Stack of four hardcover bound books arranged on table top


Wed., Oct. 14
Stoicism is a misunderstood philosophy. Small “s” stoic is the idea that you never show emotion and never react to things. Just sit there stone-faced as the world spins around you. That is not large “S” Stoicism. Stoicism is the idea that you do not control anything in the world beyond your reaction to something. To quote Marcus Aurelius, “You have power over your mind-not…
Cover art of Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

October Country: The Horror of Ray Bradbury

Wed., Oct. 16
If you've heard of Ray Bradbury before, you've heard of Fahrenheit 451 (DB 34963).  A slightly deeper cut would be the famous Martian Chronicles(DB 26787).  A deeper cut, and some of my personal favorite things he has written is his horror.  A podcast I really enjoy has been going through some of them for October, calling them October Country as there is King Country or…
Cover art of Reamde by Neal Stephenson

Reamde: Yes I spelled that right

Mon., Jul. 1
Neal Stephenson has long been one of my  favorite authors, and Reamde is another awesome book by him.  I think I've written on him before, here and here, but Reamde has been on mind because the sequel came out.  But we do not have it so I cannot write on it.  Yet.  Anyways I reread this book in preparation for the sequel and loved it…

Well I am in a hurry...

Fri., May. 10
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (DB 89846) by Neil deGrasse Tyson is an excellent book.  He goes through the entire history of the universe in a brilliant and funny manner.  Mr. Tyson has made great strides in educating people on astrophysics and in this intelligent and packed little book he shows his prowess.  And this is a short book, only 3 hours and 43…

Your Money or Your life: It's that simple

Mon., Mar. 18
I am terrible with money.  Honestly sometimes it feels like the stuff just evaporates from my wallet.  To quote my father, about cars but the principle applies, "if they weren't so useful I'd hate them."  So I regularly dive into the financial blogosphere and try to find the one principle that will set me free.  Oh and it has to be easy, obviously.  You can…

Singing the Praises of Mercedes Lackey

Thu., Feb. 14
One of my favorite authors is Mercedes Lackey.  Her worlds of Valdemar and the alternate history of the Elemental Masters are among my favorite haunts.  Valdemar is sword and sorcery medieval times, which makes it sound much more bland then it is. The alternate history of the Elemental Masters is England in various time periods but mostly Victorian running up to the First World War.…
Cover art of Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

Three Parts Dead

Wed., Jan. 2
Three Parts Dead is a murder mystery, a brilliant court case, and an unrivaled entry into a new world, that of The Craft Sequence.  In this world the currency is soulstuff, the thing that makes beings alive, and it is also the power behind magic, and behind the Gods.  Craftspeople, wizards by any other name, are lawyers in their precision, their use of contracts and…
Cover art of The Coming of Conan by Robert E. Howard

Conan the Cimmerian: Not the Barbarian You Remember

Wed., Nov. 7
Conan the Barbarian.  The name draws to mind all the ridiculous images that have been drawn down the years.  He-Man.  That Schwarzenegger movie.  A huge figure with huge muscles in only a loin cloth.  Oh and probably dumb because that's what people think of when they think of barbarians.  That is not the source material. Robert E Howard's Conan the Cimmerian is that giant figure. …
Cover art of I am Legend by Richard Matheson

October Means Dark: Or, How I Love Horror

Sun., Oct. 7
As anyone who knows me can tell you, I am really into horror.  I enjoy this time of year because I can let some small portion of this love out and people just think I’m in the spirit of the season.  I should mention I’m not into slasher horror with monsters saving teenagers from their bad choices of sex, alcohol, and drugs by killing them…
Cover art of Louisa May's Battle by Kathleen Krull

Our NEWEST Obama Academy Narrated Title at LBPH Pittsburgh: Louisa May’s Battle

Fri., Sep. 28
DBC 10099 Louisa May’s Battle: How the Civil War Led to Little Women By Kathleen Krull Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Annotation: Before her success as an author, Louisa May Alcott served her country as a nurse during the Civil War. This is the story of her work with wounded soldiers and later publication of her classic novel, Little Women. For grades 3-6. 2013. Narrated by…