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Foundation (Foundation Novels) by Isaac Asimov
Foundation (Foundation Novels)

talley, September 3, 2007

I enjoy Asimov's books and short stories, but this one bored me. I couldn't get past the first 50 pages. On and on with tedious explanations of the past, the character telling the story of the past to people who have lived it and knew everything he was going to say. Asimov is better with robots and Earth Is Room Enough.
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Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
Pale Fire

talley, September 3, 2007

Vladimir Vabokov's best work. This novel consists of an introduction (which MUST be read), a poem of 999 lines, a commentary on the poem, and an index (which also must be read. You will have to read the book twice, I'm sure. I've read it 10 times, it's that compelling. If you've read it twice, you will see it is written on two or three levels. If you read it five times, you will see more levels, maybe as many as ten. A very intriguing multi-story.
After you have read it three times, read Nabokov's Pale Fire: The Magic of Artistic Discovery
by Brian Boyd to see the other layers. Pale Fire is endlessly fascinating. How many books have you read that you can get more out of every (really, every) time you read it?
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The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes
The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

talley, September 3, 2007

Julian Jaynes thesis and arguments in support of it are very compelling. This is the most mind-opening book I have ever read. Is it possible to have society without consciousness? Yes, and Jaynes shows that this was the norm in people's distant past. His basic question is, Where did consciousness come from? And why? He answers this clearly and objectively. It's impossible to prove his thesis, because everything happened so long ago, leaving no fossil record, only the records in early writing and early drawn pictures. But I was convinced.
This is not an easy read, not for summer reading on the beach, but it is worth the effort. I've read it three times, partly to remind myself of the arguments and partly because it is so well written.
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Art of Knotting and Splicing by Cyrus Lawrence Day
Art of Knotting and Splicing

talley, September 3, 2007

Very clear explanation and pictures of useful knots. The pictures are photographs, step-by-step, in making the knot or splice. I've owned this book for 30 years and refer to it again and again. I found the Strngle Knot, which sounds horrible, but is the very best knot for tying together a split chair leg or other round object while the glue is drying. Or a substitute for two half-hitches that unties more easily.
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