The OF Blog: September 4-6 Book Porn

Saturday, September 06, 2008

September 4-6 Book Porn



Five books this week, with the first photo set being devoted to two review copy packages I received.

Left: R.A. Salvatore, The Pirate King (bound galley); Laurel Anne Hill, Heroes Arise: A Parable

These three books I bought soon after I received my first paycheck at my new job. I've already begun reading the book in the middle and hope to read the others over the next week or so.

Left: Dave Eggers (ed.), The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007; George MacDonald, Lilith; Milan Kundera, The Joke.

The MacDonald book was a serendipitous find; I have been curious about him and Lindsay for a long time and expect a post later today or tomorrow about thoughts related to the opening passages. Wish some griping about "respect" issues would cite MacDonald's literary circles, as he certainly had a few interesting friends in different literary aisles, to say the least.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

You do know that all MacDonalds and Lindsay's Voyage to Arcturus are available free online from Project Gutenberg and various others,don't you?

A Voyage to Arcturus is truly a masterpiece,a flawed one but a masterpiece nonetheless.
Lilith,not so much.
Bye
Marco

Larry said...

I do, but I have a preference for having bound, printed copies to read, since my eyesight is slowly getting worse.

I just finished reading Lilith and while I enjoyed the style, I do agree there are some flaws with the story mechanics; C.S. Lewis pointed this out to an extent in his introduction to the 1954 edition which was reprinted a few years ago.

Si- said...

I'm currently reading McDonald's Phantastes. It's a great read. I found it in my father's old bookshelves. I wonder if the importance of shadows in Phantastes influenced Barrie in his story Peter Pan and Wendy... The idea of your shadow 'finding you at last', which McDonald says is an unavoidable event, is quite frightening.

Larry said...

I'll have to read that one sometime in the near future. While Lilith wasn't as lyrical as I would have liked in places, the overall effect worked. Certainly curious about this man who knew Dickens, among many others.

Dark Wolf said...

I'm drooling all over "The Pirate King". I so love Drizzt Do'Urden :)

D said...

WHAAAAT!

Since when are you reading Forgotten Realms.

<3

Larry said...

I'm not, but that hasn't stopped them from sending stuff to me :P

D said...

omgomg is the book about Drizzt? Jarlaxle? ENTRERIIIII!11!!!!

:: goes to draw sappy Drizzt fan art ::

You'll never understand the wonderful worlds of amazingly mediocre bestest literature.

I don't make sense, do I. :D

Larry said...

No, not really, but if you want the book... ;)

D said...

The last RAS book was disappointing, but I never learn. :D

I still think you should read it first.

Larry said...

You know I barely have enough time to read the books I like, Dunja, so how would I be willing to make time for books that I likely wouldn't? :P

 
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