4 book reviews in 4 minutes
Submitted by Jesper on January 3, 2013 - 20:01
In an effort to keep better tabs of what I've been reading, I reckoned it might make sense to start writing things down. So here we go:
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
A fiction classic which most people seem to have read in high school. It's about a guy who ventures into the African wilderness in search of a deranged colleague. Some nice story telling combined with very descriptive environments - not bad! I read it because I found out that it's what Apocalpyse Now was based on. Get it for free from project gutenberg or buy it from amazon.
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
A mostly non-fiction tale about how Joshua started investigating the competitive memory/mental athletics circuit, only to get drawn in himself. It's basically The Game, except about memorization instead of seduction. Got me interested in memory palace and major system - which really does help me remember stuff like pin codes and whatnot. I read it because Bill Gates read it. It's on Amazon.
Dodger by Terry Pratchett
Set in Charles Dickons' London; it's a fictional story about a sewer scavenging guy which ends up in all levels of society, trying to help a girl that he randomly encountered one night. A quick read which was mostly interesting due to references to the city which I'm currently living in. I read it because of the heavy tube spam & good reviews. Like most books, you can find it on amazon
Slapstick Or Lonesome No More by Kurt Vonnegut
Science fiction about a reality where telepathy and other wonky stuff exists. What would happen if everyone in a country suddenly became "relatives"? Read primarily because of my completist nature with books; it's another solid Vonnegut page-turner. Amazon.