Writing Tools

I finished reading Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark yesterday. It is a pretty decent book on how to write and how to construct effective text. For the kind of writing I do, it isn’t terribly relevant; a lot of the tricks are more relevant for fiction writers or journalists, but there are some good tricks in there for how to construct impact-full sentences and paragraphs. There wasn’t so much I haven’t read before, but it was still an enjoyable read.

Among orangutans

amongorang.jpgThis morning I am reading Among Orangutans, a book recommended on the orangutan genome project mailing list. It is not a genetics or bioinformatics book by any stretch, but I got to bed too late yesterday so I am feeling a bit tired and stupid in the morning, and this seemed like some light reading while I had my morning coffee.

It is a good book (judging from the first few chapters) and for someone like me, who thinks of animals as DNA sequences to be analysed, it gives an interesting other view on  these fascinating creatures.