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Saturday, April 09, 2005
  Book Meme:
Mustang Bobby at Bark Bark Woof Woof has entered the chain-meme fray and passed along the book meme to me.

You are stuck inside Fahrenheit 451. Which book would you be?
[Note: In the novel to save the content of books people memorized one in order to pass the content on to others.]

While Basil Liddell Hart's History of the Second World War came to mind first, I think that Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace would present many of the same messages about war, and has more to say to and about people, so Война и Мир. It would be in the original language, of course.

Liddell Hart is a bit too much of a "how to" in the age of fascism that is the setting for Bradbury's book. There are things that were extremely useful when originally discovered, but that have become problems when expanded upon, like nuclear physics.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

Actually Susan Sto Helit of the Discworld series has always been someone I thought would make a fascinating dinner companion. The Duchess of Sto Helit and DEATH's granddaughter: what's not to like?

What is the last book you bought?

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett as it was the last item in the list of a half dozen books. I rarely buy single books. My normal pattern is to have several available for the "bare patches" one encounters as a consultant.

What are you currently reading?

PHP and MySQL Web Development by Luke Welling and Laura Thomson because of a possible project I may be starting with others and if you don't use these skills you lose them. This was a committee choice, not personal. I would have hit O'Reilly Media's list for separate books on the same packages, as the books I own on the subjects are out of date.

Ghost Wars by Steve Coll because one of my oldest friends recommended it after being persuaded to buy it by Mr. Coll's mother, my friend's neighbor. I would recommend it if you have an interest in espionage and our current problems in the Middle East. It is not an easy read and you have to track multiple threads, but many things will become clear if you make the effort. I think it just won a Pulitzer. I should have been finished if I hadn't had to jump on the project.

Five books for your desert island cruise package.

The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces, a two volume set, would cover most things, and a Euell Gibbons-style guide to local flora, as in Stalking the Wild Nuts and Berries would help supply the veggies. Protein is readily available from sea life, but vitamins and minerals are best supplied by plants.

I would finish off with two language books, a grammar and a dictionary for Arabic or Chinese, as I may as well learn another language while stranded.

Who are you going to pass this book meme baton to and why? (only three people)

Andante at Collective Sigh, a clear and incisive mind that constructs some of the best analogies I have ever read.

Jack K. at Ruminate This and Grumpy Forester a solid, grounded individual who looks at reality and actually sees it. Jack has "clear sight" and pierces the smoke and mirrors.

Rugo at Rugo's Rambling is recuperating after surgery and needs something to take her mind off of politics. She's dedicated and witty, so she should be able to deal with this in style.

There's normally a curse if you break the chain, so how about: may the next gas pump you use malfunction and fail to record the sale if you break the chain. Hey, it's a curse for someone.

Update: Andante and Rugo have finished. And Jack is now done. Thank you.


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