miscellany

Dec. 9th, 2008 12:33 pm
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From now on, instead of saying "if I get hit by a bus", I'm going to say "if an F18 crashes on my home".

In other important news, I fully understand why The Scarlet Pimpernel was panned by critics when it first came out. It is a novel that was apparently better as a play, and destined to be a B movie! Somehow, "bad enough to be good" works better for film than print, I think. Must suggest to book club that we make our next meeting into movie night...

Last and least, this may or may not be fair, but it's funny.
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"The Big Read thinks the average adult has only read six of the top 100 books they've printed below.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them."

book list )

May I say, what a very odd list of books. I mean, the Bible, Bill Bryson, various hoary classics I should have read in college, famous sf/fantasy, and a few recent best-sellers? This is top 100 of what?

via eac and podle
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recent reading )
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catch up, sort of )
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See behind the cut for a list of banned books compiled by someone [livejournal.com profile] eac knows, in honor of banned books week. The meme instructions:
Bold the ones you've read. Tell me which one was your favorite. Suggest one to read.
the list )
Going through this reminded me of a lot of books I read as a child and hadn't thought of for eons. At age 11ish, I had a real love-hate relationship with Judy Blume -- I read and re-read her books obsessively, despite despising the protagonists, whom I found unbearably sappy.

For my current taste, I'd probably pick Harry Potter as my favorite -- these days I have a sweet tooth for highly refined brain candy. OTOH, anyone who hasn't read any Mary Renault is missing a treat.
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another reading list )

books

May. 23rd, 2006 07:36 pm
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yet another list of books )
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another list of books )
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another list of books )
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just another list of books )
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more bookishness )
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books )

bad, bad me

Aug. 2nd, 2005 09:20 pm
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the evil influence of the book club )
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In keeping with my current scrambled reading material -- re-reading Colleen McCollough's novels set during the waning of the Roman Republic, interspersed with Gwyneth Jones' White Queen trilogy -- not to mention that I've been re-watching I, Claudius:

I was quite entertained by this comparison of the Roman Republic / Empire with U.S. history / future. (I especially love the dynastic names of the future politicos.)

Via [livejournal.com profile] eac's friend [livejournal.com profile] _blackjack_
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...there always remain the consolations of rampant consumerism and escapist fiction.

AKA, a visit to Borderlands, where I bought two handsful of books that I honestly didn't really need.

(and got laughed at by the cute dread-locked guy at the register when I paid with my new amazon visa card.)

scored

Oct. 26th, 2003 12:53 pm
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...white gloves at NY Apparel, and at the Goodwill a block down on Haight St, a purse ).

Also, apropos of nothing, once again [livejournal.com profile] jgcr has correctly predicted my taste in reading as I am completely enthralled by Cryptonomicon.

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