January 18th, 2008

Yomiko - Reading

2008: Books Read

Let's see if I can keep this list up this year. This post will serve as the master list, and I'll update when I add to it, I suppose. If anyone's interested.

During the holidays last year, I finished Bill Bryson's The Lost Continent, and started and finished Maus, Steven Brust's 500 Years After, and Connie Willis' To Say Nothing Of The Dog. I would recommend the latter in particular, being one of the best time-travel stories I've ever read, and a hilarious depiction of Victorian society besides. And I found the ending particularly pleasing for reasons I refuse to elaborate on, but that you'll understand if you read the book...

So, books I've finished this year:

1) Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (finished 1/16)

This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. The combination of a 19th-century upper-class drama with traditional English magic and mythology makes for a fascinating book. One of the things I really liked about it was the understatement of the actual magic being performed. There are very few cases when the magicians are doing huge, flashy spells with lights and sounds and smoke and such. But as the book progresses, the world becomes more unpredictable and strange on its own...

2) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (finished 1/31?)

WWII-era nurse has an accident with a circle of standing stones and gets transported back in time to 1743 in Scotland. There she gets rescued by a Scottish outlaw, and it's romance and swashbuckling (with a side of Jacobite politics) from there on out. I enjoyed it reasonably, but I'm not rushing to pick up the next one or anything...

In the meanwhile, I've started reading Simon Singh's The Big Bang and I'm about halfway through Brust's The Paths of the Dead. I'll be picking up Prisoner of Trebekistan soon, too - I read the (very short) first chapter last night.

Also, Facebook.

It was aki pointing out Scrabulous (Facebook's Scrabble app) that pushed me over. I'm not really intending to do the whole social-networking thing, but if you're up for a game come find me.