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)