March 11th, 2011

Dead Dog Cat

#21

Last night, I finished reading a book that gives a different spin on ancient history: Terry Jones' Barbarians: An Alternative Roman History. It gives an unusual look at the world of the Roman Empire and its surroundings, and I found this a fascinating read. I'd say it's worth seeking out.
Hopper

Books 11 and 12 / 75


11.  Walking the Appalachian Trail - Larry Luxenberg
                This was pretty dated, if the reader wants to learn to anything about the trail in the past 20 years.  However, it is really good for reading about the "legends" of the trail, all the people who are famous for doing something first :  hiking the fastest, being the first woman, being the first blind man, etc.  
                My favorite part of this book was one of the final chapters, where hikers talked about the way they felt after finishing the hike, and about their feelings for the trail and for other hikers.  It sounded a lot like the way Peace Corps volunteers feel about their service.

12. The Yellow Fairy Book- edited by Andrew Lang
               One of the colored fairy books edited by Andrew Lang.  There were a lot of familiar stories from Germany, Sweden, and Denmark.  I enjoyed the book for the most part, although there was one story I would never read to a child :  One of the main characters was a girl cursed to be black by her evil witch mother until the prince came and made her white again.  Ew.