Books Read (click on titles for review):
Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
Future Crime: Anthology of the Shape of Crime to Come by Cynthia Manson & Charles Ardai (eds)
Proust & the Squid: The Story & Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf: Wolf, a Tufts University professor of child development, is not content to discuss the cultural significance of reading; she asserts with convincing evidence that this activity has radically changed the very organization of the human brain. Using a multidisciplinary approach, she shows how research in neurology, psychology, sociology, and her own specialty has revealed the far-reaching cognitive and perceptual effects of perusing the written word.
Murder & Magic by Randall Garrett: Welcome to a world where Richard the Lion-Hearted did not die in the year 1199, but went on to found the mightiest and most stable empire in history. Where the laws of extra-sensory perception have been codified but those of physics remain unsuspected. Where Magic is a science, and science is an art. Now imagine that you are Lord Darc, the greatest detective of all time, in a world where crime and the occult walk hand-in-hand....
Books that spark my interest:
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells
The Future on Ice by Orson Scott Card (ed)
The Jesus Incident by Frank Herbert & Bill Ransom
Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
[You will notice the continued preponderance of science fiction titles...I'm in the midst of the Science Fiction Experience "challenge" sponsored by Carl V. SF will be the main item on the menu until the end of February.]