The Man Who Tasted Shapes

I picked this up at one of the MIT Press booksales, and just got around to reading it. It’s quite good. so far I have learned that there are 3 myths to science:
1) Science costs money –>you can do science on a shoestring
2) Science is about experiments –> science is about ideas, and the experiments are secondary.
3) Science is about proving a theory –> science is about proving that a theory can be falsified.
So far this is a great read, which my professional life echoes.

Roald Dahl

For some reason, we had this Roald Dahl laying around and I got to read it. Some of the stories were interesting, but it was a bit frustrating. Actually, all of the stories were kind of dark, like Tales from the Darkside dark. Still, it was a good way to occupy time. It was okay, reminded me of something they make you read in high school.
I think the “man from the south” was definitely on Tales from the Darkside. Ah well, guess May was not a month for good satisfying reads.
I recently read some TS eliott, and it made me feel better.
“And indeed there will be time
 To wonder, ‘Do I dare?’ and, ‘Do I dare?’
 Time to turn back and descend the stair,
 With a bald spot in the middle of my hair–
 (They will say: ‘How his hair is growing thin!’)
 My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly to the chin,
 My necktie rich and modest, but asserted by a simple pin–
 (They will say: ‘But how his arms and legs are thin!’)
 Do I dare
 Disturb the universe?
 In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.”


Chimaera by Ian Irvine — bleah!

    I finished this before Spring Break, but I have to say, I was really disappointed. The story was okay, but in the end, I just  couldn’t sustain the level of interest. The level of suspense became weary at the end, and then the ending is also the same NON resolution that the other books had. I expected the conclusion to be good, but it was a letdown. I didn’t like the way it ended, and I think that there was no real denoument in the story. The heroes were left hanging in a way that was unsatisfactory. I think that the story was good at building suspense, but I have to say, there was no path or progress of the storyline, and no resolution (good or bad– although things looked worse at the end than before).
I don’t believe I will read any more Ian Irvine. I am not even curious about the prequel The Well of Echoes Series because it sounded like that was also a large, long series of disappointing mishaps.
Finally, the end (starting with Alchymist, book 3) started to get a bit too graphic and disturbingly gruesome for no
reason, and I felt that I didn’t want to think about such things. All
in all, I think I will go back and say I wouldn’t recommend this author
or his series. I was so mad that I had wasted good time reading this… there are much much better stories out there. Maybe this book just wasn’t for me. WTF, Ian Irvine, WTF???

Alychmist by Ian Irvine

I finished reading this a few weeks ago,but hadn’t time to blog about it because we were traveling. This is the 3rd book from the four-part series, and things get a little better for Nish and Irisis, and the existence of some cool people fares a bit better. I think it also ends on a cliffhanger.
At this point, I think I was still into the series, but it was starting to drag out a bit. still, I ahd one more book to go…. so I tore through this one.