October 18th, 2009

Dead Dog Cat

Sigh

Earlier today, I finished reading another graphic novel: Air Volume Two: Flying Machine. It's still an interesting concept, nicely dealt with.
FUNNY - Elephant Trampoline [ANI]

More Books Finished

Well since my last post i've finished a few books.

Desert Shadows: A True Story Of The Charles Manson Family In Death Valley By: Bob Murphy This wasn't a very long book, but it was however a very interesting read. I liked how it explained how the family came to be and the struggles they had. I think if you want to read something short on the Manson Family this would be a good book to get.

Ultimate CSI: Crime Scene Investigation By: Corinne Marrinan and Steve Parker Again a very short book but a must have for any CSI fan. It goes into detail about each member of the team as well as other people in the lab, it discusses the tools they use and different ways of analyzing evidence. It also has short bios on a few episodes as well. It was really informative and interesting to read.

Twilight By: Stephenie Mayer I have to admit that with the whole hype surrounding the movie and the way the media fed it to us i was really turned off by this series. I really had no want nor desire to read these books at first. I was in the library and had decided to take a break from Serial Killers and Cults. Although i enjoy these books i wanted something different. I had in fact started to read my CSI book Double Dealer which still remains unfinished and i also had started The Goblet Of Fire as well which it too remains unfinished. I love them however still didn't quite want to read them at this point and time. i reluctantly decided to give Twilight a shot. My husband did ask me if i was nuts which made me laugh. i decided if i didn't like it 4 chapters in i wouldn't continue. When i first started to read it i tried to remain open to it instead of thinking about the Hollywood flash of it. I have got to say i am rather pleased i read this book. I was amazed at how wonderful of a story this actually is. I would suggest it to anyone that wants something different to read. In fact it took me 3 days to read i found it very hard to put down and the day i finished it we rented the movie. The movie doesn't do the book justice.

New Moon By: Stephenie Mayer I seriously couldn't wait to pick this one up. I was so blown away by Twilight that the very day i finished i was at the library checking out this one. I liked this one as much as the first. It was a great read. I had in fact already requested the next book Eclipse before i had finished New moon so i'd have it when i was finished with it. I have to say however that one thing about them i didn't care for is how the author drags out certain details that i felt really didn't need to be. I am currently a full time student in college and i am in a college writing class. I think being in this class has made me over critical of what i am reading. I will more often than not be pointing out grammar mess ups and such. Stephenie Mayer is a very talented writer however she really should have found other descriptive words. She uses Grimaced more times than i can count. I had actually thought about re reading the series and counting the number of times that word is used throughout the 4 books. LOL If you can get passed the over use of descriptions and drawn out events they are very good books.

My current book in progress is Eclipse By: Stephenie Mayer I plan on reading the 4 books in this series and picking Harry Potter back up.

Here is my newly updated book list.
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48. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer


Title: Into the Wild
Author: Jon Krakauer
Year: 1996
# of pages:203
Date read: 10/1/2009
Rating: 3*/5 = good


Description:

"'God, he was a smart kid...' So why did Christopher McCandless trade a bright future--a college education, material comfort, uncommon ability and charm--for death by starvation in an abandoned bus in the woods of Alaska? This is the question that Jon Krakauer's book tries to answer. While it doesn't—cannot—answer the question with certainty, Into the Wild does shed considerable light along the way. Not only about McCandless's "Alaskan odyssey," but also the forces that drive people to drop out of society and test themselves in other ways. Krakauer quotes Wallace Stegner's writing on a young man who similarly disappeared in the Utah desert in the 1930s: 'At 18, in a dream, he saw himself ... wandering through the romantic waste places of the world. No man with any of the juices of boyhood in him has forgotten those dreams.' Into the Wild shows that McCandless, while extreme, was hardly unique; the author makes the hermit into one of us, something McCandless himself could never pull off. By book's end, McCandless isn't merely a newspaper clipping, but a sympathetic, oddly magnetic personality. Whether he was "a courageous idealist, or a reckless idiot," you won't soon forget Christopher McCandless."

My thoughts:

This was an interesting book about not only Chris McCandless's tragic and unnecessary death, but about how someone's romantic view of nature can blind them to its harsh reality.