Discussion in 'Community' started by droideka27, Aug 31, 2005.
Been stuck on Conviction for awhile trying to get thru it.
Great Tales of Terror which is a collection of short stories written H.P. Lovecraft.
Well....that was kind of boring.
Flipping through Hypoethicals, which is a fun "If you had to choose..." set of questions by Matthew Forge & Andre Khury. Some of them are repetitious, others are funny; many are easy for me but others make me think.
Star Wars The Cestus Deception
Glow by Jessica Maria Tuccelli
It's about a young girl in 1941 whose mother sends her away for safety reasons and she unravels her family history. I'm not there yet but it's very interesting and rich so far.
There is a lot of racism because it covers pre-Civil war years and is based in the U.S. South.
It really is. Top shelf. Anyone read Diane Gabaldons Outlander stuff? Good?
I haven't read it, but I've heard it's good; it's on my list.
So in reading Doyle's actual Sherlock I have a comment or two. It is actually really good. I was afraid I would not like it. I am not that far in, just a few chapters but it is written well and interesting. One criticism I might have is this idea that Holmes did not know the Earth circled the Sun and then after learning it he says he will forget it to be super duper extra efficient at deduction. His mind attic needs to be empty of useless stuff. Yet he learns the violin. ?
I chalk it up to old timey writing and an author pushing a tad to hard to make a point of Holmes' mental efficiency. I could also make an argument for hyperbole on the part of Holmes'. Or it could be he reall ymeant Holmes to not know this and I ignore it as silly.
Regardless, this is a fun read.
Learning the violin is useless. ?
I always thought it helped him sort his thoughts while working a case.
I could make that case because music has a stimulation to the brain that helps with cognitive function. But I still chalk it up to sillyness or a mistake in writing in a n attempt to appeal to the reader as to the extent of the limits of the character. BUT, I could be just biased for a somewhat sane Holmes where at the moment in this reading if I take the mistake of knowledge about what revolves around what literally then Doyle's Holmes is quite frankly ridiculously insane.
Doyle's Holmes does happen to be the original - albeit ridiculously insane.
Orhan Pamuk's The New Life. Can't wait to finish it to get back to Iain Banks.
Keys to the Demon Prison, last of the Fablehaven books.
The section of Appian's Civil Wars that deals with the Social Wars.
The Hero With A Thousand Faces
The Nine by Jeffrey Toobin. A look at the late Rehnquist to early Roberts court, mainly personal looks at the justices and how they reached the decisions they did. Basically Souter is awesome and Thomas is insane.
My reading of Holmes is going well. Catching all the lines thrown into the film is cool. "Give me problems, give me work..." "You know my methods." Cocaine and morphine! RDJ's portrayal seems accurate to me minus the more comical take.
I finished Treasure Traitor by L.J. Popp this morning and started Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly. I liked what he did with "Killing Lincoln" and I hate history.
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold
The New Capitalist Manifesto by Umair Haque.
follow this guy on twitter and he's good, so interested in what he has to say beyond segments of 140 characters.
About to start reading Star Wars: Allegiance
I am on to the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in the collected book. Just finished the first story in which Adler bests him. This is such fun to read. I have a couple of other books waiting but they will do just that. I've got 1,000 + pages to get through and I like it.
I've decided to get back into EU after a fairly lengthy hiatus, starting with The Lost Tribe of the Sith.
Right, Antarctica is done, now it's on to the Dust Bowl with The Grapes of Wrath. First chapter was, needless to say, impressive, but I'm going to say it anyway.
I had to read that for school once. I don't think I got all the way through. I do remember an entire chapter dedicated to a turtle crossing the road. No joke.