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Saturday, January 31, 2015

This week's books

Three books on my shelf this week ...

The first is a new one I just bought - Star Trek: The Next Generation: Takedown by John Jackson Miller. I'm just at the beginning but it's pretty fun so far .... Captain Picard and Admiral Riker are pitted against each other. You can read an excerpt from the book at the link.

The second is a science fiction novel from the library that I've read twice before - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It's very popular (over 4000 customer reviews), award-winning, and soon to be made into a film. The version I got from the library is in audio, with Wil Wheaton narrating ....

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.
But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

The third book is also from the library - Exploring and Using the Power of Tarot (PS - See Hans Urs von Balthasar's afterword to 'Meditations on the Tarot'). I picked it up when I saw it sitting among the new books because the last episode I'd seen of Sleepy Hollow had Ichabod Crane and his wife (who he has only recently discovered to be a witch) using a tarot card to help solve a series of murders ...

Ichabod: This was no random killing. This was a specific ritual meant to invoke the Hanged Man. The twelfth card of major arcana from the tarot.

Katrina: Since when have you been reading the tarot?

Ichabod: Since someone left a deck in our parlor one summer. I assumed it was for recreation.

Katrina: Well, now you know better.



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