Books, Phone, Watch

I’ve been reading some really great books.  All sci-fi, strangely enough.  I mean, yeah, I’ve read sci-fi before, but looking at what I’ve read since I got my Kindle, I don’t think there was any straight up sci-fi in there.  I read “The Windup Girl” a while back, which is sci-fi, but more specifically, it’s like “bio-punk” or something along those lines.

In order, I read “The Forever War,” followed by “The Martian,” and am currently on “Wool,” which is the first in a series.  All amazing, especially “The Martian.”  Probably the best book I’ve read in the past decade.

I looked into getting an Android phone earlier this year, but decided against it.  There’s no point for me, because a phone is a phone and they all do the same thing.  Since my 2 year old iPhone 5’s battery is starting to show its age (it must have thousands of load cycles by now…), I’m looking forward to getting an iPhone 6 (or whatever they call it).  I really just want a bigger screen, better front facing camera, and some extra battery couldn’t hurt.  That’s all it would take to make me happy, and most of that is rumored anyway.

I also need a new watch (one of my Weekenders stopped working), but I’m going to wait and see what Apple does with its rumored wearable before committing to a purchase.  I am honestly not too impressed with the category right now, as all of the devices are ugly, huge, don’t do much, etc.  The only one that interests me is the Moto 360, which is still pretty large, and I can’t use it because Android Wear is only compatible with Android.  If Apple’s device is as ugly as its competitors’, I’m done waiting, and I’ll buy a nice regular watch.

Writing Styles of Authors

Ever since I got my Kindle, I’ve been reading pretty much every weekday.  I haven’t read a very diverse selection of authors – mostly Eric Nylund, Ron Paul, and Neil Stephenson.  I’ve also read a single book by Orson Scott Card, and I’m almost done with one of William Gibson’s.

There are a lot of things that I’ve immediately taken notice of in the different writing styles of these authors (Ron Paul aside, since he only writes nonfiction).  William Gibson’s storytelling is fast-paced and lacks explanation, for example.  In Neuromancer, he throws you into this world and doesn’t explain crap.  You just have to figure out what the heck he’s talking about.

Neil Stephenson is sort of in the middle.  His style isn’t as fast-paced as William Gibon’s, but it’s not slow by any means.  Then there’s my favorite author, Eric Nylund, whose storytelling is slow-paced, but draws you in so deep with vivid imagery and thought processes of the characters that you don’t even notice.

Of these styles, I pick Eric Nylund’s as my favorite for a few reasons.  I’d rather not be confused by made-up terminology while reading, I like being able to easily follow plot developments, and I like gaining a relationship with the characters.  I do not feel like I know Case from Neuromancer, but Eliot and Fiona from Mortal Coils and All that Lives Must Die feel like old friends.

I guess it’s to be expected from my favorite author, but when I read Eric Nylund’s work, all I can think is “This is the way I wish I could write.”

Now to sit back and impatiently wait for What Fools These Mortals to come out.

 

Re-Kindled

When I was younger, I loved to read, but I stopped reading after high school for some reason.  So, last month, I decided to buy a Kindle Touch in hopes that it would rekindle my love for reading (pun definitely intended).

The verdict is…I love it.  The eInk screen makes it super easy on the eyes.  It is exactly like reading a real, paper book.  I got the one with ads, and they’re completely non-obtrusive.  I was originally planning to pay the extra $40 and unsubscribe from the ads after I got it, but I don’t even care.  So far, I’ve read Steve Jobs, Ender’s Game, and I’m currently 40% through Snow Crash.

Ender’s Game is a classic, but for some reason, I’d never read it.  It was great – a well told story and a classic for a good reason.

Ever since 2005, I’ve followed Apple pretty closely.  In my Geography 1001 class at LSU, I spent most of the semester in class reading Wikipedia articles on Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Apple, Microsoft, Bill Gates, etc.  I’ve also seen Pirates of Silicon Valley a couple of times, and listened to countless interviews with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, so there wasn’t really a whole lot in Steve Jobs that was news to me, but it was still a good read.  One thing I don’t understand, though, is that so many people realized he was a jackass after he died.  I knew he was a jackass as soon as I started reading about him in like 2006.  I didn’t respect his personal life; I respected his professional life and the amazing things he’s brought to the world, like the computer I’m typing this on.  It is fascinating that so many genius-types like him are like that, though.

I own Snow Crash in paperback, and I tried reading it twice before.  Both times I got like 60 something pages in and then just…stopped for no good reason.  I’m already far past that in the eBook form, and it’s fantastic.  Neil Stephenson’s writing is spectacular.

 

Also about a month ago, there was a film crew right outside of the parking garage at work filming something.  I looked up what they were filming currently in Baton Rouge, and I forgot what it was, but they turned an empty building into “The Marcum Institute,” so if you see that in a movie or TV show sometime within the next year, I know where the building is. :P

 

Now, three random things and I’m done.

1) Check out these awesome Christmas cookie sandwiches I made.

 

2) Skrillex’s Bangarang EP is kickass.

3) COMMNT ON DIS POST IF U CRY EVRY TIM

Twilight

Dear everyone that hates Twilight,

You don’t hate Twilight because the books are poorly written.

You don’t hate Twilight because Bella is emo.

You don’t hate Twilight because of the other 2,000 reasons you found on the Internet.

You hate Twilight because you were expecting a story about badass vampires, and instead, you got a love story that just so happened to incorporate a vampire in it that did not meet your expectations of what a vampire should be. You wanted action, and you got romance. That’s why you hate Twilight.

Now stop hating everything so much, find something you like, and talk about that instead.

Thanks,
Philip

Expansion of Tweets

I’m crazy, I know, but I have a friend that says he has over 1,000 plays of 50 different songs.

So, lately I’ve been re-reading Animorphs. Yes, the children’s book series. It’s actually still pretty good – not one of those things you go back to and have no clue why you ever liked it. The writing is repetitive book to book (especially in descriptions and whatnot), and the reading is pretty easy, but this, of all things, has gotten me interested in reading again. If you want to check out Animorphs, here you go. I’m currently on book 21, but I actually own up to book 37.

I made a key lime pie last week. Well, actually, it was a Persian lime pie because Walmart and Winn-Dixie were out of key limes (or just plain don’t carry them), but it was good regardless. :D Key lime pie is probably my favorite kind of pie. I mean, seriously, if you haven’t had key lime pie, just…go. Go right now and buy some. It’s so freaking good.

-Philip

Mortal Coils

My favorite author, Eric Nylund, of Signal to Noise and Halo book series fame, is releasing his new novel, Mortal Coils on February 3rd of this year. It’s his first fantasy novel in a while, and even though I don’t read a whole lot, I always make time in my schedule for his books. If you’re interested in Mortal Coils, check out his site’s page on it for more details.

And if you’re a cyberpunk fan and you still haven’t read Signal to Noise and A Signal Shattered, what are you waiting for?! :P

-Philip