Thursday, October 21, 2004

Les Rois Maudits 1: Le Roi de Fer

Les Rois Maudits 1: Le Roi de Fer, Maurice Druon

L'Abyssin

L'Abyssin, Jean-Christophe Rufin

The Honourable Schoolboy

The Honourable Schoolboy, John Le Carré

The Spire

The Spire, William Golding (f. good)

The Inheritors

The Inheritors, William Golding (f. good)

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

Poetry: W. B. Yeats

A bunch of poems by William B. Yeats

20 000 Lieues Sous Les Mers

20 000 Lieues Sous Les Mers, Jules Verne

The Good Soldier

The Good Soldier, Ford Madox Ford (v. good)

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Danger Immediat

Danger Immediat, Tom Clancy

Nice Work

Nice Work, David Lodge

A ripping good tale. Great story, adulterous sex, titillating comedy, and with some fun philosophical questions to boot.

Jude the Obscure

Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy (repeat)

Howards End

Howards End, E.M. Forster

The Secret Agent

The Secret Agent, Joseph Conrad

La Nouvelle Helöise

La Nouvelle Helöise, J.J. Rousseau

Dubliners

Dubliners, James Joyce

Anatomy of Criticism

Anatomy of Criticism, Northrop Frye

René

René, Chateaubriand

Manon Lescaut

Manon Lescaut, Abbé Prevost

Rêveries d'un Promeneur Solitaire

Rêveries d'un Promeneur Solitaire, J.J. Rousseau

Othello

Othello, Shakespeare

Women in Love

Women in Love, DH Lawrence

The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw, Henry James (repeat)

The City of Yes

The City of Yes, Peter Oliva

The Geisha's Tale

The Geisha's Tale, Arthur Golden

War and Peace

War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

Alan Ginsberg: Poetry

A bunch of poetry by Alan Ginsberg

Watership Down


Watership Down, Richard Adams

Rabbits. But good book.

Sylvia Plath: Poetry

A bunch of poetry by Sylvia Plath

Anne Sexton: Poetry

A bunch of poetry by Anne Sexton

The Tempest

The Tempest, Shakespeare

Long Day's Journey into Night

Long Day's Journey into Night, Euguene O'Neill

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Magic for Marigold

Magic for Marigold, L. M. Montgomery

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare

The Member of the Wedding

The Member of the Wedding, Carson McCullers

Native Son

Native Son, Richard Wright

King Lear

King Lear, Shakespeare

Henry V

Henry V, Shakespeare

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables, L. M. Montgomery

Great Canadian Animal Stories

Great Canadian Animal Stories, Muriel Whitaker (Ed.)

The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

Jude the Obscure

Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy

Daisy Miller

Daisy Miller, Henry James

Friday, October 01, 2004

Skinny Legs and All

Skinny Legs and All, Tom Robbins

Jitterbug Perfume

Jitterbug Perfume, Tom Robbins

Foucault's Pendulum

Foucault's Pendulum, Umberto Eco (second time. but when was the first time?!)

She's Come Undone

She's Come Undone, Wally Lamb

King Rat

King Rat, James Clavell

Shogun

Shogun, James Clavell

The Bonfire of the Vanities

The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe

Poland

Poland, James A. Michener

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

Wide Sargasso Sea

Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys

The Remains of the Day

The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro

Microserfs

Microserfs, Douglas Copland

This was a fad and important.

The Power of One

The Power of One, Bryce Courtenay

Good yarn.

Books of Blood 5

Books of Blood 5, Clive Barker

Books of Blood 4

Books of Blood 4, Clive Barker

The Withered Arm

The Withered Arm, Thomas Hardy (this is a short story. it's good)

The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw, Henry James

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig

Imajica


Imajica, Clive Barker

Rules.

Lord Jim

Lord Jim, Joseph Conrad

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Ulysses

Ulysses, James Joyce - I read this for the first time in high school, and the essay I wrote about it was titled "Subtlety". I got so excited about the concept of subtlety that I even tried to insert a watermark in my essay on every page, with the word "subtlety". Luckily, my printer wouldn't show it. I remember that one observation I made in my essay was that things sometimes happen in Ulysses from several different angles, and that if you put the events together they might reveal other things. Or some character might be walking along trying to remember something, and then a million things will happen, and then 100 pages later he'll remember it. Which I found remarkable for the patience it would require to write. I learned later that I based most of observations on the chapter called "Wandering Rocks", and that that chapter is made precisely to make you think of such things.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

The Pillars of the Earth

The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follet

Smilla's Sense of Snow

Smilla's Sense of Snow, Peter Høeg

Legion

Legion, William Peter Blaty

The Exorcist

The Exorcist, William Peter Blaty

Brave New World

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

I'm not sure if I liked this. I think it seemed quaint and forced, simplistic, childish.

The ideas in it make me curious, make me think I should maybe read it again. But the impressions I got from the first time are discouraging.

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus, Kurt Vonnegut

I did a project comparing this to The Diviners, and one thing I remember emphasising was how the timeline in Hocus Pocus straddles both the near past and the near future. It starts some 20 years before the book was written, and ends some 20 years after. I thought that was a mark of the author's confidence.

I think it was quite good, though I don't remember what it was about, and its memory makes me want to read more Vonneguts.

Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern

Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern, Anne McCaffrey

I think this was the second time I read this, but not because I especially liked it. I remember the whole Pern series as being pretty good, though slightly vacant.

The Diviners

The Diviners, Margaret Laurence

I remember doing my homework about this book and finding an article that listed this book's first sentence as among the top first sentences of all time. It starts: "The river flowed both ways." And I think it continues with the same force.

The Agony and the Ecstasy

The Agony and the Ecstasy, Irving Stone

As far as I remember, this must have been pretty good. Since reading it I have always felt an emotional attachment for Michaelangelo.

Fifth Business

Fifth Business, Robertson Davies

Thick and chocolatey.

A Separate Peace

A Separate Peace, John Knowles

Friday

Friday, Robert A. Heinlein

Ender's Game

Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card

I remember thinking that the author must have calculated the thickness of the final chapter in order not to give away the book's ending.

Mona Lisa Overdrive

Mona Lisa Overdrive, William Gibson

I don't remember this much, although I remember eagerly awaiting it. Something about art theft, I think. Pretty good.

The Difference Engine

The Difference Engine, William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

This is probably the only historical science fiction novel I have read (as of 2005), and I still find it an extremely novel idea. Stunning, really. Wish I had thought of it.

Count Zero

Count Zero, William Gibson

I don't remember this. Is it the one with the bridge? I probably liked it a lot.

Neuromancer

Neuromance, Gibson

Second time.

I found it hard. Good, but hard. Still didn't get what happened exactly.

White Fang

White Fang, Jack London

The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild, Jack London

Flatland

Flatland, Edwin A. Abbott

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood

Forced through this in highschool.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Dune

Dune, Frank Herbert

This was good, as I recall. Very alien, but very familiar science fiction.

War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells

Friday, August 13, 2004

The Mark of Conte

The Mark of Conte, Sonia Levitin

The Fall of Hyperion

The Fall of Hyperion, Dan Simmons

Hyperion

Hyperion, Dan Simmons

The Black Unicorn

The Black Unicorn, Terry Brooks

Magic Kingdom for Sale--Sold!

Magic Kingdom for Sale--Sold!, Terry Brooks

The Wishsong of Shannara

The Wishsong of Shannara, Terry Brooks

The Elfstones of Shannara

The Elfstones of Shannara, Terry Brooks

The Sword of Shannara

The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Sue Townsend

Yucky.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Question Quest

Question Quest, Piers Anthony

Isle of View

Isle of View, Piers Anthony

Man from Mundania

Man from Mundania, Piers Anthony

Heaven Cent

Heaven Cent, Piers Anthony

Vale of the Vole

Vale of the Vole, Piers Anthony

Golem in the Gears

Golem in the Gears, Piers Anthony

Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn

Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn, Piers Anthony

Dragon on a Pedestal

Dragon on a Pedestal, Piers Anthony

Night Mare

Night Mare, Piers Anthony

Ogre, Ogre

Ogre, Ogre, Piers Anthony

Centaur Aisle

Centaur Aisle, Piers Anthony

Castle Roogna

Castle Roogna, Piers Anthony

The Source of Magic

The Source of Magic, Piers Anthony

A Spell for Chameleon

A Spell for Chameleon (part of Xanth Trilogy), Piers Anthony

Dracula

Dracula, Bram Stoker

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

The Diamond Throne

The Diamond Throne, David Eddings

Demon Lord of Karanda

Demon Lord of Karanda, David Eddings

King of the Murgos

King of the Murgos, David Eddings

Guardians of the West

Guardians of the West, David Eddings

Enchanters' End Game

Enchanters' End Game, David Eddings

Magician's Gambit

Magician's Gambit, David Eddings

Castle of Wizardry

Castle of Wizardry, David Eddings

Queen of Sorcery

Queen of Sorcery, David Eddings

Pawn of Prophecy

Pawn of Prophecy, David Eddings (part of The Belgariad trilogy)

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

The Long, Dark Teatime of the Soul

The Long, Dark Teatime of the Soul, Douglas Adams

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Douglas Adams

Definitely not as inspired as The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

I remember a murder investigation in which the crime scene featured an impossible murder; I believe a man's head was found spinning on a record player in a room to which all access between the murder and its discovery had been impossible. This reminds me of Legion, by William Blaty.

Saturday, April 10, 2004

The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien

I was proud of myself after finishing this. I was at a Catholic school, and we had Bibles, and I remember comparing the hefty sizes of both books and telling people "I've read a book bigger than the Bible."

(They didn't care.)

What can I say about a book I read 15 years ago and of which a hugely popular movie was recently seen by every person in the world? I can't trust my own memory. I think I liked it quite a bit. I remember building sandcastles representing the various cities in the book. I liked the whole logical geography of the whole thing.

I also remember that my dad thought the book was way too big to handle comfortably, so he cut it into its three component books with a kitchen knife, and announced that I should draw some nice new covers for the parts. Whatever... it fell into tatters.

Friday, April 09, 2004

The Hobbit

The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien

I liked this. Maybe it was a bit slow at times, but generally pretty good. I liked the comic book version that my brother got later.

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Johnny Tremain

Johnny Tremain, Esther Forbes

I think this was alright. I don't know if I would read it again, though. I might give it to my kid for "culture".

Monday, March 08, 2004

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, Douglas Adams

This series, which started brilliantly and kept it up for a while, had largely changed tone by this point. There were several nevertheless interesting ruminations and absurdities left, like bistromath, plus sex to plug the cracks.

Life, the Universe and Everything

Life, the Universe and Everything, Douglas Adams

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams

The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

Hilarious and hard to put down. As of 2006, I have not read anything else like this.

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle

Time Machine 2: Search for Dinosaurs

Time Machine 2: Search for Dinosaurs, David Bischoff

a Choose you own adventure book

(Choose Your Own Adventure)

Incomplete entry: I do not remember which ones I read.

Secret Of Phantom Lake

Secret Of Phantom Lake, William Arden

The Secret Of Skeleton Island

The Secret Of Skeleton Island, Robert Arthur

The Secret Of Shark Reef

The Secret Of Shark Reef, William Arden

The Mystery Of The Purple Pirate

The Mystery Of The Purple Pirate, William Arden

The Secret Of Terror Castle

The Secret Of Terror Castle, Robert Arthur

The Mystery Of The Talking Skull

The Mystery Of The Talking Skull, Robert Arthur

The Mystery Of The Green Ghost

The Mystery Of The Green Ghost, Robert Arthur

The Mystery Of The Vanishing Treasure

The Mystery Of The Vanishing Treasure, Robert Arthur

The Mystery Of The Whispering Mummy

The Mystery Of The Whispering Mummy, Robert Arthur

The Stuttering Parrot


The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot, Robert Arthur

Just the title sounds so evocative and thrilling.

No seriously--they solved some mystery by figuring out why that parrot stuttered, right? Didn't they find it at the scene of the crime, and then search for its stuttering owner? That's so awesome.

The Curse of the Blue Figurine


The Curse of the Blue Figurine, John Bellairs

Johnny Dixon series

Thursday, January 01, 2004