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Jul. 30th, 2015 07:30 am
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Ok, I just read The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin, Jr. Going in, I thought it might be the book that Rock-a-Doodle was based on. There’s a rooster with a magic crow, and a dog that admires him, a mouse that worries, all kinds of animals like in the movie. There’s the storm that never ends and the river that floods and an evil, twisted bird that wants to bring eternal darkness and unleash a great evil.

And I thought that hey, Don Bluth could switch the Cockatrice with an owl (because there’s a whole creepy thing about where baby cockatrices come from that doesn’t belong in a kid’s show, sweet lord, and then in turn where baby basilisks come from, so yeah, lets have owls that like the dark instead. That’ll work better.) and add a slightly too-cute kid that turns into a too-cute kitten and add a dash of Elvis and you’ve got fun!

Let’s just say that I was wrong and leave it at that. It’s not fun. It’s dark and unhappy and little animal children die and others are orphaned and my OTP ended in tragedy. It would take a whole Vegas-load of Elvises to make it fun, is all I’m saying. The dun cow is not a fun cow. She’s witness to all kinds of nope.

Maybe it was based on the same thing that the movie was. It’s also the first part of a trilogy, but I think I’m gonna stop here and just watch Rock-a-doodle a few times to cheer up.

Awww.

Feb. 7th, 2011 10:19 pm
unknownfate: (lonely under stars)
I just found out Brian Jacques has died. I still remember the first time I read one of his books. It was Redwall and it had beautiful cover art and the other kids in my 5th grade class couldn't decide if I was weird for reading such a big book or for reading one about mice with swords. I loved it though and had to wait a whole week to go back and see if there was more. And there was!

I loved the series for the vivid descriptions. When Mr. Jacques wrote about sunbeams, I felt warmer, more golden, and surrounded by motes. And it wasn't just cutesy. There were battles and blood. The little woodland animals were betrayed and besieged and had to fight to the death. And don't even get me started on the food. It was hard to read any of his books without a snack break because he filled the stories with wonderful descriptions of food. When he also published a cookbook of some of the meals he had written about, I had to have one.

So, thank you Mr. Jacques, wherever you are. Your books were a bright spot at a rough age and I never forgot it.
unknownfate: (book afraid)
The bad news is that Christmas break is almost over and soon I have to head back to Barrow.
This is the first year in a long time that I haven't finished 50 books, probably because of the part time classes and the full time working and all that fun stuff. I did manage to read 30 though.

2010 Read List )

And now I need to come up with some resolutions. I mean, I know what I NEED to do, but there has to be a way to phrase them so that it'll be more fun to try.
unknownfate: (snugglehogs)
The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Instructions: Copy this and bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy -
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
‎26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma -Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno - Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery -

93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shut
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Book Meme

Sep. 12th, 2010 09:41 pm
unknownfate: (cat says 'riiiiight')
1. Grab a book near you.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.


Walked over to the shelf and the first book my hand hit was The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks.

*ahem*

"WATCH YOUR ANCHOR LINE!: Too often, people feeling secure in their boat have stopped at night, dropped anchor, and dozed off. Some of those people never awoke."
unknownfate: (book afraid)
Yoinked from [livejournal.com profile] slayersyrena.

Instructions:
1) Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read (in its entirety).
2) Add a '+' to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.
4) Tally your total at the bottom.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien X
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling X
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee X
6 The Bible *
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte X
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman X
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
Running total: 5

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott X
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare X
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier X
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien X +
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger X -
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
Running total: 10

21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell X
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald X
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams X
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck X
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll X +
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame X
Running total: 16

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens X
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis X+
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis X
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne X
Running total: 20

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell X-
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown X
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez X
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding X-
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
Running total: 24

51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel X
52 Dune - Frank Herbert X
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen +
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Running total: 26

61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck X
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold X
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas X
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
Running total: 29

71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens X
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker X
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett X
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce X
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
Running total: 33

81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens X
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White X
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle X
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
Running total: 36

91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad X
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery X
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams X +
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole X
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare X
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl X
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
Running total 42
unknownfate: (book afraid)
As usual, these are the books I finished. Books begun don't make the list until I get to the last page.


64. Evil Beyond Belief: an A-Z of heinous crimes by Charlotte Greig and John Marlowe
63. Dilbert 2.0 by Scott Adams
62.Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
61. The Bloom County Library Vol. 1 by Berkley Breathed
60. Haunted West Virginia by Patty A. Wilson
59. Why We Suck by Denis Leary
58. Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
57. Classic Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault by Angela Carter
56. Fables 12: The Dark Ages by Bill Willingham
55. My Cat is not Fat, Just Big-Boned by Nicole Hollander
54. League of Extraordinary Gentleman 1910 by Alan Moore
53. High Moon by Gallaher + Ellis
52. Bayou by Jeremy Love
51. What is Goth? by Voltaire
50. Everything Here is Mine (An unhelpful Guide to Cat Behavior) by Nicole Hollander
49. World War Z by Max Brooks
48. Movies in 15 Minutes by Cleolinda Jones
47. BIGFOOT Me Not Dead by Graham Roumieu
46. The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
45.Me Write Book by Graham Roumieu
44. Alaska Hoops by Becky Crabtree
43.Monster Hunt The Guide to Cryptozoology by Rory Storm
42.Brian Froud's Goblins analyzed and interpreted by Ari Berk
41. Hungry Monkey by Matthew Amster-Burton
40. Dark Dance by Tanith Lee
39. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
38. Caerns: Places of Power by various
37. The Further Adventures of the Joker edited by Martin H. Greenberg (reread)
36. Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon
35. Zobmondo by Randy Horn
34. Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
33. Wanted by Mark Millar
32. Dark Delicacies by various
31. The Reel Stuff edited by Brian Thomsen and Martin Greenberg
30. Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple
29. So You Wanna Be A Pirate? Here's How! by John Baur and Mark Summers
28. Alien vs. Predator: The Movie Novelization by Marc Cerasini
27. Watchmen Source Book by Ray Winninger
26. The Sweet Potato Queen's Big-Ass Cookbook and Financial Planner by Jill Conner Browne (reread)
25. Beauty and the Serpent by Barbara Anne Porte
24. Houses of Death by Gordon Kerr
23. Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys by Dave Barry
22. The Sweet Potato Queen's Marriage Planner/Divorce guide by Jill Conner Browne
21. The Rants by Dennis Miller (reread)
20. Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
19. The Storyteller by Anthony Minghella
18. Based on a True Story by Jonathan Vankin and John Whalen
17. Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
16. The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love by Jill Conner Browne (reread)
15. Eat This, Not That by David Zinczenko
14. Bizarre Books by Russell Ash & Brian Lake
13. Blankets by Craig Thompson
12.Watchmen: The Film Companion by Peter Aperlo
11.Watchmen and Philosophy
10. Watchmen by Alan Moore (reread)
9. Fresh Lies by James Lileks
8. The Official Razzie Movie Guide by John Wilson.
7. Postive Attitude by Scott Adams
6. The Boy Who Kicked Pigs by Tom Baker
5. Hellboy: The Troll Witch and Others by Mike Mignola and others.
4. Fables Vol. 11, War and Pieces
3. The Ninja Handbook by Douglas Sarine and Kent Nichols
2. Polly and the Pirates by Ted Naifeh
1. Mental Hygiene by Ken Smith
unknownfate: (book afraid)
Every time I fly, I think about the kindle. Normally, I love real, tangible books that smell like the forests they came from, as if stories grew on trees. I'm a book fiend. I love the bookstore smell, the rustle of pages, the different fonts on different pages, all the sensory benefits to a physical book. In a pinch, they can also be used as self-defense against large bugs and small mammals, but it had better be coming at you with poisonous mandibles and quoting the Necronomicon if you use one of my precious tomes. ( Not afraid of bugs. Not enough to risk ichor stains on beloved books anyway.)

My point is that a book is a full sensory experience and my main beef with the kindle is that you lose that. However, traveling by air makes me reconsider, especially in the weenie airplane I traveled in today. It was a a Cessna Propeller plane, and just ittybitty. Lugging a backpack holding my weight in books into a plane the size of a large couch makes me reconsider the benefits of a kindle. Assuming the weird-ass books I like/love/need are available on a kindle, I could frolic in and out of planes with my hands free and standing upright. If there was a way you could draw on one, say a kindle sketchbook, it would be the perfect travel toy for me. Cuz I fly a lot and for a long way.

And I bet I could still stun a Goliath Birdeater with it if he got uppity.

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