February 2011

Books read in February:

  1. The Secret History, by Donna Tartt. A group of affluent Classicists at a small liberal arts college in Vermont get a bit carried away with their studies. Think History Boys, Dead Poet’s Society, or The Emperor’s Club but much darker and less moral.
  2. The Lieutenant, by Kate Grenville. An astronomer-made-marine lieutenant goes on one of the first ships to Australia. In addition to examining the stars of the Southern Hemisphere, he learns a bit about humanity, too, when he befriends an aboriginal child. Very lyrically written, it made me want to reread The Dispossessed.
  3. R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots), by Josef and Karel Čapek. A Czech play that first introduces robots, or at least the word ‘robot’, to the realm of science fiction.
  4. 1066 and all that, by W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman. History is what you remember.
  5. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin. A theoretical physicist and other anarchists on the moon.

Best new read of the month: The Lieutenant.
Best (only) reread of the month: The Dispossessed.
Funniest book of the month: 1066 and all that.

I am still working on my list of Unread Fiction books that I compiled after Christmas. The goal was to reduce it by half before I could ‘acquire’ any more books. I only need to read three more books to do this. Unfortunately I’ve already borrowed the rest of the Hunger Games trilogy from Katherine and His Dark Materials from Bronnie, but I won’t be reading them until I’ve removed three books off of my list. Needless to say, I’ll be keeping an eye out for Kate Grenville once I can buy/borrow books again.

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