Books read in February:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1066 and all that, by W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman. History is what you remember.
- 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.