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Just got through reading Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five"

Pretty good book, but I think it probably has more emotional power for younger readers.

If you're interested in the full review, it's over on hn-books.

From a technical, website creator perspective, it's interesting that this book is available in video formats: DVD, VHS, and instant download. Because of this, I went ahead and added new format codes to the site.

If you'll remember, I added tools in about a month ago, and now I'm adding in videos? What's up? Don't I have focus?

There is a real problem of scope creep, yes, but remember that the purpose of the site was having a place to give folks lists of books when they asked one of the 10 or 20 common questions about hacking or startups. Questions like 'What's a good way to learn to program?" are typically answered by these lists of books, and I got tired of writing the same lists over and over again.

In that way, the site is really a bookstore, only one with various personalization features. So, just like a real bookstore, it makes sense to have other materials that are related. If the question is about becoming a rails programmer, there's probably books, videos, and even online courses that are relevant. Seems kind of stupid to limit the conversation to just books.

So I'm happy that the site hasn't drifted from what I wanted. I also added Facebook commenting last night at the request of a couple of longtime readers. We'll see if that adds any stickiness to the site.

UPDATE: Here's the HN link for the book review. Since hn-books is a spin-off of news.ycombinator.com, any votes or comments over there help me serve the community better. So direct your attention there if you'd like to help out.

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Well done!

Just a note to let you know about a book blog I’ve started with a different twist: “Writing Kurt Vonnegut.” Every Saturday, I post another excerpt from my notebook as Vonnegut’s biographer— profiles of the people I met, the difficulties encountered, and the surprises, such as finding 1,500 letters he thought he had lost forever. It’s a blog written in episodes about being a literary detective.

Perhaps you’d like to give it a look at http://www.writingkurtvonnegut.com

All the best,

Charles J. Shields
And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut, A Life (Holt, November 2011)

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