One thing that I like about taking the bus to work (yes I actually enjoy taking the bust to work…most days) is that I get to read more than when I was living in Southern California. Oh sure, I still read books now and then but definitely not as much as I have since we moved back to San Francisco. The other great thing is that I haven’t bought a book in over a year. No I don’t steal them, I borrow them from the San Francisco Public Library. With the digital age here I still like to have a physical book in my hands, though right now I am in the middle of The Ghosts of Varner Creek which is an e-book but so far so good. Perhaps in another blog post I’ll let you know my final thoughts on the book. Now, before that, I just finished a book Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle. My review of which is here. I had heard about this book on the Insulin Pumpers list and thought I would give it a read. Overall I like the story and it was very informative as to the “hows” and “whys” of the discovery of insulin. In college I had done a paper on insulin and diabetes for a health class that I was in. At the time I really only scratched the surface of insulin’s discovery. All I knew what that Drs. Banting and Best in Canada had experimented on dogs and somehow found insulin. Little did I know just how hard their discovery would be and how fortuitous it was for millions of diabetics at the time.
If you get a chance, and assuming you are interested, I highly recommend reading this book just for the wow factor. It is amazing to me to read that back in the early 20th century, diabetes was pretty much a death sentence. There was little or no hope for survival because insulin did not exist yet. I shudder to think of myself wasting away to nothing at the ripe age of 14. After reading this I see just how lucky I am.
Before that book I had just finished reading two books from the same author, Sean Williams. That would be Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II. Both of which are based on video games of the same names.
I have played both of the games on the Wii and I have to say I was very impressed with the game play and the story line. I do feel the first book/game is stronger than the second but both are highly entertaining. If you like Star Wars then I think you will like these books. I found the inner struggles of Darth Vader’s secret apprentice to be rather mesmerizing. Of course following the life of an apprentice Sith does sound rather cool.
Now I am pretty big Star Wars fan. I’ve always loved the original trilogy. (Han shot first!) I’ve read a few books from the Star Wars Expanded Universe (see here or here for more info) both good and bad. But after Episode III, The Revenge of the Sith, the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis mentioned briefly by Chancellor Palpatine sounded rather intriguing. Thankfully a book by James Luceno came out earlier this year that told you his story and the story of how Palpatine became Darth Sidious. I was always curious about the power Palpatine had as a Sith Lord and boy is he powerful. This is just a great book and a great story. Yes I know it is a work of fiction but the Star Wars geek in me just couldn’t get enough of this book. It also rekindled my desire to read more of the Star Wars Universe books. There are so many out there but thankfully with enough time, I can at least read a few more of them. If you are interested in some of the Sith history, like I am, here’s a link to a free Lost Tribe of the Sith series of e-books. Can’t wait to read them.