Scott

Scott (who still imagines that he's Spaceman Spiff from time to time), spent his formative years fighting dragons and touring the cosmos in the mile high atmosphere of Denver, Colorado.  Vowing that he was, "Done scraping off his windshield and shoveling snow,"  Scott relocated to the more temperate South Bay region.  A few different jobs and several OCDs later, he now commutes by bicycle to {pages}, where he's surrounded by books, book lovers, and occasionally crawls out of the Science Fiction/Fantasy section to try new flavors of literature.

 

Currently Reading:

Armada by Ernest Cline

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley by Jeremy Massey

 

 

 

On My Nightstand:

The Only Words Worth Remembering, by Jeffrey Rotter

Feast for Crows, by George R.R. Martin

 

 

 

 

 

All Time Favorites:

 

American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness, by Joel ben Izzy

I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson

Bulfinch's Mythology, by Thomas Bulfinch

Lamb, by Christopher Moore

 

 

 

I Remember When...(books I loved as a kid):

 

Scientific Progress Goes "Boink", by Bill Waterson

Choose Your Own Adventure Series, by various authors

Encyclopedia Brown, by Donald Sobol

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, by Alvin Schwartz

 

 

Fun and fast paced, the adventures of Wade Watts, in and out of the "real world," are engaging, endearing and entertaining, with plenty of extras crammed into every nook and cranny.

Fan of the 80's? You might want to read this book.

Gamer? You should probably read this.

Know the airspeed of African and European swallows? Able to hold a boom-box over your head on a lightcycle? Speak l33t, Elvish, Klingon or other type of language? Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B,A, start? Required reading.

  Do not read this book if you are looking for a lighthearted romp through the possible future dystopia. The discovered, "text files," unveil, in a not too implausible series of events, a humanity that is greedy and grotesque. This is not gallows humor, easily chuckling at what might be. The laughter that comes is uneasy, a reassurance that "that would never happen/people aren't like that."

The blog entry style makes chapters short and quick, and the book limits itself to four specific periods of time. This is great if one is short on time as there are plenty of stopping points, but it can easily be consumed quickly in its entirety.

Amusingly disturbing, which may be the author's intent, The Postmortal may give readers pause to think about many issues facing the world right now, and it offers unpleasant solutions. Recommended for fans of speculative fiction, book clubs not afraid to debate darker issues and humans who fear and hope for the future. 
  The Martian is a survival thriller mixed with some of the most engaging lessons in science(botany, chemistry, physics) and math.

Wait! Don’t stop reading!

I will admit that it does get a bit dense in the first 30-40 pages.  Persevere.  It is just the chain pulling the roller coaster to the top of the first hill.

Weir finds a great balance of humor, heart and hope.  And though it’s cliché, I admit to actually being on the edge of my seat at times.  But don’t take my word for it…

“A book I just couldn’t put down! It has the very rare combination of a good, original story, interestingly real characters and fascinating technical accuracy...reads like MacGyver meets Mysterious Island.”
—Astronaut Chris Hadfield—
Commander of the International Space Station and author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth