My TBR 39: The Books That Defined Us with Sean Platt and Johnny B Truant

This week on the TBRPodcast we got to meet Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant of Sterling and Stone. I’ve read a number of their genre-bending books (The Dream Engine, Fat Vampire, Unicorn Western, Author Dad, Yesterday’s Gone season 1, Write, Publish, Repeat), and they’ve been a great inspiration.

It was a blast to chat books with them, and specifically about the Books That Defined Us. So many great books mentioned in a short time. No surprise on the ones I mentioned, because I’ve talked about all of them before.

I finished Whole Earth Discipline by Stewart Brand and can’t recommend it enough.

Whether you consider yourself an environmentalist or not, there’s a ton to learn in this book, so that you can at least object to some of the technologies that he contends should be used carefully, in concert, to stave off the worst case impact of global warming. He cares so much about our planet that he’s been willing to change his views, looking at the ultimate good over what might be some relatively smaller “evils,” if they’re evils at all. Greens need to embrace and direct science toward the collective good, rather than stonewalling certain areas based more on theoretical fear, and disregarding the very real ticking time bomb of climate change.

Read this book. And thanks again Hugh Howey for the recommendation.

And it inspired me to start checking out some science magazines from the library. My wife and I have always been interested in that kind of thing, but got away from it for a long time. Now it’s fun to chat about it together, and with our boys. Today I learned a bit about studies on actual brain changes that happen as a result of meditation, from November’s Scientific American.

I’m about 2/3 of the way through Out of Darkness by K. Caffee, Book I of Followers of Torments. Lots of arena combat, and now post-arena adjustment for a man who has never known anything else.

Yes, if you happen to buy one of these from Amazon based on my recommendation links, they’ll throw a few cents my way as a thank you. Or go get the book out of the library (I love my library), buy it in a used bookstore, or borrow it from a friend. If it catches your eye, you’ll find a way.