I recently finished A Shortcut in Time by Charles Dickinson. It was a page-turner with excellent characterization. Click the above link for a summary of the plot.
Here’s what I bought this morning (all prices are in U.S. As of Feb. 14, 2004, multiply the amounts by 1.32 to get Canadian dollars):
- Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schiosser. I got this at Costco for $7.99. I read a lot about it but was waiting to find it for a good price.
- Gap Creek by Robert Morgan, from Barnes & Noble for $4.98. This is an Oprah’s Book Club selection. That isn’t a bad thing now!
- River, Cross My Heart by Breena Clarke, from Barnes & Noble for $3.98. Another Oprah selection. So sue me.
- One More for the Road by Ray Bradbury, from Barnes & Noble for $5.98 ($26.57 at
amazon.ca!). This is a hard-cover, short-story collection with original stories. I’ll buy anything by Ray Bradbury.
- Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations, and Games by Laszlo Polgar, from Barnes & Noble for $9.98. I’ve been eyeing this one in bargain bins for over a year.
- Bookmarks magazine, "for everyone who hasn’t read everything". From their web site:
Our philosophy is to balance critical consensus with unique opinions. The New Books Guide included in every issue is created by studying all the book critic’s reviews appearing in major newspapers, magazines, and the Internet.
I’ve stopped reading Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs; it’s a memoir about a young boy growing up in an odd environment, with lots of unusual, often sad events that illustrate what’s influenced the boy’s perception of himself and the world. I grew tired of it, not caring about him or his mother. The writing seemed forced, as if the memoir was painful to tell; maybe that was the author’s intent, but it didn’t work for me.
Real One Player is a necessary evil that’s required to play some media online. Unfortunately, by default it installs lots of crap on your computer you don’t need, annoying you with popups and features you’ll never use. This site describes how to install and configure it to make it as unintrusive as possible.
I don’t mind going to malls if there’s a purpose; I don’t like wandering around aimlessly, and I won’t go when it’s crowded. I do most of my shopping when stores first open.
A co-worker and I went to the Oakland mall this morning; he had to return some boots and I just went along for the ride. Along the way we stopped at Costco where I bought Ship Fever: Stories by Andrea Barrett for $8.29 U.S. This blurb on its back-cover sold me:
Beautiful stories about the wonder and work of science… In Barreett’s hands, science is transformed from hard and known fact into malleable, strange, and thrilling fictional material.
At a Borders store in the mall I bought:
- Don’t Know Much about the Universe by Kenneth Davis: It only cost me $5.99 U.S. and the portion I read in the store was interesting. A good, easy-reading reference book. It reminded me of Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything, which I recommend.
- The Ultimate Quilting and Patchwork Companion: I got this for Dawn; the projects in it looked like stuff she’d be interested in.