For fun!

I actually had a pretty kick-ass and deep post written for today when I realized I need to finish off that bit on selfishness on Wednesday.  Figuring that one philosophically deep post a week is enough I decided to go with this courtesy of Laurel-Rain Snow , hosted by Book Journey.  This isn’t going to be something I do every Monday as I’m thinking I’ll be bringing back more Monty Python and Muppets in the future.  For now, however, I wanted to share with you what I’m working my way through by way of reading.  So, here goes.

1.  Time Enough for Love by Robert Heinlein

The capstone and crowning achievement of Heinlein’s famous Future History, Time Enough For Love follows Lazarus Long through a vast and magnificent timescape of centuries and worlds. Heinlein’s longest and most ambitious work, it is the story of a man so in love with Life that he refused to stop living it; and so in love with Time that he became his own ancestor.

2.  Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling takes readers inside the world of Katsa, a warrior-girl in her late teens with one blue eye and one green eye. This gives her haunting beauty, but also marks her as a Graceling. Gracelings are beings with special talents—swimming, storytelling, dancing. Katsa’s Grace is considered more useful: her ability to fight (and kill, if she wanted to) is unequaled in the seven kingdoms. Forced to act as a henchman for a manipulative king, Katsa channels her guilt by forming a secret council of like-minded citizens who carry out secret missions to promote justice over cruelty and abuses of power.

3.  The Life of Muhammed by Guillaume

Professor Guillaume’s translation of the Sira of Ibn Iss-Haq is now reissued. The translator used Ibn Hisham’s abridgement and also included many additions and variants found in the writings of early authors. The book thus presents in English practically all that is known of the life of the Prophet. In the introduction, the translator discusses the character of the Sira in the light of the opinion of early Arabian scholars, noting especially the difficulties of the poetry. As the earliest monument of Arabian prose literature, the Sira remains a work of the first importance.

So, folks, what are you reading?

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20 responses to “For fun!

  • RD Carter

    Loomis-

    You sum things up nicely. Could you write a blurb for me? I’m going out and buying these books because of your abbreviated synopses. Great job! 🙂

    I’m reading Kim Harrison, Elizabeth Brundage’s The Dctor’s Wife, and a slew of others I’m half-reading. Thanks for asking.

    • kimberlyloomis

      Carter – Lol! I should have specified I took those from the Amazon summaries. I can never sum up a book until I finish reading it and, even then, it can get a bit dicey. 😉

      Ooooh, I’ve heard of “The Doctor’s Wife” a bit here and there. Please let me know if you like it/what you thought.

  • Linton

    I’m not much into sci-fi and fantasy but of course Heinlein is famous. The only novel I have read of his was so many moons ago that I have lost track. I love assertive women but this novel was about a woman trapped in a man’s body and I think she was trying to get out, but…?

    I’m reading The Heartbreak Lounge by Wallace Stroby. I’m about a 4th into it and it is starting to grab me. It features a couple of tough guys: An ex con and an ex cop. They are destined to fight over the con’s child who was adopted while he was in prison. I hope to give it 4 stars when I finish but it has to stay engrossing for me to rate that high. If it dissipates toward the end and most do I’ll probably still give it a 3.

    I’ve become hooked on the great Jane Austen after watching a couple of excellent movies made from her books. I’ve rated Emma a 4 and Pride and Prejudice maybe a 41/2. I have two more to read waiting on my kindle and they all only cost 99 cents a piece.

    I just finished an awful book 2 stars Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn. A long, hard, and at time disgustingly stupid read. It gave it a 2 only because it did have some moments. The only reason I didn’t put it down was because it was a selection of the Ancient Novel group at Goodreads and I’m trying to write a trilogy on Ancient Egypt.

    Keep up the good work Blog Diva. It is always a pleasure to read your thoughts.

    • kimberlyloomis

      Linton – Okay, now I’m going to have to search for whatever Heinlein work that is you’re talking about!

      Love how diverse your reading selection is! I’ll just make a note to avoid or, if I feel so inclined, to borrow that work by Katie Quinn.

  • Linton

    What happened to my profile pic, Diva?

  • laurelrainsnow

    Oh, wow, thanks for the mention, Kimberly! Glad you’re participating, even if it’s only occasionally.

    You have quite a varied list for this week. I haven’t read any of them, but they sound fascinating.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    • kimberlyloomis

      Laurel – Even if I don’t comment all the time I definitely am reading your stuff. Thanks for starting me on this one! If I read more then I’d do this one all the time, but that hasn’t been happening lately. 😉

  • mywordlyobsessions

    Hi Kimberly! Nice to have come across you on the Monday meme and glad you’ll be participating every week. You have a good variety of books there. I’m deeply interested in the ‘Life of Muhammed’ one. I’ve never heard of it before, but you saying it’s a work of literary importance makes me want to read it.

    Have a great reading weekend! Drop by my blog to see my Monday meme: http://mywordlyobsessions.wordpress.com

  • Lisa

    The Life of Muhammed looks interesting. I’m anxious to know what you think of it.

    • kimberlyloomis

      Lisa – It’s a really hefty book that looks to make my brain hurt so it might be a bit before I post a review of it. Wanted to know more about the faith so a friend who I met while studying Chinese (he was simultaneously studying Arabic) lent this one to me. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Jillian

    I’m reading Gone With the Wind. 🙂

  • Bev

    It’s been a long time since I’ve read Heinlein, but I loved his Future History novels. Enjoy!

  • Bookjourney

    Graceling is one on my wish list. Hope you enjoy it!

  • jessicabookworm

    You certainly have an interesting mix going on there I looking forward to some reviews soon. I’m only reading one book at the minute which is the last Dark Tower book by Stephen King. However it is a beast of a book so I’m thinking just for practicalitys sake I need to read something else that I can carry about lol!

    • kimberlyloomis

      Jessica – I hear that! Graceling was a fast read, but the other two…. Well, they’re kind of taunting me (or is it that I’m just being lazy/avoiding them) so it might take me a while before I finish them. Yeah, Stephen King has definitely gotten a bit more verbose in the last decade or so. Hope you enjoy it!

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