Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Recent Reading

I have been finding a little more time to relax lately and have been doing some reading mostly rereading books I haven’t read in a while.

The one new book that I have read recently is Terry Pratchett’s “Nation”. It wasn’t a bad story but it did take me most of the book trying to figure out what it was supposed to be about. Had the explanatory page at the back of the book been at the front instead it might have made more interesting reading. Not up to the standard of most of his other work though.

Over the past few weeks I have also reread most of Agatha Christie’s Poirot novels, Mickey Zucker Reichert’s “Last of the Renshai” trilogy and Heinlein’s “Door into Summer”.

This last book is similar to one I mentioned in a previous post as another good example of how science fiction can become dated as not only haven’t the robots that the story has develop between 1970 and 2000 not developed but the vacuum tube technology that the robots in the story are based on was replaced in the 1950s by transistors which in turn were replaced in the 60s by integrated circuits and then in the 70s by microprocessors so Heinlein’s 1970s includes equipment that we are yet to develop built using technology that has already been superseded not once but three times. Still a good story though.

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