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.
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.
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.
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?