Monthly Archives: August 2008

spice of life

maybe i should be adding more than measly little reviews for the random selection of books that i read. i should be able to write about books as much as i read them.

i should have some sort of book related news, tibit, quote, adventure or something to write.

i’ll be working on that for the future.

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War of the Worlds

Title: War of the Worlds
Author: HG Wells
Finished: August 19
Pages: 224
Publisher: Modern Library
Publish Year: 2002
ISBN: 0375759239

#790 on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list. Must different from the new version of the film, and I’m not not a huge fan of HG Wells and his scientific stories about life in a different century with technology. He is brave to take on new and interesting subjects that at the time where never discussed and assumed that some the 21st Century we would be landing on Mars and having actual alien attacks.

Gives you something to think about.

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Knocked Out By My Nunga Nungas

Title: Knocked Out By My Nunga Nungas
Author: Louise Rennison
Finished: August 17
Pages: 183
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publish Year: 2002
ISBN: 0066236959

3rd Book in Georgia series.

Just another one of those young adult books that leaves you wondering if you were that strange when you were 14 years old. I can say for sure I didn’t have the problem of wanting to date two boys at once. Georgia is back at school after suspension and she is having just as many problems with her Sex God boyfriend and her ex-boyfriend who she suddenly wants to snog all the time. Oh, and her friends are still really stupid. The series is starting to get old for me, but I still have some of the books on hand so I shall continue on.

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With Our Good Will

Title: With Our Good Will
Author: Doug Copsey
Finished: August 17
Pages: 249
Publisher: Caxton Press
Publish Year: 2006
ISBN: 0870044567

Local author, general interest, love Shakespeare.

An amazing journey through the development of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival in Boise, Idaho, written by one of the founding members of the festival. Beginning in the 70s, the book covers the very first performance at One Capital Center all the way through 30 years of ISF to their current and permanent location in East Boise. Includes pictures, old newspaper articles, ticket stubs, quotes, and even a complete list in the back of all people who have had anything to do with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival in the 30 years of operation, including all employees and staff and cast.

“I will never forget that blissful, innocent summer when the Idaho Shakespeare Festival was born. I suspect we all knew how lucky we were to be part of the magic, but if we didn’t know it then, I have no doubt we do now.” — Doug Copsey

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Siddhartha

Title: Siddhartha
Author: Hermann Hesse
Finished: August 15
Pages: 122
Publisher: Shambhala
Publish Year: 2002
ISBN: 1570629706

Very enlightening, peaceful and harmonious reading this story about the life of Siddhartha, searching for the path that will lead him. He spends his life searching for himself and his beliefs, finding new ones and ancient ones, making new friends along the way and watching others disappear. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the journey he took and the feeling I had throughout the book of peace, much like Siddhartha himself felt.

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Frankenstein

Title: Frankenstein
Author: Mary Shelley
Finished: August 15
Pages: 352
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publish Year: 2003
ISBN: 0141439475

Interesting story. I always assumed as a child growing up that Frankenstein was the monster created by man, or the man created by man, but not that Frankenstein was the actual creator. It made for a more interesting story because I still didn’t know what was going on and had to learn the true tale.

Still, It was yet another story of a man creating some sort of invention/being and running from it as it terrorizes its creators life. Frankenstein travels around the world doing various things and saving people and trying to find his monster, leaving the girl he loves behind. It’s almost Jekyll and Hyde meet Gulliver.

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Gulliver’s Travels

Title: Gulliver’s Travels
Author: Jonathan Swift
Finished: August 14
Pages: 336
Publisher: Penguin Classics, Revised Edition
Publish Year: 2003
ISBN: 0141439491

Not one of my favorite classic stories and not at all what I expected. Of course, being Jonathan Swift who also wrote “A Modest Proposal”, it was bound to be a very strange journey into different lands created in the mind of Swift only and no one else. I found it hard to read because of the made of people and language that was not only hard to pronounce but follow along with Gulliver as he made he journey through the different lands. Trying to discern between the different people he encountered was hard enough without figuring in the time span as well.

I found it hard to believe that a man would travel as much and encounter this many extravagant creatures within the span of his life, leaving his happy wife at home with all their children. What wife would just accept that from her husband. I guess it is fiction but I found it tedious and long and drawn out and nothing I really enjoyed much of.

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