The Silmarillion by Tolkien. I read it this time of year, every year for the last 15 years. And I still have to use the appendix, because everyone has at least three different names that are used depending on whether they are speaking to a Man, Elf, or Dwarf.
I saw it at the library and picked it up thinking it was about zombies, but the subtitle is 'Organ Harvesting, the Ice-Water Test, Beating-Heart Cadavers - How Medicine Is Blurring the Line Between Life and Death'.
The concept of brain death was created by a 13 man committee at Harvard in 1968 who laid out a criteria for declaring someone 'brain dead'. There were no experiments or studies undertaken prior to doing this and no data is cited, but it has since become the basis for most of the U.S. state laws regarding brain death. So that was disturbing.
It's a very good book that I recommend everybody read.
Never let your past dictate your future. - Elizabeth Smart
Wikipedia. On July 4th, scientists at the Large Hardon Collider discovered a particle that could likely be the Higgs Boson particle. And just to understand this thing I have to read up on subatomic particles such as quarks and their up down top bottom charm strange mechanic and photons and such. From what I understand, this particle generates a field that explains / generates mass itself.
I've currently started on the Silmarillion. Find it loads harder to read than LOTR, but I think it's quite interesting to hear the backstory of so many of the creatures that appears in both LOTR and the Hobbit. Tolkien really knew how to make an universe come to life.
"On the Internet you can be whoever you want. It's strange that so many choose to be stupid"
i just finished "The Victors" by Stephan Ambrose as im abit of a Nerd when it comes to the world wars but currently im reading "Red plenty" by Francis Spufford (if anyone actually cares about what im reading)
I usually read a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but sometimes I get fixed on an author. It's Iris Murdoch at the moment.
- An Unofficial Rose: began reading it quite by accident, got stuck. A really interesting reporting concept but not carried through completely; feels unbalanced in the second half but that does not ruin it.
- The Italian Girl: good at the start, then lost in melodrama, and a sort of happy end to boot. Cheap surprises, unlike the first one. Nope.
- The Sea, the Sea: just started reading it.
Currently reading Bitterblue from graceling triology. The series is good, but this book is the best so far from the two other earlier books. I love medieval settings, all of the three books have unexpected turns of events, but bitterblue makes me want to read it always, as my time permits.