Book Log – Drawing Dynamic Comics

Drawing Dynamic Comics by Andy Smith

This is a fine book on drawing comics.  It’s not much different than the other ones I’ve read, but Mr. Smith’s style is slightly different.

Despite the general sameness of these guides, I still find the subtle differences interesting and educational.  Perhaps even inspiring.

Not a complete beginner book, but not very advanced either.

Book Log – Beginning Linux Programming

Beginning Linux Programming, 4th Edition by Neil Matthew and Richard Stones

I don’t think I’ve ever read a technical book from cover to cover.  Generally, I skim through, find the bits I’m interested in, read any other bits I need to in order understand the bits I’m interested in, and then put it on the shelf for future reference.

This one, I read cover to cover.

This book answered a lot of questions I’ve struggled with on understanding threads, processes, pipes, and other programming buzzwords I’ve only comprehended in vague, abstract ways previously.

What helped was also taking a 4 day class in Embedded Linux at work, which was awesome as well.  I’m totally writing some C apps, with GUI and everything.

The Linux teacher told us that he doesn’t really consider anyone a Linux guy unless they a) have a Linux machine at home and b) have successfully compiled a kernel.

I have another Linux class coming up in a couple weeks.  I plan on being able to call myself a Linux guy by then.

Book Log – 50 Dangerous Things (you should let your children do)

Fifty Dangerous Things (you should let your children do) by Gever Tulley with Julie Spiegler

We are going to do all of these things, including Put Strange Stuff in the Microwave (#14), Break Glass (#23) and Lick a 9 Volt Battery (#1).

So far, we’ve accomplished Play with the Vacuum Cleaner (#10) .

We missed our chance to Play in a Hailstorm (#2) today.  Alas.

Book Log – The Russian Debutante’s Handbook

The Russian Debutante’s Handbook by Gary Shteyngart

I’ve now read 2/3 of Mr. Shteyngart’s works, the other being Super Sad True Love Story, and can say he is consistently good.

His main characters are similar, hapless, awkward men thrown into unusual situations.

In this one, our protagonist is a youngish, low level, immigrant clerk in NYC  who gets embroiled in a series of worlds outside his own, from his low-rent slum apartment to high society New York City to a Russian Mafia outpost.  The writing is amusing and smooth.

My only complaint is that I don’t particularly relate to his main characters, so in the end I am left with a bit of “so what?”,  but the ride is enjoyable.  I believe I’ll tackle his third (Absurdistan) when next I venture into a bookstore with cash in hand.