I’m currently reading Live from New York by Tom Shales & James Andrew Miller and thoroughly enjoying it. I remember my dad watching what I later figured out to be SNL when I was young, but I never really got into it myself until the last couple years. This book is great because it consists of quotes by those people involved in the show, so you really feel like you’re listening to a huge interview session. The part that I’ve appreciated the most so far is the reminisces about stars that I love- well, mainly one star- Gilda Radner. I’ve always admired her, reading the memories that all of these people who worked with her have is really a neat thing. I’m 400 pages in and have 200 to go, but its such easy reading.
Also easy reading, I finished The Quotable Slayer- compiled by Micol Ostow & Steven Brezenoff in a couple of hours. It’s a collection of the best quotes and quips from all the seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, very funny and sometimes poignant, it made me want to go back and watch all the seasons. Buffy’s another show I started watching late in the game, but really enjoyed.
Back to reading. =)
Current count: 13
Just finished: The Quotable Slayer- compiled by Micol Ostow & Steven Brezenoff
Reading now: Live from New York by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller
Since my last post I’ve read 4 1/2 books, 2 by the hasn’t failed me yet Miss Agatha Christie- Taken by the Flood which had a slow beginning but turned out quite well, and Witness for the Prosecution a collection of short stories. Again, some of the stories caught me very much by suprise, being far more spiritualistic or odd circumstance stories than murder mysteries. Still, they were very enjoyable.
Next up was the 1/2 book, which I’m still quite bitter about- Inamorata by Joseph Gangemi. I wrote in a previous post about how I’d hesitated buying this book as it was a hardcover- well it turned out to be quite worth the purchase, and I was about half way through it and quite enjoying it when I accidentally left it at a trolley stop. I realized it was missing by the time we reached the next stop, but someone had taken it in the 5 minutes it took me to get back. As I said, I’m quite bitter, as I was enjoying it and would like to know how it ends, but don’t really feel like buying it again- seeing as it’s a hardcover. SEETHE…SEETHE….SEETHE…
The same day as the book theft, I received a shipment from Booksfree.com, YAY! They sent an ecclectic, but not as random as it could be selection of books, and I began with Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I’ve been meaning to read this book for quite a while, and had never gotten around to it- thank goodness for Booksfree. The style of the writing was really what impressed me most in this novel, it manages to be expansive and descriptive while at the same time seeming to hold words tight to its chest- if that makes any sense whatsoever. The characterization of the main character (I really don’t think you ever find out her name) is very well done, you completely understand where she’s coming from while at the same time wanting to shake her out of it. I assume you’re not supposed to know the truth about Rebecca until closer to the end, but I had a feeling about her from the beginning, so wasn’t as suprised when the truth came out. I’d like to see the film now- I think it would be interesting if Rebecca was never on screen- so the audience has the same experience as the main character, only knowing Rebecca through what other people said about her.
Following Rebecca comes another novel named after it’s “main” character, Agyar by Stephen Brust. The jury in my head is still out on this one. Brust is one of my favorite authors, which I think was a detriment when it came to reading this novel. It’s very different in style and theme from his other novels, and I think that caused me a bit of hesitation in the first chapters. It’s kind of like picking up a glass that you believe has lemonade and tasting horchada for the first time. Takes a little while to get used to, and longer to like, and by the end you wish that you had liked it at the beginning so you could have enjoyed the whole experience. Agyar is made up of the main character John Agyar’s journal-type writings, and as such can be rather vague. Large character points go unsaid- in the true “show not tell” tradition- in exchange for clues you put together to figure out exactly what John is. This technique actually works pretty well, making John a mystery to piece together as he pieces together his own mystery, but at points in the story the vagueness of events gets a little frustrating. Overall I think I liked it- it’s an interesting spin on one of my favorite genres, and John is a charming addition to the ranks of those in that genre. (Yes, I’m being vague myself, I don’t want to ruin the suprise for anyone).
Current Count: 12
Just Finished: Agyar by Stephen Brust
Up Next: Emma by Jane Austen
I’m currently reading Double Sin and other Stories by Agatha Christie- I love Miss Agatha, she never dissapoints. And there were a few suprises too, as two of the stories so far haven’t been mysteries to be solved so much as odd Twillight Zone type creepy stories. I suppose it makes sense that during her prolific writing career she might have ventured into other related genres, I just hadn’t really thought about it. When I finish this one later today I have another from Miss Christie, a full length novel this time, and then a book called Immorata or something of the sort , about a man investigating a medium- set in the Victorian era I believe. I picked it up as a total impulse buy- slightly odd as it’s a hardcover, and I usually give those more thought. But it looks interesting, and as I mentioned in an earlier post, theres an odd connection as one of the Twillight Zone-y stories in Double Sin concerns a misused medium. It would be fun to chart out the connections between the books I read- similar themes, or just similar plot points!
I went book shopping yesterday and realized for the seven billioneth time that I really do judge books by their cover. And not just the cover- if the font size or style is wrong, I won’t buy it. If there are 2 editions of the book I will have a definite opinion as to which is the right one to buy- all based on how comfortable it is. I haven’t really thought it out enough to actualize any specific “rules” as to what I prefer, but I definitly have preferences. One book yesterday caught my attention- the font on the spine was perfect- and shiny (literally)- the synopsis on the back was interesting, but the inside was just wrong, wrong, wrong. I wonder who makes those decisions when it comes to printing? Do most people have a preference? They must do studies and such- that would be interesting to look into- font theory.
Current Count: 7
Just Finished: The Years Best Horror and Fantasy- 9th Ed.
Currently Reading: Double Sin and Other Stories
Next Up: The other Agatha Christie book I bought