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Book Capture

So I signed up for Book Crossing a couple of weeks back. Earlier this week I received a "Release Alert". A book was now "in the wild" at a nearby shopping centre. I wasn't able to get there until today. The instructions for finding the book were along the lines of: between the middle and top floor (the escalators are halved) down the food court end, behind the Mount Franklin vending machine.

Fahrenheit 451

So I finally got around to reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I say finally because it's been in print for over 50 years. It's well worth a read. As many have noted before me, it's remarkably prescient, both in the technology it depicts and of a society intensely and increasingly focused on often trivial media.

Book Crossing

Here's a neat idea: book crossing - "the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise". Sort of like a public library with search and retrieve thrown in. I came across the idea in this SMH article, which is worth reading just for the killer punchline.

Lord of the Rings

So I finally got around to reading Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Which is presumably pretty late in life for a geek. It took me nine weeks to get through the whole thing. Basically three weeks per book; I borrowed it in three parts from the library. On the whole, I was a little underwhelmed.

I found the first book, The Fellowship of the Ring, to be quite long and slow. At the end of it I was wondering what all the fuss was about. Heresy, I know :)

Father's Day

Ah Father's Day! A bit of a sleep in. Go out for lunch - seafood and beer at Manly. Presents. Family. Wonderful!

Best present: First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde. I love his books - can't wait to read it.

Hmmm, I have a strange feeling of déjà vu.

Father's Day

Ah Father's Day! Sleep in. Go out for brunch. Presents. Family. Wonderful!

Best present: The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde. I love his books - can't wait to read it.

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