WWW Wednesday – June 12, 2019

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme run by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Check out her post and others over on her blog! Feel free to leave a link to your own down below as well.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading

Eating the DinosaurI’m still reading Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman, though I’ve only read one essay since last week. The essay in question was all about time travel, however, and that made it really fascinating. In fact, when I was considering picking the book up it was one of the pages I flipped to in this chapter that sealed the deal; it was all about the “Bootstrap Paradox.” It read like a well-crafted rant, though that’s hardly a bad thing for me. He dives into time travel in films, the problems he has with the concept of time travel and explanations of its hypothetical consequences, and most importantly I now understand where the title of the book comes from; it’s the only worthwhile reason he sees for traveling to the past.


Recently Finished

The Hidden Life of TreesOver the weekend I finished reading The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben and should have a review up before the end of the week. I maintain the criticisms I brought up last week, but all in all this book gave me valuable insight in a fairly accessible way that made some hiccups in the readability more than forgivable. I think I was hoping this book would recapture the passion The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs filled me with, but I can’t expect every science book I’m intrigued by to pull that off. I’m just not into learning about trees in the same way. I rate this book pretty high nonetheless, and I’m really excited to check out the next book in the Mysteries of Nature series by the author.


Reading Next

The Midwich CuckoosI’ve finally just settled on the next book from my scrappy list I’m going to read, and that is The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham. It’s a science fiction classic that looks to be a relatively quick read, so I thought I’d quickly scratch if off my list. I really enjoyed the last two Wyndham books I read—The Day of the Triffids and The Chrysalids—so I’m looking forward to this one too. I also want to start The Buying of Lot 37 by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor, the third volume collecting scripts of Welcome to Night Vale podcast episodes. I really enjoyed the insight the first two volumes provided for the making of the series.

Until next week, thank you for reading!

7 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – June 12, 2019

  1. That time travel essay (rant? Rants can be fun, too) sounds fascinating, and now that I know the meaning behind the title, I like that. I don’t know, though, I guess I always just assumed that dino meat would be a bit tough, but who really knows? It’s a good question. I’ve never read John Wyndham, but I’ll have to check him out. Happy reading!

      • I don’t know, because not all birds taste alike. So *would* they taste like chicken? Because some game birds don’t taste like chicken lol. Or they don’t to me, anyway. But could you imagine cooking one of those eggs? Feed your family and then some.

  2. I am fascinated by the idea of time travel so an essay style rant sounds right up my street. Don’t think it would ever be possible in reality but it’s definitely fun in fiction particularly when it goes the multiverse route.

    • His take on the subject is an interesting one too, because he finds it so outlandish as a concept and considers the impossibility of it as a cornerstone of our reality (at least travelling to the past), which is an approach I hadn’t really looked at it from before. I always suspends my disbelief for time travel fairly easily, but he got me thinking about all the actual problems with it in a fun way.

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