December 14, 2005

Recently Read

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson – In celebration of my trip to London, I decided to re-read Bill Bryson’s book about his roadtrip through the English countryside. I rememberd laughing out loud the first time I read it and I wasn’t let down this time around. There were passages that demanded I read them out loud immediately and were then repeated by SB and I for days afterwards. It was a perfect selection for our trip, accenting the newness of the country for me, with Bryson’s local flavor.

Goodnight Steve McQueen by Louise Wener – Recommended by my Mom. At first I fought this book, but it won me over in the end. Being a huge fan of Nick Hornby, this book’s main character felt like a half-veiled copy of Hornby’s character from High Fidelity, for the first fifty pages. After that, Danny (aka Steve), took on his own personailty, his own brand of slackerly denial of adulthood. Wener’s character seemed to have a deeper heart, a stronger devotion to his friends, than Hornby’s character and thus in the end was more loveable.

The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe both from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis- As a kid, I enjoyed reading this series, first with my Mom and then on my own. In honor of the new movie, I thought it was time to brush-up on my Narnia. I had never read The Magician’s Nephew, a short novel written by Lewis after he was well into writing the rest of the series. It feels like an add-on, like an unneccsary explantion of a world that stands on it’s own. The Wardrobe was by-far my favorite book as a kid, and I enjoyed it on this reading too. It seems to lend itself well to the big screen. I look forward to now seeing the movie.

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