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The most recent reads for this year are found at the top. This page is more for me to keep track of things than it is for anyone else. Hopefully I won't be accused of navel-gazing. Here are the lists for 2004 and 2003.
New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1990)
Book number 2 in the Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin series.
Here's a quote that I liked:
. . . there was a comfort in subordination, in small responsibility, no decisions . . .
Tom Swift and his jetmarine
Master and commander
New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1990)
Book number 1 in the Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin series.
I am hoping that it can by read and comprehended by the nine-year old.
Alas, it is not. Post Captain is even less so. Comprehended, yes, but too much intrigue, etc. for the nine-year old.
Good Manners for all occasions : including etiquette of cards, wedding announcements and invitations
New York, NY: Cupples & Leon Company, 1921)
New York, NY: Dell Publishing, 2000)
The book (as usual), is tons better than the movie. The characters are so much more believable. Homer, Sr. actually does love his child, Sonny's mother's spine is much stronger, etc.
The movie will be part two of our Celluloid Leadership series at work next year (2006). I'm hoping to be able to publish the text of what I write here.
Frazz : Live from Bryson Elementary
city, ST: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2005)
You've already heard me gush about Frazz. Yes, I think there's some Watterson inspiration. Just like Krazy Kat was part of Watterson's inspiration.
At times the erasers look almost brick-like!
Now I'm able to go back and read the early years.
The lion, the witch and the wardrobe
New York, NY: Collier Books, 1970)
One of my favorite books; I'd be reading it even if there wasn't a movie coming out soon.
It seems I end up reading through the series once or twice a year anyway...
Any book that starts out as follows just must be a good read:
This last summer, when I was on my way back to Vienna from the Appetite-Cure in the mountains, I fell over a cliff in the twilight, and broke some arms and legs and one thing or another, and by good luck . . . .
I enjoy the story almost as much as I do the pictures and the diagrams.
I just love Krazy Kat. There's something Watterson-esqe about the scenery. More than that, I think I enjoy having to stop and actually understand what they're saying rather than just absorbing it like so much other drivel.
A gift from my father and a great book.
This was a really good book. My parents gave it to my 9 year-old son who is helping me construct (in our garage) a Tiny Cat from a Philip Bolger design. Perhaps I could convince my boy to write a review for the younger readers of my favorite periodical Messing About In Boats?
[6/27/2006] Look for a review of this in the 8/15/2006 edition of Messing About In Boats.
This book feels too sentimental. There are lots of good ideas and some of them strike close to the roots of the issues but the true roots of the community issue have so far been ignored or lightly passed over.
(New York, NY: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Inc., 1966)
I stumbled upon this book early in life because my father was doing his dissertation (Phd?) on it (or was it Roa Bastos's "Hijo de hombre"?). Imagine what reading this kind of richness would do to a nine or ten year-old. Later on in college I found that it could be classified in the picaresque genre. It has some very meaty passages.
About the will, or la voluntad:
"The carcass," as he called his body, "has no right to say no, when you give it a job."
and in a similar thought,
I knew that if you can stand a lot because your body has grown hardened, you stand a lot more because you've taught your will not to give in. The body suffers only at first; then it grows numb and goes without resisting wherever you take it.
Two quotes about what I call "itchy feet":
[B]ehind this lay all my days as a wandering herder, and deeper still, that vague need to be forever on the move, which is like a thirst for the road and a longing, which grew each day, to posess the round earth.
To gallop is to abolish distance, and to arrive, for the gaucho, is but a pretext for leaving.
And two about character:
"Look," said my godfather [Sombra], and laying a hand on my shoulder and smiling, "if you're a true gaucho, you won't change, for wherever you go your soul will go before you, leading you like a bell mare."
". . . you've seen the world, now, my lad, and you've become a man—better than a man, a gaucho. The one who knows the world's evils because he has lived through them is tempered to overcome them."
I just came back from San Francisco...
I may never/not finish this book.
This was fascinating and should be read along with de Soto's The mystery of capital and Locke's second treatise and Lawrence Lessig's Free Culture.
The team managers in our division at work are reading this one. It has already prompted many new thoughts for me and have gotten me to make some changes in how I think about getting my job done.
(New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2003)
I had read this once before ("borrowed" my Dad's copy for over a year) and this was a delight.
In fact, the only complaint I might level against this edition is my feeling that it should have more footnotes. The ones that are presented left me wishing for more.
Bobbsey Twins book number 5
Hardy Boys book number 55
The original books were better, more challenging and a little more care-free. Will Oxford has some details on what was revised. I preview any of the Hardy Boys books with publication dates after 1959. This one deals with the occult and is not appropriate for my son. In hindsight, it shouldn't have taken me three days to determine that. More on the "literary vandalism" done to the original series can be found on The Hardy Boys Original Series page.
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