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Sol, Playa, y Mar

Years ago, I wrote a travelogue about my first trip to Aruba. It was such a fun experience, I decided to finally put it on Amazon as an e-book and paperback. It’s a quick read (a little over 30 pages), but I learned a lot about digital publishing in the process. Now with this work under my belt, it’s time to work on getting my bucket list item of writing a novel done.

Book Review - Travels in Hyperreality

I’ve been on an Umberto Eco kick recently, dipping through his fiction bestsellers The Name of the Rose and Foucault’s Pendulum. I’ve just finished Travels in Hyperreality, a collection of Eco’s essays from the 1960’s through the 80’s. The centerpiece of the book is his essay on Hyperreality, a concept whose explanation is outside the scope of this short review. Needless to say, it’s another one of those semiological gems that, while hard to express, isn’t hard to recognize and experience.

Review: Nick Hornby's Believer book reviews

Books: The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby More Baths Less Talking by Nick Hornby Housekeeping vs. The Dirt by Nick Hornby Shakespeare Wrote For Money by Nick Hornby I read anywhere between 50-200 books a year, and while that might seem a lot, I still purchase and borrow books at a rate greater than my consumption. Part of the problem is that the Calgary Public Library (and the wonderful TAL program that lets me borrow from most public libraries in Alberta) has such a superb collection, that a great deal of the books on my ever-expanding want list rest on their shelves.

Review: Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Classics of any genre can be unapproachable simply by being deemed ‘classics.’ It’s accidental - because of their (possibly ill-deserved) popularity they are often spoiled by well-meaning readers. Or perhaps someone doesn’t spoil the book exactly, but gives so thorough a synopsis that the urge to read the book is diminished, pushing it to the bottom of a reading pile. But eventually some time passes, and the spoilage is forgotten, or the book happens to be at the top of the pile.

I Like Books, September 2012

After last months’ review-dump, I’ll be sticking to a monthly format, as it’ll be a little clearer what things I’m thinking and reading about. September has been an interesting month for reading, as well as other things (such as ‘getting married’). The month started out with finding the three A.J. Jacobs books for sale at the library, followed by getting a whole bunch of books from the library sooner than I thought.

I Like Books, June-August 2012

I’ve rediscovered my love of reading this year, and so I’ve taken a page out of Nick Hornby’s book (har har har) and am going over the books I’ve read over the past several months. My hope is that this will make up for the fact that all this reading has taken away most of the time I usually allocate towards blogging. Books read: Duran Duran, Mike West Bossypants, Tina Fey Trends, Tom Peters The Giver, Lois Lowry Comedy FAQs and Answers: How the Stand-up Biz Really Works, Dave Schwensen Teach Yourself Stand-Up Comedy, Logan Murray The Ultimate Improv Book: A Complete Guide to Comedy Improvisation, Edward J.