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Finished Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and moving on to the second book, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul.
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It gets worse!

I'm almost done reading Hyperion -- finally. I picked it up again after finishing Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor.

I'm also listening to the audio book of "This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It."

I've undertaken reading entries of the SF Masterworks and Fantasy Masterworks lists, of which Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion are part. Though I'm undecided whether I'm going to move onto Fall after finishing Hyperion, or if I'm going to jump to something else. I'll decide tomorrow!


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Finished the second Dirk Gently novel, and now reading The Salmon of Doubt by Adams. It's not exactly the next book in the series, but a posthumous printing of an incomplete book, as well as several essays and interviews he wrote/participated in. It's funny, but in the spirit of the book I was looking at my old writings, hidden in the computer, and found something sort of like what Adams would write. I compared it to something he wrote at aged 12, and it didn't even compare. ******.

Also, his short essay on Tea should be required reading.
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Currently reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
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Finished Salmon of Doubt.

Now reading Tricks of the Mind by Derren Brown. At first I wasn't sure about the book - mainly because it was a gift (gift books tend to not go well, such as the other recent gift, The Da Vinci Code) and by a magician that I wasn't familiar with. But, upon closer inspection, I'm getting fairly excited about it. It appears his magic is more mentally inclined - which is great because I'm terrible at sleight of hand (and only sleight-ly less terrible at the mental stuff), and so can feel that it's at least possible to succeed in an attempt. There's also a section dedicated to pseudoscience and other bad thinking, which is of great interest to me. On top of that, just from reading the back page and brief biography, I've instantly taken to his style of writing. Very witty and approachable. I was going to quote it, but I got a little carried away. Yeah, I think I'll enjoy this.
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I'm reading Isaac Brock: Larger Than Life and The War of 1812: The War That Both Sides Won for my summative project in History class.
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Finished Tricks of the Mind and now reading Tim Zahn's Icarus Hunt.
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I'm almost done Paper Towns by John Green. SO GOOD! So quintessentially nerdy and awesome.
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Hey Life! How was Tricks of the mind? I only know Derren Brown from a few TV shows, but I always liked the way he diminished gold diging fortune tellers and such.

Is Trick of the mind more of a "how to play cards" or is it "mentalist apprentice" or something else entirely?


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I thoroughly enjoyed it, and would quite recommend it to you. There is a grand total of one card trick that he teaches in his book, and one coin trick. Both fairly simple and easy to do (though somehow I messed up the presentation and trick for both when I tried them). That's pretty much it for 'normal' magic tricks. The first section of the book is describing how he utilises several mnemonic techniques - with instructions on how to learn such techniques yourself - in his performances. The second section is devoted to hypnotism, giving a detail explanation of what it is and isn't, as well as how to do it yourself. Including a very interesting bit on getting rid of phobias. The latter section details various pseudo-sciences, which he rips apart, including psychics and media. That, I think you might like. All in all, I suppose it could be accurately described as 'mentalist apprentice', though fairly loosely.
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Thanks Life. I'll check some nearby libraries and stores on monday and see if they have it.


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Life, what did you think of Icarus Hunt?

I recently finished A Discourse In Steel by Paul S. Kemp which is the second book in his Egil and Nix series. Very entertaining sword and sorcery novel with thief types.

Also finished Hunted by Kevin Hearne which was pretty good. It's the latest novel in his Iron Druid Chronicles which is a really fun series. I highly recommend the first three books, they're the best.

And I read Michael A. Stackpole's upcoming World of Warcraft book Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde which was surprisingly good. Very deep character self-exploration and philosophical threads.
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