13 March 2007

Books - January to February 2007

Aha, once again....I am compiling a list of books read for the year. I try to accomplish this every year. I hit August and, somehow, I chose a book that drains the life out of me. Last year, it was Rushdie's Satanic Verses. I swear, I took a long break after reading that one. And sadly, I didn't even finish that bloody book.

Since I didn't write about these books after I immediately finished reading them, I probably won't remember many highlights of my read. Bear with me.

January 2007
1) The October Country - Ray Bradbury
I read this. I liked it. I thought I was picking up a full novel when I started to read this one. After the third story, I realized that they were short stories. I was pleasantly surprised. I usually don't care to read short stories, to be honest with you. I like to commit to full length novels that I can willingly fall into. Anyway, I did enjoy this read. Some stories sent shivers across my skin. Good job, Bradbury!

2) Striptease - Rachel Shteir
This is a non-fiction book about the history of burlesque. It was interesting and I learned a bunch of facts that I would never know otherwise. However, after a while all the facts kind of blended together. I lost track of who was who. It seemed a little repetitive and that made me lose a bit of interest. Yes, that is not telling you much about the book. Keep in mind, I read this at the height of health issues. My attention span was more focused on not falling over.

February 2007
3) I, Robot - Isaac Asimov
I tried really, really hard to like this book. I try really, really hard to like sci-fi novels. Truth is, I just don't like 'em. I liked the beginning of this book but it just didn't hold my interest. It was written well and I'm sure my dislike is only because my personal preferance of reading material. I became lost in it for all the wrong reasons. At some point, I didn't know who was a human and who was the robot. I did notice, however, that when I was reading this on the subway and looking good - I attacted a lot of nerdy looking guys. There's nothing wrong with that.

4) Deception Point - Dan Brown
I figured that I should read a Dan Brown novel. I didn't have too much faith in this book. There was so much talk about his book, The DaVinci Code, I thought I should give one of his novels a go. Plus, I got it free because I had a coupon from a box of cereal. It is written for the masses. It looks like a thick, hearty read. In reality, the book was only thick because the type was big enough for the legally blind to read it. That bothered me. The language is simple. The lines are cliche. I think he does have some good ideas but he is really writing for the masses. It bored me. And the ending - boy, I loathed the ending. Cliche! And not only that - I don't even care if I am giving out spoilers on this piece of crap - the main character hooks up with the leading man. He's a biologist or something (I'm trying to block it out). He gives her a gift to show his affection for her, a really sweet gift that is unique. Main character scoffs and tells him to try flowers next time. Jesus, that pissed me off.

The best part of this novel was when I was reading it in the bathtub and I accidentally dropped in on my soapy chest.

5) Freakonomics - Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
I liked this book for many reasons. First of all, it is a book that I have been anxiously waiting to read but too poor to buy. My mom, the wonderful mom that she is, found it on sale at my small town book store for $9 because the cover was slightly damaged. It was good. Full of interesting facts that I didn't know - the connection between the level of committed crimes and legalized abortions, the connection of what how successful your child will be and the first name that you give them. Full o' facts. I like facts. They're sexy.


So as they say here in Quebec - that's it, that's all. *makes sweeping motion with hands*



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