in 3 sittings. I liked how the central character became the Giver, although not in the intended way. I also was surprised at the vague ending...but interpreted it as the characters dying, although the author has said she does not believe they died.



I Am Legend / Richard Matheson


I knew that the old movie, The Omega Man, was based on this book. And then there was the later remake with Will Smith. Although the Omega Man and I Am Legend were not exactly the same, I kept seeing scenes from that old movie in my head as I read it.

The next thing that surprised me was that only 1/2 of this book was I Am Legend -- then there were a series of short stories. I'm not a huge short story fan -- I don't like switching gears that often, and sometimes the characters from the different stories merge in my head.

But these stories were all nicely done, and were in sort of the same genre as the 1st part of the book. One thing that surprised me was that I RECOGNIZED one of the stories from another TV movie! And the movie and the short story were pretty much exactly the same!

The short story was called "Prey", and it was evidently the exact basis for one of the stories in the Trilogy of Terror, renamed 'Amelia' for the main character in the story. I was really surprised to start reading and to realize I had seen this story before!

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"O seguro morreu de velho, mas o desconfiado ainda está vivo." -- "The safe one died of old age, but the suspicious one is still living."





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