Sep. 21st, 2010 09:49 pm
tortoisegirl: (Sparkle sparkle)
30 Day Meme
Day 14 → A non-fictional book

Last year I had a class on the Cold War and one of the assigned books was one the professor himself wrote, A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev by Vladislok Zubok. And I thought that was pretty conceited, assigning your own book. I mean, it was cool to have a class with someone who's enough of an authority on the subject to have published a book on it, but it was certainly weird having to cite my own prof in papers. The book itself has some cool content, with actual correspondences between Stalin and Mao and all those big communist-type folk. But, it's pretty badly written. To the point where I had a lot of trouble getting through it (which wasn't the case with the other hardcore Cold War book we had to read). I pretty much only read it to get through the class so I can't really comment on its quality in terms of historical non-fiction - maybe it does have info and insights you won't find anywhere else and I simply missed them. But for casual reading about the Soviet Union I'd recommend something else. I wouldn't call this one good reading.

Went to a flea market on Sunday hunting for a new bookbag. Sadly there were none to be found, but I did get two very cool things...

Eeeeeee! )
tortoisegirl: (Maroon butterfly)
30 Day Meme
Day 13 → A fictional book

Any fictional book? Okay, I'll go with the one I just read for school, Time's Arrow by Martin Amis. It reminds me a lot of Slaughterhouse 5, with a non-linear narrative and WWII and a dark sense of humor. Which happen to all be things I really like in a novel! It's a fairly simple plot that's told in a way that really requires the reader to think and get involved in the story- the kind where when you stop reading it takes a second to reorient yourself to the real world (at least for me). I love it when books that start off as school assignments end up becoming favorites, and this looks like it might be one of those. I might actually want to write a paper on this.

Also, for those in the US this Saturday is Free Museum Day. It's limited - you get two free tickets to one museum, but hey, it's better than paying full price.
tortoisegirl: (Narcissist)
30 Day Meme
Day 04 → Your favourite book

This one's easier.


The books I like best are the ones that evoke emotion, and this book hits a lot of them. There are a ton of characters and it can be tough to keep track of them, but many of them are brilliant; Yossarian in particular is one of my favorite characters every. It's full of the dark humor I love, and the non-linear plot is very well done. It's a sad book, I think, though the tragedy is cleverly disguised and is not so bad by the end :)

Runners-up include Pride & Prejudice, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Watership Down.
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I'd forgotten how much The Enigma of Amigara Fault terrifies me. Someone linked it the other day and I read it again, forgetting what it did to me the first time. It's some kind of horrible masochism, but I keep going back to reread the scariest parts and get creeped out for days. I've never really been claustrophobic, but the thought of being trapped in one of those holes...*shudder* Stuff of nightmares.

But I might look into getting some of Junji Ito's stuff for my dad, since I've been looking for some good horror literature for him. I think he'd like the comic/manga format.


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