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2012 In Books

Well, I’m about 3 months late, but rest assured, I still keep tabs on what I read. I’ve had my ups and downs last year, voraciously reading on my iPad for months on end, then falling into TV series for weeks before returning to books once again. In 2011, I read 85 books. I didn’t manage to read 100 in 2012, but I’ll try once again this year. Although, I’m onto a slow start. However, things are picking up again, and I hope to have at least 20-40 books read by midyear.

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My Girlfriend Is Blind by Mima Simić @ Firmuhment

Beautiful story by Mima Simić over @ the Firmuhment. It’s hard to imagine how life would be without sight.

Amanda Hocking & Indie Writing

I was pretty surprised when I read about this author, who’s been selling e-books like hotcakes. Amanda Hocking writes fiction, not tech or self-help books, which is even more interesting. Anyway, here a writeup by Eli James that I liked. Some of books have been optioned for film.


It’s a little past midnight, and a man gets out of a courtyard. He’s got a dog in tow and he’s walking quickly towards a nearby park. The dog follows his master obediently on the leash. It’s a French bulldog, all muscle and all clown. The owner is pulling the dogs along. He sees a bunch of stray dogs nearby, strangely clustered around a large container. The man doesn’t think too much about it and hurries onward.

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La pluralité des mondes

This is a great story by Justin E. Smith. I recently read Transition by Iain M. Banks, and it made me think of this.

{via 3QD}

LA Times Reviews The Girl Who Kicked The Hornest’s Nest

The LA Times reviews Larsson’s latest book, which came out a while ago in French, but will be soon released in English.

Simply put, Salander is a deeply radicalized feminist, portrayed in a manner designed to test the sympathies of a largely liberal-minded audience, the attention of which is diverted by the blur of his books’ nonstop action. Implicitly, Larsson asks us whether the understanding we normally, casually extend to the principles Salander acts upon can also extend to a character who so heedlessly exemplifies them.

The Afterlife of the Stieg Larsson Books

A great long form article about the Stieg Larsson Millennium books. The books were released a while ago in French, so I read them all. I recently also watched the Swedish movies that were made based upon these books.

The article is about the Larsson family and Stieg’s literary estate. His live-in spouse, to whom Larsson wasn’t married, has no rights to the books or the movies. The rights, money and estate are now managed by Larsson’s somewhat estranged father and brother. However, Gabrielsson retains Larsson’s laptop, which contains ¾ of a 4th Millennium book. It has been surmised that since Larsson worked on more than one at a time, that a good portion of the 5th and 6th Millennium books is also written. Initially, Stieg Larsson wanted Millennium to be a series of 10 books.

The Moneytree On The Storytree

He was 21.

When I heard this, I was amazed. I couldn’t understand how a 21-year old was the manager of a successful firm and that I was his employee.

The most important thing that I discovered about him was that he was a pathological liar. He couldn’t help himself. He would lie about the simplest things and not acknowledge when he was clearly wrong.

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Books of September & October

Dan Brown's latest

It’s been pretty challenging trying to read for fun when I started grad school in mid-September. It’s been a rush and I love that I have a pile of books to read, though I haven’t been able to read more Murakami and Palahniuk, I’ll get to them eventually. I’m still missing Kafka On The Shore and Norwegian Wood.

I started reading The Lost Symbol. I hate to say this, but it’s a bit awful. The whole pretext of Noetic science sounds completely BS to me. I only bought it because it was so cheap and I told myself, what the heck. Do I regret the purchase, no. It’s not that bad, but it’s definitely a step below my usual books. It actually makes me want to read Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco again. Now that was a really good book with lots of the occult.

I’d like to finish the year with another 43 books read, that way, I’d have read 100 books in a year, but I think that this will be quite hard. It’s possible, but since I don’t use public transport nor do I have as much time as before, it’s going to be a challenge.

September and October reading

The Time Travelers by Linda Buckley Archer
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
(Pandora’s Star by Peter F. Hamilton)⁵
(Judas Unchained by Peter F. Hamilton)⁵

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Shya Scanlon’s Forecast

I discovered this thanks to kottke. Shy Scanlon’s new book Forecast is being serialized over 42 different blogs, including kottke. There are 24 chapters that have been posted until now. I’ve just started reading chapter 1. It’s good. It made me curious and I have to say that it has a bit of a dystopian tinge, which isn’t bad.

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