Ender’s Game

I just finished reading Ender’s Game. A classic Sci-Fi book by Orson Scott Card. On the whole the book is excellent. I was quite surprised given the age of the book how well the depictions of video games stood the test of time. It seems that the Ender series is trying to get made into a movie. It seems that progress has been made and it is now “in production“. It appears that Wolfgang Petersen is attached as director. I’ve liked some of Wolfgangs other films, particularly Das Boot and Enemy Mine so perhaps he will do a good job. Though some of his recent stuff hasn’t been fantastic.

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Starship Troopers

I finished reading Starship Troopers today. It is a good, fast read. Nothing like the movie either. Which is good, as the movie was shit. Not that I remember much of the movie. And I can’t believe I’ve actually seen the sequel too, which is utter pig swill.

I’m not sure I agree with much of the pontificating people have done about this book. The book actually doesn’t spend all that much time painting a picture of the world the characters live in. It seemed to me to be much more about the main characters journey from goalless teenager to professional soldier.

The only reason it was put in the future was probably because Heinlein was a Sci-Fi author and wanted to make the point that individuals who voluntarily place themselves in harms way for selfless reasons and the good of their community (in this case a Terran Federation) deserve much respect and honor.

When the book was written (1959) I don’t think there were many examples of all volunteer professional armies around the world. The books is also apparently heavily influenced by the fact that Heinlein himself was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy.

Anyway, the books is worth a read if you like either Military or Science Fiction.

I’m now reading Enders Game by Orson Scott Card. This is the first time in a long while that I’ve actually been reading fiction. I’m really enjoying it.

The Best Software Writing

I’ve been reading The Best Software Writing I: Selected and Introduced by Joel Spolsky.  This is a very good read.  Most of the articles in the book are recycled Blog posts.  If you don’t want to spend the cash on a nice tactile paper book you can get links to most of the book’s content at brevity.org.

Some of the ones I enjoyed most were:

100 Bullets

A couple days ago I finished reading volume 1 of the 100 Bullets comic trade paper back. It was really rather good, so I’ll no doubt pick up more. I remember reading quite a while ago about a 100 Bullets game being developed but it seems that that particular game got dusted when Acclaim went under. But it now appears that the property has been picked up by another developer/publisher and is headed for a 2007 release. Hurrah.

The premis for 100 Bullets is quite cool. If you had been wronged and someone offered your a gun, 100 Bullets, the irrefutable proof of who wronged you, and a license to kill that person, would you take your revenge? A completely implausible contrivance yes, but a fun read non the less.

A History of Violence

I just finished reading A History of Violence. This is the graphic novel that the film is based on. An interesting read. I consumed it very quickly. A real “page turner” you might say. I guess now I’ve kind of ruined the film experience a little. But I’d still like to see the film I think. Though I’m not sure how much I’d appreciate the crescendo of violence and gore that the film/book ends with. Yeah ok so I’m a little squeamish.

Batman – Year One

I just finished reading Batman – Year One by Frank Miller (Sin), and David Mazzucchelli. I recently bought the hardcover re-re-release deluxe edition from Minotaur. It is nice living 2 blocks from a fantastic comic shop. I had heard that the film Batman Begins was heavily influenced by the Year One comics and after reading it I certainly concur. In fact the Batman Begins plot is almost exactly the same plus or minus a few details & characters. On the whole a good read.