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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 Island of Dr. Moreau

The Island of Dr. Moreau - H.G. Wells This is a science-fiction classic...I suppose. It was ok, but nothing special. Dr. Moreau has figured out how to change the characteristics of various animals by grafting parts from one onto another. Perhaps he also plays with their blood via transfusion. Whatever, he can turn sloths and pumas into semi-human creatures, which he then dominates by means of pain and a set of rules, known as the LAW. Something like that. He does all his work in secret on an Island in the Pacific, somewhere west of the Galapagos.

The main character is a poor schmuck who ended up on the island because of a ship wreck. I dunno, he is not a particularly engaging personality. Neither is anyone else in the book. Some of the ideas are interesting, I suppose, but dated. Our knowledge of science is much improved from the heady days of yesteryear when much scientific inquiry was little more than fantasy.

So, what I'm saying is the book is ok from a historical point-of-view, and is not a bad read. It's just that there are lots of better things out there that one could be reading. This was my third H.G. Wells' book, and so far, I'm not particularly impressed with him. Dickens stands well the test of time, Wells, not so much.