Long weekend with limited Internet access… I felt so… disconnected.
However, my family and I once again went to that big used bookstore and bought bunches of books. I bought Orson Scott Card’s Xenocide and Children of the Mind, so I now have all eight books of the two quartets (and I’ve read half of them… still need to start Speaker for the Dead). I also bought two short story collections edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois called A.I.s and Beyond Flesh. (I searched forever for a collection that might include Mimsy Were the Borogoves, but alas, my search was fruitless.) I bought T. H. White’s The Once and Future King and The Book of Merlyn. (I love the idea of writing an epic symphonic suite for those books!) I got Ursula K. Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea. Lastly, and non-fictionally, I got Aaron Copland’s What to Listen for in Music, which is at least refreshing. He sometimes says things I completely agree with, and other times I just want to knock his head for his choice of words. I guess it’s written more for listeners than composers, but I’m sure I’ll learn something when he starts talking about the musical forms/structures.
Oh, I also got the DVD of The Prestige, which I enjoyed in theaters and haven’t seen since (though I did read the book over Christmas break). I look forward to watching it again.
I finished reading The Name of the Wind, so hopefully I’ll put up a small review of it here tomorrow. I’m now reading Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, which is fun so far, I love his style. (This is the first book I’ve read of his.) I could probably never write in such a style, but I love reading it, it just flows quite poetically. And it seems pretty unique to me. I can easily imagine some lesser writer trying to mimic the style but losing too much meaning. It’ll probably be a much shorter read than The Name of the Wind, which took me forever to get through.
Well, I gotta go to bed, I have much work to do tomorrow.