Thursday, March 20, 2008

Thoughts for Today

I finished reading The Global Power Elite and The World They Are Making by David Rothkopf. I will start writing a review soon. It was quite an interesting book. Personally, I am not that fond in some ways of people when they become excessive.

I haven't really started writing yet. I started reading Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow. It is really enjoyable. The free verse (epic poetry) isn't scary, but it is violent and intriguing. I especially like when the lycanthropes go after the dog catchers.

Today hasn't been too exciting. I had to do a library tour last night with the board of trustees. I took them into the bowels of the mezzanine where we store our old books and showed them our treasures. I also gave another lady a brief introduction to some parts of our collections. Things like the African Films collection, the 100 Greatest Films, the Atlas stand, the community file and small things which she might have missed as part of a general tour of the library. She had asked for our original charter. Apparently, it was signed by Melville Dewey.

I have two copies of Searcher, The Magazine for Database Professionals which I haven't read yet sitting on my desk. I might read them during lunch.

The movie Stardust just came in for me, so I will be able to watch the film and compare the book to the film. I am looking forward to seeing Stardust. I really hope the movie is as good as the film. Neil Gaiman is a magical writer, one of my favorites.

I decided to not read the Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho. I got his earlier, shorter work which he is better known for, The Alchemist.


Anonymous said...

So The Alchemist was not really good?

Book Calendar said...

I am going to read the Alchemist soon. I was going to take a pass on The Witch of Portobello.

Catherine @ Sharp Words said...

Sharp Teeth is excellent - I was really intrigued by how its form suited the subject.
I didn't like The Alchemist at all though, which was mentioned in my own last blog post! There seems to be a lot of synchronicity in the world of book/writing blogs about what we're reading - which makes sense for new books, but The Alchemist has been around for ages!

Book Calendar said...

I am finding the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho to be a mediocre book. It is not a bad book. It has a positive message and uses some very pleasant imagery which many people will like, but it is not exceptional writing. If you want something comfortable reassuring to read with a message of both gratitude and tolerance this book would be a nice book to read. It is like a drink of fresh water for the spirit.