“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid”

-Jane Austen

Currently Reading

Brandon Sanderson’s The Alloy of Law

Based in the world of the Mistborn Trilogy but a couple centuries after the first three books and introducing a new character who’s a lawman of the old west style. Enjoying the witty dialogue and mix of technology and magic.

Just finished

Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead

Really enjoyed the  main characters and watching their development. As an engineer, I can identify with Howard Roark’s implacable vision of function dictating design and his independent character. Peter Keating is successful because  he has just enough talent to fool most people and the charisma to win him promotions. Working in a corporate environment, I could name a couple Peter Keatings in my company. This book made me think because of Ayn Rand’s strong presentations of individualism vs. altruism and creators vs. second-handers. I think this is a book whos message will cause me to think about it even years down the road.

Next up

Steve Job’s biography by Walter Isaacson

Can’t say I know too much about him but some of the quotes I’ve seen floating around since his death intrigue me.

Random recommendations

Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success

Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead

Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants

Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone

Rachel Swirsky’s A Memory of Wind

Brandon Sanderson’s The Mistborn Trilogy

Tom Robbin’s Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates

Kathryn Stockett’s The Help

Justin Cronin’s The Passage

Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon

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