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Btt for 3/31/11, and a book!

So, BTT first!
If you’re like me, you grew up reading everything under the sun, like the cereal boxes while you ate your breakfast, the newspapers held by strangers on the subway, the tabloid headlines at the grocery store.What’s the oddest thing you’ve ever read? (You know, something NOT a book, magazine, short story, poem or article.)
I hae read some weird stuff at the doctor's office. My gyno doctor's office. The waiting room is fine as i bring a book but once they take you back to the room and give you the paper gown to put on I don't want to sit there with a book on my lap. I always hope they might come in quickly but usually they give you a good long time to change and then wait. So, the weirdest things i've ever read have been those posters on the wall about all the symptoms of terrible things that could be wrong with you or your baby. I've never been pregnant so none of that information has the slightest bit of relevance to me and in fact has made me a …

I forgot I loved Jane Eyre

It has been a very, very long time since i originally read Jane Eyre. It is strange to think i've been an adult for so long now that i've read books 15 years ago as an adult (or very close to it anyway). I really really enjoyed this book. I knew the gist of the story but had forgotten most of the details of it. wonderful, a 7. This one counts for the 2011 Challenge in the Re-Read category.

Oh, and i gotta brag. I won a super advanced copy of John Ajvide Lindqvist's Harbour. It isn't even out until September 27, 2011!!nyah nyah na na nyah!

Currently: looking at my brackets...not too shabby. Southeast is finished but i called the West almost perfect so far, 3 of my final 4 teams are still in it... go Kansas!

Btt and a Challenge!

Hooray! Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting the 5th Once Upon a Time Challenge, where we all revel in fairy tales and fantasy books. This is always such a fun challenge! I'll be doing Quest the First and may try to sneak in a reading of Midsummer Night's Dream too!

Here's my pool:
The Name of the Wind by Patrick RothfussThe Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. JemisonLament by Maggie SteifvaterJaran by Kate ElliottRed Seas Under Red Skies by Scott LynchLuck in the Shadows by Lynn FlewellingMainspring by Jay LakeSilver on the Tree by Susan CooperDragon Rider by Cornelia FunkeSmoke and Mirrors by Neil GaimanJonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna ClarkeMan, i have a few tomes on there huh?

For BTT:

Series? Or Stand-alone books?

Hmm. Depends on my mood? some series get tired and are just not worth it. but i love stories that have scope so i do love series. so, both?

First Tally 2011

as of 3/18/11

Total Books: 28
Library Books: 21
Graphic Novels: 6
Non-Fiction: 6
Audio books: 6

Vintage Mystery Challenge: 2
Science Book Challenge: 2

Weekly Geeks 2011-10

I'm trying to find some interesting ways to answer this one!The idea is simple. Tell us ten things about you with regard to books and reading. Let your imagination run wild!
I really love epics. Genre doesn't matter, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction, i love stories that are long and cover a character's lifetime. I like seeing these people change and grow.I never had more than 2-3 books that i owned that were unread before i started book blogging. you people are bad examples!I didn't read a lot of the "childhood classics". at least, not when i was a child. I read some: Stuart Little, The Westing Game, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler. But i skipped on to more adult books pretty quickly and didn't read many of the ones everyone seemed to. I've somewhat attempted to remedy that.I believe if it's good, it's good and it doesn't matter if it's genre, or new, or old, or for kids, or YA, or hard to get through. No …

Must Read?

Arg! This is a tough one. I am going to assume books that haven't been written can't be included right? and i can't just say "all of them?"

What one literary work must you read before you die?

Hmm. Of the books I personally already own, I'd say The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. I've loved his books so far and would be disappointed if i never read another.

As for books I don't All of Tolstoy? All of Dickens? Dostoevsky? I haven't finished all the Bronte books! I haven't read Emma! Homer! that isn't even counting the modern people i haven't read! Toni Morrison! Salman Rushdie! Sarah Waters! Margaret Atwood! Franzen! why am i on the internet right nowihavetogoread!

It is rare that I wish I had more math ability

But reading Brian Greene's The Hidden Realitymade me think that I should have done more in college. It is about the various ways there could be multiple universes. Besides physics, the book incorporates a bit of philosophy in ways that made it far more interesting to me than The Elegant Universe, which i struggled through 8 or so years ago.

The first way is the easiest to understand by far. If our universe is infinite, really infinite, not just really really gigantically large, then there would be all these galaxy groupings that didn't overlap because light hasn't had time to travel between the groupings and each set would be it's own universe. It that's so, there's only so many ways all the particles can align and eventually the alignments would repeat, creating a Milky Way, a solar system, an Earth exactly like ours but so far away we'd never meet them.

Another that isn't terribly difficult to grasp is the simulated universe. As I love the Matrix m…

Treason's Harbour

This book, Treason's Harbour by Patrick O'Brian, is definitely the second of a story arc. I complained a bit about the end of the last one, The Ionian Mission, and this book picks up a few weeks later. French agents are operating in Malta and try to use a young woman, Mrs. Fielding, who's husband they have captured, to get information from Maturin. Maturin, being a bad ass secret agent, see through this ploy and with Mrs. Fielding's help begins to feed the French false information. There is a chink in Maturin's invincibility though as he fails to see a real traitor operating at a high level in the Navy. Aubrey is more in the background in this book but has an amazingly funny scene where he rescues Mrs. Fielding's large dog. There's also a long section where all the Surprises go overland to the Red Sea for a mission, which has both hilarious and dramatic moments. a 5.

I would have the same complaint about the end but i had already picked up the next bo…

OK Graphic Novel

Gotta say, I liked volume one better than volume two of Locke and Key. Subtitled Head Games and still written by Joe Hill and drawn by Gabriel Rodriguez, continues the story of the Locke children. Zack ingratiates himself deeper into the family, Bode finds a new key, and we get more of the story of what happened to the Locke father when he was in school. I know this is a meh review but i feel kinda meh about it. a 4.

...And Philosophy

Wanna see why Alice is the best child heroine? or learn about logic? or the nature of reality? Then i can recommend you pick up Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy edited by Richard Brian Davis. Alice in Wonderland, and Through the Looking Glass, are wonderful logic adventures on their own and reading these essays on the works was quite informative. a 6.

And I recently saw that there are two new volumes of this series. Or newish. They've released one on Harry Potter covering all seven books and one on Lost covering all six seasons. The HP one appears to be completely new material (not contained in the previous book) while the Lost one seems to be a mixture. so now both of those are on my wish list!

2011 Movies Part 1

I'm going to keep going with the movies.

Resident Evil 3D- hmm. yeah. it was in 3D and Milla Jovovich is pretty. a 4.

The Man Who Fell to Earth- quite a strange 70's thing. I admit i was kinda studying at the time but i really didn't like it. a 1

Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns- documentary about They Might Be Giants. Fun. 5

Dark Star- ahem. it is John Carpenter's first movie. supposed to be a comedy. let's go with 4.

Machete- I so love Robert Rodriguez. this movie has the best stunt casting (Jeff Fahey's daughter) since Zombieland. a 7!

Red- fun. 5.

Terminator: Salvation- 5. i liked it a good bit but then the ending was just goofy.

The A-Team- 6, fun movie, if incredibly unrealistic.

What's Going On?

Not sure what is up with me. I'm not depressed; i feel fine! maybe i've been having some winter doldrums? Thinks are great with B. I really just don't feel like doing much, even reading. I did spend yesterday doing some reading but i just can't get motivated to dive into anything.

I also feel like i am reading less, which i don't like. I didn't realize how much time i spent reading at my old job! I would read on my breaks and at lunch and would have a book out anytime we had more than a minute or so between calls. Now, while i can take 2 15 min breaks and up to an hour for lunch, i'm not reading during the workday. I don't have to take a lunch and prefer most days to take my first break around noon to fix my lunch and have been walking with a group of women most days for my second break. so instead of reading maybe an hour or so during the day I am reading 10 mins or less.

The advantage of the new job on the reading front is that I get to listen…

one book leads to another

I enjoyed Left Hand of Darkness when i read it last year but the reason i picked up The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin is because Mor mentions loving it in Among Others. At first, i really didn't know where the book was going but as it went on i enjoyed it more and more.

Urras is a world somewhat like Earth; it lots of different nations, some at war with each other. There are extremes of rich and poor and much environmental destruction. A difference is that women aren't allowed to be educated and aren't equal to men. Anarres is the desert moon that Urras gave to a group of communalist anarchists to get them off Urras about 200 years before the novel begins.

Shevek is a physicist and the first man to go from Anarres to Urras to stay in decades. Anarres has segregated itself almost totally from the rest of the Universe and Shevek knows that to find his grand unifying theory that he needs access to other knowledge. so a portion of the story is Shevek's life as he go…

BTT for 3/3/11

Quick question!

Do you cheat and peek at the ends of books? (Come on, be honest.)

Actually, i don't. i've occasionally accidentally caught a phrase that spoiled me at the end of a book and i've hated it! 99% of the time i want to let the story unfold in front of me, not have things over too quickly. I'm really careful now not to even read the forwards of classic novels as there are frequent spoilers in those too. I don't want to know until i get there myself!

The Ionian Mission

I liked The Ionian Mission by Patrick O'Brian but didn't like the ending. It is another of O'Brian's books that ends seconds after a battle concludes. I do like a little denouement, thank you, though at least i didn't have to wait until the next book to find out if a favorite character survived the battle. This whole book involves a good bit of waiting and realy makes you feel the grind of service in a blockade. Then Jack and Co. get a break by going on a special mission in the dear old Surprise and head over to deal with 3 Turks all trying to take, or keep, the same town. Whichever one Jack decides to help will probably win and then help Jack and the British take a French-occupied town. So there is this long buildup to that battle, the taking of the town, which we then do not get to see. Therefore, while i liked this book, it is just a 5.