rivendellrose: (seeress)
Happiness is a complete, unabridged audio collection of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell to listen to at work. ♥ Good audio books make me so very happy.
rivendellrose: (ood)
For the record, since there seems to be a bit of confusion on this - I am not against anyone else liking Dan Brown or Angels and Demons. More power to you. I just don't like it myself, and take a perverse pleasure in reaming books that I don't like, particularly if I have to read them whether or not I like them. It's a habit leftover from school, where at least if I hated a book I had to read for class, I could write a nasty essay about it.

And I don't know how people are getting the impression that I don't like it because it's trashy literature. I enjoy trashy literature. This is just not my kind of trashy literature. Give me an urban fantasy, historical romance or cheap sci-fi novel any day. Thrillers and mysteries are not my thing, and in general I get bored by even the good ones.
rivendellrose: (Ravenclaw)
I went out shopping for books for my trip this weekend (last night to Elliot Bay Book Company, and today to Half Price Books), and... I think I may have slightly over done it? I have this thing where I sort of get out of control with books. It's like any other addiction - if you allow yourself to take even one drink (or, in my case, buy one book)... it just leads to going nuts and overdoing it. Sooo... I'm a lot more poor, but I have a lot of awesome books. Yay.

I'm also having occasional teensy-tiny little nervous breakdowns about OMG LEAVING ON WEDNESDAY. Well. Technically, going to LA on Wednesday night, and then omg leaving-for-real on Thursday morning. But still. Same diff, in a general sense. Either way, it's all very suddenly immediate and I'm only freaking out a tiny bit, really, of course. Really. Hah.

Expect a near-constant state of panic between now and Thursday. And then silence, hopefully followed by a triumphant "News From Tokyo!" kind of post on Friday night. Well... assuming the hostel really does have Wifi. If not, the triumphant post might have to wait until I can find a local internet cafe. :D

But that's not yet. Not until Friday. Until then.... yeah. Until then, it's all over but two more days of work, and a lot of packing and panicking and general fuss and worry. Wheeeeee.
rivendellrose: (summer)
Still working on unpacking the apartment, but at least I can say now that two of my three bookshelves are set up and stocked, although they need some serious reorganizing once the full collection is out and available, if for no better reason than that I find it weirdly upsetting to have short paperbacks shelved with taller books in between them, and have been thinking it might be nice at least to attempt to organize by subject.

But! I've been reading a few awesome books lately, so I thought I'd share brief reviews. :)

Recently read the first book of the Temeraire series, and absolutely adored it - dragons and the Napoleonic wars! What's not to love? ♥ Also read Bimbos of the Death Sun, and am now immersed in the sequel, Zombies of the Gene Pool. The first is essentially about an engineering professor who's written a very serious sci-fi novel which his publisher chooses to retitle "Bimbos of the Death Sun" for selling purposes, and then is dragged to a science fiction convention (in the 1980s) where he gets involved in all sorts of insane and strangely accurate-if-parodic fannish events and confusions. It and the sequel are a bit like a novelization of Fandom_Wank, if it had existed in the 80s. It's pretty darned adorable.

And lastly, am currently listening to Oliver Sacks' Musicophilia while working. Wonderfully lucid, intelligent, interesting and symphathetic writing, exactly what I expect of Mr Sacks' work, and the subject matter (neurological and psychological disorders surrounding the perception of music) is fascinating.

And a note on the cats: Random and Theoden are now allowed to be together out in the apartment as long as the Boy or I are home to supervise them, and so far we've had a pretty minimal amount of angry noises and only a few minor swatting-fights. I'm hoping they'll settle down further once they get used to each other more, particularly to the point that they can allow each other on the bed... right now, Random growls and makes aggressive posture if Theoden tries to hop on the bed with us, and that makes me extremely sad. But I think they'll get over it, considering how much progress they've already made. ♥
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Long story how, but I ended up website-hopping to the site of an author whose page I used to follow very closely and had forgotten about in the last few years - Janet Kagan. Kagan was my writing hero when I was in my teens, and I still love her books whenever I go back to them. I wrote a fan email to her back in early high school, and was delighted when she wrote a long and thoughtful letter back, and moreso when the occasional further note garnered further replies. Her books - in particular Uhura's Song (yes, that Uhura - it was a Star Trek novel from the days of yore, and I've read it so many times I could probably still recite it verbatim) and Mirabile - are still, to some extent, cornerstones in my mind. Rereading them recently, I realized how much her writing must have laid the groundwork for my love of anthropology - she was good with culture.

Tonight when I went to check her website, I found out that she died more than a year ago.

She wasn't a young woman, and I suppose I knew in a vague sort of way from her website that she had bouts of ill health. But it hurts to know she's gone, and, more than that, somehow, that I didn't realize until now. It's dandelion season, too, and she always said she loved dandelions.

So, here's to the woman who taught me that diamonds and dynamite come in small packages. I'm still working on getting something actually written and finished so I can paper the bathroom walls with rejections like she said to do (because, why not send it in? it's already not being published...), but if I ever do, it'll be in part thanks to her.
rivendellrose: (scully's fun-reading)
Dear Seattle Library System: Why does your search interface suddenly suck? We didn't always have this problem. How is it that you now think, when I search by author name, that it is somehow acceptable to return keyword type responses mixed in with the list of author responses? If I search for an author, I - gasp! - only want the things that author has written. Stop being stupid. How hard can it possibly be to list the actual author responses first?

PS: I am deeply unamused by your decision that a video recording of a Depeche Mode concert is an acceptable response to my author search for Richard Dawkins.

If you'd accepted my offer of a first initial, rather than only giving me three really stupid responses to that query, we wouldn't be having this problem. Not funny, library. Not funny at all.

...*Puts hold on desired book. Wanders off, grumbling about how she misses the university's online catalogue, which actually made sense.*



Finished re-reading "Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy," now reading both "Why Gods Persist" (horribly dull writing style, but interesting content) and Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" (decently well-written for historical romance). Almost done with "The Ancestor's Tale."
rivendellrose: (scully's fun-reading)
Books Read So Far in 2008
Making Money - Terry Pratchett
Dancing Girls of Lahore - (forget at the moment)
Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice for All Creation - Olivia Judson

Currently Reading
The Physician and Sexuality in Victorian America - Haller & Haller
The Ancestor's Tale - Richard Dawkins
(Something whose title I've forgotten temporarily...)
The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins (audio)

The last is a fantastic book, but I'm being thwarted somewhat by my computer, which somehow refuses to play anything past track 20 on any audio CD... somewhat problematic since they've broken this CD into 11 minute tracks, so all its discs have more than 20 tracks. It's worth the fuss, though. In the last three discs I've had the pleasure of A) hearing Richard Dawkins, atheist par excellence, talk about the Flying Spaghetti Monster, including the phrase "touched by his noodly appendage," B) heard the very solemn and lovely sounding Lalla Ward end an argument with "nyah nyah nyah" while reading from an infantilized example written by her afore-mentioned husband, and C) got all teary-eyed after a particularly sweet bit of prose about Douglas Adams, in which Dawkins pretty much stopped his whole argument to say how much he missed his friend. The fact that I'm hormonal and already a bit emotional probably factors in, here, but I still found it deeply touching.

All of that in addition to being a very intelligent, eloquent, and interesting defense of atheism. Absolutely delightful.

...The others are good, too, I just can't get all excited about them while I'm working, due to not being able to read them at work. So.
rivendellrose: (Politics!)
So... I'm reading one of the 8th Doctor novels, and I just have to ask...

Did Sabbath seem like a carbon copy of the Master (specifically Ainley!Master) to anybody else? Or is it just me?

Not that I'm complaining or anything. I like him. I'm just curious as to why they made up a whole new character when just resurrecting the Master (again) would've done just as well with less explanation. Could they not get the rights to the Master or something? (I know this happens with DW books/audios on a fairly regular basis...)

Obviously I need to make myself an Ainley!Master icon... feels a bit odd using Simm here.
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From [livejournal.com profile] pussreboots: These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of today). As usual, bold what you have read, italicize what you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand.

Books! )

Speaking of which - been listening to audio books at work, and while I mean to update my list of Books I've Read in total, for the moment I'll just list really fast the ones I've listened to at work lately: Anne of Green Gables, Shakespeare: a Biography, and Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. Still working on a few others, including, just started today, Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson. ♥
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Short notice because I'm dumb and forgot to tell everyone this even though I repeated it to myself the whole way home from the bookstore last weekend:

Syne Mitchell and Eric Nylund (and someone else... William Dietz, I think?) will be at U-Books tonight for a talk and signing related to a collection of sf/f stories benefiting Katrina victims. Dragon's Pen folks will remember Syne and Eric from our lecture series several years ago. These are two of the sweetest human beings living, for those who don't know them - they both gave so generously of their time and wisdom, all for a bunch of wide-eyed would-be-writer college students. If anybody gets out there, be sure to congratulate Syne on her new book, the first in a series (trilogy?) called Immortals. It's another medical/tech thriller, researched right here with the UW's own nanotechnology experts. ♥
rivendellrose: (unexpected (Inara))
The housemates and I had a brief discussion last night about published fanfiction - specifically, the 'real books' stuff like Geraldine Brooks' March, or the often-godawful licensed novelizations of movies/tv shows.

And today, I saw the best example ever of this: It's called Darcy and Elizabeth: Days and Nights at Pemberly.

Clearly, Victorian-era fanfic is the way to go, if you want to make something of it. On the same table at the bookstore near my work is My Jim, an account from the perspective of the wife of Jim from Huckleberry Finn. Same story, folks. Derivative fiction is not necessarily bad fiction. Hell, the frigging Aeneid was glorified fic of Homer's Illiad, and Shakespeare would barely have a play to his name if we discounted the stuff he borrowed from other people. So anyway. Fic away, my friends!

...Just consider doing it for the works whose copyrights have come up, if you want to get somewhere with it!

And since I'm already on the subject...

My Updated Reading List )

Fruitflesh is turning out to mostly be boring and worthless. I had high hopes, but it pretty much combines the worst of writing-advice books and squishy "chicken soup for the woman's soul" type books. I normally like those, but the bad ones... boy are they bad.

My most exciting revelation from Lear so far has been the source of the name Regan. You guessed it - Simon and River's mum seems to have been named for one of Cordelia's unpleasant sisters. Fitting, no?

birthday!

May. 8th, 2006 08:56 am
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Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] miss_arel!!! ♥

I hope your test goes well and that you find all kinds of fun ways to spoil yourself for the rest of the day!

Also, darn it, I had about a page written on the first of my fics for [livejournal.com profile] 3measures as of last night, but somehow it didn't get saved onto my thumb-drive. I hope that means it's not totally disappeared... I really liked some of what I'd come up with. :P

And lastly, for the sake of feeling accomplished, my ongoing list of books I've read, having begun on 3/13 of this year:

Books! )
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I finished Faerie Tale by Raymond E. Feist last night - I'd kind of wanted to leave it for a little longer, since it's great for my breaks at work, but I wanted too much to see it through.

Two main points: 1. [livejournal.com profile] zinjadu, you have got to read this book, as soon as [livejournal.com profile] nekokoban is done with it. You know how we're always bitching about how the Good People are portrayed poorly in movies and literature? Yeah. They're themselves in this book. Complicated, unpredictable, and downright scary. It's good stuff.

2. The one bad thing about this book? For the first three hundred pages, there are three female characters who are pretty central to the story - for the sake of simplicity, I'll call them the mother, the daughter, and the old intellectual woman (she's a college prof, if I recall). All three are educated, intelligent, and seem to be reasonably strong women. Yes, the daughter suffers from "victim whose pain starts to bring the men to realize something's up" syndrome, but so do a lot of people in the early parts of the book, so I didn't mind that. But by the climax of the book... Cut for spoilers for the book. )

Anyway, good book. Just keep in mind that the author is still a total product of his times. Right down to mentioning doctored candy at Halloween and pagan cults possibly involved in human sacrifice. And even a bit of repressed memory stuff. I'll take late twentieth century urban legends for 10,000, Alex.
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Gacked from Redpanda - Banned Books list. I'm sure I'll be just as pathetic on this one as I was the 200 top reads, but it'll be amusing. Bold the ones you've read!

Banned Books List )
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Gacked from _redpanda_: It's the BBC's Big Read Top 200 List -- bold are what I've read:

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman (only read The Golden Compass)
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne(again, I'm pretty sure on this one...)
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame (according to my mom, who, I suppose, would know ;) )
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery(Didn't I?)
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie
101. Three Men In A Boat, Jerome K. Jerome
102. Small Gods, Terry Pratchett
103. The Beach, Alex Garland
104. Dracula, Bram Stoker
105. Point Blanc, Anthony Horowitz
106. The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens
107. Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz
108. The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks
109. The Day Of The Jackal, Frederick Forsyth
110. The Illustrated Mum, Jacqueline Wilson
111. Jude The Obscure, Thomas Hardy
112. The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾, Sue Townsend
113. The Cruel Sea, Nicholas Monsarrat
114. Les Misérables, Victor Hugo
115. The Mayor Of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy
116. The Dare Game, Jacqueline Wilson
117. Bad Girls, Jacqueline Wilson
118. The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
119. Shogun, James Clavell
120. The Day Of The Triffids, John Wyndham
121. Lola Rose, Jacqueline Wilson
122. Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
123. The Forsyte Saga, John Galsworthy
124. House Of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
125. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
126. Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett
127. Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison
128. The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle
129. Possession, A. S. Byatt
130. The Master And Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
131. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
132. Danny The Champion Of The World, Roald Dahl
133. East Of Eden, John Steinbeck
134. George's Marvellous Medicine, Roald Dahl
135. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett
136. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
137. Hogfather, Terry Pratchett
138. The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan
139. Girls In Tears, Jacqueline Wilson
140. Sleepovers, Jacqueline Wilson
141. All Quiet On The Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
142. Behind The Scenes At The Museum, Kate Atkinson
143. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
144. It, Stephen King
145. James And The Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
146. The Green Mile, Stephen King
147. Papillon, Henri Charriere
148. Men At Arms, Terry Pratchett
149. Master And Commander, Patrick O'Brian
150. Skeleton Key, Anthony Horowitz
151. Soul Music, Terry Pratchett
152. Thief Of Time, Terry Pratchett
153. The Fifth Elephant, Terry Pratchett
154. Atonement, Ian McEwan
155. Secrets, Jacqueline Wilson
156. The Silver Sword, Ian Serraillier
157. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey
158. Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
159. Kim, Rudyard Kipling
160. Cross Stitch, Diana Gabaldon
161. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
162. River God, Wilbur Smith
163. Sunset Song, Lewis Grassic Gibbon
164. The Shipping News, Annie Proulx
165. The World According To Garp, John Irving
166. Lorna Doone, R. D. Blackmore
167. Girls Out Late, Jacqueline Wilson
168. The Far Pavilions, M. M. Kaye
169. The Witches, Roald Dahl
170. Charlotte's Web, E. B. White (I must've... I think....)
171. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
172. They Used To Play On Grass, Terry Venables and Gordon Williams
173. The Old Man And The Sea, Ernest Hemingway
174. The Name Of The Rose, Umberto Eco
175. Sophie's World, Jostein Gaarder
176. Dustbin Baby, Jacqueline Wilson
177. Fantastic Mr Fox, Roald Dahl
178. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
179. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, Richard Bach
180. The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery (everyone else in my highschool French class read this... I switched levels, missed it, then switched back and missed it again. *sigh*)
181. The Suitcase Kid, Jacqueline Wilson
182. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
183. The Power Of One, Bryce Courtenay (does seeing the movie count?)
184. Silas Marner, George Eliot
185. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
186. The Diary Of A Nobody, George and Weedon Grossmith
187. Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh
188. Goosebumps, R. L. Stine
189. Heidi, Johanna Spyri
190. Sons And Lovers, D. H. Lawrence
191. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
192. Man And Boy, Tony Parsons
193. The Truth, Terry Pratchett
194. The War Of The Worlds, H. G. Wells
195. The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans
196. A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
197. Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett (blast! the only one I've not read out of the Witches books!)
198. The Once And Future King, T. H. White
199. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
200. Flowers In The Attic, Virginia Andrews

I feel somewhat like a failure as an English Lit major, having gone through all of that... Also, why is it that every Terry Pratchett book I have NOT read is listed here? Do I really have such awful taste in his books???

And now, having seen other people's lists, I realize I really need to get reading. Whee!

ETA: I'm dumb - I DID read Soul Music. *headdesk*
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Had a nice fourth of July hanging out with Tiffangelwings, Jyuu_chan, Stormwolf, Ookamiko and her fiance, Andrew. We spent the day at their apartment, then went to Gasworks and watched the pretty fireworks. And I'm reading Guilty Pleasures, now--whee! I like it much better than I remembered, probably because I'm realizing now that I started in the middle of the series somewhere, as well as all that confusion with the all-too-similar Tanya Huff series. And, for the record, Jean-Claude is damned sexy. Hooray for sexy vampires.

Saw "Alex and Emma" today with my mom... not an amazing movie, but cute and vaguely entertaining. Looking forward to running off like the fangirl I am and seeing "Pirates of the Caribbean" next weekend, as well as "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen."

Heh.... "naughty."

Damn... I can't figure out how to write his accent properly on that word. Well, just imagine that it's being said by Sean Connery. Mmm..... men who are, by all rights, FAR too old for me to be this delighted by them.....
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I know I've come to it late, but after a decision crisis in the library today, I'm reading 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn' for the first time.... damned good book, I must say. I'm wholely impressed and pleased, so far.

'Chocolat' was actually my first choice for reading today, but I was already in Odegaard and that book is in Suzzallo/Allen. So then I went to look for Edith Wharton's 'Age of Innocence'... which I obviously never found. I am fully pleased, however, with that which the library gods have given me. ;)

Sablebadger talked about tech-lust.... I have BOOK-lust, I'm sorry to say. Quite a bad affliction; I wandered around the fiction and literary criticism section of the library (top floor, to the right of the right-hand staircase as you go up, sections PS and PR, I believe) for twenty-some-odd minutes, in total a daze of "what shall I read? I want to read it ALL!!!"

Yup. There are some days when I know I was meant to be an English major.
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Here's someone's interesting opinion column on the recent Harry Potter hype. http://www.spiked-online.com/Articles/00000006DE0C.htm

I'm debating whether or not to feel terribly insulted by this article, actually. I'm not exactly the type who reads Tolstoy for fun, nor am I saying that J.K. Rowling's work is literary genius... what I *will* say is that I seriously doubt it's a sign of the destruction of literature, literary consciousness, intelligence, or maturity. Sure, it maybe isn't genius. Neither is most literature--genius is a precious commodity. But just about anything that gets people reading actual books (an 870 page book, no less!) is a good thing. Especially if it's getting *kids* into reading. And I, personally, don't give a crap if they're not reading the most intelligent pieces of literature on the face of the earth--they are READING, and they're enjoying it, and it actually has some good moral standards to offer, as well as just plain fun.

Not nearly enough people in this world are able to say that they consider reading a pleasure and incorporate it into their life on a regular basis. High-and-mighty, holier-than-thou intellectuals like this woman aren't exactly helping that--in fact, if they had their choice, they'd be making it a hell of a lot worse.

Now, if she wants to bitch about commercialism and the making of books, movies, and such into over-hyped merchantile blockbusters that attempt to suck kids (and adults) into buying every damned little thing they can come up with... well, then, her and I might have something to talk about.
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9:20AM Saturday morning: Bought Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at U-Bookstore. Was amused by cash register fellow (pierced, bleached, rather flaming pretty boy) who pointed to a copy beside the register--"I'm reading mine between customers." Resisted urge to open until 10:40AM, then tore into it like a starving wildcat on a dead deer.

3PM: Looked up from book, realized was starving. Took short break to figure out what to get. Mom kindly went for it, leaving me to continue... such a good mom!

5:30ish: At page 520ish, left book and went with Derek to meet up with people for Ron's birthday party. Didn't leave Ron's house until 6:30. Went to party (which was actually decently fun) and hung out there for quite a while. Had Fat Tire and part of a screwdriver, as well as requisite chips, cake, and second-hand smoke. Remembered what it was that made me enjoy parties with my friends more than highschool-style parties with people I barely know. Went home around 1AM, hung out with Derek until 2ish, then read until 3:45, and went to bed.

This morning: Went shopping looking for Tacky Tourney outfit (hooray! I've figured out what I'm wearing/who I'm being!!!) Sadly, former plans described to Cora, Tiffangelwings, and LadySonnet failed... but I think I have something almost equally cool that just randomly fell into my lap at Buffalo Exhange. Whee! Then came home, checked email, threw myself on the couch, and immediately dug through the remaining pages of the book. Finished about 15 minutes ago.

I'd give my opinions on everything... but I don't want to spoil people. It's a good book, though. Although I will say that nobody should read it if they don't want dark, brooding, evilness. Can't wait to discuss opinions with people!!!

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