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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #165 on: March 11, 2016, 11:03:19 pm »
I got Charlie Jane Ander's "All The Birds In The Sky," and I'm excited, but I'm still holding out until more consistent good weather so I can power through it.

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« Reply #166 on: May 18, 2016, 05:55:00 pm »
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« Reply #169 on: October 07, 2016, 10:06:11 pm »
Been volunteering at the library this week for their Book Sale (lots of fun, and a real confidence booster), and I can't help but pick up a few books, despite my best efforts.  What's interesting about sales like this is that it's all tail end stuff, things that wouldn't be on display at a regular bookstore, and I enjoy getting to showcase some of them.  I got a couple old travel books (apparently I'm planning a tripe to Australia in 1992) as well as this nice National Geographic book about chivalry.  Obviously research for a project I'm toying with, and you can take a wild guess what about.

My mom also got this big "All Creatures Great And Small" kind of book that I'm definitely going to borrow and read, even though the dang thing is massive.

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« Reply #170 on: October 27, 2016, 05:47:14 pm »
I just finished Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and... well, lots of thoughts.

One is me wondering where the heck our pop culture version of Frankenstein comes from, cause the crazy doctor, the castle, the lightning, the lumbering creature, the sewing together of corpses, Igor... NONE of that is in the book!  Victor Frankenstein is basically a college student, he's Mark Zuckerberg!  Honestly, I kept picturing Remi Malek as I read it.  He doesn't reanimate corpses, in fact he's purposefully vague about how he creates life because he doesn't want the process to ever be repeated.  The creature himself, you think "arrrr, fire bad!" but I swear he just wont shut up, he narrates a huge chunk and frankly, he sounds like Frasier Crane.

And the book is like a nesting doll book, kind of like Cloud Atlas, first it starts with a dude at sea writing letters, then he transcribes everything Frankenstein says, and THEN Frankenstein quotes everything the daemon said, and that dude said EVERYTHING including what he ate for breakfast.

It's definitely not as tight or modern as Dracula, which I loved, but definitely interesting, if long winded.  It feels like reading a Nanowrimo novel, which it kind of was back in the day.

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« Reply #171 on: November 01, 2016, 12:28:23 am »
A second book finished... and in such quick time, too!  This one I picked up at the Book Fair, I just had to: "Jeeves And The Wedding Bells.  I mean, come on!  Very cryptic, but either Jeeves or Wooster getting married, I have to see how that turns out.

Well, the actual wedding, the matrimonial bliss, spoiler alert, isn't in the book.  I wanted to see the whole family and relations in that setting, I thought that's what the book would be.  No no.  I'm a BIT disappointed about that, because the entire prospect of marriage is at the end of the book, the last chapter, to a point where it feels anti-climactic.

But that's my only issue with the book.  Everything else worked very well for me (though I understand some **** fans weren't totally satisfied).

While I haven't had the pleasure of reading the Wodehouse original books, I have enjoyed some of the old movies and of course the classic television adaptation of Jeeves and Wooster, and the book really does feel like the big "series finale" to the whole thing that the proper show never really had, tying up loose ends, having Bertie recognize one of Jeeves' quotations for the first time, and obviously getting Bertie to settle down, which Aunt Agatha has been pressuring him for ages (and of course, the stake that Jeeves would leave when Bertie gets tied down, since Jeeves is acting as a bit of a minder for sir).

And the tone was perfect, I couldn't help but read Bertie in Hugh Laurie's voice and Jeeves in Stephen Fry's, pitch perfect the whole way through, and nailing the rhythm, the specific humour and so on.  Though I was picturing Daisy Ridley as Georgianne, which creates a weird temporal displacement when paired up with young Laurie.

I also couldn't help but chuckle at the reference to an upcoming expedition to Egypt, alluding to Highclere Castle (where they shot Downton Abbey AND a few episodes of J&W).

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