finished a book!

Not my book though.

I just finished reading Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers.

Disclaimer* I love science-fiction and especially have a great deal of respect for the Big 3 of SF: Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein.

Anyway, I loved the movie as a kid and never really figured to read any of the real creator’s work. Now that I have, I am a little upset at the movie. It doesn’t come near the depth of the book.

The book has themes, y’know those important elements of a book that give it meaning, something that you can chew on once you’re done.

The book hits on lots of things: the meaning of citizenship, civic duty, morals, cultural identity, the value of human life. It goes through a lot of steps, and I think it hits on many of them.

That alone makes it worth the read.

Yes, it’s about war. Yes, it’s about military.

It’s gotten a lot of flak for glorifying war, but I think that’s too broad. Read it, think about it, then come back and we can talk about it. I don’t want to spoil it.

So I won’t go further into it because I’d love to do some more of my own writing tonight, but seriously, if you’ve got some downtime, check it out. It’s a quick read at about 250 short pages.


get after it

Read this great article by CJ Lyons:

I’ve never read her stuff, but that hardly tarnishes the advice. It’s good stuff.

Highlights of the article:

1. Write 2k, read 2k, every day.

2. Lyons cut back to 40-hours a week at her job (community pediatrician) to focus on writing. Crazy. Crazy and awesome.

new short!

I’ve uploaded a new short story. You can find it HERE! Or somewhere else. I don’t know where that else would be, but it could totally be there, too.

In the space of time I’ve been away from the blog, I’ve finished the Dan Simmons’ books Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion. They’re good books, and I love how detailed Simmons universe is. His writing isn’t “literary” crisp, but c’mon, that’s not why I’m reading science-fiction.

Simmons’ imagination is epic stuff. Kind of like high fantasy, but crazier because there’s got to be some semblance of logic and real-world laws.

The best part? He got Hyperion published in 1989. Lots of the issues we see in techie society are addressed in his books and it’s a little chilling. The predictive nature of science-fiction novels are exactly why they can be so captivating.

I recommend reading Hyperion.

I’m currently reading The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays by Oscar Wilde, and I love it so far. He has an exceptional skill for writing distinct tones and personalities. There’s always a point to his writing but he’s not beating you over the head with it, sprinkling enough clues for you to see it, but only if you want to.

I don’t like reading plays too much, but Wilde’s such a notable writer, that I made an exception, and I’m glad I did.