evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (Mucha Icon)
On this day when we celebrate that most mysterious and ecstatic of emotions, I think we should all take a moment to give thanks for that most important discovery of humankind: penicillin.

If you don’t believe me when I say this, I suggest you read Deborah Hayden’s Pox: Genius, Madness and the Mysteries of Syphilis.
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (Mucha Icon)
Disclaimer: I listened to this book on CDs on my way to work. I count this, though purists may disagree. I’m certain this book is as good in written form.

The Terror by Hugo Award winner Dan Simmons is a historical/horror novel about the Franklin Expedition to find the Northwest Passage to the Pacific. Just to get this out of the way: basically everyone dies. This is not a spoiler; it’s historical fact, and it’s good to know this going into the story, as it keeps things in perspective. The Erebus and The Terror left port in 1845, and never made it back.

It’s not like this book is about the plot anyway. The plot is pretty simple: these dudes are gonna die; let’s watch. They’re trapped in pack ice for two years. Their coal is dwindling. Their food is running out because they didn’t question why their supplier’s low bid was half of everyone else’s (duh, guys, duh).

Oh, and they’re being stalked by a horrific monster that lives on the ice and drags them to their deaths one at a time. That’s where the horror in this historical/horror novel comes in.

Cut for length )
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (Malfoyowski BBE icon by poetrusic)
Well, on the advice of [livejournal.com profile] priscillapuck, I decided to go the pedantic route and take notes on my first impressions of Deathly Hallows.

Cut for spoilers, swears, length, randomness and blatant abuse of emphasis )
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (Fortinbras by songstressicons)
As a long time reader and admirer of Jane Austen’s works, do you know what causes me to lose sleep at night? Why, the thought that she may not have been a total hottie, of course.

You know who else I worry about? This guy. Man, just look at that forehead. Freaktacular. Okay, maybe that’s not a fair picture. No one looks good in an engraving; they were the license photos of their day. How about this one? The earring is kind of sexy, but we still have the giant fivehead of doom there. And in this one he’s using his massive cranium to send landing signals to small planes. C’mon, man. How do you expect us to take you seriously as the Greatest Author in the English Language of, Like, All Time, Ever if it looks like you haven’t seen the sun in a decade or so?

Because if you don’t totally look like this, I just can’t respect you.
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (John Singer Sargent)
I didn’t do as much reading as I hoped this year, but considering the abysmal number of books I read of my own volition last year (i.e., books without names like Managing the Sociological Construction of Public Opinion or The Failings of Public Polling in the New Millennium or Media Relations for the Greater Good of the Glorious Republic at the Start of Our Century of Ascendancy), I don’t feel too bad about it. Next year, if I’ve read the same amount, I’ll feel like a bad former English major.

I’ve posted my book list below – color coded according to how I felt about them. There’s also a mini-review for some, if there was something I wanted to add. If you want to know any more about the books I read or how I liked them, please let me know.

Read more... )
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (StGH icon by alory_shannon)
Ever since I heard that Maguire wrote a sequel to Wicked, I’ve been wrestling with the question of whether or not I wanted to read it. Wicked is a brilliant book, and I was very afraid the sequel would be a money-making tie-in to the success of the musical. I finally caved over the weekend, and borrowed the book from the library. I was partly right, but only Maguire could write a money-making tie-in that stands alone as a fine novel.

Cut for length )

Question:

May. 25th, 2006 12:24 pm
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (Jules Cheret)
Can anyone recommend a good on-line book site? LJ, forums, whatever. Just a place for talking about books; not necessarily a book club, but those would be cool too. Now that I have a public transportation commute of an hour, I find I'm flying through books. Plus I have an actually good library system nearby. I'm looking for recommendations to add to my ever growing list of want-to-reads, and a place to discuss.

And if you want to leave me a recommendation here, I won't say no. Since I totally lost that list y'all gave me a year ago when I let my Zoomerang subscription expire, like the idiot I am.
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (Odyssey BBE icon by makani)
I recently finished this for book club, and figured I would write up a review, thus keeping true to my year-old promise that I would review more books.

Love Walked In )
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (Jules Cheret)
Many, many moons ago I promised that I would add book reviews to my movie reviews. And seeing as I haven't seen a movie in ages (not since V for Vendetta anyway), but I've recently joined a book club, I thought I would finally do a write up about a book.

In a Dark Wood Wandering by Hella Haasse )
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (Jules Cheret)
I finished HBP a few days ago (yes, slow, I know), but was too busy to say anything about it. In all honesty, I don't have too much to say anyway.

Cut for the Spoilery Things )
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (beata beatrix)
Look, I’m not demanding. I don’t expect a lot from the back covers of my books. Yes, I am somewhat annoyed with the current habit of using quotes from people I don’t care about blathering on about how fantastic the novel is. I really would prefer a description of what happens in the book. But when the plot summary is inaccurate, it’s just as useless as the blurbs, and more annoying.

Read more... )

Survey’s still open, just so you know.
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (scarygoround.com)
Because I can, I'm going to share my favorite book series of all time with you today: The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde.

The series is made up of four books as of now (though there will be five soon): The Eyre Affair, Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots and Something Rotten. The main character is Thursday Next, a Literary Detective with a husband and father who don't exist, an unfazed mother, and an aunt and uncle who live in a Sherlock Holmes backstory. Not to mention the Hades family, who wants her dead, and a corporation called Goliath that...well, also would like to see her dead.

The reasons I love this series are many, but there are two very important ones. The first is that they are hilarious. The second is that these are books for people who love books.

The world of Thursday Next is one you just have to accept. From the first page, you know this is some type of fantasy. The Crimean War is still going on in 1984. Britain is pretty much run by the evil Goliath corporation. There's something called the ChronoGuard to keep people from abusing time travel (but they abuse it themselves). Vampires, werewolves and ghosts exist, and there's a Special Operations department dedicated to irradicating them (too bad it's manned by just one guy). There are Literary Detectives, because books are among the most important thing in this world. People treat Hamlet like it's The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The theft of an original manuscript of Martin Chuzzlewit is a big deal. People can jump into books because the Book World is real (and is oh so awesome).

Some of my friends found all this difficult to swallow, but I say not to worry about it. Just let everything you know go, and get into this world. It's worth it because everything is just so much fun.

They're weird. They're inventive. They're the best things I've ever read, and totally recommend them to everyone.

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