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October 30th, 2007
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From:talktooloose
Date:October 30th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
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Recent reading:
Room With a View by E.M. Forster. This right after watching Passage to India. His books seem to be about casting off one's stifling Britishness (read, outdated rules and modes of behaviour) in favour of true emotional connectedness.

Tehanu by Ursula K. Leguin. The fourth book in the excellent Earthsea series. This one really celebrating the lives and roles of women and the choices they make around power, family and living in a male dominated world. Interesting territory for a wizard-filled fantasy novel.

Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco. Graphic novel journalism about the war in Bosnia.

Mike Carey's run on X-Men up to the present, courtesy of lux_apollo. Carey can really spin a yarn. I recommend his Lucifer series which is now complete.

Weight by Jeannette Winterson. A short but extraordinary retelling of the legend of Atlas featuring a wonderful characterization of Hercules and other mythical figures.
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From:mofic
Date:October 31st, 2007 10:25 am (UTC)
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Interesting assortment. Forster is for me the unusual case where I like the movies better than the books.

I loved Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit but then didn't like whatever it was that Winterson wrote after that. This one sounds intriguing, though.
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From:talktooloose
Date:October 31st, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
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It's a short book so not much of a chance to take. Actually, I listened to it as an audiobook.

I enjoyed Forster's literary voice a lot. He was quite experimental and playful in the book. A very intrusive narrator. When I was in Vermont visiting briseur, I spent a pleasant morning reading a Forster biography that he had by his bedside. Interesting man who lived out most of his dreams on the page rather than in RL.
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