Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tom's Corner...

An update on reading from Tom.

"Lovecraft continues (see February 11th), with "The Horror in the Museum," "Through the Gates of the Silver Key," "Winged Death," "Out of the Aeons," "The Thing on the Doorstep," "The Evil Clergyman," "The Horror in the Burying-Ground," "The Hoard of the Wizard-Beast," "The Slaying of the Monster," "The Book," "The Tree on the Hill," "The Battle that Ended the Century," and now on the novelette "The Shadow Out of Time." I
have at least this many stories to go, so have taken a brief break to read the following.

The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood, written in 1910. A hunting party in the remote Canadian woods runs up against a monster and madness out where help cannot arrive.

Now reading two books: On Kindle for iPhone, Decoding 'The Language of God: C
an a Scientist Be a Believer? by George C Cunningham. Cunningham dissects a recent popular book, The Language of God by Francis Collins, who lead the National Institute of Health's Human Genome Project and who now leads the National Institutes of Health. Collins is a well intentioned man who with his book tried to show a "rational" argument for God—and specifically Jesus—to be incorporated in Scientific thinking. Cunningham, an equally well respected scientist, eviscerates Collins point by point. Like Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason, a great read for anyone who, like me, grants anyone the right to believe anything supernatural they want, as long as it stays separate from public policy, education and science.

Second book now reading in hardback: For Father's Day, Cynthia and the kids got me "Scout, Atticus & Boo," a 50th anniversary commemorative look at "To
Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee, and their importance today. GREAT read, highly recommend and very quick read.

For Cynthia's early birthday, she wanted a Kindle so we got her the big deluxe version and she loves it. She is currently reading The Girl Who Played with Fire
by Stieg Larson, having already read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (first of three in series - see June 3rd). She has enjoyed both of them and plans to read the third.