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New Books

Monday, August 27th, 2012


Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez 

The Rise of Rome by Anthony Everitt 

Just picked these up from two authors I very much like, though sadly, Everitt’s Hadrian also sits in my antilibrary waiting to be read. My normally manic reading pace took a major hit this past year due to my being ridiculously overscheduled and admittedly, underdisciplined, but I am hoping to cure that this fall. Despite an academic foundation in US-Soviet diplomatic history and economic history, I find myself frequently gravitating to classical antiquity these days. Everitt’s biography  Cicero was a masterpiece that overshadowed his sequel, Augustus. What I would like to see Anthony Everitt do, were I able to give him advice, is to write  a biography of the indomitiable  Cato the Younger, whom Everitt blamed most of all for the death of the Roman Republic.

I rarely have time for fiction anymore, but Daniel Suarez is on my very short list of authors next to Stephen Pressfield and William Gibson. Shlok did a nice review of Kill Decision here at ZP and at his own blog. As qa result I am kicking Kill Decision to the top of my book pile.



Crania Anatomica Filigre

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Crania Anatomica by Josh Harker

Just received a Crania Anatomica skull as a gift for father’s day from the dutiful Mrs. Zenpundit. The skulls come in various sizes and are the creation of sculptor-entrepreneur Joshua Harker; made with 3-D  printing, the polyamide nylon skull is extremely intricate, lightweight, slightly flexible and has the look of delicately carved ivory. Very cool gift.

Harker’s project and sculprures are explained in greater detail at his Kickstarter page.


Avengers Assemble!

Monday, May 7th, 2012

The Avengers have defeated Harry Potter.



Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Embedding games in education and everyday life.



Going to Try this App

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Paper for iPad



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