Friday, January 13, 2017

Progress (Or The Lack Thereof)

This is going much less quickly than I thought it would. I would like to promise to turn over a new leaf (seriously, who came up with that saying? My guess is a botanist). But a friend just passed her Ann Cleeves (the writer of the Shetland mysteries!) books on to me  so I'm not sure this will move more quickly at all. Perhaps it would have been more interesting simply to review everything I read, but no! I set out to read specific books on a specific list and I shall continue to do so. We may all be much, much older by the time I finish the list, but it shall be done.

Unless there's like a nuclear war and stuff, but I won't start talking politics or I shall become depressed.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Book Forty-Three - Lord Of The Flies - Part Two

William Golding
From New York Times

Though I'd never read this book before, I knew the basics. I've heard lots of references to it in popular culture, sort of like American Idol in that most people have heard of it even if they've never watched it. I suppose Game of Thrones is in the same category but with more zealous fans (perhaps that's just the people I know!). That said, I'll stick with the no-spoiler rule and talk in generalities only.

First, OMG! Even though I knew the basic plot it was so far beyond what I thought I was going to encounter. I have questions: would the majority of human beings behave in the same manner? Does age matter? Gender? Country of origin? Would anything have made a difference? I mean, the only example I can think of with any similarities is Gilligan's Island, and they sure didn't act like that.

Also, is it a desert island or a deserted island? The only sand was on the beach and trees and foliage were numerous, so it seems it should have been deserted. But deserted implies that someone was previously there and purposely left. The only thing I'm sure about is that it's entirely possible I'm overthinking this.

One last thought: the last couple of pages contain gorgeous prose. Sheer brilliance.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Book Forty-Three - Lord Of The Flies - Part One

Story about this book which has nothing to do with the book: once upon a time I worked at a place with few local options for dining out at lunch. Co-workers introduced me to a little hole-in-the-wall diner with good food, good service and dodgy electrics. I became a regular, eating alone when no one else from work was going. (Some people have a fear of this, but it's never bothered me. I always have a book.) One day, another regular whom I had seen but not spoken to walked over and asked why I frequently ate alone. I explained that I was surrounded with people eight hours a day and therefore enjoyed a bit of peace and quiet at lunch. He sat down and proceeded to talk. (?) We became friends and regularly ate lunch together. He mostly discussed his family and I mostly discussed books. He frequently talked about Lord of the Flies, the only book he had ever read cover to cover. Can you imagine having read only one book your entire life??? Yet we found other things in common and although neither of us works near that diner these days, we're still Christmas Card Friends.

The End.

Book Forty-Two - The Woman In White - Part Five

I went back to this book and easily picked up the story. After about a dozen pages I looked at the bottom of the Kindle screen and saw that I had NINE hours left in the book. Um, thanks but no. I'm not enthralled with the story so I'm letting it go. I would like to go through some of my highlighted passages, however, so there may be yet another post on this one.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Book Forty-Three - Magician

Raymond Feist
From Twitter

The Woman In White and I are still on a break and I continue to see other books. I think she's okay with it.

I'd give Magician three stars out of five. I was hooked from the excellent beginning but then it seemed to drag in several places. I also found it derivative. It's highly probable that any school of magic would have a History of Magic class, and it even mentions Harry Potter. But the other part - the clever part - reminded me so much of Narnia I couldn't stand it.

Holy eBook, Batman - I just realized I read the wrong book. I was meant to read Magician by Raymond E Feist and I read The Magicians by Lev Grossman!!!

Never mind.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Book Forty-Two - The Woman In White - Part Four

I still haven't finished this book. And the thing is, at our last book club meeting before our summer break, I recommended this book and at least two people have read it - one of whom is my sister. She keeps asking if I've finished it yet (I'm guessing there's a good twist and she wants to discuss it). I've enjoyed the book but it feels like work to get back to it. A couple of weeks ago I reread The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society and finished it in two days. Couldn't wait to get back to it. Why are those books so few? Why can I read Sense And Sensibility annually and continue to make discoveries each year?

But I'm not giving up on this woman who wears white but isn't really the protagonist because she's barely around yet I believe her story is crucial in the lives of the people central to the tale. (Sometimes I just like a run-on sentence.)



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Book Forty-Two - The Woman In White - Part Three

I'll tell you one thing about Mr Willkie Collins: he sure can write a female voice. More to come. Also, I finally learned how to highlight on my Kindle!