Tag - books

My 8-year-old bookworm daughter

Gabrielle, who’s 8 years old, is re-reading The Chronicles of Narnia, a compilation of something like 7 books totalling close to a thousand pages.

narnia, reading, girl, gabrielle

She’s a major bookworm, and I shot this image to capture the moment. But the truly incredible thing is that she first read the series at 6 years of age. Unbelievable.

Of course, at that time she was being home-schooled. Now she’s in a regular school environment and is not progressing nearly as fast as before …

User Friendly, by Spider Robinson

Go get it, go read it.

I don’t agree with everything Spider says or writes, and he has a disconcerting preoccupation with clothing, or the lack thereof, but he is a seriously fine author (who happens to live right my backyard – Vancouver), and this compilation of short stories is VERY good.

Perhaps I’ll add more to this later ….

Seriously Unimpressive

I picked up Walter M. Miller Jr.’s Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman the other day, really anticipating an excellent novel along the lines of his enormously influential A Canticle for Leibowitz some 40 years ago.

Major disappointment.

A hundred pages in, after assorted buggeries in a monastery, other nastiness with priests breaking vows, etc. and just a generally bad, uninteresting story and characters, I dropped it.

What a waste, after such a good book!

[ update ]

Too wierd. As of tonight (March 18, 2005) this blog entry is the number one Google result for the word “unimpressive.”.

Hitler’s Secret Partners … Why WWII happened the way it did

I just finished reading Hitler’s Secret Partners, by James Pool. While being interesting for all the usual reasons – interesting topic, well written, fascinating details – the book is particularly interesting for insight into why WWII happened the way it did.

In Pool’s analysis, WWII happened mainly because Hitler was running a pyramid scheme. If that sounds completely crazy to you, read on before you judge.

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Drifting Home

I read a book a couple of weeks ago that I really enjoyed on a variety of levels: Drifting Home by Pierre Berton.

Berton is kind of a Canadian icon; he’s written weighty tomes on a variety of Canadian and international issues; he’s written good histories (like Vimy Ridge) on key episodes in Canadian history.

Drifting Home is a totally different book … it’s a book about a trip he took with his family down the Yukon river … hence the ‘drifting’ part of the title. He grew up on the river, and his father was actually a part of the Gold Rush around the turn of the century.

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