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A couple of shiny new books arrived today from Amazon. The first one was suggested by my brother (Jay) whilst the second was the result of random browsing.

The first is  Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki. The premise is pretty simple, we’re not taught proper financial skills at school and this book is meant to give you a push in the right direction. This Amazon review has more details:

Personal finance author and lecturer Robert Kiyosaki developed his unique economic perspective through exposure to a pair of disparate influences: his own highly educated, but fiscally unstable father, and the multimillionaire eighth-grade dropout father of his closest friend. The lifelong monetary problems experienced by his “poor dad” (whose weekly paychecks, while respectable, were never quite sufficient to meet family needs) pounded home the counterpoint communicated by his “rich dad” (that “the poor and the middle class work for money,” but “the rich have money work for them”).

I’ll report back on whether it makes me a millionaire, but Jay was impressed by what he read.

The second is Batman: Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson. Its apparently a classic graphic novel (I know little about this kind of stuff, although I have heard of Frank Miller, Sin City etc. He has a very impressive catalogue of work) and it has a intriguing story. Its set 10 years after Batman has retired. Gotham is in rapid decline and Batman’s former enemies are slowly being released back into the public. As things escalate, Bruce Wayne decides to bring Batman out of retirement. I’ve only read a few pages, but its gripping stuff. The thing I didn’t realise it that it was written in 1985! It certainly doesn’t look dated.

I like books. I have a ton to read at the moment and I keep buying them. The whole eBook thing hasn’t taken for me. The O’Reilly Safari Bookshelf I’ve mentioned previously is excellent for searching technical material, but I find reading large amounts of text on screen hard. I’m not a fan of PDF files, not because of their format, I think its great that what you see on screen is exactly what will get printed, but I can’t get my head around the viewer. Acrobat Reader never seems to give the right display. Its either too close or too far out. I can’t get the right level of zoom. Added to that, the controls just aren’t intuitive.

So I find myself printing out reams of text to read. I do however like the feel and sensation of sitting down and reading a book in peace and quiet. I have a bad habit though, as I’ve said I tend to buy a lot of books and I start reading new books straight away. Reading a few chapters at a time and then I get another book and start on that. Well, you can see the pattern forming here. Its one of those things I’m trying to stop myself doing. Perhaps writing the odd book review might provide the motivation I need to finish a book at a time!

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