"We Have Always Lived in the Castle" by Shirley Jackson.
Don't let your reality checks bounce. ~MeI'll tell you in the next life, when we are both cats.
Oh, I like her!
I'm currently reading--well, skimming, really--Lyrics: 1964-2008, one of my birthday presents. It's a collection of all of Paul Simon's lyrics. Hence, you know, the name.
"Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"
"You can't erase icing."
"I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"
Currently reading Don Quixote, had it on my shelf and never got around to it. Silly of me, very good read.
I've got a copy of Don Quixote in my collection - I haven't got 'round to it yet. That and a large number of other books I've bought when I've found them at a good price.
to read...the impossible book....
I try to do six impossible things before breakfast...
Just finished Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire.
Finished Footfall, now reading Have Spacesuit, Will travel. A lot of Niven can be seen in less-fleshed-out form here--for example, Langston-like field for a spacesuit helmet, the Mother Thing species is Motie-like in some ways, including furry appearance and having 12 or so "castes". I guess Kip's fancy bed is a kind of autodoc as well.
A quote from it--"It is better to be a dead hero than a live louse". Something to try to remember if the choice ever happens and my survival instincts are screaming the exact opposite at me.
Better still to be a live hero.
In the last week,
The Folklore of Discworld (quite good, comes around to interesting corners of folklore and the origins of traditions)
Wee Free Men
currently reading Nation, which is not a discworld
The Graveyard Book
Funny, just realized that the last 4 are all coming-of-age/growing to be an adult stories
Must be a phase I'm in.
Reductionist and proud of it.
Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn. Benjamin Franklin
Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat tails. Clarence Darrow
A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read. Mark Twain
I just read Star Soldiers (free download), a 1955 SF "soldiers in the future" novel by Andre Norton. It's actually 2 books or 2 halves, the first one was ok, the ending in the 2nd disappointed me. A bit.. pretentious? Cheap out? I don't know.. the first half was enjoyable.
"Dumb all over, a little ugly on the side." -- Frank Zappa
"Your right to hold an opinion is not being contested. Your expectation that it be taken seriously is." -- Jason Thompson
"This is really very simple, but unfortunately it's very complicated." -- publius
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Since September 2007 I've been doing so many demanding courses that I haven't had much time to immerse myself in a good book, but recently I have read:
A Quantum of Solace. I'm not hugely interested in James Bond films but I wanted to know the original story just in case I see the film. I cannot imagine how any of the short story will make it to the screen.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Just started this, having had it on my "to read" pile for years, and so far I've liked all the film versions, although I haven't seen the fourth one yet.
The Italian Secretary - a non-Doyle Sherlock Holmes novel, proving yet again that only one man can write Sherlock Holmes stories.
Two Neil Gaimans - Stardust (excellent), Coraline (not really for adults). I started The Graveyard Book but decided to rest it for a while as I was reading too much by the author - pleasure begins to diminish.
Started Labyrinth by Kate Mosse. About 30 pages in I was thinking, "Dear God, this is unengaging!" I read a huge number of reviews on Amazon which assured me that it would get worse and the ending was lame. So I gave the book (and Sepulchre) to a charity shop.
Two Inspector Rebus books, Tooth&Nail, and Hide&Seek. The first was outstanding; the second suffered from "the episode 2 effect" - by the end I was finding it hard to remember what had been done, let alone whodunnit!
A Quantum of Solace--none of it made the film, only the title and the main character (being narrated to, not in the story within the story).
A week and a bit ago read a 10,000 word excerpt of James Ellroy's "Blood's a Rover". Can't wait for the full release of this final installment of his "Underworld USA" trilogy, next fall.
Have started reading an English translation of Matti Klinge's "Ancient Powers of the Baltic Sea".
Re-reading "A Gift from Earth"--Matt Keller's psychic power could really come in handy sometimes!
To answer OP -- I finally got around to reading Song of Ice and Fire by George Martin, and am currently about 2/3 of the way through "Game of Thrones". I really like it. Technically, it is a swords-and-sorcery fantasy but there is very little magic or supernatural*, so it feels like a historical novel set in Late Middle Ages, except I never heard of any characters before. There is no Good or Evil -- just people acting the way they really did act at that time (which is plenty nasty by modern standards).
* Although there are strong hints this will change in later books
Incidentally, the situation of the quote was such that not being the hero was, truly, "lousy". A man lured a 12-y/o girl to himself via promises of secret uranium deposits on the Moon, and brought her to the evil alien, because he was afraid the alien would kill him if he didn't. He was a live louse, who only gained a few days' life when the alien killed him anyway when he was no longer needed.
Gemini, I read last time the marathi novel "Bermuda triangle" it's meaning in marathi was "Bermudacha tricon". very nice novel, in which it was shown that how the things were diappered over that Bermuda triangle.