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19 December 2006 @ 01:48 pm
Getting Ready for next year - here's my list of books that I have left unread and sitting on my shelf. Of course - these won't get read in order.

1. Lost - Gregory McGuire
2. Sleeping in Flame - Jonathan Carroll
3. The Instance of The Fingerpost - Iain Piers
4. Heretic - Bernard Cornwall
5. If on a winter's night a traveler - Italo Calvino
6. The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
7. Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
8. The Book of Laugher and Forgetting - Milan Kundera
9. Cat's Eye - Margaret Atwood
10. The Master - Tom Colbin
11. The Club Dumas - Arturo Perez-Reverte
12. Geek Love - Katherine Dunn
13. Fairy Tales - Herman Hesse
14. As I Lay Dying - Faulkner
15. A Very Long Engagment
16. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
17. Here be Dragons
18. Deception Point
19. Possession - A.S. Bryant
20. The Georgrapher's Library
21. Snow
22. Extremely loud and incredibly close
23. Portrait - Iain Piers
24. The Dream of Scipio - Iain Piers
25. Adverbs - Daniel Handler
26. What Dreams May Come
27. The Unconsoled
19 December 2006 @ 11:54 am
I have been absolutely horrible about posting this year...I have excuses, but none of them are very good.

Therefore, I shall once again resolve to be better about posting next year. I shall also update the to be read list, right this very second.
10 July 2006 @ 09:18 pm
I've been reading a good many fluffy books lately....mostly because I don't get much time to read anymore, and mostly becuase I'm too tired after work to actually come home and process difficult prose. I miss difficult prose.

So I decided to read something not so difficult, but relevant and interesting, something that felt ironic in a way I couldn't call cliche. And I found it in this book. The perfect after-work-20-something-my-life-sucks-and-everyone-elses-looks-better-and-I-can't-find-a-way-to-get-there book. Well written, intelligent at times, A Long Way Down tells the story of four people who want to kill themselves - and don't.

The text isn't difficult, neither really is the concept. The story is honest, relevant, and in its own way challenging, though I wasn't expecting it. It was a nice change.
#10: Devil Wears Prada.

So, I read it to get ready for the movie, and I'm sure its going to make a much better movie than it did a book. The characters have potential, but don't have the depth in a book that a movie would have. It's a very visual book - which doesn't quite come through well in the text. But it was a good jumping off point.

#11: Constant Princess.

Another misinterpretation of history, one that was compelling, but didn't necessarily hold up for me. In this story, Katherine, Henry VIII's first wife, comes from Spain, ambitious, entitled, and ready to marry Arthur and be princess of wales. A little too ambitious I would say... she makes a death bed promise to arthur that she would marry Henry and "create the england they dreamed of". Then waits seven years, not for the ambition of the ruling monarchs around her, but for her own. Little hard to follow her there....but all in all a quick and semi-decent read.
22 June 2006 @ 09:02 am
I love the way Gregory McGuire writes - he's clear and quite dynamic, which is nice. However - like Wicked, I was expecting more from Song of a Witch, though I did actually like it better than Wicked, maybe because I wasn't expecting quite as much.

I did think the sequel was a little more, what's the word I'm looking for, grounded, in this alternate OZ. He spent so much time in Wicked just establishing it, so it only seems natural that he would be able to use it a little more now.
23 May 2006 @ 03:03 pm
This was a cute book - I liked it, it went amazingly quickly. However, I didn't get as attached to the characters as I would have liked to. I think part of that, again, was that the author was a man trying to write about a teenage girl. The tiny little details that truly make a character just weren't there, and that left the characters a little flat.

I wasn't too fond of the ending either....felt a little like a cop out.
09 May 2006 @ 09:18 am
Okie....let's see, it's been a couple of books that I haven't posted about.

I finished the last of Rosalind Miles's Isolde books. It ended very badly, wasn't impressed at all. But that's ok- because really, I should know better :)

Also - finished Chris Moore's latest, A Dirty Job. Was definitly one of his better tries, though not as good as Lamb. I love it when he reuses old characters :)
14 April 2006 @ 11:25 am
Wow - I haven't had much time to read this year at all, have I?

Latest book was the Queen of Camelot, which was a lovely, if way too modern retelling of the arthur stories. It's supposed to be a feminist retelling, and I can see that, modern versions always leave too much up to Guinevere.

In other news, went to the stone ridge book sale so lots more books added to the to read list.
03 March 2006 @ 09:54 am
Wow...this was a wonderful book - one of the most thought provoking books I've read in quite some time.

Premise: Kathy H. is our narrator, thinking back on the years she spent at Hailsham, the friends she made there, and the absolutly monsterous things direction her life has been used for. Very difficult to talk about without giving away the big dark secret, and even though all you have to do is read a couple of amazon reviews to find out, I figured I would LJ cut.

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The author concentrates on the mundane things that make Kathy and Tommy and Ruth human, the squables, the art projects, the love affairs, the friendships (there's a very moving paragraph when Kathy is thinking back on her friendship with Ruth, reminds me very much of one of my own friendships). And in the context...thats what makes the book especially moving.
14 February 2006 @ 09:41 am
Finished this one the other day...

I love Michael Chabon. The way he puts words together amazes me. The plot in this one however, didn't thrill me quite as much - and I need a plot to follow. It feels like what it is - an agatha christie style murder mystery. If feels like he really liked the concept, but had to force it a little bit, which makes for a slow read considering how amazingly short it is.