September 28th, 2012

Dead Dog Cat

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It's unfair to use this quote, but I just can't help myself:

"Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, I'm free at last!"

Which leads me to the next post...
Dead Dog Cat

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For starters, I finished the last required text for the Fantasy and Science Fiction Literature class I've been taking free online at Coursera.org, which was Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow. I found it a very fast read, rather than the slogging that led to me not finishing Herland or The Left Hand of Darkness, also for the class. It deals with privacy and the results of 9/11 in America, with the erosion of personal freedom here, ostensibly to "protect" us. I found the book way too plausible in the USA that it depicts, though I hope he's wrong. I'd recommend a read to anybody who likes SF.

Once free of the study constraints, I blew through two more books. First was Osprey Campaign #38: Colenso 1899: The Boer War in Natal which didn't really interest me nearly enough, but I finished it just because I was feeling my oats. I find the Boer War history disturbing, what with the concentration camps and the destruction of Boer infrastructure to force the win. Then, I read Osprey Campaign #62: Pearl Harbor 1941: The Day of Infamy. I knew how it ended, as I've read a number of books on the topic going back to junior high school, but they had some good graphics, especially in the maps.

I've been running roughshod over the eMatic electronic reader, and I expect to burn through several more books this month.