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03:05 pm: Book reviews
I got a bunch of great new books for Christmas, and have also been working through my backlog.

Before receiving my new giftage I re-read a few, most of which I enjoyed: Julie Garwood's The Wedding, a bunch of Robert Parker's Spenser books, and Dai Sijie's Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress.

I'm still working on Cluetrain Manifesto, which is actually very good but something of a slog. Maybe because there are 5 different authors with vastly differing writing styles? Maybe 'cause I keep on, y'know, thinking while I'm reading. Not sure.

I finished reading Prisoner of Azkaban to Teddy and read the first few chapters of Goblets of Fire before my voice gave out.

I also read Jay McInerney's Ransom, which sucked - dunno why I didn't throw it out the first time I read it, years ago... book-keeping compulsion, maybe? or maybe I gave up and didn't finish it and figured I'd get back to it? Again, not sure. Don't bother reading it. Although it's short, it's not worth taking the time.

Then came Christmas. I borrowed Mum's new Dick & Felix Francis - Even Money, which I enjoyed. Felix seems to be coming into his own voice, which bodes well for when he takes over the Francis franchise.

I got Patrick Swayze's memoir, The Time of My Life, which is pretty badly written but still interesting. He doesn't dish any dirt at all, which says a lot for his character, I suppose. Dammit. (After reading it, I bought the DVD of One Last Dance, which I look forward to seeing as soon as I receive it.)

Rhoda Jenzen's Mennonite in a Little Black Dress is very funny. I have a college friend who moved to Mennonite country (dunno if she actually joined the church), so I was also interested in learning more about Mennonites, which I most definitely did.

I hadn't realized that Malcolm Gladwell's What the Dog Saw is a compilation of his columns. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but didn't find myself riveted or my life changed, as happened with his other books.

I liked Sue Grafton's U is for Undertow very much. I wish her books held up more as a series. I'm not sure Kinsey Millhone ever really develops or changes.

Steve Wozniak's iWoz is great fun. I can't believe I've never read it before! Woz isn't missing any ego, but that seems only fair, given his accomplishments. You can tell he's taught 5th graders, because his language is very simple. I'm sure that gives the book a much broader audience, but I would've liked more technical detail on some points. The book is still fascinating, however.

Ted Kennedy's True Compass surprised me, which I suppose it shouldn't have. He's a very good writer, which was a huge relief after Swayze. He comes across as very humble (and not straining to be so, if y'know what I mean). Really interesting book, which I didn't entirely expect (I'm not a big fan of politics or politicians, generally).

Vise & Malseed's The Google Story is about as interesting a story as you can get (if you're a geek), though it's not as gripping as, I dunno, The Emperor of Scent or as charming as iWoz. I'm not finished with it, but Brun & Page's characters don't jump out the way Turin's and Woz's do.

Next up, in addition to finishing Cluetrain, is Gail Collins' When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, which I assume will take me a little while to get through.

That's all I can recall at the moment. You?

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From:occhi_cinesi
Date:January 3rd, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)

Geez!

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I read almost all of one US Magazine. Those two or three lined captions kill me!

Dh got me one book for Christmas:
Dirty Italian
http://www.amazon.com/Dirty-Italian-Everyday-Slang-Whats/dp/1569755663/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262481211&sr=1-1
and I still haven't gotten around to saying anything but Scouch!

Keep reading so I can read about what you're reading and kinda read vicariously through you.

:)
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From:katehaney
Date:January 3rd, 2010 11:12 am (UTC)

you read the captions?

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That's more than I can manage. I'm all about the pictures, man.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 3rd, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
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You've read so much this week I'm embarrassed to be retired! When I read, I start getting sleepy, and the next thing I know it's morning! But it sure sounds like fun. Save the good ones for me, okay? -- maybe I'll catch up someday (or wake up!)

YoMaMa
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From:katehaney
Date:January 3rd, 2010 11:13 am (UTC)

done!

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The stack is ready for its journey east.
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