November 8th, 2010

Dead Dog Cat

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Over the weekend, I finished reading another novel set in Tekumel, the world invented by M. A. R. Barker, for the game Empire of the Petal Throne. This novel, written by the game's author, is called Lords of Tsamra, and it reads like a game campaign. The characterizations are limited, at best, and the writing is choppy. For someone who enjoys the game, this might be a good piece of work, but it isn't great literature, and it isn't great fantasy, for that matter.

Book 39

Title: Good Omens
Author: Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
Themes: Humor, Angels/Demons, Apocalypse

Hi-larious! This was suggested by a friend and I had no information or expectations going in and I loved it. First thing i have ever read by pratchett. Very very funny, and rich in detail. Definitely a book I will revisit in the future.

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Book #52 -- Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer, The Grand Tour, 469 pages.

The wonderful sequel to Sorcery and Cecelia! Kate and Cecilia are up to their noses in magical intrigue again, as they gallivant across Europe on a joint honeymoon tour with their new husbands. Their vacation turns out to be anything but restful when they discover that persons unknown are taking up Napolean's ambition to become emperor of all Europe with some serious magical support. And it looks like they might actually pull it off. Can Cecelia, Kate, Thomas, and James stop them in time? You bet! And look good doing it, too.

Book #53 -- Bev Cooke, Feral, 197 pages.

This amazing book tells the story of Candlewax, a young homeless man living in a subway in Nightside territory, and Katherine, whose boyfriend has recently joined the Westend Crew. Their unlikely friendship builds as they bond over their shared care of a feral subway cat but is strained by their association with the rival gangs that are swiftly heading toward open warfare. The twist? The story is told from the cat's point of view!

Progress toward goals: 309/365 = 84.7%

Books: 53/75 = 70.7%

Pages: 15315/20000 = 76.6%

2010 Book List

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# 69 Labyrinths


Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Luis Borges is Argentina's most reknowned author, who is

particularly known for his short stories, poems, and essays, and deeply

philosophical, esoteric themes.

Labyrinths was a wonderful introduction to his work. The title

is just right because the biggest thing I came away with was the

feeling that I had been reading the literary version of an M.C. Escher

painting. Borges constantly has the reader questioning reality,

especially the realities of time and space.

I got this copy from the library. I started off wanting to read Borges

because I knew that many of his works had literary themes, centering on

books and writing. They do, but I found so much more than that! I have

called other writers brilliant, but Borges was brilliant almost to the

point of being on a different plane.

I'm not sure I completely understood all of the stories and/or essays,

but that's o.k.. I definitely want my own copy, because it seems meant

to be read over and over again, with the reader coming away with a

different perspective, a different understanding each time.

I would really love to own all of his work. He completely blew me away!

More than any other author, Borges has made me think and question, made

me want to jump off and research other authors and works which he

mentioned, and made me want to read other authors in whom I could see

his influence. I think if I were stuck on a desert island with only

one book, it would have to be one of his!