11 April 2010

Ahem

Well, i've awoken!

So, as i felt like i couldn't focus last night at 2 i wrote up my final post and then went to lay down for bed.  I picked up Dust and Shadow by Lindsay Faye to try to read another chapter as i felt like it was giving up too early.  I ended up reading 168 pages and finally going to sleep about 4 am.

Overall, I read 626 pages and 1 graphic novel.  I finished 2 books and the graphic novel so i'll post some quickie reviews. 

Farmer in the Sky by Robert Heinlein-  5.   I don't know if this book is one of his "juveniles" but it read like a young adult novel to me.  A teen, Bill, his father, and his new stepmother and stepsister emigrate to Ganymede, one of Jupiter's moons.  Bill is our main character and he's a very good kid.  Smart and hardworking, with courage and curiousity.  He's even an Eagle Scout!  Once on Ganymede, he and his family face difficulties as they start their own farm.   No sex, no swearing, very safe for kids.  This book was fun but really the kind of thing that i would have loved as a child.  one of my own books.

The Lost City of Z by David Grann- 6.  non-fiction.  In 1925 a British explorer, Percy Fawcett, his son and a friend of the son went into the Amazonian jungle and never returned.  A lot of explorers died in the Amazon but what makes this case so peculiar is that it's relatively modern, that Fawcett was an Amazon expert, leading several successful expeditions previously, that he was pretty famous, and that, instead of mapping the land or trying to contact native tribes, the trio was looking for an unknown, massive settlement that Fawcett called Z.  Like El Dorado, Z was a place of legend.  Fawcett wasn't looking for gold or gems but proof that the Amazon could support complex civilization.  After the men had been out of contact for over 2 years, mulitple other groups and individuals went searching for Fawcett, many of whom also disappeared.  The author, Grann, himself becomes a little obsessed with the case and with the other obsessives.  I really liked it.  library book.

Hellboy Volume 2: Wake the Devil by Mike Mignola.  5.  graphic novel. Kinda weird, because this is the second volume but it references something that happens in Volume 3.  I love Hellboy as a character.  Very much a long story about nature vs. nurture.  library book. 

Off to look at some of my cheerleaders' blogs. 

1 comment:

  1. Hellboy is always a good choice! Love all those graphic novels.

    Farmer in the Sky is one of Heinlein's juveniles. I enjoyed my recent reading of it and agree with you that though it was fun it is definitely something that would have captured the imagination more when I was a kid.

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