August 16th, 2008


Mrs Dalloway

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I'm currently reading Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolfe. I'm about 40 pages in and am dying. For those of you who have read it : Does it pick up any time soon or is it like this the whole way through? I mean is there ever going to be a plot set in the present or is it just wistful thinking about what could have been?
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9,10- The Sittaford Mystery, The Body in the Library

The Sittaford Mystery
Agatha Christie

Silhoutted arounf the table, tense with anticipation, were seated six shadowy figures. They were involved in a seance... The table began to rock violently and, gradually, began to form the words: 'CAPTAIN TREVELYAN...DEAD' and then, much more slowly this time, M-U-R-D-E-R

Only a few miles away, Captain Trevalyn knew nothing of the strange seance at Sittaford... (Taken from The Sittaford Mystery)

This is the first Christie novel to include the supernatural and the objects which bring on illumination as to the identity of the murderer are a pair of ski boots and a speck of soot.

I GUESSED THIS ONE RIGHT! Despite that though, this one isn't really my favourite. It might have been because I read the Murder of Roger Ackroyd over again right before picking this up, but this fell a little flat. The characters are interesting, but there are a wide span of suspects, which takes away a little from te charm.

The Body in the Library
Agatha Christie

This is a Marple one, and it's filled with her usual charm. It's always amusing when confronted  with a scene  where baffled police officers forced to listen to her, "And then of course he reminded me of the baker's boy. Terribly dishonest young man, you know..." Coupled with her knowledge of human nature and her usual perspicacity, Miss Jane Marple assists Sir Henry Clithering and Colonel Melchett in solving the case of the body in the library.

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Book 22. The League of Extraordinary Gentlement Vol 1. By Alan Moore

Book 22. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Vol 1. graphic novel
176 pages

God, Alan Moore has issues.

Don't get me wrong, I am ok with that for the most part. I did love the Watchmen. My review of the Watchmen. It is just that his graphic novels are so disturbingly violent that I don't think they are for everyone. It will make some people just put it down and look for something else to read. But those who don't mind how violent they are, will more than likely enjoy this graphic novel.

I am new to this type of novel and I am really enjoying them. My only reference to this was the movie they made starrting Sean Connery. What a difference! I thought the movie was "ok", and most people I have talked too have thought the same. Not horrible (except from a few people), but definately not good. So, I was excited to read this and see what was what.

Overall, the graphic novel was pretty good. The characters were interesting and had a lot of depth, and the plot was very straight forward in its execution. Definately a contrast from what you saw in the movie (which they obviously toned down), which you woul expect. There was also a story at the end starring Allan Quartermain, which was ok, but not worth going too much into.

My rating. Amazingly good read. 

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Book #27

Book #27
Book Title: Breaking Dawn
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Category: fiction; romance
# of pages: 768
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: C
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from might seem redundant to dismiss the fourth and final Twilight novel as escapist fantasy--but how else could anyone look at a romance about an ordinary, even clumsy teenager torn between a vampire and a werewolf, both of whom are willing to sacrifice their happiness for hers? Flaws and all, however, Meyer's first three novels touched on something powerful in their weird refraction of our culture's paradoxical messages about sex and sexuality. The conclusion is much thinner, despite its interminable length. Everygirl Bella achieves her wishes quickly (marriage and sex, in that order, are two, and becoming an immortal is another), and once she becomes a vampire it's almost impossible to identify with her. But that's not the main problem. Essentially, everyone gets everything they want, even if their desires necessitate an about-face in characterization or the messy introduction of some back story. Nobody has to renounce anything or suffer more than temporarily--in other words, grandeur is out. This isn't about happy endings; it's about gratification. A sign of the times?

My Thoughts: As much as I liked this series before, this book was a huge disappointment. The beginning of the book had potential but it went downhill fast. Bella was not the same Bella we saw in the previous books. I thought by the end of the book it would be better, however it really wasn't.

Books read this year: 27/50. I'm 54% done!!!

Next read(s): I just started Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton.
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Scalzi, John: The Last Colony

The Last Colony
Writer: John Scalzi
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 320

Finally got around to reading the third in John Scalzi's Old Man's War universe, a book that takes place after the events of Old Man's War and The Ghost Brigades. I wouldn't recommend reading this book if you haven't yet read the other two. If you HAVE read them, and enjoyed them, don't miss out on this story. It concludes John Perry's and Jane Sagan's adventures, and it's a far deeper book than meets the eye. It challenges the truths behind loyalty, peace and war, and well worth the read.

The premise: John Perry and Jane Sagan have retired, only to be called up for duty once more: this time to lead the seed colony world of Roanoke. It's a media-circus, as it's the first colony that's been populated by other colonized planets rather than Earth, but John and Jane soon discover that the Roanoke colony is much more sinister than that: it's a pawn in a brewing war between the Colonial Union and the allied alien forces of the Conclave, and unfortunately, Roanoke and its colonists are stuck right in the middle.

The full review, which does include spoilers, may be found in my journal. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome.


Happy Reading! :)