- Jacksonville, NC, USA
- member since January 31, 2010
Hello Julia, I read Amazon has you as a member “with” Rev LaHaye’s “The Secret on Ararat” series on their shelf, so I’d like to recommend another Christian Thriller, "The Diaries of Pontius Pilate.” It draws upon the author’s military background and has great reviews. “Diaries” is not a vanity or self-pub book, but is published by Trestle Press, a small independent press outside of Philadelphia that gave a Christian novel a chance. Full disclosure - I wrote it and hope you’ll give it a chance.
Best wishes, Joe Lewis www.josephmaxlewis.com
I know what you mean about it's science fiction, but not. Most of Kurt Vonnegut's work is like that. He is often categorized as a scifi writer, which he hated. He had things like space/time travel, machines, robots, etc. often in his books, but the stories were more of the human interaction that took place around those things, or the human reaction to them. Cat's Cradle was good, and Player Piano is one of my favorites.
I can't believe you haven't read the Screwtape Letters! That seems like something you would have read already. :) I think you'll like it, it's really good, has a lot of dark humor. I don't know if I told you, but the audio book is read by John Cleese...which I think is so appropriate! I want to listen to it, because that book and Cleese sounds like a great combination. And Til We Have Faces is one of my favorites of CS Lewis, next to Screwtape Letters.
I've been reading more HP Lovecraft...it's easier to read a short story or two between class and studying than bits and pieces of a book (although I miss reading full length books in a big way!). I think you'd like reading him. The library probably has him, but I got a complete volume of his works from the bargain section of barnes & noble for $12. Win!
I saw Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was available, but haven't watched it, I'm waiting to read the book. That sucks about the ending. It's like the ending to the Dark Tower series...I keep saying the ending to that was "okay," I don't want to admit to myself that it was a let down! :)
I got the fluxx cards (zombie, not monty python...I have to order those). Bruce and I played a few times. It's a lot different playing with two people, normally we play when my brother's family is in town and there's about 5 of us playing. I'd like you and me to get together with jon and bruce sometime to play, it's a fun game. There's also Martian Fluxx, and the cards are designed after old school science fiction. :)
I'll text you later this week (I texted you earlier, because I got excited when I saw a commercial advertising the dvd release of big bang season 3!). And I apologize in advance if you work the night before and i text in the middle of the next day! :)
I know what you mean about the kids (don't have any, but being with my sister as she grew up, I understand!).
I agree about jonathan strange & mr norrell. It was an awesome story...but it could have been cut down. Especially the footnotes. I tried to tell myself I wasn't going to read them, but I had to. I think the author needs to be told that if a footnote takes up two pages, she either needs to just make it part of the story, or cut it out. Seriously.
When you read C. S. Lewis, I can't wait for you to read Til We Have Faces. It's not part of the scifi trilogy, just a good book (a retelling of greek mythology). I haven't read his scifi series, but they're so thick, they're being saved for christmas and spring break. :)
I'll have to get Procession of the Dead from the library...at Barnes & Noble they have it on a display table with other horror/scifi books, and I always stop to look at it.
I need to check out the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo also...I can't believe they made a movie of it already.
I'm reading Android Karenina now. It's good. It's not as funny, but it's clever. Pride & Prejudice & Zombies relied on the zombies to be funny and clever. Ben Winters is good at altering books. I HATED Sense & Sensibility, but the Sea Monsters book was great. This one isn't funny, just clever. I like it so far. :)
I feel like I've written a book! I can't wait to get together to play the fluxx game! :)
Hey, when do you work again? I've missed taking breaks with you! :)
I saw you read Dawn of the Dreadfuls...what did you think?
I'm finishing Anna Karenina. It's actually really good, I expected it to be dry with some interesting parts, but I'm enjoying it, you'd probably like it (and get through it much faster than me :p).
Have you read Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell yet?
I saw the note from Earl (I read it in case he recommended something! :p), and was wondering if you've read Til We Have Faces? It's a novel by CS Lewis (in the words of my sister, "it's my fave."). :)
Pardon my tardy reply. A good start for the nonficitional Lewis would be Mere Christianity, adapted from a series of radio talks he gave. (There's a brief review and comment on my page. You may also search the tag "c.s. lewis" for other works opn my shelves.)
Fantasy and imagination have a vital role to play in Christian life and are organically related, as Chesterton reminds us. While classified as children's literature, Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia tell a heroic tale with allegorical inferences worth reading at any age, especially for those who strive to serve Aslan. My favorite Lewis' fantasy, dubbed science fiction by those with a penchant for pigeonholing literature, is the Hideous Strength, more aptly called "a fairy tale for grown ups"--an appellation that would be more universal in the more innocent world that the Creator intended.
This work reminds me of yet another fantasy by yet another Christian author on the same theme but sharper, but I stop here lest my note become an essay. I'd love to explore this area with you further, as desired. Thanks so much for asking.
Let me know what days you'll be at the library sale, I'll meet you there! :)
I'll have to check out those otori books from the library when I come back, they sound good from what you've said.
My vacation is in Georgia. There's some sort of conference my parents are going to, and I figured I'd go along and help out keeping an eye on my sister. Bruce is going too, so I think "keeping an eye on my sister" will translate to "trips to six flags and the giant Atlanta aquarium." :) I'll have Bruce take a picture of me pointing into a tank and saying "fisssshhhhh!" for you. :p
I've started reading anna karenina...I'm only on page 30, but it's interesting so far. I figured I'd try to read some thicker books during the summer before classes start. It'll be easier to read and keep up with Pet Sematary between classes than the outlander series! :) so voyager will probably be after this one.
Sense & sensibility & sea monsters was pretty good (did I tell you about it? I remember you saying you were hesitant about reading it). I compare it to pride & prejudice & zombies by saying PPZ was fun to read, while SSSM was funny to read. Jane Austen was unbearable, but this book was actually pretty funny...and I didn't skim the end like I did with jane Austen! :)
I also hope I get to that Court of the Air book before class starts, too. Apparently, it's the first in a 4-book series.
Is jon enjoying his clinicals? When do you stop working only weekends?
Well, I'm going to get back to Evil Dead now (I had to watch it, I just read Bruce Campbell's biography, and it's like I read the evil dead book, and now i'm watching the movie...:p).
Sorry, I've been kind of bogarting Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. I don't know why it took me so long to get through! :) I think I just kept putting it down too much. It was good though, I think you'll like it. I'm dropping it off this morning on my way home.
Yeah, I went to Wilmington for my tattoo. It took about 4 - 5 hours. It takes up almost my entire forearm!
I'm glad you liked the Scarlet Pimpernel. It's one of my favorites. I didn't know until recently that it was a series, either! Now I have more books on my shelf! :)
I put those Gregor the Overlander books on my shelf, too. I went through your's and jon's recent additions and added quite a few to my list.
I've just started that book about kayaking the river in Tibet...I hope it's good. :p
Also, my brother just sent me this site (www.whatshouldireadnext.com). It's pretty fun. Helps you find new books to read, based off of people's read books.
So, I FINALLY finished Neil Armstrong's biography, and I'm almost halfway through Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. It's not quite what I expected it to be, but so far it's really good. I think you'd like it. The author added fictional footnotes, which I thought was a unique touch. Sometimes it's irritating, because it'll be a reference to a fictional book, but sometimes it's footnotes that take up 2 pages to tell a little side story. :)
We need to talk to Deneen and tell her to stop scheduling us on opposite shifts!! :p I'll let you know when I have a few days off in a row so we can go to swansboro or the library or something. It sucks the swansboro store closes at 3:45...I thought it was 4:00, but the last time I was there they announced over the loudspeaker that they close so that their volunteers can leave at 4:00. I thought, Jeez, since when does the workplace care about it's employees? :p I feel bad when I go there sometimes, and all I buy is Stephen King....I feel weird handing a stack of horror books to a nice little old Baptist lady. Oh well...for 50 cents a book, I'm willing to do it. :)
I work until Wednesday then I'm off for 4 flipping days! When do you work again?
I'd love to go tithe swansboro store sometime. I was a little disappointed, there wasn't much of a selection the last time I went. But it was the only time I've been disappointed. :) And maybe since it's summer and there's more tourists the selection will be bigger.
I haven't read the book about the rapids in Tibet yet. I'm reading a series (the Father Elijah book was the 4th), and since Bruce started reading it, he's been on me to continue...since I got him to read it, he doesn't want to finish it before me. :p There's 6 books in all, and I'm on the 5th. It's a series called Children of the Last Days (I call it the catholic version of Left Behind :)). It's kind of weird though, because after the 3rd book, the last 3 can be read as independent novels. The first 3 followed a family in Canada from the early 1900s to present day, the 4th (Father Elijah) was a near-future setting seeking to have nothing to do with the first three. Now, the 5th one brings us back to Canada with a recurring character, and the last book is sort of a prequel to the 4th! If this guy wasn't such a good author, I'd be a little disgruntled with his attention span. :p
Sorry, I'm up late and rambling. :) How was Alice I Have Been? And what are you reading now?
That sucks about the Frankenstein book. Wasn't that the one by Peter Ackroyd?
Yeah, dude, the library was awesome. I forgot about being able to renew books online, so I returned 3 of them because I wanted to read some of my own and didn't want them to be overdue! :) into thin air was really good. I realize there was some confusion on my part when talking about that book and into the wild. I forgot it was about candless, and not about krakauer! For a few days, I was thinking krakauer must have scaled everest before he went "into the wild." :) check out my recently added books. My grandmother randomly got me a book for my birthday about a similar story about some guys that wanted to be the first to conquer the rapids in the Himalayas. I thought it was funny she got me that book right after I read into thin air. :)
I still haven't decided what I'm taking during the summer (I still haven't registered, so maybe I'm not taking anything!). Yeah, we'll have to get together and visualize our schedules for our library trip. I'm excited, I took down the Christmas tree, and I'm using the giant microbes bookcase for actual books! My microbes are currently guarding my books. :) exit a was good. I especially liked reading places I had been (yokota! Shibuya!). I'm reading Abraham Lincoln: vampire hunter right now. I didn't expect it to be so dark. I like it. :) it's got a lot of dark humor, which I also like. I stopped by that store in swansboro. It was the first time I had been there that they didn't have a very good selection (although I still struggled, as I told myself I was limited to the $4 I had in my pocket). I still came home with two books. :)
I know, every time I see "update" on your picture, I have to go check out what you added. :) I was thinking the same thing about the library and swansboro. That shop has weird hours, so I'll have to check out when they're open. And if we decide to not go all the way out there, there's always books a million bargain books! :) when are you off, anyway? I'm on Thursday, but I'm off for 5 days after. I have school during the week, but I get back in town around 3.