So I’m for reals reading, in actual book-form, James Kakalios’s the Physics of Superheroes. I just started, so no review yet, but at page 17, I’m liking it alright. Generally, I like these types of books — scientifical stuff presented in an easy-to-read format with examples to which I can relate.

[Does that rule about never ending a sentence with a preposition still stand? Could I have said, “…with examples I can related to.”?]

Some others in this vein that I’ve read are Stephen Hawking’s a Brief History of Time and Lawrence M. Krauss’s the Physics of Star Trek. Check’em both out.


I am also “reading” (when reading is in quotes, it means audiobook, remember) Carl Hiaasen’s Basket Case and I’m probably about halfway done. I’ve read a couple of his other books (for reals read) and I like his style. Frank Miller (Sin City, 300) mentioned Carl in an interview — I think he was talking about noir writers and influences for Sin City — so I sought him out. The books that I’ve read have been funny and full of quirky characters, and — I’m kind’a drawing a blank, but I don’t remember being completely let down by the ending (I’m looking at you, Grisham!).

Basket Case is about a reporter, Jack Tagger, investigating the shady death of the once-famous rock star, Jimmy Stoma. Prior to the start of our story, Jack had gotten himself into some trouble with the paper’s owner and his punishment (because they’re afraid to fire him) is to write obituaries, hopefully until he quits. Jack doesn’t want to give them the satisfaction, and a big story, like the possible murder of Jimmy, could be the break he needs to reinstate his career as an investigative journalist.

So far, I’m enjoying the story. The book “reads” pretty smoothly with the only hiccups coming when Jack is dealing with his ex-girlfriend (he turns into a whiny wuss). George Wilson, the narrator, does a great job giving every character a distinct voice. I’ll do up a proper review when I’m done, but based on what I’ve “read” so far, I recommend it.