May 2010

2010-05-01

There’s nothing better than a new book on a new month.  Moses: A Life is close enough to having been started today, so I’ll say it is my new book for the month.  It’s not fiction, it’s not a Bible-thumping tome (and, if you’ve read about me in my little mini-bio, you’ll know that I’d never willingly read something like that).  It’s a piece of Biblical scholarship that is about the man, the myth, and the mix between the two when it comes to Moses.

I’m a dork, and like things that teach me about religion.  But I don’t believe.  I’m weird like that.

2010-05-02

I really like Jonathan Kirsch, the man who wrote Moses: A Life.  I’ve read The Harlot By the Side of the Road, which was also by him and was supremely good.  I’m liking this one quite a bit, too.

Pages done: 114
Percent done: 31%

2010-05-03

Still working on a certain Israelite patriarch.  It’s going to take a little bit.  The chapters are long, so I only get about one done per workout session, and I’m working on a blanket right now at home.  So, other than weekends, like yesterday, when I got about fifty pages done, I don’t have time to just sit and read.

2010-05-04

Still working on it.  Long chapters, dense pages.  Maybe by the end of the weekend, when I’ll have a little bit of sit time.  Then again, maybe not; we’re house-sitting for my parents while they’re in Reno.  There are two dogs.  Wish us luck.

Pages done: 192
Percent done: 52%

2010-05-05

Happy Cinco de Mayo.

I went to vote yesterday, mainly because my father’s job is partly dependent on funding from the millage that was up for renewal.  It passed, so we’re happy.  But that’s not why I’m writing about voting.  I brought my book in with me to the voting place, since I figured I might have to wait — didn’t have to worry about that.  But the lady sitting at the table to start the verification process noticed the book.

“Reading a good book?” she asked.

“Yeah, it’s pretty good,” I said.  “It’s a piece of biblical scholarship, so he talks about what parts of the Bible are probably historically true, which ones are probably not, the weaving together of the different writers, focusing on the story of Moses. ”

It was then that I realized I should just freaking shut up.  She was giving me a disgusted and horrified look.

The polling place was a church.  Faceplant.

Pages done: 307
Percent done: 83%

2010-05-07

Finished Moses: A Life yesterday, as memorialized by the review.  Started The High King today.  Pretty far in.  Can’t wait to see the end of the series.  Go Taran!

Pages done: 105
Percent done: 42%

2010-05-08

Getting there!  This one has more cut-away scenes, so that we see what other characters are doing while Taran is busy.  I like that.

Pages done: 171
Percent done: 69%

2010-05-12

So, I’ve been busy.  My parents are out of town, so we’re watching their house and dogs while they’re away.  I’m almost all the way through The High King, but it’s taking me a ridiculously long time to finish it since other things are coming first.

Like what happened tonight — we got engaged.

So, another couple of days, I’ll be done with it, and put up a review.  But I’m too excited with other things!  Yay!

2010-05-19

I’ve been distracted enough to forget about writing here, but I have been reading.  I’ve got only a few chapters left of The End of Eternity, which I am liking much more than I, Robot.  It’s very good.

That might have something to do with the fact that I like alternate history books in general.  The other one was straight sci-fi, which I like, but is more hit-and-miss for me.

Pages done: 216
Percent done: 85.3%

2010-05-20

I’m excited for my next book, Year of Wonders.  Historical fiction!  About the plague!  In a small English village!  Based on a true story!  I’m thinking it’s going to be good.

2010-05-21

I’m really liking Year of Wonders.  It’s a well-written piece of historical fiction.  I’m about two-thirds of the way through it, and I think I might have to read something else by Geraldine Brooks, if she’s written anything else.  I’ll have to take a look.  The book jacket says it’s her first book, but this is a library copy from around the time it was written in 2001.  So there could be other things.

Also, I’m realizing that I like a lot more books than I thought I did.  Awesome.  I’m not as much of a book snob as I thought I was.

Pages done: 208
Percent done: 68.4%

2010-05-23

Finished Year of Wonders yesterday.  Just started The Chocolate War an hour ago, and have about fifty pages done.  It’s quick reading, if I can do fifty pages in about forty-five minutes.

Pages done: 55
Percent done: 21.7%

2010-05-27

Been working diligently on Fatherland.  It’s turned out a little different than I expected.  I kind-of figured the main character would not like his Nazi government (he doesn’t) and that he would fall in love with the American reporter (he did).  But it’s the mystery that surprised me.  In a world where Germany won the war, no one outside Germany knows what happened to the Jews of Europe.

Shocking!

2010-05-28

Starting The Yiddish Policemen’s Union.  Alternative fiction mystery-thriller.  By an author I’ve read once before — read The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Klay a long time ago — and didn’t enjoy.

Why do I do this to myself?  It has everything going against it — I just read a book in the exact same genre and I don’t like the author’s previous work.  It’s going to need to really shine in order to be fantastic, I do believe.