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31 January 2006 @ 06:18 am
Just finished Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman.

I'll put up a proper review when I've have more time, but for now, I will just say that he's done it again :) It's full of diverse characters and otherworldly oddness. Gaiman fans will not be disappointed, and, if you've never read him before....where the hell have you been? :)
29 January 2006 @ 01:39 pm
Hi there everyone, I'm a new member...

Anyway, I'm an English Lit. undergrad at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo Michigan. Although I do plenty of reading for my English classes I still feel horribly unread. My main areas of interest in Literature are probably Modernism and some of what people are calling "Post-Modernism." I also have a weakness for the classics and am a huge Shakespeare fan. As far as academic areas of study, I get a kick out of New Historicism, "New" Criticism(though it should probably be called old by now...), Cultural Studies, Psychoanalytic Crit., Corpus Linguistics, and a whole mess of other Structural and Post-Structural schools of thought. They're all fun, but I think it's best to read without any sort of agenda. I could care less what is in vogue and what isn't when it comes to studies.

Right now I'm reading Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon for fun and a lot of Shakespeare for a Shakespeare Seminar I'm taking and a lot of "classic" literary crticism(Longinus, Aristotle, the Romantics and such) for a Lit. Crit. class I'm taking. I'm a huge Joyce freak, I really like Faulkner, and for fun read a lot of Tom Robbins. I like music, too...

So I suppose that's about all you need to know about me...
28 January 2006 @ 06:05 pm
Hey I'm new here and I happened to stumble upon this site after I became increasingly frustrated over the lack of 'Thorn Birds' communities/discussions of any kind across LiveJournal. Then, finally I found a site that listed Colleen McCullough as their interest and well, here I am! I guess I was kind of surprised over the lack of Colleen McCullough boards as I found 'The Thorn Birds' to be a completely captivating novel and then the mini-series was just so addictive and enjoyable..Just wondering if anyone on here read 'The Thorn Birds', and their reactions, whether or not they liked it ..etc. It's always interesting for me to hear peoples opinions on some of my favourite books..

I also noticed some people listing books they wanted to read this year..so here are a couple more 'modern' books I am looking very forward to reading:

*Assasination of Jesse James By the coward Robert Ford-Ron Hansen
*Sophie's Choice-William Styron
*Cold Mountain- Charles Frazier
*Doctor Zhivago-Boris Pasternak..yes, a lot of these are now film versions but I always find the books to be a lot more captivating..

Well, any other recommendations/insight into some really great books? Thanks!
I feel : contentcontent
21 January 2006 @ 07:39 pm
Trumpet by Jackie Kay

This book is excellent. It is fiction.
It follows the life of mainly Millie and Colman Joss Moody's wife and adopted son after Joss Moody's death. Mr. Moody was a famous trumpet player who was born in Scotland but eventually moved to England. After his death it was found out that he was born female. Millie just wants to be left alone to grieve but the media is relentless. and Colman is furious because he didn't know this about his father. The book also has chapters that are in the voice of other a handful of other people. it is such a beautiful story. It had me falling in love, being smitten, being furious, frustrated and grieving.
10 January 2006 @ 12:22 pm
So I guess I'll post my list of books I'd like to read this year.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Faust
I just finished reading the Sorrows of Young Werther and I absolutely loved it. Faust is about the devil or something. I'm not actually too positive, I'm just interested in the author.

Susan Sontag - On Photography
I got this book for Christmas, so I'd like to read it sometime soon.

Mark Z. Danielewski - House of Leaves
I tried reading before, but had to return it to the library before I got far into it. I'd like to try again, possibly buying it instead of borrowing it.

Philip K. Dick - anything by him
My dad loves him. I had a whole lecture about him a few weeks ago. It's about time I read him!

And that's all I can really think of now. Unless I get some recommendations ;)
05 January 2006 @ 10:58 pm
peacefulbeauty did an amazing list of the books she wants to read next year. Mine isn't quite as impressive, but here we go all the same:

Henry James - Portrait of a Lady

Colm Toibin's 'The Master' was so tender and reverent, it just inspired me. Knowing some of the background of the book just makes me more desperate to read it.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon - Shadow of the Wind (started but never finished)

It's a book about books, which to me is geeky bliss. The language and atmosphere are absolutely gorgeous, but it's heavy going, and I need to make more of an effort.

Paul Auster - Leviathan

This is one of those books you buy because it looks fantastic and never start. I've read the first few pages.

Kate Mosse - Labyrinth (started but never finished)

Again, this is pretty heavy going, but I got really involved in the storyline, and I'm dying to know what happened. The linguistic elements - the Language of Oc and French both appear quite a lot - helped make it interesting, but the pace is relatively slow.

Lionel Shriver - We Need to Talk about Kevin

I think this is one of those books I need to read to feel I've understood today's writing.

Wally Lamb - She's Come Undone

I loved I Know This Much is True so dearly. I actually bought She's Come Undone for my little sister, and she loved it, so I'll probably steal her copy...

I'd also like to read more Banana Yoshimoto, Jeanette Winterson, Angela Carter, Ann-Marie MacDonald, and many many others.
I feel : ill
I am listening to: Chris Isaacs - Wicked Games