October 24th, 2013

Dead Dog Cat

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While waiting for an appointment, I finished reading Starfist Book VI: Hangfire; this was a disappointing book...probably a sign that the series is about to go downhill. Three Marines on detached duty to law enforcement, while in the background, an alien race invades a human world. If the series continues to perform in this way, I for see dumping it altogether.
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Books #35-36

Still a little behind the pace but getting caught up...

Book #35 was "Vanity Fair" by William M. Thackeray. This is a classic I hadn't gotten to yet, but I read about the Brontes earlier this year and knew that Charlotte Bronte and Thackeray had met and talked writing together and that they had a falling out because he was always teasing and needling her, and that made me interested in reading something by him. I found the book a bit slow in parts but, overall, I enjoyed it and was glad I read it. It is supposed to be a definitive edition, put together by a husband and wife team, that combines all the corrections and changes that were made to it through various editions that were published. It also has wonderful ink drawings by the author. I most enjoyed the sections that followed Becky Sharp, and I found Amelia to be a bit of a doormat, but I think that's what Thackeray was going for. You're "supposed" to consider Amelia the heroine and Becky the bad girl, but the bad girls and boys are usually a lot more fun. I'd recommend it to others interested in the classics who don't mind a long (660-ish pages) read.

Book #36 was "What the Dog Saw - and other adventures" by Malcolm Gladwell. This is a collection of essays/columns he wrote for the New York Times, and they're pretty compelling. If you read Gladwell's "Blink" or "Outliers" and liked those, you'd probably enjoy this. I normally read non-fiction slower than fiction but I cruised right through this because it's so much fun. Gladwell is a master at finding something interesting - even fascinating - about everyday people and objects, from the inventor of the Veg-o-Matic to the history of hair dye. Highly recommended.

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