So why did I read it?

November 5, 2008 § 19 Comments

I have no idea.

I started to reread Terry Brooks’ The Sword of Shannara. Someone, please, tell me what the hell was I thinking? It sucked. Horribly. When did I like this book? Why do I still own this damned book? I can see how it got published but…wow my standards have improved since I first read it obviously because upon rereading I’m utterly and completely flummoxed as to (1) why I bothered and (2) what the hell I was thinking. Can anyone shed some light on this? I only finished it because…well, it was like fire or a train wreck. You have to give it one good long look or you really didn’t mean it.


eBook Readers?

May 29, 2008 § 2 Comments

Okay, I think I’m finally beginning to understand the appeal that electronic books have. I still remain unconvinced of their survival in the bathtub and I question their comfort as I fall asleep in bed reading with one of them, but those issues aside, I think I’m missing out on a lot of great books.

Does anyone own an eBook reader like a Kindle or any similar devices? What do you/did you like or dislike about them? How easy was it to get various types of eBooks onto them (format wise)? How do they stand up to abuse (e.g., dropping, cat hockey)?

Likely this isn’t an any time soon purchase. More of a query to see what people have experienced.

Books I’ve Read So Far in 2008

March 18, 2008 § Leave a comment

A still smaller list this time (everything after the horizontal rule). I’ve been working really hard to learn how to read things and savor them. The trash novels, not so much, nor much of the fiction. But the non-fiction, oi is it hard toturn off the “Read these 1000 pages for PhD class tomorrow” mentality. I know most of you think it’s weird that I’m working to read slower, but it’s really hard.

The list.

I blame rufinia…

February 6, 2008 § 5 Comments

…for sending me to the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books website, especially with respect to today’s Dear Harlequin letter. Not work safe for foul language. Pictures have no nudity, but they are trash novel covers. Read at your own risk, put down all liquids before adventuring, keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times. You have been warned.

PS: Lubeck, it’s sort of a slightly leaner trash-novel version of a Filthy Critic review.

Books I’ve Read So Far in 2008

January 31, 2008 § 20 Comments

An even smaller list this time (everything after the horizontal rule), which looks hideously small to me. I’m trying to learn to read a little slower, which I know sounds odd. I don’t miss things when I read fast. But I feel like there should be more savoring.
The list.

Books I’ve Read So far in 2008

January 17, 2008 § 4 Comments

bunnyjadwiga inspired me to keep track of the books I’ve read during the year. I’m not sure I’ll be able to do this or remember. Perhaps on a monthly basis I’ll be able to update. This first batch won’t be in a true reading order, but it should be comprehensive.

So far this year I’ve read the following books (it’s been a slow start, I think, but it might pick up):

  1. Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing. Ruhlman, Michael and Polcyn, Brian. (2005).
  2. The Cook’s Encyclopedia of Japanese Cooking. Kazuko, Emi. (2003).
  3. Thyme of Death. Albert, Susan Wittig. (1992). (reread)
  4. Touch the Dark. Chance, Karen. (2006).
  5. Claimed By Shadow. Chance, Karen. (2007).
  6. Bardic Voices: Book I, The Lark and the Wren. Lackey, Mercedes. (1991). (reread)
  7. The Robin and the Kestral. Lackey, Mercedes. (1994). (reread)
  8. The Eagle & the Nightingales. Lackey, Mercedes. (1996). (reread)
  9. Four and Twenty Blackbirds. Lackey, Mercedes. (1997). (reread)
  10. The World of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time. Jordan, Robert. (1997). (reread)
  11. All About Cookies. The Joy of Cooking people. (2002).
  12. Libellus de arte coquinaria: An Early Northern Cookery Book. Grewe and Hieatt. (2001). (reread)

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