by syaffolee

Links of the Geeky and Bookish Kind

The Making of the Petaminx. It’s like the dodecahedron equivalent of the Rubik’s Cube. I’m getting a headache just thinking about how long one might take trying to solve it.

Over at The Galaxy Express, I discovered an entire series of posts on steampunk (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5). There are a ton of recommendations, from books and comics to movies and websites.

And speaking of recommendations: The Power of a Recommendation. If someone recommends something to me, I’m willing to give it a go. There is always a chance that I will find a favorite author (the last time this happened was many years ago when someone practically shoved a book of short stories by H.P. Lovecraft into my hands). As for recommending books to other people–well, I always assume that they don’t listen to me. So I was pleasantly surprised when a student who is into parasitology took me up on my recommendation for Carl Zimmer’s Parasite Rex.

On a somewhat different note, I mentioned during the course of a conversation with another student that I had heard about a book called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies coming out later in the year. He got completely excited. “I’m going to buy that for my wife’s birthday!” I have a feeling I’m going to get blamed for spoiling someone’s romantic expectations.

So: What to read to impress a date – and which books to avoid. Blech. I’m not impressed by people lauding a singular classic or serious book. I’d rather see a book list with wide-ranging topics and genres. Someone with varying interests and an open mind is so much sexier than an elitist*. (I’m sure someone would accuse me for having schizophrenic and silly reading tastes, but hey, at least I’m honest about what I read.)

Suvudu Free Book Library. (via Dear Author) Free fantasy and science fiction! I already have all of Novik’s novels, but I’m pretty psyched to see that they have T.A. Pratt’s Blood Engines. I’ve been trying to track down a copy for ages.

*Or, one could go the pessimistic route and say that you’re lucky if you stumble upon a man who reads any books at all.