News, books and the rest

October 23, 2012 § 7 Comments

I am very much behind with the reports from my life as it is now. Nearly two months of not writing and running around and this is what we have:

The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins), trilogy completed: highly recommend to anyone and yes, I will encourage my child to read the books when she is of the right age. Ridiculously well written, with clever and sensitive characters you would want to meet in real life. Extremely relevant subjects (war, oppression, leadership, honour, pride) explored. I would probably go as far as say the books should be on each school’s reading list. Ah and the heroine, well, one of the most fascinating characters in fiction I have come across in my years of reading.

The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky) started: oi ooiii, I am weak, I am 100 pages in and I am confused already – who is related to who and why are they all arguing with one another? A very intense read disguised as a very shallow soap opera. Philosophy, morale, history and religion all thrown into one pot and moulded into one massive book. Probably not the easiest book to read at 7.30 AM. Status: on the shelf, bookmark in. I tend to suffer from graphomania, but Dostoyevsky has taken it to another level. Will persevere though.

50 Shades of Grey (who the fuck cares): the worst book ever read, the worst book ever written. A worthless piece of shit, I think sums it up. The French got onto it, 150 000 copies bought in two weeks since it was put in the shops. Sex mad or pathetic? I cannot find the quote of the blogger who summed it up perfectly well, something about horrific amateur porn in English 101 language. Really poorly written (and poorly proof-read) with Twilight characters undressing and fucking at every possible opportunity. Yes, doing exactly that.

The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald): I have read it twice and now I know why I did not remember it when I read it the first time. There is just not enough in it for me, not much to build on, not much to move me forward. The blurb on the back of the jacket describes this peace of work as a masterpiece…erm. I am not so sure. The clothes, the parties and the people will all look well on the big screen and I am looking forward to watching the film when it comes out. The book itself, well, perhaps worth reading once in your life, yet I am left wondering if perhaps it’s imagery would speak more to the generation other than my own. I feel like the author tried too hard to make something with the words he was using and forgot about the plot. It does get better by the end.

I am yet to write about the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Young Adult, both of which I enjoyed immensely. Back to watching The Good Wife and Boardwalk Empire before bed – oh the happy days of autumn!

There, that kind of sums it all up. In other news, family senior has started working full time, which means that after work now I run to pick up family junior from a certain Holy Mary at 6 PM sharp. This running, I must admit, is doing wonders to the fat which has accumulated around my belly. The regime is yet to be established, but we are getting there.

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§ 7 Responses to News, books and the rest

  • lapai says:

    The Great Gatsby is a wonderful book – full of symbols and great descriptions, but I think I’ll skip the Di Caprio film. There is no better Gatsby than Robert Redford (well, maybe Alain Delon could have been better, but that we’ll never know).

  • biblepanic says:

    Mm I can see why people would say that, but I found it lacking. Huh need to find the Redford film then!

  • jocelynr says:

    when i saw your list included the Brothers Karamazov i groaned aloud with envy, thinking you had read it through and was going to write a review. ha. i feel justified in my multiple failed attempts in reading it. ;-p

    Did you really like the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? i’ve heard so many people like it, but i cant get past the first chapter. what the heck? does it get better? it seems like a business book or something.

    i think the Great Gatsby is a kind of book that is such a classic that people read it only for the prestige of saying they did. I did. I am so cool. LOL.

    • biblepanic says:

      NO way!! The girl who kent me the book said it took her a few attempt to finish it too, we are not alone! I feel like i should try harder but at the same time I am too old to get a headache from reading a book.

      I looooved it, but i did not read the books, I watched the movie.
      Made me laugh with your Gatsby comment. I read it in Winnipeg the first time, I took the creative process class at uni of winnipeg and it was one of the books we disected. Back then and now it left me with an aftertaste i cannot yet put my finger on, maybe after another 10 years i will read it again..lol and then say i so get it!

  • twictor says:

    Julia Julia

    This is great! Your rave reviews are so honest and and ever so … er what’s the word? … and what ever that is … I feel ever so enticed reading these and feeling jealous in some part for not having them books read myself. I can only imagine the blurb on the back of the books by Julia … ha ha ha No, truly, these are undoubtedly one the best insights of the books I have ever laid my eyes upon to.

    Well, my darling, it’s only a time now once I will be blessed flipping the pages of a thick juicy novel written by you my friend!

    You are truly gifted writer!
    🙂

  • twictor says:

    BTW: wouldn’t it be a good business idea, having the new bestsellers published with the two types of blurbs: one of a conventional type and one of a true don’t care what a f*** any body-think kinda real summary that is of them books! ha ha ha

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