hairylunch (hairylunch) wrote,

Reading Update

So, it's been a while since the last time I was rambling about books.

Since then, I didn't finish The Big Test. I ran out of time, and sort of interest. The book is a history about the SAT and the College Board, and I got to around the 1950s or so in the book. Lemann was starting to cover a few key women and things who I would guess were going to be pivotal factors in questioning standardized tests.

In the six weeks since then, I've read a fair share of books. I re-read the Chronicles of Narnia (mainly because the movie is coming out at the end of the year and the teaser trailer got me interested). When I started re-reading them, I was surprised that the books had been re-released in chronological order. It was probably the third time I'd read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The first time, I didn't recognize it was an allegory for the Christ tale. Re-reading the other six, I saw the Christian ideals much more clearly than when I read them the first time, and a few of them I could recognize the Biblical tales that had inspired them, but more often than not, I was still in the dark. Reading them in chronological order was interesting though. On a semi-related note of movies I'm interested in, I'm wondering if Rent will be good or bad . . . guess I'll have to wait till Nov. 11th . . .

I also read Gibson's All Tomorrow's Parties. I didn't realize this was a sequel to Idoru, so I'm a little disappointed I read it. In fact, I didn't know Virtual Light was part of the Bridge Trilogy either. Unfortunately, the local library has a rather poor selection of Gibson, so I don't think I'll be reading either the Bridge or the Sprawl trilogy in there intended sequence anytime soon.

I also read Orson Scott Card's newest book, Magic Street, a modern fantasy novel. Not my favorite Card, but still an entertaining tale. I just noticed that he's got another book in the Ender Wiggin's universe out, so I'll probably try and read it when it gets back to the library. He's alienated some of his fanbase with his conservative LDS views about homosexuality. Something Positive, one of my favorite web comics, did a little storyline about the whole thing.

All right, enough about books . . .

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