War and Peace

“In peace prepare for war, in war prepare for peace. The art of war is of vital importance to the state. It is matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence under no circumstances can it be neglected.”

– Sun Tzu

Would you like to play a game?

All fair in love and war, but there are rules to a game of chess. Anyone for a game?

Welcome to a new Category of posts, Quote of the Day. I’m deliberately not calling this daily quotes as I may not post them every day, but I cannot think of a more appropriate quote to kick off with on Armed Forces Day. While I may not agree with the political decisions to go to war oftentimes, I have nothing but the highest respect for those who serve professionally and with distinction in any sort of military role in the UK and around the world.

What’s on your reading list?

Geekdom can be about anything, books included. I dislike not having anything new to read at home, but there’s no danger of that in the near future! I’ve got a stack of books that I mean to get around to reading in the new year (and in what’s left of this one, to be honest).

I’ve got “The Man in the High Castle” by Philip K Dick and “Why I Write” by George Orwell to finish off that I’m partway through. Unread and in no particular order I’ve got the following books waiting for yours truly to read:

  • The Owl Service by Alan Garner
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • The Ring + The Opposite of Death by Jose Saviano
  • Best of Rebelle Society Vol 1: Celebrating the Art of Being Alive, curated by Andrea Balt & Tanya Lee Markul
  • Balderdash & Piffle by Alex Games
  • Wizardry and Wild Romance by Michael Moorecock
  • A Brief History of Fables: From Aesop to Flash Fiction by Lee Rourke
  • Approaching Zero: Data Crime and the Computer Underworld by Bryan Clough & Paul Mungo
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson
  • Hagakure by Yamamoto Tsunetomo
  • The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra
  • And last but not least without a trace of irony… Speed Reading for Dummies by Richard Sutz with Peter Weverka

All of these bar one were bought on a whim in the last few months, mostly from second-hand bookshops around London.  The Michael Moorecock book I’ve read before when I was in High School.  I’ve no idea where my first copy is now; I’m sure I leant it to someone and never got it back.

So, what’s in your reading pile?