Current Reads: A Lazy Post

I’m afraid I’ve been a little stuck for post ideas lately. I have a few ideas in mind, but all of them require lots of research and finishing lengthy books, so those will be long in coming. In the meantime, I give you a smattering of random thoughts on my current reads. Please excuse this very lazy post.

1: The October Country by Ray Bradbury

I received this book as a birthday present, and given that my birthday was in February, it’s taking me quite a while to finish it. But that’s not for lack of interest: I’ve read eleven of the nineteen short stories it contains and throughout all of them, I have been alternately terrified of and awed by Mr. Bradbury. I think this collection might even outrankΒ The Illustrated Man in my esteem.

2: Richard III by William Shakespeare

I suppose I can hardly call this a “current read”; I haven’t touched it in weeks. Nevertheless, I started it and I intend to finish it before moving on to anymore Shakespeare (even though Othello looks interesting at the moment).

This is my third Shakespeare play, the first two being Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice. In retrospect, I really wish Hamlet hadn’t been my introduction to Shakespeare because now, all of his other plays pale in comparison. Not that I dislike Richard III, it just hasn’t taken hold of me the same way Hamlet or The Merchant of Venice did. Perhaps if Richard III was at the center of a big free speech vs. censorship controversy, I would take more interest in it. πŸ˜‰

3: Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

After hearing several of my favorite bloggers rave about Gaiman, and after reading a few of his short stories here and there online, I decided that I had to buy this book. So far, I’ve read the opening poem, “Making a Chair,” and the first three short stories, “A Lunar Labyrinth,” “The Thing About Cassandra,” and “Down to a Sunless Sea.” I can’t say that I liked any of them overmuch (despite the fact that Gaiman’s writing voice is as mellifluous as his speaking voice), but having liked some of his other work, I expect to have a change of heart about this book before I reach the end of it.

4: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Dostoyevsky has been near the top of my list of authors I want to try for a long time. Since starting this book, though, I realized that I might have repeated with Dostoyevsky the very thing I regretted doing with Shakespeare: reading the author’s best and weightiest work before I’ve read anything else by him. It’s too late now, though. I’m invested.

5: Lots of poetry

I’ve been trying lately to read more new poets (poets who are new to me, that is), but somehow, I always end up returning to the same tried-and-true authors: Edgar Allan Poe (an absolute genius), W. H. Auden (my favorite poet), and sometimes, Lord Tennyson (my first love). I’ve also tried to read some of T. S. Eliot’s work recently; so far, I have understood none of it except for “The Naming of Cats.” Needless to say, I’m not much of a fan of Eliot and his crew (save Ezra Pound).

 

What have you been reading? Have you read any of the works I mentioned above? If so, what did you think of them? Let me know in the comments!

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12 thoughts on “Current Reads: A Lazy Post

  1. For Brothers Karamazov,that’s why I’ve read Crime and Punishment first and why I’m planning to delve into The Idiot,The Gambler and Notes in the Underground before going for the masterpiece.

    I hope you’re enjoying it. πŸ™‚

    As for Hamlet,I guess you’ll enjoy Macbeth then,if you haven’t already read it. πŸ™‚

    And,oh I’ve finished V for Vendetta,and now I’m reading Don’t Look Now and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier.The first story is so compelling that I’ve already read 23 pages late at night.It looks promising.Hopefully it won’t disappoint.

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    1. I am enjoying it, despite the fact that it will probably turn out to be one of the most challenging books I’ve ever read. Nevertheless, the characters intrigue me, especially the protagonist Alyosha. He’s very quiet and spends most of his time in his own head, so I can definitely relate to that!

      I’ve been meaning to read Macbeth. That might be my next Shakespeare play after Richard III.

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  2. Most recently I finished Out of the Silent Planet by Lewis — I found the concepts discussed in it very insightful, although I didn’t agree with everything. I haven’t read any of what you listed, except some work by the poets you mentioned. I’ve written an essay on one of Auden’s poems, though. =)

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    1. Somewhere, I have a copy of Out of the Silent Planet, but I never got around to finishing it. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the third book in the trilogy That Hideous Strength, so I think I might skip straight to that.

      Cool! Which poem did you write about?

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      1. Yeah, one day I’ll get to the rest of the series. There are so many other books I want to read now that I’m not looking into it yet. =)
        I wrote on “Stop all the clocks,” and I think it’s also known as “Funeral Blues.” I’ve actually posted that essay somewhere on my blog.

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  3. Wow, The October Country is better than The Illustrated Man? I MUST READ IT NOW. I can totally identify with that feeling of both terror and awe when reading Ray Bradbury’s stories. I don’t usually like reading creepy stories, but Bradbury’s stories-as creepy as they are-are some of my favorite. The way he writes to express such meaningful themes is amazing. As of my reading lately, I haven’t even read one book this month. I’ve mostly been busy with schoolwork and writing, and I’m 2k from 50k for Camp NaNo. I hope to finish today and then reward myself by reading some Mansfield Park!

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    1. If I’m being completely objective, I don’t know that The October Country is necessarily better than The Illustrated Man, but so far, I think I’ve enjoyed it more. Even so, the stories in this book are considerably creepier than the ones in TIM (Word to the wise: don’t read “The Scythe” at 12 o’clock in the morning. πŸ˜› ) Glad to hear you’re so close to your goal! I can’t even imagine writing a 50,000-word story in a month! :-!

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