January 11th, 2007


A (Tentative) List for the Classic Challenge

Here’s a list of some of the books I’m planning to read (since joyliveshere asked if had one, and it seemed like a good idea):

Phantom of the Opera
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Scarlett Pimpernell
Northanger Abbey
Jane Eyre
Oliver Twist
Portrait of a Lady
Around the World in 80 Days

Obviously, I need to add more, and I might end up taking some of these off, but this should be plenty to get me started.


Thursday Thirteen - Some Books I Have Loved

Thirteen Things about Wendy

Thirteen books I have loved ("books" seems to be the theme in my journal this week, so I thought I'd stick with it). These aren't in any particular order, by the way, and should be no means be considered inclusive of all the books I have loved. Just a sampling throughout my life.

1. "The Hungry Tiger of Oz" by Ruth Plumly Thompson
2. "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" by J.K. Rowling
3. "The Haunted Mountain" by Mollie Hunter
4. "The Life of Pi" by Yann Martel
5. "The Last Time They Met" by Anita Shreve
6. "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver
7. "The Witching Hour" by Anne Rice
8. "The Watchers" by Dean Koontz
9. "Daughter of Time" by Josephine Tey
10. "James and the Giant Peach" by Roald Dahl
11. "The Velveteen Rabbit" by Margery Williams
12. "The Bonesetter's Daughter" by Amy Tan
13. "Master and Margarita" by Michail Bulgakov

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Reading to Dragon

#9 - Red as Blood

by Tanith Lee

I’ve had this book on my shelf for a few years now (it’s the first I’ve completed for my To-Be-Read Challenge), and it’s also the first work I’ve read by Tanith Lee. It’s a book of nine short stories in which Lee takes traditional fairy tales and twists them into new, mostly darker, tales.

By the end, I’ll say that I did enjoy it, although the first couple of stories were dull. Her prose is interesting – very descriptive and full of powerful imagery – but sometimes I felt that prose was wasted on stories which really didn’t go much of anywhere interesting. There was one (the Sleeping Beauty retelling) which left me wondering just what the heck happened, and there was one story whose original I didn’t recognize. (At first, I thought it might have been Aladdin, but on second thought, no).

Those are the negatives. On the plus side, a few of the stories were excellent. My favorites were the Little Red Riding-Hood story (Wolfland), and a science-fiction-y Beauty and the Beast (Beauty). In “Beauty” especially, I found myself engaged with the characters, and hoping for the outcome I wanted. (With many of the earlier stories, I simply didn’t care how they turned out). So, this book has some wonderful moments, although the whole thing isn’t to a consistent standard, IMO. Still, it’s a small volume, and the stories that weren’t great were also not very long. So, I’ll give this 7/10.