I went through the majority of my life reading only one book a year until I met Mandi. She reads on average two to four books a month. This year I have decided to challenge myself. I started off the year pretty good. By April I had read. 2001 A Space Odyssey, Contact, The Hobbit, Fellowship of the Ring, Two Towers, and Return of the King, I was in the middle of reading the Silmarillion and work interrupted my life, like it always does. That's what managing a restaurant does to you.
Since then I have quit my job and I am now back in college. Last week I decided to start reading again. I found a book from the top sci-fi book lists. It is called Gateway. If you are into more practical science fiction this is a book for you. The story takes place probably 100 to 150 years from now. Humans find an asteroid orbiting Venus. It is not ordinary asteroid. Inside it are the remnants of an alien civilization that died off half a million years ago. They left behind almost 1000 spaceships. Each spaceship is pre-set to a destination. This destination could lead to fortune or death. Although this book can be vulgar at times it is a great work.
Gateway was just what I needed to start me up again. I plunged into another book a couple days ago called the Giver. I'm sure many of you had to read this in elementary school but I was in elementary school when it was written so I did not have the chance to read it at the time. It is a book about a society that has taken away anything that could lead to emotion. They felt that true emotion inflicted too much pain. After hundreds of year living this way only one man knows why. He passes this information down to a 12 year old boy and changes the village forever.
Now it's on to the next book. I picked up Jurassic Park from my bookshelf at 1 am this morning. I have seen the movie but I am always curious of how much more of the story I am missing. Until then. Rip Michael Chriton. 11-4-2008
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