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Friday, May 20, 2005

What We Want To Read (Or At Least Make Someone Else Review)

Starmaker by Olaf Something-Or-Other. An older book, has anyone ever heard of it or read it? A coworker recommended it.

Absolution Gap by Alaistar Reynolds. It's coming out in paper back soon, I will be so happy! Reynolds first books aren't really a series, but you kinda get roped in and next thing you know you're screwed. This is supposed to end it. It will probably let me down.

George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice series. Stupid name, I mistakenly read the first book, A Game of Thrones before realizing it was a series. I'll be excited to read all of them, whenever he gets done with the whole series.


"The Lazy Person's Handbook: Short Cuts to Get Everything You Want with the Least Possible Effort"
-I'm too lazy to read it myself -jtf

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  • Umberto Eco's latest -- I can't remember the name. I love his stuff, when I don't hate it, so I'd appreciate it if one of you could check it out for me!

    By Anna, at 7:36 AM  

  • Do you mean The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana? If I can find it I would be willing to read it. I just sent an ILL request, but now I realize that it won't be published for another couple of days. ;) I'll let you know what the library staff says to that one!

    By Jason, at 10:15 AM  

  • Someday I will read The Cryptonomicon. It's just so long. And then I think: I know, I'll bring it on vacation! But who wants to lug around an extra 12 pounds on vacation?

    By lillygog, at 9:47 AM  

  • The cryptonomicon is great! I would read it when you have a weekend to devote to it. Have a couple of pots of coffee on hand to keep you going. ;)


    By Jason, at 12:33 PM  

  • Uh-oh. Here's what the New York Review of Books has to say about the new Eco. "What are one's reflections on having read through the 450 pages of "The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana" first in Italian, then, some months later, in English? That life is short; that the translation by Geoffrey Brock is truly excellent; that when it comes to creating a sense of character no amount of glib quotation and eager textual analysis can subustitute for some believable dialogue between people who are actually engaged in getting through life together; that the light comic touch of postmodern fantasy may on occasion be no more than the last resort of the inept; and finally that the extent to which celebrity may outlive performance is a marvelous and truly mysteriuos thing to which Eco, who is a fine essayist, might usefully turn some of his erudite attention."

    By Anna, at 9:47 PM  

  • Re: Fire and Ice series, and any other unfinished series. Hate 'em. Hate the wait, hate the flood of publicity surrounding the latest Harry Potter. Just found out that the third volume of my Pride and Prejudice from Mr. Darcy's point of view series hasn't been published yet. Feh.

    By Anna, at 9:18 AM  

  • Review of the Umberto Eco book

    The Great Brain - Is Umberto Eco's new novel about memory really postmodern? By Robert Alter
    "Is the self that is conscious of being alive in the present meaningfully continuous with any version of the self in the past? That question has vexed many writers since the dawn of modernity, and Proust's reflections in the opening section of In Search of Lost Time surely rate as among the most nuanced novelistic treatment of the problem. Now Umberto Eco, in The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, his fifth novel, attempts to explore this issue through a fascinating narrative premise—the story of a man with abundantly lucid consciousness who is radically cut off from his own past. But there is an odd discrepancy between the fictional form of the book and the way it conceives the problems of memory and identity."

    By Jason, at 9:12 AM  

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