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A quiet evening at home

Spent the evening puttering around and listening to music. I don't do that too often these days; my music listening largely comes from my iPod as I walk to and from work. I probably should have been packing but my motivation is at its nadir these days.

I haven't discussed books in a bit. Truth is I haven't really written here in awhile (See the above mention of motivation.) But I have several books read recently and a couple of books I want to highly recommend to those who are interested.

In no particular order, here are the brief reviews:

First, a couple of recommendations from rosepurr
The Oathbound by Mercedes Lackey - Rosepurr's favorite writer and with good reason. It may not be great literature, but it's very entertaining fantasy and compulsively readable.

Nin by Cass Danglish - I did not expect to enjoy this nearly as much as I did. It is about a woman on a journey of creative and personal discovery in Israel. It's difficult to describe beyond that without giving away too much. I found it interesting and entertaining with a very satisfying ending.

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran - A poetic philosophical work of fiction. Though short, it is thoughtful, provocative and full of some beautiful writing.

Storm Front [Book 1 of the Dresden Files] by Jim Butcher - A solid mix of fantasy and noir. A wizard sets up shop in Chicago, investigating matters the cops can't quite get a handle on because of their supernatural elements. Rosepurr has already read 3 of these, I believe. The 7th in the series just came out and it will soon be a series on the SciFi network. It's a lot of fun.

A couple of audio books:

The Soul of a Butterfly by Muhammed Ali and Hana Yasmeen Ali - I was surprised how much I didn't care for this book. It's about Ali's journey and experience into Islam. Sort of. It's also a memoir. It focuses heavily on his battle with the Army, ultimately decided by the Supreme Court, about his conscientious objector status. The best passages are about the intersection of his spiritual and professional life; they are few and far between. It could have been much better.

Incendiary by Chris Cleave - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - After her husband and 4-year-old son are killed by terrorists at a soccer match, a British woman begins writing letters to Osama bin laden. The novel is in the form of these letters. The book does a great job of showing this woman's fracturing stability, yet is full of LOL humor and real life. Despite its sometimes difficult subject matter, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - Of course. I'd read it before. I just reread it. It's lost nothing; if anything, it's gotten better as I've gotten older.

Other sit-down books:

Bust by Ken Bruen & Jason Starr - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - Part of the <a href="http://hardcasecrime.com/>Hard Case Crime</a> collection. This is a fantastic gritty and funny noir set in contemporary NYC. If this blurb (taken from the back cover) doesn't interest you, then this kind of book isn't your thing: 5 IMPORTANT LESSONS YOU CAN LEARN BY READING BUST: 1. When you hire someone to kill your wife, don’t hire a psychopath. 2. Drano is not the best tool for getting rid of a dead body. 3. Those locks on hotel room doors? Not very secure. 4. A curly blond wig isn’t much of a disguise. 5. Secrets can kill. <u>Side Effects</u> by Woody Allen - I believe I wrote earlier about reading Woody Allen's <u>Getting Even</u>. This is largely more of the same, by which I mean highly entertaining short pieces spoofing high-brow culture and the most typical Allen targets. </lj-cut> I'm sure there's other books I have finished and failed to mention in this LJ. In another couple of weeks, the year will be half over and, while I'm not so interested in keeping count, I have kept a spreadsheet of what I've read and will post it then.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 20th, 2006 02:35 am (UTC)
I need to pick up Nin. Terri made it sound absolutely fascinating.
Jun. 20th, 2006 03:51 am (UTC)
I'm reading Terri's copy right now.. it IS absolutely fascinating!
Jun. 20th, 2006 12:32 pm (UTC)
I loved it. I've read it multiple times now! It's one of those books that speaks to you in different ways at different places in your life.
Jun. 20th, 2006 12:31 pm (UTC)
*preen* I love that I influence your reading choices.
Jun. 20th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
You influence a lot of things for me, darling. :)
Jun. 20th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
I hope that's a good thing...
Jun. 20th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
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