Started Cinda Chima’s Warrior Heir last night and just got the audio book of Andrew Solomon’s Far from the Tree (41 hours of listening awaits.)
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As an act of Literary Cleansing.. I’m now listening to Neil Gaiman’s short story collection Smoke and Mirrors…. read by Neil himself. Just the Introduction for the stories (and that one fabulous tale called The Wedding Present within the Introduction) is 10 times (or more) better than the entire series of Robert Langdon mysteries by Mr. Dan Brown.
Finished listening to Catching Fire. Found the story moving at a faster pace than the first time I read it and enjoyed it quite a lot. Started listening to Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians. Fun so far — wondering how many young readers will get all the witty references and banters. Looking forward to meeting Brandon Sanderson at the Random House BEA party at the end of May!!!
Listening to Catching Fire to refresh my memory – after seeing the trailer for the movie. Reading Mastiff (the 3rd Beka Cooper.) Enjoying both. Catching Fire is better than I remembered…
Listening to The Magicians by Lev Grossman, and wading through Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli… wading.. because I feel reluctant to get back to the book every time after putting it down… I can’t wait to finish it and figure out why some people seem to really love it.
Finished Arkham Asylum, the 15-Year anniversary edition with David McKean’s artwork. Finished listening to Hart’s Hope. Started listening to The Zombie Survival Guide and reading The Name of the Wind (#1 of Kingkiller Chronicle.)
Listening to Hart’s Hope (Orson Scott Card,) reading Hokey Pokey (Spinelli,) and Batman: Arkham Asylum (Grant Morrison.)
Finished Tales from Brothers Grimm and Sisters Weird; full post to come. Started Grimm Legacy and listening to Too Big to Fail by Sorkin. Will start Batman: Arkham Asylum, excited!
Started Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick — highly intrigued. Half way done with Batman R.I.P. It’s getting better, narrative strand-wise. And 2/3 done with Malcolm X — learning so much about the Nation of Islam (N.O.I.) history and the facts behind the legend.
Started Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg – and will also read Batman R.I.P. Still listening to Malcolm X.
Listening to Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable and started The Dead by Charlie Higson.
Not that far into Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, this year’s big youth literature winner. Still in my highly critical mode… so, when I see on page 22, “My dad… was always giving me lectures about physical violence,” and on page 23, “And another thing about my father: He didn’t give lectures. Not real ones,” I am baffled and a little annoyed. Is this same father giving lectures or not? Is this the author not being consistent? Is this trying to say something about the narrator being unreliable? So far, the narrator seems honest so this does not sit well… I will continue reading it but there is a tiny fissure in the landscape of my trust for the author or the narrator. Hopefully I’ll get wrapped up in the story and stop paying attention to little inconsistencies.
V for Vendetta
by Alan Moore
art by David Lloyd
I really appreciated the intricate storytelling and some of the truly dark moments in this complete collection of the V stories. It’s great to finally know what this classic graphic novel is about and to have read something by the famed Alan Moore. At the same time, I’m not sure that I bought all the philosophical and political views underpinning the characters and the plot line: it seems to run too straight and too narrow down one singular line and everything worked out all according to V’s plans. That said, it is a rewarding read that demands quite a bit of focus and now I have to ponder hard about the ending: is it a brilliant treatment or does it too abrupt and unresolved? I’d love to hear others’ opinions on the series’ ending…
Finished. The first 2013 children’s book that I got to read. A whole bunch of girls (5-8 grade) have been waiting for this to come out for a long long time! Hurray for its final appearance AND happy that they will definitely enjoy it. They will find that the plotting is as adventuresome and surprising as the previous two installments and the tone is as sassy. It’s also delightful to read Ananka’s TIPS for girls that encourage kindness and level-headedness throughout the story.
Since Newbery announcement, I have: Caught up with Downton Abbey season 3 episodes, started three books (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe, V for Vendetta, and Kiki Strike: The Darkness Dwellers), seen four performances of our middle school’s amazing production of Fiddler on the Roof and cheered my daughter on with her parts in the show (mostly dancing): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kElU7v9rbwI and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJWHgZygg98, graded assignments, taught Library classes, and promoted the newest Newbery (and other awards) winning titles … pretty much, things are back to normal!
Listening to Edward Hardwicke read old Sherlock Holmes mysteries… walking to and from the subway stations. Really enjoying it.
I have to move on to reading 2012 titles for the 2013 Newbery now. Can’t really talk about individual titles specifically — but hopefully, there will be plenty of thoughts to share still.
Why did I never question Ron’s integrity or humanity? He has neither. Look at this little scene between him and Myrtle (book 6, paperback, US edition, p. 462) – “Never you mind!” said Myrtle, her small, leaky eyes fixed on Ron, who was now definitely grinning. “I promised I wouldn’t tell anyone, and I’ll take his secret to the —” “— not the grave, surely?” said Ron with a snort. “The sewer, maybe…” Myrtle gave a howl of rage and dived back into the toilet, causing water to slop over the sides and onto the floor. Goading Myrtle seemed to have put fresh heart into Ron. –
And then he proceeded to feel better about his apparition test. He felt better because he teased and goaded someone in distress. (Granted, it’s Just Moaning Myrtle, right? Someone everyone can bully!) How is this behavior different from that of Draco’s or his cronies’? Ron is more like Crabbe and Goyle than not — and I don’t know if he hadn’t sat in that empty compartment on the Hogwarts Express those many years ago, what would have become of him…. would he ever be a “friend” to Draco?
Listening to A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Listening to 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass. Really like the voice actor.