In the non-fiction realm, I actually quite enjoyed reading _Packing for Mars_ by Mary Roach. Then again, any book that talks both about the problems of drinking beer in space and in which the author does "research" into pornographic films allegedly filmed in zero-gravity has my vote.
In the interest of keeping this moderately SFW, I won't post a quote, although there are a few pretty funny ones in the chapter discussing sex in zero gravity.
The book also discusses a lot of other challenges with putting humans in space (physiological and psychological) including things I wouldn't have given a lot of thought to like how do you eat and excercise in zero gravity.
Post by Horned Gramma on Apr 1, 2011 6:50:51 GMT -8
I just started reading Sarah Vowell's new book, Unusual Fishes. It's a history of Hawaii and it's relationship with the United States, explaining how it was aggressively Christianized and then annexed. Honestly not something I ever though't I'd read a book about, but I'd let Sarah Vowell explain irrigation systems to me if she wanted to take the time.
Post by Horned Gramma on Aug 11, 2011 10:17:51 GMT -8
I'm up to my balls in Stephen King's Dark Tower books right now. Twice before this I tried to get into them and didn't get even halfway through The Gunslinger, but now I'm at the last fifty pages or so of Wizard and Glass and I'm having the time of my life with it. It's so much better than anything else I've ever read by Stephen King that it is kind of silly (and I've read my fair share his novels, and I've liked most of them very much).
King is notorious for not being able to stick the landing with his stories, but I'm a good two thousand pages away from having to worry about that. In the meantime I love these characters and I care about every single thing that happens to them.
Heading down to Powell's to pick up Wolves of the Calla and then over to Stormy's office to hand off Wizard and Glass, cuz she's right behind me. Also I love reading the same books at the same time as my wife because we can like all sit there and be like HO SHIT DOGG THAT JUST HAPPENED.
I've been slowly making my boyfriend read all my favorite books over the past four years just so I have someone to talk to about them. Right now he's reading the Tad Williams series "Otherland" which I love so much, so I'm having a lot of fun. The only thing that's hard is not answering questions. (Of which there are a lot. Those books are confusing the first time around!) No spoilers!
Re: Dark Tower. I read those books a long time ago because my dad loves them, and I remember liking them a lot. So when Audrey and I were looking for a new series to listen to in the car on roadtrips, we picked those up on audiobook. I was struck by how lyrical King's prose is in that first book. It's like nothing else he's written. The pace picks up quite a bit after that and the prose style suffers a little bit, but they're a hell of a read.
I won't discuss the ending until you're done. I have a strong opinion about the ending.