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science fiction with biologically feasible aliens makes me happy, and Survival is the best example of it that i've seen in a long time. how so? i can't say, because that's a spoiler, but it's good, i tell you, good! it's also the first book in a series. i'm glad that i made the rule that i could buy a new book after reading three, because that means i can get the one that comes next in the series, once i've read only one more book out of the ones waiting on my bookshelf. :)

i tend to feel like i'm being lazy by mentioning a book here without writing a real review, but i don't really have time for that; my notes in here are to help me keep track of what i've read, but i will at least mention whether or not a book was worth my time, in case you want to look it up. this one was definitely worth it! i haven't decided whether to keep it permanently or not, but i think i'll keep it until i've read the others.

i have a minor battle going on in my mind about buying v. borrowing books. i don't like the idea of consuming like a crazy person, and i don't like killing trees, but i do think that authors should be paid well for their work and that books are things to cherish, both personally and as part of our civilization. what to do? i would be interested in supporting a *well-designed* electronic book device, if there's one available and there are e-books to buy and legally download for it, but i have to admit that i'm attached to the physical qualities of books made of paper, so i'm not sure if i would enjoy e-style reading as much. i don't know what's available, so step one would be to find out.

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bzdchris
Jan. 8th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
Just thinking of the future
When my children were small, I often bought or kept books that I thought would interest them in the future. If it helps at all, consider that your children will be growing up with more and more video everything, including books, and their experiences with paper books will become more and more limited. Thus, by keeping the paper books you enjoy, you could be providing The Boys with an invaluable historical experience.

How's that for a rationalization?
nayad
Jan. 8th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Just thinking of the future
that'll work! :)
silenceleigh
Jan. 9th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
B has a Sony Reader that he really likes. It's nifty enough that I keep on pondering buying one.
medeine
Jan. 9th, 2007 03:08 am (UTC)
I know I don't like reading books electronically. There's just something about turning pages while curled up on a couch...

Whenever I feel guilty about buying books (which I do rarely, and mostly "classics"), I remember Farenheit 451 and the Great Library of Alexandria. Sounds strange, but I suppose there's a part of me that thinks someday our home library will be one of the few left that's not digitized.

I look at it as not only saving for the future of our kids, but preserving knowledge, ideas, and the past as well.

As good a rationalization as any..... :D
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