Ender’s Game Book Review

Ender's Game Book CoverI just finished reading “Ender’s Game“.

Ender’s Game (1985) is a science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card. The book originated as the novellaEnder’s Game“, published in the August 1977 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Elaborating on characters and plot lines depicted in the novel, Card later wrote additional books to form the Ender’s Game series. Card released an updated version of Ender’s Game in 1991, changing some political facts to accurately reflect the times.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The story keeps presenting you with twists and turns that you don’t see coming. I am not a big fan of reading science fiction. Never have been. I have always preferred to watch it. Star Trek, FireFly, Red Planet, all great Science Fiction. But reading it has always been a difficult concept to me.  So I think it says something that this is a Science fiction book I could read. Not only read, but enjoyed a lot.

While writing this post I have been doing some reading ont he author Orson Scott Card. I have to say that I am not to impressed by the man himself. Sadly, this is affecting wether or not I will go on and read the sequel books.

Book Review: The Time Machine

The Time MachineI just finished reading “The Time Machine” by, H. G. Wells. It seems like this should have been a book I should have read as a class assignment when I was in highschool. But regardless that I am now 28, a good book is still a good book no matter your age.

I truely enjoyed reading this book. The way it was writen was very beautiful.

The book’s protagonist is a scientist and amateur inventor living in London who is never named; he is identified simply as The Time Traveller. Having demonstrated to friends using a miniature model that time is a fourth dimension, and that a suitable apparatus can move back and forth in this fourth dimension, he builds a full-scale model capable of carrying himself. He sets off on a journey into the future.

Until I read this book my only ideas of what the future might hole where somethings I took from Star Trek, or the movie Back to the Future. But this book opened my mind to so many other possabilities that our future my hold. It was a really good read.

Dungeons & Dragons: 4th Edition Books

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It finally came!!!

I made the plunge and picked up the Dungeons and Dragons Core Rulebook Gift Set, 4th Edition containing all three core rulebooks. I also picked up some D&D Miniatures. I have been spending so much time researching Dungeons & Dragons on the internet, and talking about it with friends that I feel confident that picking up these D&D books will not be a waist of time or money. I can’t wait to get starting on them.

The Dungeons & Dragons books, as well as the Miniatures, came very well packed from Amazon.com. ( As you can see below ) The miniatures are very well panted and came with their own mini game as well. So for the cost it’s a great value.

The Dungeons & Dragons Core Rulebook Gift Set came in very nice, durable slipcase. All the books are hard cover. After flipping through them a few times these books do feel like they could take a beating and not fall apart on you.

To be continued…

Book Review: The Tipping Point

thetippingpointI just finished The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell. This is a book that I learned a lot from, cover to cover. I asked my brother Abe, to check it out, and after a couple of chapters he put the book down stating that it was just “Chaos Theory” and he did not want to continue reading something he already understood.

Regardless, I felt the book to be a good read and I gleamed a lot from it. Things like the rule of 150 and how the mind can only handle no more then 7 things at one time.

Tipping points are “the levels at which the momentum for change becomes unstoppable.”Gladwell defines a tipping point as a sociological term: “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point.” The book seeks to explain and describe the “mysterious” sociological changes that mark everyday life. As Gladwell states, “Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread like viruses do.” The examples of such changes in his book include the rise in popularity and sales of Hush Puppies shoes in the mid-1990s and the precipitous drop in the New York City crime rate after 1990.