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Anathem and War for the Oaks

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Dec 31 2008, 5:22pm


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I was so smart that I started Anathem a few days before Christmas, so when I got some B&N gift cards and books from my family, I had to wait until I'd finished reading all 900 pages before I could read any Christmas stuff. *sigh*

It was very good; a bit confusing at first, because I had no idea what the heck was going on, and I had to refer to the glossary a few billion times a page, but after a hundred pages or so, it went more smoothly. I had to read the math/platonic/physics parts really carefully and slowly, and there was a long philosophical/platonic discussion about two or three hundred pages before the end that was a bit slow going, but afterwards, the last hundred pages went by very quickly, although again, I was a bit lost as to what, exactly, happened.

This book is definitely going on my reread shelf, although I'm not sure I'm going to have the energy to pick it up anytime soon! But it was probably my favorite Stephenson books so far; I enjoyed it more than the Cryptonomicon or Baroque Cycle. Overall, I loved it!!

Also just reread War for the Oaks, by Emma Bull, given to me by a good friend before Christmas. It reminded me vaguely of Neil Gaiman, especially with its references to various other pieces of literature- some of them I've read, some of them I haven't. Both Bull and Gaiman seem to share an appreciation for A Midsummer Night's Dream, since upon closer inspection, there were multiple references to that in WftO, and Gaiman tends to throw little nods to it as well in his works. I also enjoyed the type of fantasy depicted in WftO; it was a very fun book, and I really enjoyed that one, too.

Hmmm. New Year's Resolution Books. I always have a very long ongoing list of "Things I Need To Read", but I never finish it, because it's always growing. I want to reread Anthem, as well as Foucault's Pendulum, both books I read this year and understood about 50% of (while still enjoying them), and I want to give Don Quixote a shot (in English, of course). Also want to look into theology a bit, I'd been learning a bit about it this year in one of my classes (and outside of classes, too.....*winks at Menelwyn*), and discovered that the study of the monotheistic religions were absolutely fascinating.

Happy reading, a.s.!

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"Read the books you already own!": The Weekly Book Review Thread, New Year's Edition a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Dec 31 2008, 4:23pm
    No more books til we've read the ones we've got!! Jazmine Send a private message to Jazmine Dec 31 2008, 4:35pm
        Sister of Another Mother!!! a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Dec 31 2008, 4:45pm
    Anathem and War for the Oaks Laerasėa Send a private message to Laerasėa Dec 31 2008, 5:22pm
        Emma Bull & Neil Gaiman are good friends Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Dec 31 2008, 8:02pm
    We can only choose what to do with the books we are given Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Dec 31 2008, 5:49pm
    Working my way through my book Christmas gifts Elberbeth Send a private message to Elberbeth Dec 31 2008, 6:19pm
    Christmas reading Nienna Send a private message to Nienna Dec 31 2008, 6:54pm
    A new book I got for Christmas: "Nathan Hale" by M. Williams Phelps Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Dec 31 2008, 7:22pm
    Review and Summary Bladorthin Send a private message to Bladorthin Dec 31 2008, 7:41pm
        another interesting take on the story Annael Send a private message to Annael Dec 31 2008, 9:46pm
    I know what you mean! Compa_Mighty Send a private message to Compa_Mighty Dec 31 2008, 7:47pm
        Have you thought about the bathroom? Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Dec 31 2008, 8:23pm
            the used-book store is my salvation Annael Send a private message to Annael Dec 31 2008, 9:50pm
    The Indigo King Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Dec 31 2008, 8:08pm
    Kushiel's Mercy (and a book recommendation on Christian mysticism) Annael Send a private message to Annael Dec 31 2008, 9:34pm
        **takes notes a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Dec 31 2008, 10:08pm
            another book recommendation, then Annael Send a private message to Annael Dec 31 2008, 10:15pm
            Christian mysticism? *perks up* Kyriel Send a private message to Kyriel Jan 1 2009, 12:32am
                **takes more notes a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Jan 1 2009, 2:01am
                I went to a lecture Annael Send a private message to Annael Jan 1 2009, 4:21am
                    Actually, it can be a lot funnier than that Kyriel Send a private message to Kyriel Jan 1 2009, 1:07pm
                        we had a whole lecture about Annael Send a private message to Annael Jan 1 2009, 4:50pm
                *copies notes from a.s.* Menelwyn Send a private message to Menelwyn Jan 1 2009, 9:05pm
        Did you read Kushiel's Mercy Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Dec 31 2008, 11:43pm
            hard Annael Send a private message to Annael Jan 1 2009, 4:16am
    Oh dear. Would you believe (and forgive me for reading) Tintallė Send a private message to Tintallė Jan 1 2009, 2:35am
        at the risk of being a "reverse snob"...or something, I think a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Jan 1 2009, 10:28pm
        no judgment here Annael Send a private message to Annael Jan 2 2009, 12:41am
            There's an interesting split in the fandom (some Twilight spoilers) entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Jan 2 2009, 2:24am
                well . . . Annael Send a private message to Annael Jan 2 2009, 3:31pm
                    I think the approach was the same for all three entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Jan 2 2009, 3:57pm
                That's not what I hated about the fourth book. Laitholiel_the_SeaElf Send a private message to Laitholiel_the_SeaElf Jan 3 2009, 4:07am
                    I can understand that (book four spoilers) entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Jan 3 2009, 4:33am
        I loved the Twilight series entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Jan 2 2009, 2:13am
    How Fiction Works. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Jan 1 2009, 11:19pm
        Cather and Robinson a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Jan 2 2009, 12:56am
    I have! bearwen Send a private message to bearwen Jan 5 2009, 8:48pm

 
 
 

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