March 22nd, 2009

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The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

The Blue Sword The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars

Angharad--Harry--Crewe is orphaned with her older brother Richard--Dickie--after their parents pass away. Both move to Damar, a barren desert country, where Harry lives in boredom with the benevolent Sir Charles and Lady Amelia. The household is anxious: Corlath, the golden-eyed king of the Hill-folk, is rumored to be riding out with his men to meet with Sir Charles and ask for aid in the inevitable war with the Northerners--an alien, inhuman race of beings terrorizing the Hill-folk with dark magic. But on the day Corlath arrives to unsuccessful talks of an alliance, Harry catches his attention. Over the next three nights Harry struggles with insomnia, unaware her feelings of foreboding are warning her of what will happen next. Unable to stop thinking about Harry and driven by the mysterious blood-magic kelar, Corlath returns and kidnaps Harry in the middle of the night, forever changing her life and unknowingly opening the doors of her destiny.

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Weird Question

I am looking for books that are hard to define. Basically, I am looking to more understand the basic relationship to how society operates now in relation to economic and current social thought. Or rather, I want to understand why American society has the gigantic problems with crime, education, etc.,. What exacty are these problems and where did they come from? Also, where did American general opinions and attitude come from?

For example (and I am by no means saying this is true, this is just the first example that popped into my head), what is the relationship to the current problems with the educational system and the number of households where both parents work a combined 80 hours a week or more? Likewise, what is the relationship of American society's view of money now (how they spend, how they save, what they spend it on) and the women's lib movement? Did American households start spending more, and then thinking they needed to spend more, when the wives joined their husbands in bringing home a salary?

Also, does anybody have any book suggestions on "how to fix society in a reasonable, realistic non-super duper right wing, non-super duper left wing manner?"

I've just been very frusturated lately reading the news and always reading about how broken things are. I realized I know so little about how things are broken, why they are broken, and what may be the way to fix it. And then I realized I'm not really sure where to start filling in this gigantic void of information.

Anybody have any good book suggestions?

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Home: A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews -- Yes, that wonderful and classy Julie Andrews. The problem with her autobiography? She is just too wonderful and classy! She neglected to reveal any spicy or juicy bits. I also didn't take the subtitle into proper account: a memoir of her early years. She delved deep into her family history and surrounding geographical locations. "Julie, I don't want to know about your great-great-great-great grandmother, I want to know about YOU." Oh well. And the book ended just as she accepted her role in Mary Poppins, so there were no details about Mary Poppins itself, or Sound of Music, etc., etc. A disappointment.

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Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris: This author has been touted by many people I've talked to as "absolutely hilarious!" so when a friend loaned me one of his books, I was eager to try it.

Maybe the words just don't tickle my funnybone the right way? To me, his stories just came across as arrogant. "Look what an interesting life I lead! Everything that happens to me is fodder for my writing! I amuse myself greatly! Ha, ha, ha, hee, hee, hee." I did read all of the book, but I had to put it down between chapters because I was exhausted. "See how witty I am? Like me, like me, like me!"

I just don't "get" it. (In all honesty, maybe it's just me? Because I feel the same way about Dave Barry's columns.)
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Twilight Director's Notebook

Has anyone purchased the Twilight director's notebook thing? I was flipping through it at Borders real quickly last night and it actually looked sort of interesting. I didn't particularly want to spend eighteen dollars on it though. So I wanted to know if you had gotten it, is it worth it? What sort of stuff was in it? I have a general idea but I'd like a more detailed description.

I owe you guys a review for The Historian. I'll try and get that done soon. :)