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Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006
8:25 pm
Book Review
Lamb: The Gospel Acccording To Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

Rambling, Very Minor Spoilers, But Just To Be SafeCollapse )

Saturday, November 26th, 2005
11:14 pm
I swear, if I read another novel that, because it's set or partially set in the 80s, has Charles's and Di's wedding as a backdrop for a scene, I'm going to fucking scream.
Monday, January 24th, 2005
2:36 am
Introductory ramblings.
Hello; I just joined, so I thought I'd make a preliminary mention of some of the latest "snob-worthy" books I've read...

Here be bookish twitterings.Collapse )
Thursday, December 2nd, 2004
4:53 pm
new to all of this
Hi, I'm new here, and just wanted to add to the discussion and see who here has read Donna Tartt's "The Secret History," see if anyone wanted to discuss it. It is my absolute favorite book of all time. Ever. I read it at a very impressionable time in my life (freshman at college) and it... well, it sounds goofy to say, but it certainly influenced my life. My little group of elitist friends at college fancied ourselves quite the intellectuals. Now, I must go, as I have a 3-year-old in my lap hollering at me to "Be the Ringwraith! Be the ringwraith!" I think he wants to play.
Sunday, November 14th, 2004
4:42 pm
Hello everybody
I noticed the other day that we actually have some members! So I had better make a post of some sort.

I recently read The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Muriel Spark has a habit of revealing the ending of the story right at the start, or at least part of it. It's quite early on that you know Miss Brodie is going to be betrayed by one of her set, though she doesn't tell you by whom till halfway through and why till the very end.

There's something about Spark's style that I enjoy, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Her narrator seems knowing, and sometimes amused by the situation.

In Prime, she introuces eight characters (Brodie, the set, plus the wannabe who seems to be inconsequential, but isn't, you'll find out why at the end). Usually, this is a surefire way to confuse the reader, but there's a trick that reminds me of Homer, who often qualifies a character's name, such as 'grey-eyed Athene'. In The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, it's 'Rose Stewart, who was later famous for sex' and so on.

Anyone else read this, or any other of hers?

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, September 9th, 2004
2:56 pm
Yet again.
I am starting to wonder if I have turned this community into my personal forum for forcing my taste in books on you lot.

Most recent book to WOW me:
"Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow" by Peter Hoeg.

Wonderful book, if a bit morbid. A 6 year old boy falls off a roof in Copenhagen. The verdict is suicide and the police want to shut the case. But Smilla knows better. She know the child and knows he wouldn't have killed himself. So she follows the matter and her journey takes her to the farthest points of Greenland and a very unlikely conspiracy. But who did it, and why?

In between the whodunnit murder mystery thriller feel, there is a lot of philosophising, and you can expect to learn alot you probably didn't know - more than you ever want to know about Greenland and icebergs, but there are quite a few beautiful points she makes.

Read it. Really.

Current Mood: nerdy
Monday, August 2nd, 2004
5:20 pm
More Book Recommendations
Here is another one: Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi. It is in effect the true story of a book group reading forbidden western literature, secretly taking place at the home of an ex-English lit. professor at Tehran University. It struck a personal chord with me because I was actually living in Tehran the year she wrote it, but I am sure you don't have to have first hand experience to appreciate it. It's a mix of Pride and Prejudice, Daisy Miller, Lolita, entwined with the personal stories of the individual members of the book group. A real page turner, I only started last night and I am approximately 100-pages through. I got mine through amazon but I've seen it at Waterstones as well. I have gone on too long and will stop now, but try to read it if you can!
Monday, July 19th, 2004
9:22 am
Book Recommendations
Every community / forum needs a first post, and I want to start this community with a book recommendation: Thomas Wharton's Salamander . It is really hard to find in the shops, a search of all the Watersones shops in Birmingham revealed only one copy, which I now own. Amazon do a copy, however, http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0007128657/qid=1090225389/sr=1-4/ref=sr_1_11_4/026-2494721-9857223.
Quite frankly, is is possibly the best book I have read so far this year. A serious fairy tale for grown ups, a magical world of puzzles and riddles. It's such a gripping book that I felt genuinely down when I wasn't reading it. But it put a huge smile on my face when I was, and I highly recommend it!
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