Vampire Grace Kimble Returns

Cover of the novel, The Blood Detail, by Arvin Loudermilk
The Blood Detail, a novel by Arvin Loudermilk

Recently I had received a kind tweet from Mike Iverson, who is half the talented team that had created the Vigil comic book series. He had appreciated my post about my enjoyment of re-reading those issues that have held up so well.

To my delight, he also informed me that Arvin Loudermilk, the other half of the duo, has continued to write more adventures starring the butt-kicking vampire police detective Grace Kimble, but now in novel form. I downloaded a copy to my Nook and hope you will too.

Let me know if you enjoyed reading about Grace, either in the Vigil comic series or in the novel.

Beginning Machine Man

I just started reading Machine Man, by Max Barry. I’m hooked. The story is told by an industrial engineer named Charles Neumann, who, in an accident, loses his leg. Unsatisfied with prosthetic legs available (“buckets on sticks”), he sets out to design his own.

From the start, my mind filled with questions about the future regarding how human beings will interface with machines. Already prosthetic legs are controversial as we witnessed in this summer’s Olympics when athletes with their natural legs compete against those with artificial ones.

As technology continues to ramp up, with devices becoming smaller and cheaper, there will certainly be a time when most any part of the body can be replaced with superior technological analogs. Couple that with a population’s willingness to go through plastic surgeries to enhance their appearance; some even attempt to carve themselves to appear like celebrities or totems or cartoons.

When that technology arrives, I would expect human beings will seek out surgeons to have their healthy limbs or eyes, or other organs removed and replaced with devices that improve what God or nature has given them. Where will ethics and law come down on this? And permissible or not, how will such technologies shape society?

By chance, yesterday, I came across a film short, “True Skin,” that touches upon these very questions. According to Movies.com, this short may be turned into a feature-length movie.

Finished The Devil’s Company

I really enjoyed this book and I am in awe (read: jealous) of how expertly author David Liss places the reader right beside the main character in eighteenth century London. Rich detail, natural dialogue, compelling characters and intricate plots all make for a delightful read. I will certainly pick up another Benjamin Weaver tale.

Finished The Road to Serfdom

Just as I’m finishing F.A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom, I came across this masterful music video titled, “Fight of the Century: Keynes vs. Hayek Round Two.”

Back to the book, it amazes me that the essays were written during World War II and not today. Passage after passage speaks to current events.  This one for instance, in the chapter, “The Prospects of International Order,” echoes how many in the European Union may regard the debt crisis in Greece, Spain and Portugal:

Who imagines that there exist any common ideals of distributive justice such as will make the Norwegian fisherman consent to forgo the prospect of economic improvement in order to help his Portuguese fellow, or the Dutch worker to pay more for his bicycle to help the Coventry mechanic, or the French peasant to pay more taxes to assist the industrialization of Italy?

In reading Hayek, I found greater appreciation for other books I have read (like Atlas Shrugged — the transformation of 20th Century Motors, specifically) as well as a better understanding of the differences between liberalism and collectivism.