The OF Blog: Things that I've read or am reading on my iPhone

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Things that I've read or am reading on my iPhone

Here's what are on my various e-reader apps (the majority have been read in full or part):

Gérard de Nerval, Sylvie (French and English editions)

John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Volume I

Upton Sinclair, The Metropolis

Bernard Russell, Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays

John Locke, Second Treatise on Government

Henry David Thoreau, Walking

James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poems

Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

Elie Wiesel, The Judges

Boethius, The Theological Tractates and The Consolation of Philosophy

Aristotle, Ethics

A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

Jules Amédée Barbey d'Aurevilly, Les diaboliques

David Albahari, Leeches

Kay Ryan, The Best of It:  New and Selected Poems

Charles Williams, Descent into Hell, a Novel

Nick Mamatas, Starve Better

Mark Samuels, The Man Who Collected Machen and Other Weird Tales

Sadegh Hedayat, The Blind Owl

F. Marion Crawford, The Witch of Prague

Pindar, The Extant Odes of Pindar

G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Knew Too Much

Gustave Flaubert, Salammbô (English)

Charles Williams, Nothing in Her Way

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Robert W. Chambers, The King in Yellow

Marcus Aurelius, The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Robert Frost, Mountain Interval

Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders

Jeff VanderMeer, The Compass of His Bones and Other Stories

Lord Dunsany, A Dreamer's Tales

Algernon Blackwood, The Damned

George MacDonald, At the Back of the North Wind

Jules Verne, 20000 Lieues sous les mers (French)

Most of these I've already read over the past four weeks or so, with only 3-4 unread beyond the first couple of pages.  The majority were free, but I did pay as much as $11 for one of the books and $10 for another.  Any of these you've read and/or heard about?


Jason said...

Hey Larry--

This is off-topic (and maybe there's a better way of asking you a question than leaving a random comment). But do you have suggestions for places to go online for good book discussions? By and for people who have read the book (with e.g. no need of "spoiler alert" warnings)?

I'm curious because I just finished _Thousand Autumns_ by David Mitchell, and I'd really like to discuss the book's overall structure with people who have read it (and, in particular, to debate the commonly-held notion that this book, unlike _Cloud Atlas_, is narratively straight-forward). But I'm unaware of any community or forum. Ideas? Thx! :)

Mimouille said...

Hi !

I haven't read anything from Wiesel, but he is one of the foremost intellectuals in French language...and my best friends grandfather shared a bunk with him in Buchenwald.

I love Flaubert's Salambo, one of his most palatable in my own opinion...very exotic in a classic way.

Jules Verne's 20 000 lieues sous les mer is quite good, but according to me not nearly as good as his best (L'Ile Mystérieuse and Voyage au Centre de la Terre).


Hélène said...

Salammbô is a great souvenir! I was 13 when I read it and discovered what a passionate love was. Was I new to the world!!!
I agree with Mimouille : it's the one I prefer from Flaubert's books.

Eileen said...

LOVED The King in Yellow and reviewed it a couple months ago. If you're reading it because of Lovecraft, though, you might be disappointed. S.T. Joshi, a top Lovecraft scholar, says Chambers's influence on him doesn't seem to have amounted to anything more than some borrowing of names. Most of the Chambers stuff in the Cthulhu Mythos comes from August Derleth.

The only other book I've read there is Moll Flanders. Impressive list.

ishouldbeking said...

Did you enjoy F. Marion Crawford? I read an out of print collection published in the mid-90's, but I don't recall that particular story.

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