||[Jan. 16th, 2008|12:32 pm]
Book Bears and Cubs
Did anyone get any new good reads over the holidays? |
I'm finally getting around to "The Kite Runner" - I know, way to be about 2 years behind the curve, right?
I also got "Farewell Summer" by Ray Bradbury. It's a sequel to "Dandelion Wine" published 50 years later. Both books are not typically what you'd expect from Bradbury. Kind of old-timey and sentimental. I really like them. It's a nice little slice of nostalgia.
Also got "Shultz and Peanuts: A Biography" by David Michaelis. Haven't sunk my teeth into that one yet, but seemed like it would be interesting.
What are all of you reading?
Greetings from Glasgow. I can heartily recommend The Kite Runner, and the movie seems pretty true to the book, too.
Over the festive season I got immersed in The Book Thief - beautifully written and very moving. From the sublime to the showy, I moved on to a biography of Liberace. It's not often you'll see Marlene Dietrich, Proust and Debbie Reynolds in the same book, but they're all here. It's an entertaining and eye-opening read about a man I thought I had already summed up. This month, I've been reading Charlie Brooker's "Screen Burn". Brooker's a tv critic for The Guardian. His wit is caustic, but his way with words is astounding. Here he is laying into Simon Cowell:
"He's a walking fart cloud of poor taste: poor taste in music, poor taste in clothes, poor taste in women...he probably thinks Chicken McNuggets are bursting with flavour. In fact his brain probably is a Chicken McNugget, held in place with two strands of tinned spaghetti, generating just enough power to keep his eyes blinking. He's an idiot. And he's an idiot who's made a name for himself by being "nasty" to the contestants. Cowell's scathing comments are bland and misguided. Why pour scorn on someone who clearly can't sing? Reserve your insults for the more demnted Robbie Williams wannabe, the ones who've studied his every move and honed their voice into a shiny plastic bum gasp."
Get the picture? Once I've finished that, I think I'll need something different. Possibly Armistead Maupin's latest.
Anyway, look forward to reading about your own book finds.
Well, I just bought the latest Sue Grafton book (T is for...)
Lately I've just head my head stuck in cookbooks. I need to get back on the reading bandwagon.