Sunday, November 11, 2007

A Bill Bryson Book - The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

Okay, Bill Bryson is officially one of my favourite authors. I am only halfway through "A Short History of Nearly Everything" I think I am only at the part where he was talking about Protists. But that book's great. Bill has a way of presenting facts in a most interesting way. He makes it so easy and interesting to digest scientific facts - like how Isaac Newton used a knitting needle to feel around his eye socket just out of curiosity... this I always tell my friends who do Physics. Anyway, that super informative book's real thick so its used for on the bus reading, plus, its easy to pick up again cos its almost like a reference book.

Anyway, besides reading randomly some serious books i bought in June, I haven't really gotten down to seriously reading, you know, like getting totally immersed into the pages of a book. So I needed something light to get me on a role. My goal is 20 books by the end of the year - so far 2 in the bag. The Buddhist monks believe in reading as a form of lifelong learning. Also this was recommended by Robin Sharma. So at Popular bookshop a few weeks ago, by happenstance, I met "The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid"

Abit americanish but still that doesn't take away from the essence of of the book which is basically a humourous reminiscence of his childhood. He's managed to poke fun at his own pubescent years in a really funny way and at the same time provide some nuggets of American history (again in his own interesting style). Every page and then, there are those laugh-out-loud moments and seriously tears down the cheek kind of laughter.

Books read (starting Nov 2007)
1. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - Bill Bryson
2. The Monk who sold his Ferrari - Robin Sharma

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Anonymous tarunreflex said...

“A Short History of Nearly Everything” - One of the most interestin and informative book i ever read... The way of presentation of the complex phenomenon is so intriguing that it makes u wonder if there's any other simple way to present the stated fact!

If u liked this and bryson's way of writing then i am sure u will also like Douglas Adams book series - "The Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy" and its various other parts!

Give it a try.Its worth it.

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