Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bah Humbug!

I have just bought A Christmas Carol by Dickens. (which also includes The Chimes & The Cricket on the Hearth - $6 - Gotta love B&N classic books!).  I have set aside BloodFever which I am almost done with, in order to read Dickens's timeless classic.  Now I must admit, ashamedly so, that I have never read this book. I know, I know, but I just never got around to it.  But that changes this year!  I will make it a tradition to read it every year, as I read The Raven by Poe every Halloween.  If you've read A Christmas Carol, please share your thoughts on it, if you haven't I'll be telling you about it soon enough. :)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed..

 After over a decade of being part of this Ka-tet, my journey has come to its end
The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed..
This was the 1st line of the 1st book in the greatest adventure I've ever read and quite possibly one of the best opening lines in a book ever. The Gunslinger, the 1st book of 7 in the epic tale of  the Dark Tower was written by Sai Stephen King back in 1970. He wrote 7 DT books from 1970- 2004.
I should've prefaced this with how big a SK fan I am. I have read 90% of his works. I must admit though that I never had any interest in the Dark Tower series. Then I read 'The Stand', one of King's best books, quite possibly the best he's ever written and one of my all time favourite books. I found out that the DT books had a connection to 'The Stand' and also one of my other favourite SK books, 'The Eyes of the Dragon'.  Loving those books as much as I did, I decided I had to give the DT tale a try.  I started reading them in the mid 90's.  After reading the 1st 4 books, I was so mad at myself for having waited so long to start.  From page one of the 1st book I was no longer a reader, but a participant in a fantastical journey of obsession, murder, intrigue, betrayal, undying friendship, pure love, monsters (both human and fantastical), devotion, death (both warranted and necessary of both good and bad characters), villainy, heroism and destiny. An adventure that enslaved me and drew me into, as if I had no choice in the matter.  Whenever the new tale came out, I bought it and read it immediately, greedily, like a junkie getting his overdue fix.  It sounds silly, yes?  But if you've read this tale then you know what I am talking about. If you haven't, I suggest you began. But I caution you, you will not ever want it to end.  I've been reading the last book for 6yrs.  Not because it's terrible, but because to read that final page was like coming to the end of a special relationship.  You know it's coming, but you don't want to face it.  I am both sad and elated that I have come to the end of the journey and not be disappointed with its finale.  Truly remarkable epic tale and may it do ya, I say thank ya Sai King.

JaSexxy's Road to Reading 200 Books

I have a goal for the 2011 Book Reading Season and that is to have read 200 books by Jan. 2012. I am currently at 156, but will be at 160 before 2010 ends. Here is a list of books I would like to read in 2011.. These are in no particular order:

  1. Water For Elephants
  2. Skinny Dip
  3. FaeFever
  4. The Angel's Game
  5. Crime and Punishment
  6. World War Z
  7. The Poisonwood Bible
  8. Under the Dome
  9. Full Dark, No Stars
  10. After Sunset
  11. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
  12. The Inferno
  13. The Chronicles of Narnia (the complete series)
  14. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (the complete series)
  15. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
  16. Waiter Rant
  17. Rebecca
  18. Thunderstruck
  19. The Chicago Way
  20. To Kill a Mockingbird
  21. Catcher in the Rye
  22. The Devil's Teeth
  23. High Fidelity
  24. Reading Lolita in Tehran
  25. The Namesake
  26. Maximum Bob
  27. DreamFever
  28. The Truth, with Lies
  29. Dead in the Family
  30. Dead Reckoning
  31. God is Not Great, How Religion Poisons Everything
  32. Smoke and Mirrors
  33. The Continual Condition 
  34. The Water Room

And 11 more books TBD. I'm very excited by this challenge and even more excited about the amazing book adventures I'll be having!