What I’m Reading?

The books I’m reading these days have nothing to do with each other and sometimes I just really want to read a book so I do. A long time ago I thought that I couldn’t read multiple books at one time, thinking that I can’t keep up with the story but turns out I just pick up where I left off, its surprisingly easy so now I do it more often, and this I finish more books then I would have before. This is the list of books that are currently on my reading pile.

Inside Apple – Adam Lashinsky

  • Its not the Steve autobiography, and I thought it would take a more aggressive stand point, but honestly its an excellent look at Apple from a Forbes writer and very relevant. Books like these have to be read in the moment or a year later it would be dated, and its a pretty fun read since its like getting an inside view of Apple even though it is still so damn secretive.

The Jedi Path

  • This book is for any Star Wars nut, so much information packed into it, you feel like your training to be a Jedi.

Ninja – John Man

  • A Book about Ninjas, just couldn’t get any cooler, the original spies

007 Carte Blanche – Jeffery Deaver

  • I have had it for some time, but jumped right into it after watching 007 Skyfall, can’t get enough of Bond, and the books never disappoint.

Nerd Do Well – Simon Pegg

  • I’m taking this read at an easy pace, its a funny book about the life of Simon Pegg, he is a British Actor/Comedian, I do enjoy his movies.

Review: Heroes Of The Valley – Jonothan Stroud

Halli Sveinsson has grown up in the House of Svein, listening to the legends of the heroes as all his forefathers did. His is a peaceful society where the violence of the past has been outlawed and disputes are settled by the Council. But young Halli has never quite seemed to fit in with the others. For starters, he was not at all handsome or tall, like his attractive blond siblings. He’s stumpy and swarthy, with a quick mind and aptitude for getting in trouble. Bored with the everyday chores and sheep herding, he can’t help himself from playing practical jokes on everyone, from Eyjolf the old servant, to his brother and sister. But when he plays a trick on Ragnor of the House of Hakonsson, he goes too far, setting in motion a chain of events that will forever alter his destiny. Because of it, Halli will have to leave home and go on a hero’s quest. Along the way, he will encounter highway robbers, terrifying monsters, and a girl who may finally be his match. In the end, he will discover the truth about the legends, his family, and himself.

I have always been a fan of Jonathan Stroud since his Barthalemous book trilogy which really pulled me in, I was expecting a book just as good as those set. And this book was in the young adult section and I honestly don’t care as long as its a good well written story, so I started reading it and getting more and more into it. A Valley with only certain number of tribes and one young man who is determined to find his own path. After reading the book I just felt that it just didn’t live up to my expectations, its not a bad book but I wish I didn’t waste my time on it since there are a lot of better books out there and I have on a pile waiting to go.

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On The Shelf

Recently I have had the chance to read a few different books and if one picks up my interest I just keep on reading it and this is how I ended up reading four books at the same time, its taking me a lot of time to finish them but still keeps it interesting. Reading them is like watching one episode of a show after another, right now I’m picking up the pace on Machine Man and I’m wrapping up Heroes Of The Valley, and Mr China looks interesting.

  • Mr China – Tim Clissold
  • Machine Man – Max Barry
  • Heroes Of The Valley – Jonathan Stroud
  • Nerd Do Well – Simon Pegg

Who Reads More: Book Readers or E-Readers?

Are people reading more with E-Readers these days? Do people read more Books or E-Readers? I have an iPad but I have started reading comics again because of my iPad. So people put together an infographic, there is an infographic for everything and this one is from GOOD and Column Five. It seems E-reader owners not only read more books, but purchase more than their bibliophile holdout equivalents. For me I am sticking to my books for now, there is no better feeling then that book in hand, I will see how I think about it when I get my Kindle Fire.

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Review: SuperFreakonomics – Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance

Four years ago, you were cool. You read Freakonomics when it first came out. You impressed family and friends and dazzled dates with the insights you gleaned. Now Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner return with Superfreakonomics, a freakquel even bolder, funnier, and more surprising than the first.

After the first book I couldn’t wait to read SuperFreakonomics, the first one shocked and entertained me so I was looking forward to this one. What’s fun about SuperFreakonomics is that it makes you think about a lot of “truths” that we take for granted, this book actually made me change some of my thinking about global warming. The book is very interesting, and lots of information that you’d be hard-pressed to find in your typical daily reading; and, it “sexes-up” the fields of microeconomics and behavioral economics. It was an enjoyable read and looking into the different topics but this time around it isn’t the work of Dunber but the works of other people and his other angle when looking at it. I had very high expectations after the first book but it didn’t measure up in comparison to the first one, it didn’t connect everything together as much and the style of writing was just very different between each article. Its an interesting look into behavioral economics and microeconomics but thats about it.

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Lack of Time Management

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When I took a vacation I thought I would get things back in order, get some gaming in and watching some anime. I barely keep up with the shows as well as movies, I’m traveling a lot for work staying late. At the end of the day I’m even too tired to go riding. There are days I just want to stay playing video games all day, when I was int he states I played a lot of Halo Reach and since I came back I haven’t had a chance even though I really want to play the game, it requires dedication and time to play Halo and I don’t want to just play 20 minutes and stop, I usually end up playing for hours. Then there is all the anime that I am missing and I’m going to try catching up with all that I have missed but I don’t know when that is going to happen.

What I Would Do With A Lot Of Free Time:

  • Ride As Much As Humanely Possible!
  • Watch all the anime and tv shows that I’m missing
  • Play all the unplayed XBox 360 & PS3 Games!
  • Go the gym
  • Clean up my room
  • Catch up on the pile of books
  • Reorganize My Network
  • Reorganize all the Cables, Wires and Hardware
  • Reorganize all the folders stored on my Network, I’m getting lost as to where I stored what item

Current Reading

With a million things going on and a lot of shows to watch I haven’t had much time to read these days, but I decided a few weeks ago to start reading some of the books which are piling up. The hardest part is choosing the book to start with, and all of them are very different. I just decided to read the books that I will find most interesting and entertaining at the moment.

  • Tokyo Vice
  • Haliburton’s Army
  • Enemies & Allies

The Comics on Marvel iPad Application

I have been reading comics again since the iPad came out and I can’t download them fast enough. Some series I go through them and love them, and some of them really suck. Surprisingly one my favorites right now is Black Panther & The Immortal Iron Fist but I finish those within two days at the most, UnCanny X-Men was pretty good as well. Civil War was fantastic but I hated the ending, not what I expected. Thor is really good as well, I’m just hoping they release more of his series. They release new comics every two to three weeks but sometimes it still just isn’t enough in my case. I’m looking forward to reading Captain America, and I haven’t even opened up the DC Comics Application yet.

  • The Black Panther**
  • The Immortal Iron Fist**
  • Annihilation**
  • Civil War**
  • House of M
  • Hulk**
  • The New Avengers*
  • Thor**
  • UnCanny X-Men
  • X-23: Target X*

@Waterstones

Its been a long while since I have been in a bookstore in the UK, as soon as I passed by Waterstones I stopped to check out the books. The reason I like Waterstones is because they have a recommendation section where people who work there recommend books with short reviews which are pretty interesting, they give you a mix of choices and different genres to enjoy.

I was walking around and tempted to buy a lot of books but kept walking as I still had a lot of books to read. My favorite section in the bookstore is the Scifi section, Waterstones always seem to be updated with a lot of books for science fiction and fantasy. So I headed down to my shocking surprise I found the new Trudi Canavan book, I didn’t know she had one out, I was happy as kid in a candy store, I flipped through it real quick, I didn’t think I would get to read any of her books anytime soon but lo and behold she had a new book. So I picked that up right away knowing that I will be reading it very soon. So many other books I skimmed through, I just took their names down to be noted for later, I have a list of a few dozen books that I want to read, but if its fiction I don’t mind picking it up any point in time. I just love the smell of books and paper in Waterstones, never could get enough of it.


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Reading Now 03/10

I buy a ridiculous amount of books and I don’t have enough time to finish them. Recently I have been reading some interesting business and technology books, I don’t like something being dry when I read it or else I would get bored and have a hard time finishing it. Whenever I finish a good book I have no clue what to choose next and I have piles of books all over the place with items hidden left and right, so to find the right book is always a challenge after finishing a good one. Recently I have been reading more business and technology books because I feel that they will get old if I don’t read them right now, its a strange feeling I have but with other books it doesn’t matter.

Books:

Legend – David Gemmell (Old Book but new Print, one of the best fantasy stories period)
Brilliant “Shuji Nakamura” – Bob Johnstone (Work in Japan and the Revolution in Lighting Technology)
In and Out Burger – Stacy Perman (All about this little fast food burger place that turned into a cult following)
Yakuza Moon – Shoko Tendo (This book loses me at times, I want to finish the story since I started it over a year ago)