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OF THE READING OF THE BOOK

30 December 2006

I've decided yet again that I want to read more, which is a commitment I've been not following for some time because even though I frequently tell it to myself, I just can't find the time to read as much as I'd like. The result is that every now and then I'll just get this outburst of an unresolved urge to read which leads to the ferocious devouring of one or two books, after which I simply forget again that there is such a thing as reading.

The things that I'm currently reading are Chapterhouse: Dune, being the sixth and final book of Dune Frank Herbert wrote before he gave his pipe to Maarten. I'm considering also reading the sequels written by his offspring, though they will obviously be of inferior quality. Book six however is still Dune at its best. Though God Emperor of Dune (the fourth book) is still my favourite, they're all well worth reading.

I'm also still reading History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell, which is a tome of epic proportions. In this megalomaniacal book I've currently just exited ancient antiquity and entered the beginning of Christian philosophy, ultimately leading into the dark ages until we enter the Renaissance where mankind starts slapping some sense into itself again. Good fun. I've probably told you this before (rule number one: I tell a lot, and most of I forget alarmingly shortly after), but Russell reviews all the events with such refreshing scepticism, without ever stooping to sarcasm, but retaining a candour that says: I'm not letting myself get blown away by these madman, and here's why.

How do you like August's speech so far?

Roderick.