Last Updated: 11/30/2008

Current Reading List

Books and Audio Books that I am currently reading, or that I have and plan to start soon (ve-ery soo-oo-oon)

(As of November 30, 2008 I'm just going to mention these on my blog at The Chipster Zone and let this list (slowly) diminish.)

What's the Matter With Kansas: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
by Thomas Frank
My good friend David Rawson bought this one for me a couple years back. I had a good running start at it then but it was just too depressing with the Republican big business war machine running at full capacity. Perhaps I'll pick it back up now that Bush Jr's tenure is quickly evaporating.

The Only Three Questions That Count: Investing by Knowing What Others Don't (Hardcover)
by Kenneth L. Fisher
I've been reading Ken Fisher's column in Forbes magazine for a long time (years). He usually, but not always, makes good stock picks. He's a self-made billionaire (yes, with a "Bee") and I hope he's right about the current market. I've started this book, but only read the first few dozen pages so far. I bought it in early 2007.

A Pirate Looks at Fifty (Paperback)
by Jimmy Buffett
I may be fifty myself before I finish this one. I've taken it with me on 2 or 3 beach vacations in the last 4 or 5 years and I've still got a long ways to go. Some nice philosophy from a pretty down-to-earth superstar.

The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief (Paperback)
by Francis S. Collins
My wife gave me this one after the holidays this year (2007). Looking to bring us closer together spiritually. I'm not familiar with it yet, but the cover has a nice color double-helix strand of DNA on it. I'm curious. Update 11/30/2008: Just started reading this...

Windows Presentation Foundation Unleashed (WPF) (Unleashed) (Paperback)
by Adam Nathan
Just started this weekend for a new project at work. XAML promises to be powerful stuff, but not for the feint of mind.

1776 (Hardcover)
by David McCullough
The book by David McCullough that I've been wanting to listen to since it came out is John Adams, but it's long and still expensive. My sister had this one on the shelf while we were visiting her this Christmas (2007), so while I had some down time (e.g. while she was making us all dinner), I read the first couple chapters. I brought it home with me, my brother-in-law is right that it is a lot of tedious facts; he says it doesn't get any better so I'm not sure how far I'll get. The strength and wisdom that founded this country still amazes and inspires me -- and depresses me; where has it gone?

Jurgen (Paperback)
by James Branch Cabell
I asked my family to pick a book for me by James Branch Cabell for Christmas (2007). He's an author recommended by Neil Gaiman for one. I don't know his work, which is sad because the main library at Virginia Commonwealth University (in Richmond), where I earned a Master of Science degree, bears his name. My family picked this one for me. I have yet to start it, but I look forward to broadening my connection with my own history.

Year's Best Fantasy 4 (Mass Market Paperback)
by David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer
I bought this one for myself for Christmas this year (2007), with some hope of conjuring a short story or two from my own psyche. I've only read the introduction so far, at least that has provided some ideas on places a story might be submitted. It's a long row to hoe, though.

Beowulf: The Script Book (Paperback)
by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary
I asked for this one for Christmas; I got it (2007). I still haven't seen the film. I know it's supposed to be best in 3D Max, but I'll catch it on DVD. I'm just not a big 3D fan still. I do look forward to more story behind the story; I haven't started reading this one yet.

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