Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Relatively Recently Read Books

I moved my list of recent books over from my nutshell page. This blog is a better spot for it:

"The DaVinci Code" by Dan Brown
—I really enjoyed reading this book although I think the reading level is somewhere on the child level. Seemingly written with the big screen in mind, the reader can figure out the puzzles waaaay before the characters, leaving you wanting to yell at them, "HEY!! I figured it out!! Why can't you?". A real page turner though, and it stirred some interest in the subject matter. I am wondering how the upcoming movie will provide surprises for all the people who've read it? Will they change the ending?

"Holy Blood, Holy Grail" by Lincoln, Baigent, Leigh
—This is a fascinating book! There are three authors, and some of them jump to conclusions more than I want them to do, but I loved reading about the Knights Templar and the Grail romances. I've read somewhere that Pierre Plantard created the Priory of Sion as a hoax, and that makes all this much more fascinating. I want MORE!!!

"Meeting the Other Crowd, the Fairy Stories of Hidden Ireland" by Lenihan & Green
—I loved this book. It's real fairy stories told by real people who more or less believe them. I look at the stories with the skepticism I try to apply to everything. I mean, who really knows what's going on?

"Rosslyn: Guardian of the Secrets of the Holy Grail" by Wallace-Murphy & Hopkins
—Not really much on the Holy Grail as the title suggests, but some interesting things about cathedrals and ancient religion. Still interested in this topic, but putting it on hold for some Pottermania!!

re-read "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire".
re-read "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix".
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
—Very interesting ending... no spoilers from me.

Attempted to read "The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis
Got as far as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Half-Price Books is getting this nice brand-new book because I've had no luck selling it on craigslist. It's a well-loved book, just not by me. I will go and see the movie just for the Weta stuff.

Currently reading:
"The Day of the Triffids" by John Wyndham

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