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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

King Solomon's Mines

King Solomon's Mines - H. Rider Haggard Not a bad book. It is an adventure with the bwana-big-game-hunter-white-man's-burden types of Brits, shooting their way through Africa in search of a long-lost diamond mine said to have been originally mined by King Solomon from Old Testament fame. It was fun enough, but I got a bit tired of the racism, which I understand is a reflection of the times in which the book was written. It also seemed to me that the Brits weren't really all that bright in some ways, such as going on a 120-mile trek across the desert with only 5 pints of water each. WTF? Any marginally competent boy scout would know that won't work. I like a veneer of plausibility in my books. This was seriously lacking in some parts.