- MA, USA
- member since April 6, 2009
Victoria H’s last login was Friday, July 12, 2013.
Hi Victoria cool picture! If you like quirky books with a lot of neurotic characters please read the short excerpt from my published book Man Interrupted at my profile (below link) and share your thoughts with me? Best James.
Hello Torr, hope the rest of practice went well! I'm reviewing the first ten books that pop up on your shelf at random so....
The "Concise" Anthology of American Literature- Such fun, especially Rip Van Winkle and Sleepy Hollow!! Pity we never finished the top ten uses list...
The Winter' Tale- I remember seeing this when Rebel performed it a few years ago. A strange play as I remember...so I guess I should read it since I remember being facinated by the story and the interactions between the characters.
Jennifer Government- funny, no review for this one. But you rated it four stars as opposed to my three. Personally I thought it was an interesting flip on the usual books like Animal Farm and the Giver: the result of a manipulative free market economy overruled by major corporations...
Loves Labours Lost- Anther prime example of Shakespeare I should read. I always like reading witty dialogue.
The Daring Book for Girls- I would say I want to read this but I'm afraid that might result in the two of us ending up in jail due to an evil plot involving a crossbow, some mud pies, and a pin cushion.
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs- I remember reading this! That poor poor wolf...didn't he need therapy at the end?
Cymbaline- Should we just plan a day during the summer where we pull a reduced reduced Shakespeare Company and act out all the Shakespeare I need to read before college? Although for this title we might need a larger cast...
Henry VI (Part 2?)- Yay for histories that make no sense and have no real end! And since I do not have an "overwheming desire to read this", we'll just pretend Shakespeare had a brain fart for this play on the event detailed above.
Long Day's Journey into Night- Erm...sorry you have an issue with so many stage directions. I personally liked the play, it left very little to be argued over as to what exactly the characters were doing. I agree with you on the imagery though, very interesting.
The Magicians's Nephew- Strange book, if you ever decide to reread the Narnia series (keeping in mind that we are now responsible adults) I suggest starting at the beginning. You might notice a few more parallels to the Bible now than when you were five or six.
Two Gentlemen of Verona- Isn't this the one...never mind the rest of that statement, I'll just have to read this at some point. It probably acts as a good comparison for the writing style of the rest of Shakespeare's work.
Wicked- Well, since you already know my confusion when it comes to politics, I'll just state that I think the book was an interesting example of the parallel universe...one can be happy and the other can be really messed up.
Kin- A Graphic novel...I'm tempted to read it just to look at the author's drawings and writing style.
hi tori! so i have chosen your shelf to review, i hope you are excited!
tale of two cities- i'm so sorry you thought this book dragged! although i do agree that the first book was slow, i got totally caught up in it when i read it. maybe it's because i'm a nerd for the french revolution haha...
julius caesar- i am SO excited you didn't like julius caesar either! obviously i am fully aware of your shakespeare obsession, and i like to consider myself a fan of his as well, but i totally agree that julius caesar is not one of his great works. i'm right there with you, usually i find myself caught up in the characters he creates but i just wasn't interested in these. definitely not rich or meaty.
the odyssey- i fully agree with your analysis. i have the same temptation to just chuck it out, unfortunately we were being tested on it so that wasn't really an option. i felt like it dragged on, the only good part was the end when almost everyone dies.
ethan frome- even though i loathed the book, i agree with your assessment. it wasn't exactly a fun read, but there was a lot to it which made it fun to discuss. nice description as a "technical book".
the westing game- i loved that book too! i liked reading your review because it refreshed my memory a little bit, all i really remember about the book was that "purple mountains majesties" song that was like a clue or something. i guess 5th grade was a long time ago haha
101 things not to do before you die- that book sounds like a lot of fun! i like those kinds of things, quick little one-liners. and i definitely agree with that advice, trying to figure that out is both futile and frustrating.
the boy and his horse- you have made me want to finish the chronicles of narnia series...yes i'm ashamed to admit i've only ever read two of them!
persepolis- your description has motivated me to read this book! i'm finding that i'm really enjoying this homework, it's giving me so many good book ideas!
lord of the flies- i definitely agree with you about the analysis aspect, but i was definitely not of fan of this book. i don't think i could really deal with all the chaos and anarchy, i prefer some semblance of structure haha
language in thought and action- oh hayakawa...how i don't miss you even a little bit. i agree with your brick connection, all of those adjectives apply to this book. but i do think i learned a few things from it, i don't think i will ever be able to forget the ladder of abstraction!
thanks for letting me take a look at your shelf, and thanks for all the great book suggestions!