Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Song For The Basilisk

I am reading this now and it is another wonder written by Patricia McKillip. If you want an hour or two of wonder read one of her stories. Don't let the girly cover keep you from reading it.

The past few months I don't feel like I have been living but just going through the motions. Things are really rough when it comes to my marriage and It is a day by day thing.

I don't know what God is doing in my life at the moment. It feels like I'm just marking time.

Pray for me

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Things I Learned from Fantasy and Sci-Fi

1. There is real Evil in the World
2. Evil sounds good and taste's bad.
3. Heroes come in all shape's and sizes and can be found in the most unusual places.
4. Shared Joy is Increased, Shared sorrow diminished
5. When all Hope is lost, Keep Going.
6. Thing's are not as they first appear.
7. Evil can never be conquered by Evil.
8. Evil corrupts all it touches.
9. Goodness is NOT common.
10. This life is not all there is.
11. The Greatest Power in the Universe is Love

Monday, October 20, 2008

Dresden Files

Following on the reccomendation of two folks I have started reading the Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher.

If you care about your free time don't read them. You will get sucked in by this page turning phenomena.

I started reading Storm Front last week and I am now about to start on the 6th book in the series.

So Don't read Jim Butcher's awesome Dresden books or you will become an addict like me.

My Name is Durin and I am a Dresdenholic.

Monday, October 13, 2008

The Bell at Sealy Head

I am reading the new Patricia McKillip book The Bell at Sealy Head.

I love it, I love all of Patricia McKillip's books but I have found this one to be a real treasure so far. McKillip's books are wonderful escapisim in the best sense of the word. She writes about rich lyrical worlds that leave you with an emense saddness and wonder at what she has produced.

The very best do that.

She does it well.

Also on a personal note my wife and I have been going to counseling and please pray for that process.

I feel like I have entered a new territory in my life and need to keep my ears tuned in to what God would say to me. I need his leading.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Books on CD

Right now I am listening to Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker and I listened to Draco Tavern by Larry Niven on the way to a Vineyard conference in Michigan.

Draco was a great set of stories that contained some heavy cosmic musing. I thought that Niven handled folks with Faith as most hard Sci-Fi folks do, dismissivly. But I have to admire the cosmic issues that he addressed in some really well done stories.

I enjoyed listening to Days of Magic, Nights of War again. I really think Clive Barker has created something special in this series and I cannot wait for the mysterious Abarat book 3.

At the Vineyard conference I attented a workshop on God's Calling. I really feel that I need to commit to writing on a regular basis. I have never been able to get that done before but I do think there are several stories running around my brain that I need to set down in text.

Pray for me in that.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Phoenix Endangered

I am very much enjoying the latest book in the Endarkened saga by Mercedes Lackey.

I am going to a Vineyard conference on Friday with my Pastor and would covet your prayers

Monday, September 22, 2008

Song of Durin

This is an great rendition of the Song of Durin. There is something about all of Tolkein's work that has such a meloncholy. It touches my heart in ways I can't explain.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Very Hard Choices

I am reading Very Hard Choices by Spider Robinson. If anything It is much superior to the book preceding it Very Bad Deaths. In Very Bad Deaths Russell a lovable hippie throwback is reunited with his college roomate Smelly.

Smelly is a telepath and has picked up the thoughts of a serial killer as the killer flew a plane that flew right over where Smelly was. Smelly enlists Russell to help track down the serial killer.

On a personal note, please continue to pray for my marriage as it could use your prayers

Friday, September 12, 2008

The Book that will never end.

Normally I breeze through books. Lately I have been stuck in the second book in the third Thomas Covenant series by Stephen Donaldson.

Will this book never end.

I have also been reading off and on

The Way of the Wild Heart- by John Eldredge

Monday, August 25, 2008


I was reading this book that was on my mother's bookshelf and I thought it was very interesting.
From the test I will link I am a Strong Five just like I figured I was from reading the book

Take the test and see where your personality is.


Monday, August 18, 2008

Kindle ADD

The one thing I have noticed since I started reading on the Kindle is that I tend to jump around between different books.

This might be because I am learning my new toy but it also could be the nature of having a huge selection of reading right at your fingertips.

I just finished reading Callahan's Lady and I was able to completely enjoy the book and not feel the device I was reading with.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Kindle Love

Technolust meets Booklust


This thing is Cool! Expensive but very, very cool.

I just transfered some items that I downloaded from Baen Books onto my Kindle and it was a snap. Very, Very easy.

I mainly played with it so far bopping back and forth from different books and checking out the cool features. I loved the Basic Web browser. Very Nice.

On the downside the page flash takes a little bit to get used to and the pages load a little slower than I would like. I only read the intro and first Chapter to Fatal Revanant and I have not experienced that "Lost in a Book" feeling quite yet as I am still getting comfortable with this machine.

But I love it. The Kindle is a Home Run for me thus far.


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Spider Robinson IS the best.

A long time ago a very troubled boy bought a book.

That book was Callahan's Secret by Spider Robinson

I can not tell you how much Spider's writings and Philosophy have helped me in my life.

Spider has been doing weekly podcasts and now for free, (although we should all pass the hat )and with some great music thrown in you can listen to one of my favorite Spider Robinson stories. The Guy With The Eyes.

"Shared sorrow is diminished, shared joy increased."

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Amazon Kindle

I read a lot of books. Maybe at the rate that I read I can justify this gizmo. We will see.

I think this is the future. Im just not sure that it is our future yet. You know what I mean. Will this transform the reading experience. Will it keep the Joy of loosing yourself in a book.

I don't know.

I get mine tommorow and I will probably Blog a bit about it.

At this point I have such a backlog of Dead Tree Books that I don't know how much I will be using the kindle. I like the fact that you can buy new books for 9.99 . That's a big deal. It helps me justify the expense.

I pre ordered a few things to be on my Kindle

The Worm Ouroboros by E.R. Eddison

The Complete Oz Series by Baum

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Gibbon

Bible The New Living Translation

Fatal Revenant by Stephen Donaldson

Thats quite a list and everything except the new Donaldson book and the Bible I got for $.99

Also you can tranfer Project Gutenberg texts to the Kindle and dowload them wirelessly for $.10

So I might read a few classics. Or at least maybe read Princess of Mars by Burrroughs which I had downloaded but found reading it on the pc too hard.

Right now I am reading Cicero by an author I can't remember offhand. It's interesting. A lot of Rome is still present in our lives today. But a lot is Different.

I am also reading Myth-Gotten Gains by Asprin. I started reading the Myth Inc. books when I was about 12. It is a lighthearted romp. But not as good as a Terry Prachett book.

Terry Prachett rocks by the way. Read anything by him and you will be improving your blood pressure. Laughter is Good.

I can't wait to play with my Kindle.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Plantet Stories Rock!

Hello Acupofrich,

You are about my sole reader. I am going to try to Blog a little more constistantly. God has been doing amazing things in my life lately.

My Wife and I are working together on our problems, and I feel like we are heading in the right direction.

Even more than that I feel that God orchestrating my life in such a way that I am having to rely on Him as my lover. Hard to explain but we all have needs and only when we unite our hearts with God in the midst of the battle can he fullfill us. I think he brings us to a place where we are hungry and thirsty, and then he shows us how the Mead of God tastes.

But any way I am telling you all about a book.

My favorite RPG company has come out with a line of books. These books are all Classics of the SF pulp era and would appear on the shelf with Robert Howard ect.

I just finished The Secret of Sinharat which takes place on a fictional Mars. Amazing!

Do yourself a favor and check out Planet Stories.

Leigh Brackett rocks!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Marriage Problems

Currently my Wife and I need your prayers. We are going through a rough spot in our relationship and we need God's guidence to get through.

Renegade's Magic

I am currently reading Renegade's Magic by Robin Hobb. Robin Hobb is one of my favorite writters. She more than anyone else can make me empathize with her Characters. Often her Characters go though tremendous hardship but are completely believable as unique human beings.

This book is the third book is her Soldier Son series. Shamans Crossing and Forest Mage being book 1 and book 2. In this book Nevarre is surrenders completely to the "Speck" magic. Nevarre has a divided soul part Ghernian part Speck. I am only halfway thru this book and right now Nevarre's Speck half has total control. The Ghernian part sitting as another consciousness in the back of his mind.

This series has been Robin Hobb's biggist deviation from the standard Fantasy Setting. There is quite a bit of similarity between Ghernia and America when the great plains were being settled. Ghernia is landlocked and the King has been pushing his road through the countryside trying to get to the ocean on the other side of the mountains. The plains were concoured by soldier's of Nevarre's Fathers Age. In fact, the success of the counquest of the plains catapults many soldiers into being "New Nobles". Which is the case of Nevarre's family.

But, when the road leaves the plains it runs strait into a forest and the domain of the Speck people. The Speck's ancestor trees lie directly in the path of the Ghernian Kings Road and thus the two people are brought into conflict.

The Speck magic seizes Nevarre to stop the Ghernian King's road and with Nevarre's Speck self in charge terrible magic will be unleashed.

The other reason I like this book is the way Robin Hobb presents the Speck Great One's. All Speck magicians are increadibly fat. Apparently that is how they store their magical energy. They also have feeders who fatten them up so they are more and more powerful.

The reason I thought this was intersting is that in a thin obsessed culture it was intrigueing to see fatness and obesity portrayed in a neutral or positive manner. It make you think that even though you think X is best some folks like Y.

That's all.


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Horns of Elfland- The Sequel

Long story short I am going to take a crack at blogging again.


My first Blog can be found at