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Ah, the spice. "the only source of the most valuable substance in the universe, "the spice", a drug which extends human life, provides superhuman levels of thought, and makes foldspace travel possible." In reality, it would be snake oil. Dune creates a fiction where a new discovery can truly do everything.
If I could remember all the scientists who boasted that their new discovery could cure all of the human ills and then some. (I do remember a blurb some time ago about one scientist and his discovery of what more Vitamin C could do.)
One at a time, non technical novels usually binge read.
likewise TV shows depending on style:
- continuing story style (say High Castle) wait till a season is done and binge watch.
- shows that are distinct episodes like say Twilight Zone - watch weekly. (also short stories)
- distinct episodes but with an underlying/background continuing story also week by week. last one I mean like say X-files, the 'continuing story' [sub]episodes themselves usually portrayed as happening weeks or months apart.
after many otherwise intelligent sounding suggestions that achieved nothing the nice folks at Technet said the only solution was to low level format my hard disk then reinstall my signature. Sadly, this still didn't fix the issue!
Currently reading a trilogy from Robin Hobb; borrowed the books from a friend, and so far there's two of each book.
"Royal assasin" twice, both English paperbacks. Had one upstairs to read in bed, one downstairs next to the rocking-chair.
"Assasins quest" now, as a Dutch hardcover. It's annoying that they translate names of people and places into Dutch.
Can't read anything else between the stories, as I'd confuse stuff from one book with the other. No idiot box; the biggest advantage of reading is that I don't have to wait for the next episode, and can take a break when I want to. And no commercials in a paperback
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"If you just follow the bacon Eddy, wherever it leads you, then you won't have to think about politics." -- Some Bell.
People can handle watching multiple TV series at once, I don't see why the same couldn't apply to books.
That said, personally I get a lot more out of a (TV) series by binging (that's "binge", not Bing...unlike Google, Bing hasn't yet earned the right to be used as a verb).
It's been a long time I've been able to read anything (in book format) at all. As I'm getting older, as soon as I'm horizontal I tend to fall asleep. And if I'm sitting in chair that's comfortable enough to want to sit in to read for a while, the same invariably happens.
I was going to point out roughly the same thing. With books, the "visual anchors" (as Eddy called them) exist, but you get to make them up.
Which is why book-based TV series/movies so often disappoint ("it's nothing like I pictured it"). And going back to a book after seeing a TV series/movies "ruins" it for some people.
In my case, I've seen the Lord of the Rings movies before I ever read the books. It's impossible for me to dissociate the two, and I'm fine with that. Yet I can understand why the Tolkien purists hate the movies. But that's a debate for another time (and place) I won't be part of because I frankly don't care enough).
I am currently reading three books at once, one is Hut Six by Gordon Welchman - this is in the bathroom and requires a lot of patience and concentration - only available in the bathroom, normally.
I then have two phones with an eReader on each, one private, one for work, with different books open on each - all taken from my private library filled from Amazon et al - some technical (on the work phone), usually in PDF format, the rest in ePub or Mobi format.
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I usually stick to one book. Exception: toilet/bathroom reading. There I read something snack-esque, something informational yet light or something containing a factoid per small chapter while everywhere else, I read tends to be a novel or otherwise integrated, requiring continuous attention and that book I stick to until I'm through with it.
Technical - multiple, in electronic format.
Technical books are just tools of the trade so not bothered about the e-format
Non-technical - one at a time and ALWAYS in paper form - there's just something so tactile about paper print that adds to the enjoyment of the read, so wouldn't dream of reading for enjoyment from an e-reader...