What’s the one book…

What’s the one book…

Hate to beat a dead horse but I’d have to go with Masters of Doom, simply because the events I was familiar with, and remembering small details like the comments in the Wolfenstein 3D hint manual.  I’ve read it more than any other book, to the point where my friends at work, during breaks,  have commented “you’ve been reading that book for years! Haven’t you finished it yet?”.  It has shaped me as a programmer and provided so many life lessons that have helped me make the right decisions and even moments of “told you so!”. 
David Kushner is a fantastic author who managed to shape the story into what could have easily been adapted into a hollywood blockbuster.  My copy – from 2003 – is so worn now that I’ve sellotaped the cover as I cannot give it up…its as important to me as my copies of SOTN and Panzer Dragoon Saga. LOL, I nearly murdered my brother when I found out he’d used my original copy of SOTN as a tea coaster, but that’s a story for another time…

My second, most valued book, has to be An Animated Life by Ray Harryhausen and Tony Dalton, both whom signed my copy – and my brother’s back in 2004.  As much as I am grateful to be of that generation that saw CGI storm into our daily lives with Jurassic Park, I have always had more love for the work of Harryhausen, who quite frankly was the ILM of his day.  The book is a magnificent to me that charts his entire life work and although I had boasted having seen all his films, one had evaded me, save for having seen it when I was a small child in the 80s…Mighty Joe Young – but I couldn’t remember much, not even the name of the film.  For the life of me I could not find that film on DVD at the time and it always bothered me.  The book spoke of that movie where he finally got the opportunity to work with his beloved mentor – Willis O’Brian – on another Gorilla picture, and somehow I recalled a B&W movie where a large Gorilla fought a gang of lions…could it be the same one?  Sadly Ray passed away back in May 2013 and it upset me so much that I went the extra mile to obtain a copy of the film.  For a film made in the late 40s, it was bloody amazing…and yes, the fight with the lions was as amazing as I remembered it!  But for the connection to my creative hero, that book and that movie, it resulted in a turning point in my life – my hopes and dreams of more Harryhausen movies were gone with Ray.  I guess it was time to accept the world had changed, and at the age of 33( now 38 ), I was no longer a young person.  I feel An Animated Life is like the Wardrobe leading to Narnia – to a time long passed, before I was born, and Ray is my guide.

There’s more to tell but I don’t think you’ll find it interesting…




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