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Reading Slothfully

I was told in elementary school that I only could read at half the speed for success in college. Oh well, one benefit of slow reading is you get to live with the characters a longer period of time. I read in a vain attempt to better understand people. At my other homes, I'm known as a spouse, pop, guy in the choir, physical chemist, computer/web dilettante and child-care provider. In theory, I'm a published author, if you consider stuff like Quenching Cross Sections for Electronic Energy Transfer Reactions Between Metastable Argon Atoms and Noble Gases and Small Molecules to count as publications. I've strewn dozens of such fascinating things to the winds.

Currently reading

A Good Death
Christopher R. Cox
The Black Cargo
John P. Marquand
A Highland Christmas
M.C. Beaton
Tales from Moominvalley
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton
Moominland Midwinter
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton
On The Beach (Vintage Classics)
Nevil Shute Norway
The Maltese Falcon
Dashiell Hammett
Obscure Destinies
Willa Cather
A Start in Life (The Michael Cullen Novels)
Alan Sillitoe
Mobilizing Web Sites: Strategies for Mobile Web Implementation
Kristofer Layon

The Hobbit

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien This was my third or fourth time reading this book, over a span of several decades. It's still a most excellent read. It reads rather like a bed-time story, or perhaps something told around a campfire. Tolkein has a good eye for characterization and understands the basic nature of beings, human and not. How different from that piece of trash, Wuthering Heights that I read after it, where the author was completely clueless about virtually anything.

update: 9 November 2013
Hazel seemed to think I should read this again, so I did. It's still a good book. It reads like a good bed-time story, which is always lovely.

Since I already reviewed this back in January of this year, I'll defer another go (well, I couldn't figure out how to add a book multiple times, once for each time read). Instead, I'll list a couple of quotes I liked:

His rage passes description—the sort of rage that is only seen when rich folk that have more than they can enjoy suddenly lose something that they have long had but have never before used or wanted. [this of Smaug, the dragon. p. 208]


If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. [said by Gandalf, the wizard, who is also an admirer of Hobbits, apparently. p. 273]