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14 March 2010 @ 06:31 pm
Books 1-7; I am somewhat behind due to being sick  
Yes, I am behind. But I might not make 50 this year. I've kind of thought of reading more Serous Books and Literary Canon instead (of my usual pop science and genre lit), and make it at the very least 25 books, with at least 15 Serious. I'm starting off... ok, I guess. Some win, some utter fail. 3 so far.

1: Art Objects: Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery, by Jeanette Winterson
The first half is about paintings, which I honestly cannot make myself care about. But essentially, Winterson's goal there, as well as in the literature part, is to enthuse the reader to engage themselves in words of art. To show that though it may be hard work, but it's worth it in the end. Which is a good point, but I am still not sure how I feel about it. But I have to appreciate Winterson's devotion to authenticity, although I am just not The Kind of Person to Buy a Painting Rather Than Fixing the Roof. Sorry. Not artsy enough.

2. Hunting the Shadows, by Tanith Lee
My mind is having issues remembering which stories are from which of the two Lee short story collections, but I remember liking both a ton, so it's not like it matters.

3: And Another Thing..., by Eoin Colfer
(since I realize not everyone know, this is the sixth part of the HHGTTG trilogy) Uhm no. Lucas liked this one because it was "tons better than Starship Titanic." I was bored; Colfer overuses catchphrases, he attempts to make a plot (the wrong move with Adams stories) which is boring, and it never ends. Nope.

4: The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, by Gertrude Stein
(yes, it's an autobiography written by someone else. Fun stuff.) This might be the first book using stream-of-consciousness I've ever liked. Except it isn't, not really. But it has some of the aspects; dialogue isn't punctuated, for one, and there isn't a real plot, but rather a sometimes out-of-order telling of a series of events as they happen, mainly focusing around Stein and Toklas' life among the painters in Paris around the turn of the century (my favourite thing is how when anecdotes are told out-of-order, they're often defined by what Picasso was up to at the times ("at this point, Picasso and Fernande were still in Montmartre"). Interesting, although the lack of plot made for a not exactly page-turner experience.

5: Superfreakonomics, by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
Eh. The first one is more interesting. This feels a bit like less theory and more, eh, I can't find an English word for raljerande, but it lands somewhere in between bantering and boasting.

6: This Incredible Need to Believe, by Julia Kristeva
If you like Freudian theory, sure. I rather determinedly don't, and this was a very bad translation from French (my French isn't by any means good any more, but it's enough to be able to see that some sentences used to make sense in the original.

7: The Girl with the Glass Feet, by Ali Shaw
Hey, more no! Everyone recommended this book, so I am rather surprised that I didn't enjoy it. Basically, I thought it was going to be more fantastique, what with taking place on the made-up island of St. Hauda's Land (somewhere around the Faeroe Island?) where there are tiny moth-winged cattle, a creature whose looks turns animals white and people into glass... but no. This is a novel about Love and the Human Condition, and while I don't like books without love stories, I also don't enjoy the one where they are central. Also, don't care for the Human Condition much.

ETA: silentrequiem, can we have a pop science tag?
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Snark with a Side of Cheekysilentrequiem on March 15th, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
Done! :)