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Monday, February 09, 2004
So I've been reading alot. Is this an indication of needing a life? 

I need to go out more

Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
Was a thought provoking & amusing read. I've caught myself reflecting on how he prophetically wrote on the changes in the global social and political climate, or perhaps it was only an expected consequence with the normal sequence of events in our civilization? I was particularly intrigued w newspeak, oldspeak, as well as the slogan of INGSOC - War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, Ignorance Is Strength.

Daughters Of Arabia by Jean Sasson
Is a true narration of female oppression and freedom in the life of an Arabian princess as told to the author, Jean Sasson. Am somewhat familiar w the Islamic practices such as the hijrah, and of certain social and political seasoning that's somewhat similar to Betty Mahmoody & William Hoffer's (Not Without My Daughter), but was really not aware that the female circumcision could be that nightmarish. Also had heightened awareness that Saudi Arabians are obscenely rich and might marry one one day.

Collected Short Stories by William Somerset Maugham
A collection of short stories penned by the well traveled William Somerset Maugham. Littered with the typical dry British humor, Maugham is witty, sardonic, even tragic at times, my favorite stories would be A String Of Beads, Three Fat Women of Antibes, Appearance and Reality, and Gigolo and Gigolette, among others. Great reading for those with a short attention span.

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
This is one of the books that both Jason & I loved, so it has to count for something, since we're of both very contrasting characters. Depicting the Armageddon in tongue-in-cheek manner, Pratchett (Discworld fame) and Gaiman (American Gods) offered me countless hours of audible laughter streaming between gaps under toilet doors and questions regarding my sanity. This is perhaps my first encounter with a fantasy novel that I've really really loved.

Airframe, Eaters Of The Dead both by Michael Crichton
I'm humbled. I'm a convert. Please show me his altar so that I can make offerings of tea, sing hymns of praise and proposals of marriage.

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. With many references and studies to historical figures, governments, and analytical dissections of human behavior, am enlightened of his theories of statecraftship and political tactics that should theoretically work in real life. I read this book while simultaneously relating the concepts and principles here with the current political climate we're experiencing globally / nation-wide. I think a few local politicians could pick up a trick or two from this book.

Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
Who are you? Where does the world come from? Captivating, provocating and interesting read, demands attention and many a cup of good hot tea. A storybook of philosophy as experience by little Sophie through correspondence with a mysterious philosopher. Am running out of adjectives, but yeah it's Brilliant and worth re-reading over and over again.

The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
Yet another Amy Tan book. Am somewhat conditioned to stories by Asian writers of oppression, hardship, complex family politics, and the like. At least this one had big letters. True to the typical Amy Tannish books, this one is also brilliantly written, heartwarming, and all that jazz. I think I grew up on too much Han Suyin. Yawn.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
Give me a girl at an impressionable age, and she is mine for life. Do not be deceived by this slim book with a seemingly typical chick-book cover. It's no chick book. It's a book of how much influence educators have over young and impressionable minds. Slightly draggy towards the end though. Couldn't help but start wishing that the story would end asap.

The Clue of The Dancing Puppet, a Nancy Drew Mystery by Carolyn Keene
Okay, so I was bored. But Nancy Drews, Enid Blytons and the like still amuse me when am bored, as it has when I was six.

More for grabs on March 7th on the next Book Swap Meet - House Of The Winds (Mia Yun), Bleak House (Charles Dickens), Man And Boy (Tony Parsons), The Elephant Man (Christin Sparks), Wild Swans (June Chang). Please pity me and not let the bookreviewblog die a nice slow death.

Sorry abt the guilt thing. I think it's the lack of sleep. But yeah. =D No nice slow death pls kthxbais.

graceshu  # 4:55 AM