lusting for a good book
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April 3rd, 2009
November 28th, 2008
castallia @ : a few resources and questions
I just wanted to post a few resources that some of us might find useful. The first is the Gilbert schema for Ulysses. Joyce featured different colors, symbols,organs,and areas of study in each section, as these charts illustrate.
Also, from what I've read so far, Ulysses alludes constantly to Hamlet. So, here's a link to the play in case anyone wishes to reread it.
Although it's very early to ask this question, once we all get started, I'll be curious to know whether or not you all think Ulysses could be appreciated in its own right, without reference to any of the works Joyce draws on? If the answer is "yes", what aspects of the work are universally accessible? If the answer is "no", do you think that detracts from the novel's value as a work of art?
March 4th, 2005
vocis @ : I completely missed February's book of the month due to, well, crap. I'm going to try to pick it & March's book up in a week or so, but I've a lot of things I need to finish and start.
I'm still working on Plato's The Republic and am only about a half-dozen stories into Gene Wolfe's collection Endangered Species. At least the Wolfe book I'll be able to get through pretty quickly, but Plato is kind of dry. :)
Come to think of it, what is the book of the month for March? Did I miss the post?
January 6th, 2005
vocis @ : New community, new icon. My Photoshop skillz are weak, but the avatar is kind of cute none-the-less.
Picked up Fast Food Nation last week and am up to the part where it explains why fast food tastes the way it does. Out of fear and a hopeful expectation that I will no longer willing eat at fast food chains after finishing the book (plus knowing that I'm going to be going back on South Beach phase 2 *g*) I got a Big Mac and fries for lunch today so that I could say good-bye to them. *g*
So far I've found it to be pretty entertaining and occasionally frightening. I've been intrigued by the brief personal histories of the major players in the industry, especially "Colonel" Sander's story which I thought was a hoot. I suppose it is pretty slanted, but it's no more so than I expected given the subtitle "The Dark Side of the All-American Meal". I'm reminded that I had intended to see Super Size Me and should rent it at some point.
Before FFN, I finished A Clash of Kings which is book two in George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. It's fairly fluffy fantasy, but it is well writen with decent characterization and not too much gratuitous sex. (Although if you are horribly offended by incest you might give the series a pass; it's not that the practice is universally accepted in setting, but it does happen in the novels.) I'll likely be picking up book 3 A Storm of Swords pretty soon, but then will have to wait for book 4 to be released. (FYI, the first book in the series is A Game of Thrones.)
The other book I am reading when I remember to pick it up is Plato's The Republic though I most often do so when winding down to sleep and so don't really remember too much. I'll probably have to start that one over. Also I should start reading the CCDA study guide I picked up so that I can maybe take that certification exam this year and I want to pick up some Math books to relearn the Geometry/Algebra/Calculus I've forgotten.
And I think that about sums up my current book lusts. :D
Current Mood: cheerful
January 5th, 2005
dorothymonkey @ : I like books, too
First off, I am not currently reading anything involving the templar knights. ;)
I have, actually, been reading mostly fluffy books, lately.
I just finished The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists: A Novel over the weekend. It was a lot of fun; good if you've got an afternoon free, or are in bed with a cold. Really, as you would guess from the title, it's a funny little book about pirates who, mistakenly, plunder the S.S. Beagle and go on an adventure with Charles Darwin. Absolutely, 100% historically inaccurate in every imaginable way, but I hope you would have guessed that from the title, as well.
After I finished that, I started Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood, who is my stand-by for quick reads that are actually captivating. She is my Danielle Steel. I picked this one up a year or so ago at half-price books and just never got around to reading it until now. If you've read any Atwood, you know what it's like: clever, original, but not challenging at all.
I'm still reading American Nomad, by Steve Erickson, too. It's a, surprisingly astute, look at the 1996 Republican primaries which he was covering for Rolling Stone at the time. It's made me laugh out loud, more than once, and has me shaking my poor head every few pages. It's especially interesting to read keeping today's political climate and Republican party in mind; it's amazing how much and how little has changed in 8 years.
I've already read Fast Food Nation, so I'm ahead on that one. My favorite part of that book is the flavor industry; I found it particularly interesting. Maybe I will take this chance to go back and re-read some of the book.
Also, in my "to read" queue is Sock, by Penn Jillette, which is a detective novel told from the point of view of a sock monkey. Sometime I think people write books just for me.
Anyway, I warned you it was mostly fluff.