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Book meme

Here is my addition to the current meme floating around. This is from the book called Something From the Nightside by Simon R. Green. I picked up this book as a filler while waiting for a book I ordered to come in and turns out that I really like it 🙂   I have a new series of books to read now.
“Good for her.”
Instructions
  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open it to page 56.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
  5. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.
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Butcher books

No I am not talking about books concerning meat. I am talking about the author Jim Butcher. This author has leaped to the top of my favorite author list. I have read all of the Dresden Files novels with the exception of Small Favor (maybe a good Fathers Day gift 🙂 ). I have recently read the first 3 of the Codex Alera novels. I must say that they are all fantastic. The first book in the Codex Alrea named Furies of Calderon was a little slow to get going with. It took me to about page 200 to really be interested in it. The only thing that got me that far was the fact that it is a Jim Butcher book and all of the other stuff I have read of his was so good. Once you get that far though there is an epic battle that reminds me of what is seen in the Lord of the Rings movies. I am a sucker for a good fight in a book. Once I read that I was hooked on the series. I am wanting to get the newest in this series called Captians Fury (yet another Fathers Day gift I hope).

If you are interested in this authors work then you may also be interested in the podcast about his work found at here.

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Happy New Year

I am not much into doing New Years resolutions so instead here are some goals that I am setting for myself for 2008.

  1. Spend more time with my wife and kids and less on a computer. (the computer part is going to be tough)
  2. Make it to the dojo more often this year. I have missed more than I want to this one.
  3. Solve the rubik’s cube I bought yesterday 🙂 (I never could figure the thing out as a kid.)
  4. Continue contributing to Foresight Linux.
    1. Become an official Member and then Developer.
  5. Read more books this year.
  6. Get better at using emacs.

Well thats about it. Maybe since I didn’t say “lose some weight” it will actually happen. I am sure that there will be more things that I add to this list as the year goes on but this is a good start.

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House

I have just finished a great book called House. It was written by two of my favorite authors, Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti. Here is the description of the book from Tek Dekker’s site.

In rural Alabama, two couples find themselves in a fight for survival. Running from a maniac bent on killing them, they flee deep into the woods and seek refuge in a house. They soon realize the killer has purposely lured them to this house and that they are now trapped. As they huddle around an old fireplace, a tin can falls through the chimney. Scrawled on its side is a message from the killer, establishing his House Rules. The rules call for their deaths unless they kill at least one of the four.

They have less than 12 hours to find a way to survive. At sunrise the game is over and everyone dies if the killer’s demands aren’t met. What they quickly learn is that the only way out . . . is in. But going further into this house–where unknown challenges await them–is equally deadly.

The book just awesome. If you have read Peretti’s book “The Oath” then you will be used to some of the weired things that happen in the story. I have just started Dekker’s “Showdown” and I can’t wait to read his newest book “Saint”. I will post my thoughts on each of these once I finish reading them.

House Cover

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Dresden files

Right now I am in the middle of reading a series of books by Jim Butcher called “The Dresden Files“. It is a set of books that follows the adventures of a man named Harry Dresden who is a wizard. The books are suspenseful and entertaining. He deals with all types including demons, werewolves and the like. Right now I am only on the second book but I plan to read the entire set before long. If you have ever read the Laurel K. Hamilton series about Anita Blake then these books have the same feel. I saw that there will be a TV series based on the Dresden files starting in Janurary 07 on SciFi. I am looking forward it and I am interested in seeing how close they can stay to the story line and characters in the books.

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