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« Reply #705: February 21, 2011, 04:36:31 pm »


Revising.  Angry

But I did manage to finish Kim by Rudyard Kipling recently, and absolutely loved it. I picked it up because I'd heard it's a good example of colonial literature - and it is - but it's way more than that. It's subversive (the white boy-hero is more comfortable being Indian), the descriptions of 19th century Indian settings, people, customs etc are really vivid and sympathetic, Kim gets involved in espionage between Britain and Russia, and he also goes around with a (Tibetan?) Buddhist lama. Not used to having spy stuff interleaved with Buddhist philosophy, but it works.
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« Reply #706: February 21, 2011, 04:59:11 pm »

Revising.  Angry

But I did manage to finish Kim by Rudyard Kipling recently, and absolutely loved it. I picked it up because I'd heard it's a good example of colonial literature - and it is - but it's way more than that. It's subversive (the white boy-hero is more comfortable being Indian), the descriptions of 19th century Indian settings, people, customs etc are really vivid and sympathetic, Kim gets involved in espionage between Britain and Russia, and he also goes around with a (Tibetan?) Buddhist lama. Not used to having spy stuff interleaved with Buddhist philosophy, but it works.

...And I just *started* Kim, today, reading it with a friend in our mutual quest to fill in the gaps in our well-read-ness.

Also currently reading...  Let's see...  Bleak House by Dickens is my long-commute audiobook; my current ebook is Pratchett's The Fifth Elephant (and I cannot for the life of me remember whether I've ever read it before, oddly); my current DailyLit is Agatha Christie, The Mysterious Affair at Styles; and I'm going through Raggedy Andy Stories (having already finished Raggedy Ann) with my three-year-old.

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« Reply #707: February 21, 2011, 05:22:05 pm »

Revising.  Angry

But I did manage to finish Kim by Rudyard Kipling recently, and absolutely loved it. I picked it up because I'd heard it's a good example of colonial literature - and it is - but it's way more than that. It's subversive (the white boy-hero is more comfortable being Indian), the descriptions of 19th century Indian settings, people, customs etc are really vivid and sympathetic, Kim gets involved in espionage between Britain and Russia, and he also goes around with a (Tibetan?) Buddhist lama. Not used to having spy stuff interleaved with Buddhist philosophy, but it works.
I read Kim a few years back and didn't enjoy it at all. I guess that's no surprise coming from what is still essentially a colony, and having strong political views about that.
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« Reply #708: February 24, 2011, 09:18:12 am »


I started The Picture of Dorian Gray last night, on an impulse, and so far it's fantastic. I've wanted to read it for years so it's about time really. Cheesy I'm also reading The Prodigal Mage by Karen Miller, the start of a sequel set to some books I read of hers last year, and I'm also still working through Jeffrey Gantz's Early Irish Myths and Sagas. A bit silly really when I should be focussing on revising but yano. I like reading. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #709: February 24, 2011, 10:07:04 am »

A bit silly really when I should be focussing on revising but yano. I like reading. Roll Eyes

You tell me. I'm supposed to be revising The Lovely Bones for school, but I was done with it days ago. I'm going to finish The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buddhism before half-term break is over.
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« Reply #710: February 24, 2011, 11:02:45 am »


I seem to be in a not-too-meaty mood these days when it comes to books.  I just finished The World Without Us, which is theoretically serious, but a really quick read (so it falls into the sorta-breezy category).  Now I'm reading Sloane Crosley's How Did You Get this Number, which is almost as funny as her first book I was Told There'd Be Cake.  An excellent summer read.

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« Reply #711: February 24, 2011, 12:19:49 pm »

You tell me. I'm supposed to be revising The Lovely Bones for school, but I was done with it days ago. I'm going to finish The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buddhism before half-term break is over.

I love half-term, why does it have to go so quickly? Cheesy I've told myself several times this week that I'm going to do English coursework. Have I done it? No, of course not. I've been reading anything but what I'm supposed to be. xD
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« Reply #712: February 24, 2011, 12:55:21 pm »

I love half-term, why does it have to go so quickly?

Half-term...ah, you youngster. Those were the days.  Cheesy
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« Reply #713: February 28, 2011, 09:51:12 am »

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I bought it because the cover caught my eye and it was 30% off. There's $5.60 and 3 hours I'll never get back.
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« Reply #714: March 06, 2011, 05:25:39 pm »


Currently have several books on the go

Tavelling Heroes: Greeks and their Myths in the Epic Age of Homer by Robin Lane Fox
The Great Transformation: The World in the Time of Buddha, Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah by Karen Armstrong
The Classical World by Robin Lane Fox
Natural History by Gaius Pliny (the Elder Pliny)
On Love and Barley by Matsuo Basho
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« Reply #715: June 24, 2011, 10:25:46 pm »


Well, I ended up getting two books into this year's read-through of Kushiel's Legacy. Still need to start reading the last book in the first trilogy. Cheesy

Also right now I'm re-reading and starting to work through Evolutionary Witchcraft by T. Thorn Coyle. Annnd I'm reading through Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece by Joan Breton Connelly.
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« Reply #716: June 27, 2011, 01:40:39 am »


There is this program I plan to do called, "WAY/IRN" (What are/am you/I reading now?), where I read ten books in one year, make reviews on them and create a top 10 list on which were my favorites and least favorites.

So this year in '11, I am reading books I either had on my shelf but never got to, or books I always wanted to read, but never bought.

This Summer, I am reading the following:

*The Qur'ran (reading the whole year)

1. Little Women-DONE
2. North- In Progress
3. Animals in Translation
4. Looks

For Winter:

1. White Fang
2. Sanctuary
3. Dreams of my Father (cheating a bit one this one, reading this all year along with the Qur'ran)
4. Psychic Vampires
5. Thinking in Pictures
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« Reply #717: June 27, 2011, 06:08:21 am »

I usually find that if it's fiction I can tune out for a few seconds and still be able to follow what's going on.  If I tune out for longer than that I just rewind a little bit.  Nonfiction on the other hand I really have to be paying attention.  I've recently discovered several history audiobooks that I really enjoy, but I can't be doing anything I have to think about while I listen to them. 

The way I always describe my listening habits:  Audiobooks give my Left Brain something to do while my Right Brain is using my hands, and music gives my Right Brain something to do while my Left Brain is using my hands.

Since my quarter ended today I'm restarting and forging ahead on a few:

George R.R. Martin's A Feast for Crows (fourth in the Song of Ice and Fire series, trying to get it finished before the 12th when A Dance with Dragons is released) I'm just under halfway on this'n reading it on my kindle.

The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory: Why an Invented Past Won't Give Women a Future by Cynthia Eller up to chapter four - Hardcopy as I couldn't find a digital version

Ronald Hutton's Blood and Mistletoe: A History of Druids in Britain - Just cracked the intro also hardcopy

I also have a backlog of ebooks I picked up awhile ago I haven't had time to get into. Need to get back to the gym and the treadmill, reading is a great way to distract myself from the agony of cardio Tongue


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« Reply #718: June 27, 2011, 01:55:28 pm »

Christmas Menu's for the restaurant I manage.
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« Reply #719: June 28, 2011, 01:30:08 pm »

Christmas Menu's for the restaurant I manage.

I finally got in Amanda Quick's Burning Lamp.  It's wicked good.  But then, most of her books are  Cheesy
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