a fair and balanced birdthing (raaven) wrote,
a fair and balanced birdthing


Lest anyone think I'm all about the movies (though I still want to write up my thoughts on Children of Men, The Devil Wears Prada and one or two others), the books I've been reading since late February (that I remember) go like so:

Cafe on the Nile by Bartle Bull - got this from my dad when we visited him. It's a good read, in that larger-than-life, exotic adventure stories way. I sort of think of this kind of book as romance for men.

Fall of the Kings by Ellen Kushner & Delia Sherman - I liked this much, much more than Swordspoint. It seemed much more animated & engaging to me, and it's very clear that (as in Thomas the Rhymer) the author's writing has grown since her first novel. This one kept me very involved in the story, and left an ending that definitely has me wanting more. I'm waiting to find The Privilege of the Sword on bookmooch, though. As much as I want to read it RIGHT NOW, the fact is that I have more books than I could probably read in the next 2 years or so, and can't really justify spending money on more at the (unemployed) moment.

Dead Until Dark, Club Dead and Living Dead in Dallas (southern vampire series) by Charlaine Harris - As I wrote of the books of hers I read earlier (also southern vampire series), these are light, enjoyable reads. Reading them out of order only causes small chronology weirdness; they're all pretty complete in themselves.

Shakespeare's Landlord by Charlaine Harris - I liked the southern vampire books so well, I thought I'd start on her Lily Bard mysteries. This is the first in the series, and while the style is as light as the vampire novels, Lily Bard is a much harder character (and with good, experiential reason, too) than Sookie Stackhouse. I'll be looking into the rest of this series, for sure!

The Big Year - A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik - We picked this up from the Troll's parents' bookshelf, and it's friggin hilarious. I know there are a couple of birders out there on my flist, and now I think I have an additional bit of knowledge of Just. How. Bizarre. y'all might be (FREAKS!!!!). I laughed and laughed at this, and kept reading bits out to the Troll. Then he read it and did the same with me. Good stuff.

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman - When I snagged this from bookmooch, I didn't realize that it was currently being made into a movie. I just finally got pushed over that invisible edge of friends recommending it. Curse my lack of faith in other people's taste! This book is 12 years old, and I'm just finding it!! Really good stuff. I look very much forward to getting the other 2 books, and I am ambivalent about the movie, as I am with all books I really enjoy. If you like steam punk, victorian fantasy or just good, compelling writing, go read this right away! I'll definitely be reading the other two books in the series ASAP, but as with TPOTS, above, they'll have to wait 'till I find 'em moochable.

The Complete Hothead Paisan by Dianne DiMassa - I have wanted this for years and years, having discovered Hothead as a comic book way back when I lived in Tucson. Hothead speaks to my inner, violent, cynic - and she says wonderful things. This book is not for pacifists or the easily alarmed. I was incredibly thrilled to score it via bookmooch.

The Inferno by Dante - I keep trying to read this, I really do. But it makes me realize just how little I like epic poetry. I dislike it almost as much as I dislike annotations, and the pages of annotations to this epic poem outnumber the pages of the poem itself. Bah. Maybe I'll get through it some day, but it ain't happening anytime soon. I'd love to read a novel-form interpretation of it, though.

Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha (author anonymous) - I keep starting this, but I keep starting it situations where I'm nervous - so I haven't got very far in it yet. And it's not as compelling to me as fiction, which I have in abundance. Another of those that I'll get through eventually.

The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny - Another amazing bookmooch find! All 10 Amber novels in one big, bulky volume. A bit awkward for reading, since it's so big, but I'm working my way through. I enjoy Amber just as much now as I did when I first discovered it, back in my teen years (which is to say, quite a lot).

I'm also going back and re-reading at Cory Doctorow's Idiots Guide to Writing Science Fiction. It has given me the following mantra:

  • Write stuff.

  • Finish what you write.

  • Send what you wrote off to publishers.

If I can master those three steps, I think I'll be golden.

That's all the books I can think of at the moment, that have shared the past few months with me.
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