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Lots o' Books
26. Blindness, by Jose Saramaco - Fiction - the world is suddenly struck by a plague of blindness, and society disintegrates. The book focuses on the fate of a handful of the first affected. They are initially quarantined, but eventually come out. It is an awful, disturbing, yet fascinating story. Translated from Portuguese, and written in a puzzling style with little punctuation and paragraphs, it still kept my interest.

25. SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Exam, by Katherine Sierra and Bert Bates - Technical - not exciting to read, but it did a good job of filling me in on Java essentials and preparing me for the exam.

24. There Will Be Dragons, by John Ringo - Science Fiction - a computer controls the planet, making life an easy paradise where nobody ever gets hurt or sick, and everyone does whatever they want. Then the computer shuts down, and everyone must go back to historic ways of life. There is also a big war between those who wanted the computer off, and those who don't. I enjoyed the book, and it had a cute nod to Sluggy. (this was an ebook, and I read it over a span of months - maybe that's why I never figured out what the title meant?)

23. The Redemption of Althalus by David Eddings and Leigh Eddings - Fantasy - a fun story about a guy who lives with a cat who turns out to be a goddess. The beginning was better than the ending.

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thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: October 27th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
The writing style in Blindness was hard to deal with initially, but after the first chapter I didn't notice it any more. It grew on me.

A little disturbing, but I really enjoyed the book. I have no desire to see the movie. :/
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 28th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC) (Link)
The frustrating part of the looong paragraphs and chapters was that it was very hard to just pick up and read a couple of pages (often all I have time for), as it really required immersing yourself in it for awhile. Once I brought it with me on the plane, that helped a lot.

I liked it quite a lot too. Didn't know there was a movie!
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: November 3rd, 2008 01:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Blindness movie

I'm not sure when it came out, if at all yet. I saw a preview for it around four months ago. It can't compare to what I saw in my head while reading the book.

It'd be a good plane book. Reading a few pages at a time would have been difficult for me, too.

From: writerwench Date: October 28th, 2008 08:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Oooh.... 'There will be dragons'... never seen that before, but I've got the e-book bookmarked now. It's another version of what I'm working on - human dependence on machinery being cut by failure of said machinery, humans having to go back to self-sufficiency and computer-free living... I MUST GET ON AND WRITE IT.
abrokenstarr From: abrokenstarr Date: October 28th, 2008 09:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I saw Blindness recommended at Waterstones at the weekend. Have added it to my Wishlist of books to read at some point in the future.
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