March 31st, 2004

Fiona and me in the snow

I really should be asleep but ...

When one gets caught up in a brilliant and awe amazing book as I just did, you lose complete track of time. If I lose all track of my morning, as I am sure to do, I really don't care, because this book just plain rocked. I think its been one of the best I have read in a long while.

Pompeii by Robert Harris is amazing. Recreating the time two days before the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 78, and the day it occurred, we follow a man of my type, an engineer. His job is to manage the amazing aqueducts that supplied the area close to Pompeii with five times the amount of water New York uses today for the population of only 250000. When the water stops flowing, the engineer sets forth an expedition to find the problem to the corrupt (as he finds it) town of Pompeii. And that's where I'll leave you in the description, so you'll have to read the book. Face it to say, the book's full of mystery, thrill, love, and even some science. And that's what captured my attention the most about this book. NOt only was there discussions of the engineering regarding the water system (in very easy to understand terms I might add) but Harris seemed to describe the sheer amazing magnitude of the eruption that buried the great city of Pompeii alive. The culture and history of the day is described as well, but it was a bit weird (harris being British) to have the people talking in British-like English. Though it was set a bit under 2000 years ago, it was like reading a conversation of the day though I wouldn't use the phrase "Now there's a good lad". Damn Brits :).

That said I probably should be going to bed soon. Miss Marsha ™ is coming by in the morning to bring me lunch and deliver some stuff for wedding planning stuff (more funniness about that later when I've had sleep). I just had to get down my thoughts on the book while I remembered it clearly. Bookshare people, get it when its available. The rest of you, I'm not surprised at all it was, and still is a bestseller, so buy it or find it in your library.

P.S. Our internet is so sucky I had to connect to my cel phone and post this so I hope it makes it through. I'm going to push for satellite tv and more reliable, hopefully, dsl tomorrow. Damn. Connected to my cel phone ok, and even read my friends pages. Long car trips are going to be much better now I can tel. GOing to bed for real now. Yawn.
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Fiona and me in the snow

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I'm sitting here in Proess Control. I wish I hadn't stayed up so late. Damn good books, they really suck. Will write more once I'm out of here, but just wanted to write a short entry *gasp* and say how really tired I am. Going to use jet lag tactics though and find ways to stay awake i.e. doing homework.